Recently, I revisited one of my favorite places in the world, Knox College’s Seymour Library. It’s one of the coziest places to read that you can imagine, with big overstuffed chairs next to a gigantic stone fireplace on one side, rows of beautiful wood tables on the other, all under gorgeous mullioned windows and Tiffany-style overhead chandeliers. Coming from a poor family and a mill village, bare-bones library to this was like being bestowed incredible riches. Come to think of it, I was bestowed riches by the experience; the librarians, working with my professors, taught me how to do research in depth, skills that lasted me into graduate school.
I am grateful for the help.
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Glenda Bailey-Mershon is the author of the novel Eve’s Garden (Twisted Road, 2014), the story of three generations of Romani women surviving in North Georgia, USA, during the 1960s. She is also the author of Weaver’s Knot: Poems (Finishing Line Press, forthcoming 2023) and other poetry titles, including sa-co-ni-ge/blue smoke: poems from the Southern Appalachians (Jane’s Stories) and Bird Talk: Poems (Wild Dove). A founder of the nonprofit, Jane’s Stories Press Foundarion, which presents the Clara Johnson Award for Women’s Literature, she edited four of their anthologies, the latest being Bridges and Borders, featuring immigrant women writers.
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