"With incisive, lyrical prose, Dorothy Rice articulates something important about generations of women, especially those who find comfort in language, reading and writing and use these tools to discover why it was so important to them to fit in, to belong, to be wanted by a man, even a bad man, or the wrong man." LIT PUB
"Her scenes are so well written and poignant that this is the type of reading one cannot put down, because the narrative flows so smoothly." hippocampus magazine
"When I found Dorothy Rice’s memoir, GRAY IS THE NEW BLACK, the book felt like a cosmic gift. . . With incisive, lyrical prose, Dorothy Rice articulates a longing for a generation of women seeking an honest way to see themselves, a way to authentically exist in the world." Brevity's Nonfiction Blog
"A memoir written in a year—about a year—of self-discovery, this little black book takes readers along, sometimes hilariously, sometimes with heartbreak, on the writer’s oh-so-relatable quest to exorcise some past demons, accept herself at all ages (especially now, as she grows her hair out gray), forgive herself and look ahead with clear eyes." Sacramento Magazine
Words, and Black Lives, Matter
Dorothy Rice Brevity blog (June 9, 2020)
"I am responsible for the wrongs I lament, the optimistic, brightening world-view I miss so much. My words must do better, be better. I must do better, be better, at stepping outside my protective cone of white privilege and working, speaking, acting, writing towards solutions, towards equity and the elusive American dream."
Read the post on the Brevity Blog
Writing Their Truths
Writing with kids as a 916 Ink Wordslinger (writing workshop facilitator), and before that, as an Inspirator (workshop volunteer), I’ve found that each class, each group of students, has its eager, bright-eyed participants, itching to put pen or pencil to paper, those who are there to socialize, to whisper and pass notes to friends, and a few who hunker deep in their hoodies, avoid eye contact and profess to, “hate to write.”
It’s the same with the incarcerated teenagers I’ve had the privilege to write with at the Sacramento Youth Detention Facility (YDF), and it isn’t the same. read more
It was fun answering questions like, have you ever experienced imposter syndrome, and, are your comfort foods sweet or savory, for Authors Answer. The short answers are, "oh yes," and, "neither" (I'm more of a bland, comfort foods gal - think toast with butter, biscuits and butter, anything with butter).
Read the full interview here.
Authors Answer is a new project by Elizabeth Rynecki, a writer, film director, and now a promoter of other authors! Visit her website at: www.ChasingPortraits.org and follow Authors Answer on Twitter: @AuthorsAnswer
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