Author Literary Journalism

Julie’s Journal

Seeing Zoe

Seeing Zoe

She was much taller than I expected. With the thinness of an athlete, a runner’s build. But she still had the freckles I remembered when I first started writing about her, and that same porcelain-doll skin. I also recognized that serious, almost introspective look that surfaced whenever she put her hands on Rikki.



Stepping Into the Danger Zone (and Finding Myself Aloft)

Stepping Into the Danger Zone (and Finding Myself Aloft)

In a story that ran in Oxford American late last year, author Patsy Sims recalls meeting a man accused of being a ringleader with the Ku Klux Klan, as well as organizer of the murders of three civil rights workers in Mississippi. “I realize now…that choosing to interview him in my motel room was not the smartest thing I’ve ever done.”



The Keeper of the Pieces

The Keeper of the Pieces

I’ve been re-working some personal essays recently for a series of books under the title Storybook Tallahassee. These stories are like a folding table in the living room corner covered in puzzle pieces. That’s been my life: the keeper of the pieces…