Marjorie Manwaring's "Letter From Zelda"
In "Letter from Zelda," poet Marjorie Manwaring creates an imaginary letter to F. Scott Fitzgerald, written by his wife Zelda from her room in a mental hospital.
The Fitzgeralds were celebrities in the Jazz Age of the 1920s, and F. Scott became famous for his novels, including "The Great Gatsby." Zelda was also a talented writer, though she never achieved the kind of success she craved.
"Letter from Zelda" was originally published online in the DMQ Review; you can read it online. It also appears in Manwaring's collection, "Search for a Velvet-Lined Cape" (Mayapple Press, 2013).
Marjorie Manwaring was recorded in the KUOW studios on March 22, 2013.