Sally Wiener Grotta Author, Photographer & Speaker

  • Poetic License 007
    by Sally Wiener Grotta on June 3, 2019 at 12:07 pm

    I often struggle to find just the right word to convey the picture I have in my mind of a place I've invented or a character who is demanding to live in my stories. When I find that one perfect word, I am sometimes surprised... […]

  • A Poem: What are Words?
    by Sally Wiener Grotta on May 25, 2019 at 12:33 pm

    What are words, if not wonder made flesh. Wisps of air made real by their taste, texture. dancing... […]

  • Blessings
    by Sally Wiener Grotta on May 11, 2019 at 1:47 pm

    A portrait of family love and reflections about the generations spanning time before/after we exist, on the anniversary of my father's death. "...Generations created this moment, as I composed the image and pressed the shutter button. Generations I can know only from stories told by those who came before and are no more..." […]

  • My Short Story “One Widow’s Healing” Honored by Jefferson Hospital
    by Sally Wiener Grotta on May 10, 2019 at 1:21 am

    What a thrill it was to be part of Jefferson Hospital's 2100 Health Odyssey gala, where my short story "One Widow's Healing" was among those honored. The writing prompt: to use science fiction to instigate creative thinking on the future of health care. […]

  • The Feminine Line
    by Sally Wiener Grotta on March 11, 2019 at 1:38 pm

    A poem: Sisters and mothers and mothers of mothers... We stretch through each other to the other/Generations wide and long […]

  • The Story of Us
    by Sally Wiener Grotta on March 4, 2019 at 2:40 am

    The narrative of "us" that is currently told is that we are a divided people. As long as we continue to tell and believe that story, can we be anything more than the contentious populace we are now? […]

  • Calling All Dreamers
    by Sally Wiener Grotta on February 24, 2019 at 10:55 pm

    Guest blog. In the editorial for the first issue of "DreamForge" magazine, Scot Noel writes eloquently about why he has faith in the future of humanity. […]

  • Gesundheit! Catching & Spreading the Creativity Bug
    by Sally Wiener Grotta on February 6, 2019 at 12:46 am

    Creativity is contagious, and one of my aims is to help spread the bug widely. I hope you’ll join me in this. It’s fun, meaningful, and an important key to our continued growth, well-being and success. A newsletter with essay, video, and links to other resources. […]

  • What Is It About the Human Hand? (a poem)
    by Sally Wiener Grotta on January 27, 2019 at 4:27 am

    A poem written for the American Hands photo project: What is it about the human hand? / Four fingers and an opposable thumb / That can grasp and release / Wield and yield. / But any ape can do that... […]

  • What Photography Has Taught Me About Writing… and Vice Versa
    by Sally Wiener Grotta on January 8, 2019 at 12:49 pm

    I am often asked what I mean when I say that my photography and writing inform each other. Photography, storytelling, and, yes, life... it's all about what we see, how we convey it to others and whether we can make it meaningful... […]