Marcia Aldrich: "What I Think About When I Think About Trouble"

Marcia Aldrich received her master’s in creative writing and her Ph.D in English from the University of Washington; she is an associate professor of creative writing at Michigan State University. She is the author of a memoir called Girl Rearing, as well as poems, short stories, essays, and works of creative nonfiction which have appeared in a wide variety of venues, including Seneca Review, Northwest Review, Mississippi Review, The Best American Essays, The Beacon Book of Essays by Contemporary American Women and been nominated for two Pushcart Prizes. Last fall her essay “My Mother’s Toenails” appeared in The Best of Brevity, and most recently her essay “The Bed of Metamorphosis,” originally published in The Fourth Genre, was selected as a Notable Essay of 2006. She is completing a second collection of essays tentatively titled The Mother Bed; she is also Senior Editor of The Fourth Genre.