Help Tuscaloosa: Brief Essays from Michael Martone and Wendy Rawlings
May 4, 2011 § 5 Comments
One week ago, a massive tornado tore through Tuscaloosa, Alabama, home of a vibrant writing community associated with the U of A’s esteemed MFA program. Brevity has been gifted with stellar essays from Tuscaloosa students and alums over the years, and our next issue will feature essays from Michael Martone and Wendy Rawlings.
Martone’s essay was written just days after the deadly tornado touched down, killing at least 40 individuals and leaving many, town and gown alike, homeless; Rawlings’ poignant look at her Tuscaloosa neighborhood was written before the storm, and sat in our submissions queue on the evening the tornado turned the city’s neighborhoods inside out.
We’ve decided to extend the reach of our Tuscaloosa benefit by releasing these two essays one week early: MARTONE ESSAY and RAWLINGS ESSAY. Please spread the word via Facebook, Twitter, e-mail, or whatever method you choose. These beautiful essays deserve as wide a readership as possible, and we hope that after reading them, you will make a donation to Give Tuscaloosa tornado relief or to the West Alabama Food Bank.
Thank you for this. Enjoyed Martone’s essay and still have to read Rawlings. I love the haiku imagery of texting it out and the tinny peeps coming back and then nothing.
I love both essays – each with a clarity of detail and a quiet depth.
You may also want to see an undergrad’s report of her experience of the tornado:
[…] Brevity also has information about how to contribute to the relief effort in Tuscaloosa. Queries about how to help Alabama’s libraries may be directed to Rebecca Mitchell at firstname.lastname@example.org. Although we can’t all be Charlie Sheen and go down to Tuscaloosa ourselves, a box of books or a few dollars would be a great help. […]
Rawlings’ essay made me long for something interesting in my own neighborhood. Even with the recent tornado, it sounds like a place we’d all be lucky to visit.
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