Happy Birthday Jane Yolen!

jane yolenThis week we celebrate Jane Yolen’s birthday. A science fiction author, poet and children’s book author Yolen’s expertise is greater than her massive body of work (she authored or edited over 280 books). What’s most impressive is her feminism and the joy she brings to what she does.

Yolen’s work on my reading list:

Her website is a joy to peruse, because of how accessible she is. Yolen speaks to us as her friends. And her best advice to authors comes in the form of a poem:

A writer has many successes:

Each new word captured.
Each completed sentence.
Each rounded paragraph leading into the next.
Each idea that sustains and then develops.
Each character who, like a wayward adolescent, leaves home and finds a life.
Each new metaphor that, like the exact error it is, some how works.
Each new book that ends–and so begins.

Selling the piece is only an exclamation point, a spot of punctuation.

With Jane Yolen as one of our many feminist speculative fiction teachers, we have the tools to keep writing and, above all, write with joy. Thank you, Jane Yolen, and happy birthday.