The voice of the sea speaks to the soul.
Kate Chopin (born February 8, 1850) wrote the early feminist novel The Awakening. She first began writing on the advice of her doctor, who thought that it would be therapeutic after the close deaths of her mother and her husband.
The universe is made of stories, not of atoms.
During a five-decade literary career, American poet and political activist Muriel Rukeyser (born December 15, 1913) produced work rich with commentary on human rights issues and inequalities of gender, race and class. Her more than a dozen poetry collections reacted to events including the Spanish Civil War and American aggression in Vietnam. One of her last poems, The Gates, was written after she traveled to South Korea to protest the imprisonment of poet Kim Chi-Ha.
Let us go forth with fear and courage and rage to save the world.
Grace Paley (born in the Bronx on December 11, 1922) was an American short story writer, poet, teacher, and political activist. Her Collected Stories was a finalist for both the Pulitzer Prize and the National Book Award. Her other books included the short story collections The Little Disturbances of Man (1959), Enormous Changes at the Last Minute (1974), and Just As I Thought (1999).
I believe in the magic and authority of words.
In the early 1930s, popular French poet René Char (born June 14, 1907) rubbed elbows with Pablo Picasso and Albert Camus, but when World War II brought German soldiers to his country, he put down his pen and said goodbye to his friends. Char joined the French resistance in 1940, leading troops and commanding a parachute drop zone under the nom de guerre Captain Alexandre.
Take pride in your pain; you are stronger than those who have none
Happy birthday, Lois Lowry! The Giver writer was born Cena Hammersberg, after her Norwegian grandmother. Guess who didn’t approve of this idea? Grandmother Cena. She sternly advised giving her granddaughter a more American name—and shortly after, baby Cena was renamed Lois.
The heaviness of loss in her heart hadn’t eased, but there was room there for humour, too.
Happy birthday, Nalo Hopkinson! The Jamaican speculative fiction writer’s mother was a library technician and her father was a poet. With all that literary influence surrounding her, she was reading Kurt Vonnegut’s books by the age of six.