What is Shenny?
It’s a fortnightly newsletter in 3 departments:
Letter from the Editor, written like a postcard of what I’ve been up to, wishing you were here;
Endorsements, of exactly 2 things I love, or admire, or use devotedly; and
Main Matter, a short essay on whatever I find pressing that week, often about sex, shame, personal narrative, essay writing, or MFALand, where I mostly live.
For some representative issues, check out
How to Write a Dream Syllabus—sharing tips and expertise from my 20 years of teaching college writing courses
Three of My Ex-Girlfriends—telling my story of the closet and the women it made me hide from
How to Be a Mama’s Boy—where I share the difficulty of writing nonfiction about people we love
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To name this newsletter, I’ve taken the names of my sisters, Shani and Jenny, and smooshed them together. I love my sisters, older than I am and stars in my life: what they wore and who they dated were the news I craved, and I looked to them, up above, as guidance through the dark night.
Who am I?
I write Shenny from one or more of those perspectives, and I sometimes share some work in progress and talk about that progress. I’ve published a short story collection and a nonfiction book on taxidermy, and right now I’m working on a memoir about sex and shame. Find a fuller bio here.
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I write Shenny to stay connected to readers while in the long, dark depths of a memoir project. My aim is carry on conversations with like-minded folks, sharing personal stories because I know they help us feel less alone, and less afraid.
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