Anne Liu Kellor is a Chinese American writer, editor, and teacher based in Seattle. Her essays have appeared in Seventh Wave, Longreads, Fourth Genre, Witness, New England Review, Entropy, The Normal School, Literary Mama, and many more. Anne teaches writing workshops at the Hugo House and beyond, and loves to support women and BIPOC writers in finding their voice and community. Her memoir Heart Radical: A Search for Language, Love, and Belonging was praised by Cheryl Strayed as “insightful, riveting, and beautifully written.”
A Braided Heart provides a friendly, personal, and smart guide to the writing life. It also offers clear and original instruction on craft elements at the forefront of today’s emerging forms in creative nonfiction: from the short-short, to the braided form, to the hermit crab essay. An acknowledged expert in these forms, Brenda Miller gives writers practical advice on how to sustain and invigorate their writing practice, while also encouraging readers to explore their own writing lives.
Brenda Miller is the author of five essay collections, including An Earlier Life, which received the Washington State Book Award for Memoir. Her poetry chapbook, The Daughters of Elderly Women, received the 2020 Floating Bridge Press Chapbook Award. She co-authored, with Suzanne Paola, Tell it Slant: Creating, Refining, and Publishing Creative Nonfiction and, with Holly J. Hughes, The Pen and the Bell: Mindful Writing in a Busy World. Brenda’s work has received six Pushcart Prizes. She is a professor of English at Western Washington University and Associate Faculty with the Rainier Writing Workshop.