A new historical fiction series about women and creativity through time.
From 1967 to the present, follow a group of women as they navigate through time periods, politics and their lives as artists, writers and poets.
Book Review: Second Best Thing: Marilyn, JFK, and A Night To Remember by James L. Swanson
"Second Best Thing is a delightful meditation about time, people, and the importance of historians. "
Laura Axelrod is an author and playwright. Originally from Connecticut, she received her BFA and MFA in Dramatic Writing from New York University, Tisch School of the Arts. As a journalist, her work has appeared in The Birmingham News and Humanities – published by the National Endowment for the Humanities. She was also a columnist at The Clyde Fitch Report, in which she interviewed changemakers and key people in the US arts scene.
Her published books include her play, Everybody in This House and a collection of early poetry and monologues, A Measuring Cup of Balances.
Laura was one of the first wave of theater bloggers in the United States, a role that was discussed in the book, Theatre Blogging: The Emergence of a Critical Culture by Megan Vaughan.
In 2008, Laura created Project 1968, a blog docu-novel exploring the lives of three young women in that tumultuous year. Educause Review discussed Project 1968 in “Web 2.0 Storytelling: Emergence of a New Genre.”
As a playwright, her work has been performed in New York, California and Europe.
A Measuring Cup of Balances
In this collection of poetry, Laura Axelrod explores the lives of women in lust, in love, in secret, and in rage through story poems, dramatic monologues and free verse. "Absence of Light," an autobiographical poem, tunnels through the depths of an abusive relationship. Told in three segments, it traces the escape, recovery and discovery.
"Other Women" features eleven poems from a woman's perspective. A mother competes with her teenage daughter for dates in "The Beginning." A bored receptionist tries to track down the cause of a stranger's suicide in "A Little Information." A Brooklyn native flirts with another woman in "Eye Level."
"Early Poems" has quirky and quick free verse about disappointing love and spirituality.
Pieces from this book have been performed in New York and San Francisco.