Randon Billings Noble is an essayist. Her work has appeared in the Modern Love column of The New York Times; The Millions; Brain, Child; Literary Mama; Los Angeles Review of Books; The Georgia Review; Shenandoah; The Rumpus; Brevity; Fourth Genre and elsewhere. A fellow at the Virginia Center for the Creative Arts and a resident at the Vermont Studio Center, she was named a 2013 Mid Atlantic Arts Foundation Creative Fellow to attend a residency at The Millay Colony for the Arts. Currently she is a nonfiction editor at r.kv.r.y quarterly and Reviews Editor at PANK.
“‘Leaving the Island’ is about pre-partum depression. It uses Robinson Crusoe as a metaphor for the isolation that depression brings, as well as the fears of being colonized and cannibalized by your own pregnancy. I would tell other mothers who are struggling that, unlike Crusoe, you are not alone! And that’s partly why I wanted to tell this story; as an essayist I write to explore the realities that our cultural myths deny.”