Dear Friends,

On Saturday (tomorrow!), I will be 60 years old. It’s kind of astonishing, and at the same time I feel grateful to have made it this far and with all the blessings I have in my life (you are prominent among them!

I don’t usually make a big deal out of my birthday, but 60 is a particular marker, and so I am writing to ask for your help.

We live now in a world that requires more and more promotion and self-promotion, so to ensure that I have another few decades of viability as a writer, I’m asking you for the following:

If you have ever read a book of mine that you enjoyed, would you please go to Amazon and leave a review? It only needs to be a few sentences, plus a title and some stars, and yes, you do need to have an amazon account but you don’t have to buy anything from them. I know you read Wounded World: lyric essays about our spiritual disquiet, at least on this blog, so that might be a place to start. Here is a link to the Amazon page:

Here are some other options:

Bailey’s Beads, novel (new paperback edition),

Embers (a novel in poems),

Insurgent Muse: life and art at the Woman’s Building,

The Labrys Reunion (novel),

Stealing Angel (novel),

Thank you for your participation, your friendship and support. I have approached people using a few lists, so I do apologize if you’ve received a version of this request twice.

With love and appreciation,

And just for fun, here’s a picture of Annie at the computer: