* 10-minute play "Common Tongues" is among nine shorts selected for staged readings at Mill Valley Public Library's February Shorts Festival! Thanks to Lavinia Spalding, who first published this as a short story in The Best Women's Travel Writing 2011, and to playwriting teachers, Lynne Kaufmann and Dyke Garrison, who guided "translation" for the stage. At Creekside Room Tuesday February 23, 2016 at 7:00 PM Pacific Standard Time
* Pints & Prose, March 17, 2015, 6-9pm, Peri's Fairfax, Guest Reader with the Tuesday Night Writers, followed by Open Mic, strictly 5 minutes, then Live Music.
* LitQuake: LitCrawl at Rebound Books, San Rafael. Saturday October 11, 2014, 10am-11am. Reading travel stories with Laura McAndish King and Lisa Alpine.
* A tribute to Marianne Rogoff's teacher Gina Berriault and review of Berriault's new collection from Counterpoint Press, Three Short Novels, appears Summer 2014 in Mill Valley Literary Review.
* Reading at Get Lit with other women travel writers on Wednesday July 23, 2014, 7pm, Corkscrew Wine Bar, Petaluma, CA.
* An excerpt from long story "Apprehension" was published July 2014 in East Coast Ink issue on Portraiture.
LITSEEN Interview / Spring 2017
Featured in The Rumpus "Notable San Francisco" column, 5/10-5/16: Click here
Blog Hop Interview / Summer 2014
Marianne Rogoff's friend Frances Lefkowitz, SheBooks editor, flash fictionista, and author of the stellar memoir To Have Not, tagged her in a “blog hop.” In this chain, started by publisher Mark Cunningham, writers answer questions about “character” in their recent or upcoming books. Most of these books are novels so Frances challenged Marianne to address the fact that her new story collection from SheBooks, When Your Heart Cracks Open, Keep Traveling, is "a different kind of memoir," both fiction and nonfiction. At the end of this interview, Marianne pays it forward, tagging favorite writers with forthcoming books to take on the same questions.
What is the name of your character?
Jewel is the name I call myself in my stories. (In academic writing I call myself Moi.)
Is s/he fictional or a historic person?
Jewel is real; what happens is unreal, even when it really happened.
When Your Heart Cracks Open, Keep Traveling is a different kind of memoir, told in stories with elements of fiction. Whether a story happened in fact or not, Jewel is someone who veers wildly between wanting stability and peace, and craving adrenalin.
When and where is the story set?
The seven stories move through the stage of life between 25 and 45-ish, when you are trying so hard to become yourself. Jewel moves in time and place from RCA Beach (1980), to Maui (1990), Larkspur (2001), San Miguel de Allende (2004), Mill Valley (2005), Lisbon (2006), and Barcelona (2007).
What should we know about Jewel? What is her personal goal?
My first book Silvie’s Life: Biography of a Baby Girl describes the beauty, joy, and real risks of new motherhood. Jewel’s journeys here take place before and since that life-altering experience. Jewel’s goal is to stay strong and in motion, more cautious and more fearless.
What is the main conflict?What messes up his/her life?
The main conflicts are revealed in the course of events and threaten to kill Jewel’s spirit. These are travel stories, near and far, and Jewel finds life everywhere is messy, tragic, strange, unpredictable, and also orderly, full of music, art, love, and surprises.
When can we expect the book to be published? Can we read more about it?
When Your Heart Cracks Open, Keep Traveling will be published October 2014. Read more about it at SheBooks.net
Molly Giles has published two award-winning short story collections, a chapbook of flash fictions, anda novel. Her newest collection just won The Spokane Prize and is forthcoming from Willow Springs Press.THREE FOR THE ROAD, from Shebooks.net, is also being published in summer 2014.
Found Text Exercises: Locating Our Stance in Response to the World As We Find It, Young Rhetoricians’ Conference, Monterey, CA (June 2013)
The “Self-Forgetful” First-Person Point of View, Young Rhetoricians’ Conference, Monterey, CA (June 2012)
Griefwriting, Bridging Gaps: Healthcare, Ethics, Technologies, and Politics in Neonatology and Perinatology, Georgetown University, Washington, DC (Nov 2010)
Griefwriting, Compassionate Friends National Conference, Portland, OR (July 2009)
Saying No to Treatment, National Perinatal Bereavement Conference, Chicago (Oct 2006)
Estar Grávida é Estar de Esperanças[Silvie’s Life, in translation] (May 2006):
Il Seminário de Neonatologia, Viana do Costelo, Portugal
Instituto Superior de Psicologia Aplicada, Lisboa, Portugal Instituto de Bioética da Universidade Católica, Porto, Portugal
Feira do Livros, Lisboa, Portugal
Palliative Care: Preparing for the Transition, Humanity, Technology & Perinatology: Good Ethics Based on Good Information, San Diego (Oct, 2004)
Big History Summer Institute: Big Bang to the Present (June 2013)
Pacifica Graduate Institute Public Programs
Imagination and Medicine III: Healing in an Age of Neuroscience: Creating Healing Environments with Stephen Aizenstat, Robert Bosnak, Michael Kearney, Jon La Puma, Lawrence Spann, Elizabeth Nelson, Marion Woodman (Oct 2011)
Imagination and Medicine II: Healing in an Age of Neuroscience: The Body in Depth Psychology with Stephen Aizenstat, Robert Bosnak, Ed Casey, Michael Kearney, Alan Kilpatrick, Richard Kradin, Ginette Paris, Robert Romanyshyn (Jan 2010)
Old and Young: Senex and Puer with James Hillman (April 2010)
Assisi Institute for the Study of Archetypal Pattern Analysis
Psyche, Archetypes, and Eternal Patterns with Dennis Patrick Slattery, Michael Conforti, and Richard Tarnas (May 2009)
California Writers Club–Marin: Afternoon Workshop
Writing Travel Stories (Feb 2012)
California Writers Club–Berkeley: One-Day Workshops
Sense of Place (Nov 2010)
Writing Travel Stories (April 2010)
Art of the Noun (Nov 2009)
Strategies for Learning, Oakland
Writing Specialist: Berkeley Montessori School Journalism Group (Fall 2008)
Marin Brain Injury Network
Editor: Poetry by center participants (Spring 2005)
Writing for Your Health
Leader: Group for cancer patients writing their life stories (2002–2003)
Marin Women's Hall of Fame
Facilitated biography writing project with nonfiction class at Redwood High School (Fall 2003)
Wrote biographies of Isabel Allende, Beth Ashley, Rosie Casals, Sister Samuel Conlan (1990s)
Kent Middle School
Facilitator: Journalism Club for students to write and produce school newspaper (1999–2003)