A CAFÉ IN SPACE: THE ANAIS NIN LITERARY JOURNAL
Anaïs Nin: Part Two of my Life
Volume 13 - ISBN: 978-0-9889170-7-1
1 Anaïs Nin: Part Two of My Life—From Trapeze
18 Benjamin Franklin V: Setting the Record Straight—On Trapeze
23 Barbara Kraft: Henry Miller: The Last Days—An excerpt from the new memoir
32 Lana Fox: Love Will Come—How Anaïs Nin fostered my erotic creativity
42 Jean Owen: Anaïs Nin’s Father—Romance as a rite of incest
57 Jessica Gilbey: Our Mother (Re)Born—The fertile treasure of Nin’s matrilineality
78 Marina Lou-Ferrer: Anaïs and I—A woman’s journey
84 C.L. (Lanny) Baldwin: A Movement in Mauve—A memoir
103 Diana Raab: Inspired by Anaïs Nin
109 Erin Dunbar: A Literary Love Unrequited—Anaïs Nin and Djuna Barnes
117 Ellie Kissel: Anaïs Nin: The Feminine Voice and Erotic Literature
130 Chrissi Sepe: Anaïs Nin’s Diary—A recipe for immortality
136 Danica Davidson: The Notebook
137 Colette Standish: “Paris”
138 David Wilde: The Train
141 Marina Ferrer: Poems
143 Diana Raab: What is it about you
144 Marc Widershien: What if Love
145 Kennedy Gammage: Monstrous Gravity
147 Items of Interest
Notes on Contributors
C.L. (Lanny) Baldwin (1912-2006) was a New York businessman who wrote poetry published by Anaïs Nin’s Gemor Press in the mid-1940s. Nin’s relationship with him is detailed in Mirages: The Unexpurgated Diary of Anaïs Nin, 1939-1947.
Danica Davidson is a professional novelist and journalist who has been an avid Nin reader since high school. She’s the author of the children’s adventure novels Escape from the Overworld and Attack on the Overworld. Her art guide Manga Art for Beginners will be released in March and her children's novels The Rise of Herobrineand Down Into the Nether will be released in April and June, respectively.
Erin Dunbar attained her Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees in English Literature from the University of North Texas, and is working on her Ph.D. from the University of Louisiana at Lafayette. In addition to ongoing academic research and publication, she writes for several industries and teaches a variety of English courses at local colleges.
Marina Lou-Ferrer is a bilingual poet from Brazil, as well as an analytical psychology enthusiast. Amongst her main inspirations are Anaïs Nin and Friedrich Nietzsche. When not working on books, she likes to explore the realms of mythology and spirituality.
Lana Fox is co-founder of the erotic Go Deeper Press. Her books include Cathedral of Furs: Ardent Erotica Inspired by Anaïs Nin, Cream: An Erotic Romance, Shameless Behavior: Brazen Stories of Overcoming Shame, and the forthcoming fantasy Maddie Aflame!
Benjamin Franklin V has written about Anaïs Nin since the 1960s. His most recent book, An Encyclopedia of South Carolina Jazz and Blues Musicians, is forthcoming from the University of South Carolina Press.
Kennedy Gammage was an English major at U.C. Berkeley and resides in San Diego. He has been published in A Café in Space, SN Review, Deus Loci and The San Diego Poetry Annual.
Jessica Gilbey recently completed her doctorate studies in Anaïs Nin and maternal philosophy at Western Sydney University, Australia, and she graduates in April 2016. She taught undergraduate classes in the school of Humanities, Arts and Communication for six years and now works in research within the university. Enjoying all things Anaïs Nin, poetic, literary, maternal, sexual, feminist, artistic, and/or philo-sophical, Jessica authors a blog titled Milky Wor(l)ds and Wishes Whirled.
Elizabeth (Ellie) Kissel has a B.A. in English Literature from Eastern Kentucky University and is currently a library assistant at Oldham County Public Library in Kentucky.
Barbara Kraft, former reporter for several publications including Time, is author of Anaïs Nin: The Last Days, Henry Miller: The Last Days and The Restless Spirit: Journal of a Gemini, with a preface by Anaïs Nin. Kraft’s work has appeared in journals such as The Hudson Review and Michigan Quarterly. She has hosted and produced many radio programs for KCRW, the Santa Monica-based NPR station. Kraft is a Registered Reader at the Huntington Library in San Marino.
Jean Owen is an academic researcher and writer based in London. She is currently preparing her Ph.D. thesis for publication and is writing a novel.
Diana Raab, Ph.D. is an award-winning memoirist, poet, and blogger, transpersonal psychologist, and author of eight books. She has taken an enormous amount of inspiration from Anaïs Nin and is an advocate of writing for transformation and empowerment who teaches workshops world-wide. She’s a regular blogger for Psychology Today, Huffington Post (Huff50), and BrainSpeak.
Chrissi Sepe is a novelist and musician who has studied writing and music in Canada and Boston, Massachusetts. She has published two literary novels, Iggy Gorgess and Bliss, Bliss, Bliss, whose title came from an Anaïs Nin diary quote. She currently lives in New York City and is working on her fourth novel.
Colette Standish is a painter, photographer and illustrator. Author of poetry and art books Viaggio: A journey through life and Tango, Colette is at work on various new projects. Born in London, England, she now resides in the San Francisco Bay area.
Dr. Marc Widershien, who was born in Boston, has written twenty-one books. His contribution to this issue is from “Springvale,” a new book to be issued in the spring. He gives workshops in Maine and is on the board of the Goodall Library, Sanford, Maine.
David Wilde, originally from the Rhondda Valleys of South Wales, is a long-time resident of New Mexico and a sometimes independent scholar at University of New Mexico. In 1993 a postcard from Lawrence Ferlinghetti stated: “You are quite mad or a genius in the wild.” He is currently working on a biography of uncle-painter A.C. Slawson, and notes that his influences include Lawrence Durrell, Henry Miller and Anaïs Nin. He has been published in Portuguese and Spanish.