Author Archives: slcantwell25

About slcantwell25

A writer focused on the transforming power of memory, autism, parenting, and the ways we know what we know.

Man at the Fire

We shared a birthday, my father and I, July twenty-fifth (1933 and 1959 respectively), and often celebrated with a trip to the Oregon coast. Just the two of us. We’d drive out from Portland on a Friday evening after dad … Continue reading

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looking for a summer writing conference?

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Are you in the  market for a summer writing conference? The good people at Writers@Work have told me they still have some space. I attended this conference two years ago and had a wonderful time–met…

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The Invisible Salman Rushdie

One could argue the death threat Salman Rushdie received from Ayatollah Khomeini for writing The Satanic Verses ranks among the worst rejections in literary history. Fueled by Khomeini’s fatwa, or edict, Rushdie’s enemies not only banned and burned his book, … Continue reading

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Ninety-six Hours in Toronto, June 2003

Not so brief introductory confession and apology I keep travel notebooks, always have—writing more in three or four days than I write in six months at home. Being in motion lights me up. I have notebooks for Hong Kong, New Orleans, … Continue reading

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Writers at Work

As a board member of Writers@Work, I have the good fortune to work with writers both famous and unknown almost every day. Then five days each spring about seventy of us gather high in the canyon at Alta Lodge, Utah, … Continue reading

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Back to the Middle of It

My son Colin has made such incredible progress in recent years. He’s in fifth grade, singing in a choir, playing piano, riding around on roller blades, speaking and singing in church, filling up journals with poems and songs, drawing, dancing, … Continue reading

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At the Hop

This winter Colin came up with the idea of a Valentines party for his friends at school—girls and boys. Maura, always game for a party, helped him cut out handmade invitations in the shape of 45 RPM records. When the … Continue reading

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