Pay-It-Forward-Friday: Ellen Hawley

Pay It Forward Fridays came from this post by Emily Guido. The idea is to feature a blogger or author on Fridays and give them a little shoutout. Anyone goes as long as they’re interested.

I’ve received an incredible amount of support from bloggers, authors and people I’ve met on line who didn’t know me and were just very kind, supportive souls. And, when I read the post by Emily Guido, I thought: time to give back.

I loved this quote from Emily’s mother:

“I CAST A COUPLE PIECES OF BREAD ON THE WATER AND THE WAVES BRING ME BACK A HAM SANDWICH.”

Karma is a beautiful thing.

My focus today is Ellen Hawley.

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Ellen says this about herself: “I was born and raised in New York, and it’s hard to talk about my life without talking about politics. My parents were organizers for a CIO union when they met, and my mother later helped found a New York tenants’ rights organization, Metropolitan Council on Housing. I grew up during the McCarthy period helping my mother pass out leaflets on the street and watching her speak at meetings and from sound trucks.”

She has a Masters in Fine Arts in Writing and has written two other books: Trip Sheets

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and Open Line.

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Her next book The Divorce Diet is due out in January 2015 and “is dedicated to every woman who ever walked away from a relationship. Or a diet.”

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Check out her sites:

http://notesfromtheuk.com

http://www.ellenhawley.com

Or find out a little more about her writing here.

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9 thoughts on “Pay-It-Forward-Friday: Ellen Hawley

  1. What a great idea, love it. I went over and read a powerful essay called Language, Loss and Metaphor, where she was describing her painful gradual loss of her tiny, frail mother as her mother lost the use of language. I was greatly moved, since I am at the beginning of that process myself and it terrifies me. Thank you for introducing us to Ellen.

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