Saturday, June 9, 2007

Guest Blog: Jane Roper's *Baby Squared*

For our very first guest blog, I am excited to recommend the work of one of our favorite Grubbies: Jane Roper. Jane was a student in the very first fiction course I taught at Grub Street back in January of 2000. It was also Jane's first fiction workshop at Grub, though she was a writer by profession at one of Boston's most prominent advertising agencies.

Thanks in large part to my inspiration (ok, maybe I'm exaggerating a little), Jane went on to write great fiction and a beautiful novel, work that eventually landed her in the Iowa Writers Workshop. We don't acknowledge this often enough, but Jane was also one of the founders of "The Muse and the Marketplace" conference - in fact, it was Jane who named it!

She returned to Boston a couple years ago, and is now an instructor at Grub as well as a mother of twins. Jane is an excellent writer, which you'll see when you check out Baby Squared, which she promises to update about 3 times a week. Enjoy!

Jane says: "If you're not already familiar with it, is a cool new parenting site from the folks at It's aimed primarily at urban-dwelling / Gen-X parents, and has parenting advice, essays, forums, articles, etc. all with a bit of an irreverent twist. (It's also got a lot of ads for upscale baby products, which, like me, you can choose to ignore). One of my favorite guilty pleasures on the site is Fame Crawler -- the celebrity baby blog."

Thank you, Jane, for all you've done for Grub Street and for your wonderful writing. We look forward to following you on this latest adventure.

~Chris Castellani

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