What defines adulthood nowadays? Or ever? In particular when do we see our own children as adults? When they are older than we were at the age we had them? When they have children of their own? Are fully self-supporting? What about the prematurely adult children some of us were or tried to be—where have they gone? And the lost and needy children in us? Are they still active? When our parents are failing, what is an adult to adult relationship then? When we have been completely dependent on someone—or fully responsible for them—is full parity ever possible? Desirable?
In this Wising Up Anthology, fifty writers explore—with zest, angst, humor, humility, anger, and love—through stories, poems, memoirs and creative non-fiction, our constantly changing and, hopefully, maturing relationships with those we raised and those who raised us.
Patricia Barone, Carol Barrett, Gayle Bell, Terri Watrous Berry, Mark Blickley, Paula Brown, Jan Callner, Alisa Childress, Beth Christensen, Lori Closter, Melodie Corrigall, Alexis David, Sera David, Pamela Brothers Denyes, Joan Dobbie, Joan Gerstein, Laura Glaves, Madlynn Haber, Janet Lunder Hanafin, Stephanie Hart, Pamela Hartmann, Catherine Hayes, Thea Heard, Lowell Jaeger, Richard Leis, Michele Markarian, Kate Meyer-Currey, Lisa Molina, Sharon Lask Munson, Jennifer Palmer, Debbie Peters, MK Punky, A.P. Quilt, Melanie Reitzel, ARooney, Mary Kay Rummel, Judith Sanders, Deborah Schmedemann, Joanell Serra, Sherry Shahan, Laurence Snydal, Paul Sohar, Penelope Starr, Melvin Sterne, Mark Tarallo, Heather Tosteson, J. West, Nancy Wick, Chris Wood, Gary Young