Writers Caren Osten Gerszberg and Leah Odze Epstein, co-editors of an anthology-in-progress called SPILL, have started a sharp-looking blog as part of this project about women and drinking. The same day Caren and Leah contacted me about it, I’d picked up the first books I have ever bought in the self-help section of a bookstore: Adult Children of Alcoholics and Losing a Parent. Clearly, this is something I wanted to read and write about to come to terms with my own thoughts and feelings about a personal/family situation and loss, and how it continually affects me and the kind of writing I do, but on a larger scale this anthology feels necessary. So many women have been and continually are affected by drinking, whether a partner’s, family member’s, or their own. The secrecy and shame that goes along with it must be broken.
I call the Kerouac Project “the residency that keeps on giving” — two years after the summer I spent writing in the house (where Jack Kerouac wrote Dharma Bums in eleven days on a scroll) I attended the second annual fundraiser at Summer and Steven’s house – Steven designed this website and Summer is one of the project’s founding members – and a great time at their lakeside eco-manor ensued.