Belle Boggs

Belle Boggs is the author of The Gulf; The Art of Waiting: On Fertility, Medicine, and Motherhood; and Mattaponi Queen, all from Graywolf Press. She is professor of English and director of the MFA program in creative writing at North Carolina State University and is also co-author, with Beatrice Allen, of the free newsletter Frog Trouble Times.

Unreliable Narrators

A mother and her daughter look closely at their home place, recording what true things they can about the Haw River, frogs, protest, and pollution in the age of climate crisis.

In the Peanut Hospital

Waiting as her mother undergoes a mysterious surgery, an essayist ponders “female trouble,” infertility, and the shifting roles mothers and daughters play in each other’s lives.

Imaginary Children

  It’s ten o’clock on a Tuesday morning in December, and I’m waiting to see a matinee performance of that holiday classic, Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf?, with twelve of my AP English students. The drama teacher is next to…