The Naomi & The Reckoning audiobook is now available for download!
Naomi & The Reckoning follows Naomi, a young woman with a physical deformity. Struggling with body acceptance all her life, Naomi also comes from a strict religious upbringing. Purity culture further complicated her relationship with her body and, now recently married, she can’t find sexual satisfaction. The book opens with five narrative poems that lead into the central story, a work of prose fiction. (Total running time: 41 minutes 26 seconds). For the film, go here.
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About The Director/Author
Christine Sloan Stoddard is a Salvadoran-American writer and artist creating books, films, murals, and more. She founded Quail Bell Magazine, the feminist podcast Badass Lady-Folk, and the studio Quail Bell Press & Productions. Her newest poetry and photography book is Heaven is a Photograph, a collection about an art student who finds her power behind the lens. Additional books include Hello, New York: The Living And Dead, Naomi & The Reckoning, Desert Fox by the Sea, Belladonna Magic, and Water for the Cactus Woman, among others. Her nationally award-winning stage play, "Mi Abuela, Queen of Nightmares," is included in the book, Two Plays, along with "True Believer" by Justice Hehir, fellow Table Work Press winner. In 2020, Christine directed a suite of 13 experimental music videos featuring the music of Queens musician John Davis; the videos became the film Virtual Caress and have been selected for the New York Tri-State Film Festival, New Wave Film Festival, the Montreal Independent Film Festival, and other virtual initiatives. Her film Bottled is now available for streaming on Amazon Prime Video, with Butterflies and Drunken History now on Amazon Prime Video UK. Find out more at WorldOfChristineStoddard.com.
About The Narrator
Born in Brooklyn and native to Long Island, Donna Morales began her career in the arts at the early age of six. Former professional ballet dancer with Eglevsky ballet, The South Shore Dance Company(1980-83) and Palm City Ballet Company (2017). Former owner/artistic director of Minnie World Dance Studio (1991). Donna has always had a passion for telling stories through movement. A 25 year career as an Early Childhood Educator for NYC Dept of Education helped sharpen her skills as an actress, using her students as a consistent audience. She grew to be a character actress with a wide range, who reunited with her acting career once the nest was empty at home, appearing in several main stage musical theater, original one acts and classic play productions at both community, regional theaters and recently Off-Off Broadway. Donna’s film career began with her first Industrial video appearance, for the NYC Dept. of Education's Informational video, titled “Message from the Chancellor" (October 2016). Her film credits now include Kill (2018), Marley (2018), Gone (2019), and Essence (2020), which premiered at the NYLIFF festival. Her most recent credit is Manhattan South pilot (2021) in a featured role, directed by Chris Cardona. Find out more at DonnaMoralesActress.com.
About the Music Producer
Deniz Zeynep scored the music for the Quail Bell film, Bottled (2020), written/directed by and starring Christine Sloan Stoddard. Now available on Amazon Prime, the film has received press coverage from Broad Street and Shades of Long Island and was selected by the 2020 NYLIFF, SHIFT:ibpcpa/Scotland, and CelebrateWomxn845. Deniz and Christine also collaborated on the Quail Bell poetry film, Butterflies (2020) starring Disnie Sebastien, which was selected as a 2020 Visual Poetry Project. The film was scored by Deniz, directed and written by Christine and features a poem by Teri Elam. Deniz is also a regular collaborator with Brooklyn-based filmmaker and multidisciplinary artist Alexis Karl.
Buy The Print Book!
Naomi & The Reckoning was first released as a traditional print book by Finishing Line Press in 2020. The novelette has received stunning reviews from Glassworks and Broad Non Grata.
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"In this novelette, Stoddard brings forth a question that most women seem to have; why are these things never spoken of? Naomi & the Reckoning divulges the world’s sickening truths about women and how they are treated. She not only brings a certain awareness to the problem at hand, but also discusses a wide range of topics that her female audience can relate to; seeking comfort in the fact that they are not alone, finding a sort of consolation in this age of realization. This novelette was an outstanding read, and I hope to see more of what Stoddard has to offer for females as we attempt to mend the attitude towards who a woman is supposed to be."
–Angela Faustino, Glassworks editor
"Christine Sloan Stoddard‘s Naomi & The Reckoning is a tiny but fierce resistance. At once brutal and beautiful, this short collection captures the visceral echoes of pain thrust upon the female gender. Stoddard dives into the deep end of rape, trauma, religion, and relationship with a keen voice and potent message."
–Holly Lyn Walrath, author of Glimmerglass Girl
Quail Bell Press & Productions would like to thank the following individuals for their support of and assistance with this project: Leah Maines, Christen Kincaid, Elizabeth Maines McCleavy, Ghia Vitale, Disnie Sebastien, Mari Pack, Alex Carrigan, Marisa Mirone, Danielle Russell, Shawn Inglima, and Bill Cushing.