A Second Blooming

Historic DeKalb Courthouse

Sunday, 3:45-4:30

A Second Blooming is a collection of essays by 21 authors who are emerging from the chrysalis they built for their younger selves and transforming into the women they are meant to be. They are not all elders, but all have embraced the second half of their lives with a generative spirit. Listen as contributors Susan Cushman and Jessica Handler discuss their stories and experiences.


Susan Cushman


Susan Cushman is editor of A Second Blooming: Becoming the Women We Are Meant to Be, author of Cherry Bomb (a novel), and author of Tangles and Plaques: A Mother and Daughter Face Alzheimer's (a memoir). She was co-director of the 2013 and 2010 Creative Nonfiction conferences in Oxford, Mississippi, and director of the 2011 Memphis Creative Nonfiction workshop. A native of Jackson, Mississippi, Cushman lives in Memphis.

Jessica Handler


Jessica Handler teaches creative writing in Atlanta. She is the author of Braving the Fire: A Guide to Writing about Grief and Loss. Her first book, Invisible Sisters: A Memoir was named one of the “Twenty Five Books All Georgians Should Read” and Atlanta magazine’s “Best Memoir of 2009.” Her nonfiction has appeared in Brevity.com, More magazine, The Chattahoochee Review, Tin House and Ars Medica.


Amber Brooks

Amber Nicole Brooks currently serves as the Nonfiction Editor of The Chattahoochee Review. Her work can be found in various literary journals and online magazines, including Five Points, The Rumpus, The Establishment, and ArtsATL.