It has been decades since I have lived back East where I grew up, but I have been longing recently to return for a visit. It’s not that I haven’t visited over the years of my absence — I have made it a practice to get back East to Boston…

This past weekend I attended a live theater performance for the first time in 20 months. It was an electric evening. Everyone was thrilled to be there, sitting next to “real” people (vaxxed and masked). When the artistic director delivered his opening remarks, we applauded like released lunatics for everything…

There are two men in our small city who have become familiar figures to most of us. Lean and weathered, they push loaded carts along the streets and sidewalks; unlike most street people they are keen-eyed and determined; they seem to know where they’re going. Reputed to be brothers —…

I have always been a fiction writer at heart, but before I committed myself fully to fiction, I worked in film, writing screenplays and directing films, simultaneously teaching film production and screenwriting. It’s a cardinal rule in screenwriting that conflict is the engine of any good story. Without clear conflict…

Hooray for the mouth. Sing its praises. Such a versatile capable orifice. Gateway to the stomach, conduit for food and drink. Home to the tongue and teeth. Framed by soft pink lips. The mouth speaks. Sings. Whispers. Shouts. Blows. Swallows. Sucks. Spits. Swills. Gargles. Kisses. Licks. Smiles.

Until it doesn’t.

I have always loved reading about science. It often makes me wish I’d become a science writer. There is so much wonder and mystery in science, so much that is known and so much yet to be discovered. But I have developed an unfortunate habit of trying to apply the…

As a novelist, I consider it my job to portray people accurately on the page. I allow myself to fabricate any number of alternative realities, but I must always populate them with recognizable people whose behavior is guided by the impulses, aspirations, fears, etc. …

Cai Emmons

Cai Emmons is the author of 5 books of fiction, most recently the novel, SINKING ISLANDS. Two more of her novels will be published in 2022.

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