Mary Sojourner

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I believe in the threads that connect All. I have learned it is my work to activate some of them. Here, quoted in Gillian Bradshaw's Island of Ghosts are the words I am studying:

'Whoever's never loved, love tomorrow; love tomorrow, whoever's loved before.'

"THERE IS A SHIMMER ON THE PERIPHERY. TRUST IT."


Resume your place in the Great Circle... as if you could ever leave... what creature frightens you, what creature repels? There are other teachers. There are the lessons you were taught to fear.

- from the journal, 'Sister Raven, Brother Hare'


Mary Sojourner immigrated to Flagstaff, Arizona January 1985, with two intentions: to write and fight for the earth.

Results of her vow include:

Sisters of the Dream, a novel of 12th Century Northern Arizona (Northland Publishing, 1989 out-of-print)

Delicate, short story collection (Nevermore Press, 2001; Scribner, 2004.)

Bonelight: Ruin and Grace in the New Southwest, essay collection, U. of Nevada Press, 2003; paperback, 2004.

Solace: rituals of loss and desire, memoir/essay, Simon and Schuster/Scribner, 2004.

Going through Ghosts, novel, University of Nevada Press, 2010

She Bets Her Life, memoir/guide, Seal Press, 2010

Wordsmithing, twice-monthly column on writing, Flag Live!

She Bets Her Life blog, Psychology Today.