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How To Have A WILD New Year

If you loved reading and watching Wild but craved more…
…Don’t miss Micah Perks’ Shebook on wilderness, her roaming daughter, and how Wild sent her on a journey of her own.

Alone in the Woods: Cheryl Strayed, My Daughter, and Me

Micah Perks

What do you do when fate hands you a wild daughter? As Micah recounts her struggles to raise a brave daughter and to keep her safe at the same time, she also tells the story of her own sometimes humorous, sometimes harrowing two week solo adventure in the Adirondack Mountains as a teenager. Micah Perks’ candid short memoir takes an insightful look at women and the wild, the wildness she experienced as a child on a commune in the Adirondack wilderness, the ways women and wildness are depicted in movies and books like Cheryl Strayed’s bestselling memoir Wild, and the wilderness she discovers insider her own daughter.

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Alone in the Woods: Beautifully Hypnotic Trailer

Micah Perks is the head of the creative writing program at UCSC and has written extensively about her childhood growing up on a commune in the Adirondacks. Her Shebook Alone in the Woods is a meditation on wilderness, the wildness she sees in her adolescent daughter and memories of her own wild girlhood. Here is the beautifully hypnotic trailer for Alone in the Woods.



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Alone in the Woods

Micah Perks, author of the Shebook Alone in the Woods, chats about her distaste for semicolons, her Incredible Hulk strength, and her upcoming writing projects.


Is there anything that you consider too personal to write about? How do you find that edge?

I can’t think of anything “too” personal to write about myself, but I do try to be really careful when writing about other people. When I wrote my full-length memoir, Pagan Time, I showed the manuscript to my family, asked for their responses, and then included their responses in the last chapter. For Alone in the Woods, I showed the manuscript to my daughter and asked her if she was OK with it. I actually ended up including her response in the e-book, too. So, I guess giving the people I write about a chance to voice their version of the story is important to me.

How do you define “truth” in memoir?

For me, it’s simple. I can’t make anything up. Unless I make clear I’m making it up, like I say, I imagine…

Do you currently have a job other than writing? What’s the most interesting day job you’ve had?

I love my job as a professor, but I really enjoyed teaching water aerobics way back. I would make everyone get in a conga line, and we’d bounce down the edge of the pool to Aretha Franklin’s “Chain of Fools.”

What’s an odd fact about you that not many people know?

I’m secretly really, really strong, like Incredible Hulk strong.

What is your favorite word right now?

I don’t know, but my least favorite word is gonna used in prose. And being—I hate that conjugation of to be, too. I also hate semicolons.

 Who are some of your favorite authors?

I love so many authors. But favorite authors who write about women who could make it alone in the woods—Charlotte Bronte, Edith Wharton, Willa Cather, Marilynne Robinson, Angela Carter, Sarah Waters, and most recently I loved The Wall by Marlen Haushofer.

What writing projects are you working on now?

I’m finishing up a story about Typhoid Mary, writing an essay about Edith Wharton, and just finished a novel that took me over ten years to write, A Shadow, A Blast, A Bubble.

Aside from writing, do you have any other secret talents?

Nothing besides the incredible secret strength I mentioned before


Micah Perks is author of the Shebook, Alone in the Woods

Alone in the Woods