In the midst of acne, social anxiety and training bras are the teen idols that make adolescent life a little more bearable. Whether their cutouts are plastered on bedroom walls or hidden behind locker doors, there is no denying the impact of these stars on young women. This collection of new essays explores with tenderness and humor the teen crushes of the past 60 years--from Elvis to John Lennon to Whitney Houston--who have influenced the choices of women, romantically or otherwise, well into adulthood.
Leslie Lawrence is the author of The Death of Fred Astaire—and Other Essays From a Life Outside the Lines (SUNY Press). Recent online publications can be found at Literary Mama, Solstice Magazine and The AWP’s Writer’s Notebook. Her Idol Talk contribution pays tribute to Janis Joplin. When she isn’t writing or dancing with abandon, Lawrence teaches at Grub Street and in her home in Cambridge, Massachusetts.
Lee Kahrs is the managing editor of The Reporter newspaper in Brandon, Vt., a weekly community newspaper with a loyal, rabid following and a circulation of 1,500. She graduated in July with her MFA in Creative Nonfiction from the University of Southern Maine’s Stonecoast MFA program. In addition to Idol Talk, her creative nonfiction also appears in in the July 2018 issue of The Stonecoast Review. Lee’s goal with her writing is to bring Butch lesbian life to the fore. To that end, she has completed a collection of essays detailing her life as a 9/11 refugee and her move to domestic life in Vermont. She is also working on a TV show, and a nonfiction book about the dearth of Butch lesbians characters in modern literature, film and television.
Kate Kastelein lives in an old, slightly haunted house with her husband and two children. Kate writes a little bit of everything, non-fiction, speculative and dark fiction, as well as the occasional children's book. Her work has appeared in numerous regional and online publications, including NonBinary Review, Medusa's Laugh Press, New England Post, and Activity Maine. She has an MFA in creative writing from the University of Southern Maine.