An Interview with Mira Ptacin, by Olga Kreimer
Mira Ptacin’s debut memoir, Poor Your Soul, about the grief of losing an unexpected pregnancy at twenty-eight, is not depressing. This might be surprising; between that event and the braided-in story of her brother’s sudden death at sixteen, you expect tears before you’re done reading the dust jacket summary. But the slice of her history that Mira’s book offers is full of color and nuance, peppered with details and even humor that breathe life into all its layers. The result will probably still make you cry. But it’s the familiar details that bring it home, the flashes of recognition of sticky youth, new love, New York City sidewalks, iron-willed parents, teenage cigarettes, petulant silences, 80s fashion, puzzling neighbors, unexpected joy—and of grief and pain, yes, but also of irrepressible resilience.
A Reading at Engine, Featuring Douglas W. Milliken, Joshua Bodwell, Mira Ptacin, and Bill Roorbach
The latest installment of In the Telling, our semi-weekly podcast series, captures a reading that took place at Engine, a nonprofit arts organization located in Biddeford, Maine. The reading featured Slice alums who reside in Maine: Douglas W. Milliken, Joshua Bodwell, Mira Ptacin, and Bill Roorbach. As you’ll notice in the podcast, it was lively event, fueled by great prose and some delicious beer from the folks at Banded Horn Brewing Co. Our sincere thanks to Tammy Ackerman, the director of Engine, for co-hosting the event. Peter Swegart, also a Maine native, produced this issue of “In the Telling.”