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Randon Billings Noble

Randon Billings Noble
"Leaving the Island"
 

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.”