Céillie Clark-Keane is a writer living in Boston. She has a Master's in English Literature from Northeastern University and undergraduate degrees in English and Classics from Union College. Her short fiction and essays have been published by Electric Literature, Ploughshares online, Bustle, Entropy, Rag-Queen Periodical, and more.
I can’t remember now whether that was because my favorite English teacher lent me a copy, or the single-room library in town happened to hold a slim edition on their limited shelf-space. I do remember that my reaction was immediate. I was enamored, and I was settled: this would be my reinvention.
The funeral was on a Thursday morning. The memorial service on campus was scheduled right away for that Friday, but I told my mom I’d stay for the weekend, maybe longer.
On July 29th, 1788, the Salem Mercury published a story about Elizabeth Whitman, an educated, single woman from Connecticut who died alone and away from home at the Bell Tavern in then-Danvers, Massachusetts, after giving birth to a stillborn baby.