Joan Koster

About me

Ethnography is one kind of storytelling. Fiction is another. Joan Koster first learned that true living is a mixture of ritual and passion and good food washed down with wine while conducting ethnographic research among Greek shepherds. Now living on a sheep farm in upstate New York, she is finding time to spin the truths she learned into the metaphysical world only possible in fiction.

From my website

Frances Burney on What If Nobody Were Female

The silent observant Miss Fanny At the age of fifteen Frances Burney (17752-1840), despite the tears of her younger sister, tossed the plays, poems and first novel she had written on to a bonfire. Why? She was consumed with guilt. In 1767 women were not supposed to spend their time…

Maya Angelou on Being Aware of Being Aware

  Maya Angelou “I’ve learned that people will forget what you said, people will forget what you did, but people will never forget how you made them feel.”  Maya Angelou Maya Angelou passed away on May 28th. A teacher, writer, poet, activist, and dancer she is best known for her…

Caroline Lee Hentz on a Child’s Yearning

Caroline Lee Hentz (1800-1856), one of America’s most popular writers in the 1850s, sold over 93,000 copies of her more than fifteen novels and a multitude of short stories and poems. The Boston Library named her one of the top three writers of her day. Born in Massachusetts, she married…

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