Helen W. Mallon

Helen MallonHelen W. Mallon draws on her Philadelphia Quaker background to explore the tension between tradition and change.  Her short stories explore a compassionate response to the pain and grace of the human journey.

 As a writing coach, Helen combines Buddhist principles of mindful listening with technical guidance as she guides clients to do their best work.  She works with private clients in person or online, and she conducts workshops in Northwest Philadelphia.
 Her book reviews appear regularly in the Philadelphia Inquirer  and Fiction Writers Review.  Her essays, poems, and short stories have appeared in the Inquirer, Philadelphia Stories Magazine, Apiary Online, Mars Hill Review, The Journal of Compressed Creative Arts, and more.
 Mindful Writing Tweets: @helenwmallon

The Beautiful Name: Four Stories

By Helen W. Mallon   

With an eye for quirky detail, Helen W. Mallon presents four lively characters who are each, in different ways, on a blindfolded hunt for intimacy. Izzy, the burned-out mother of twins in Did You Put the Cat to Bed? tries to provoke her clueless husband by painting the town red.

In ‘You Say You Want […]

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Indecent Exposure

By Helen W. Mallon   

Indecent Exposure is an unforgettable story about the power of love despite one family’s failure to express emotion. The family patriarch, a WWII veteran, attributed his survival to the bombing of Hiroshima; his children Chip and Emily grew up under the shadow of survivor guilt.

When their father dies, the two find themselves on the […]

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Casual Day at the Crazy House

By Helen W. Mallon   

Sarah’s pumped about her upcoming graduation from a Quaker high school, but there’s a hitch. Her father moved into the bathroom several months ago, sleeping in the tub, eating meals, and running his business from his tiled sanctuary. Sarah’s grandma finds a shrink named Dr. Krishnamurthy who makes house calls, but Sarah’s managed to insult […]

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You Say You Want a Revolution

By Helen W. Mallon   

Like all revolutions, the sexual revolution had casualties. Sarah, a motherless teenager of the early ‘70s, celebrates her “liberation” in a self-destructive way, unwilling to admit she’s being used. At Sarah’s own moment of greatest danger, she tries to rescue someone else—and discovers her latent power.

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Did You Put the Cat to Bed

By Helen W. Mallon   

So Izzy got knocked up. Not by one of the art school bad boys, but by white-bread Harris, her neighbor. Her churchgoing pillar of a dad reminded Izzy that she “can do anything she puts her mind to,” the moral heft of this single option given momentum by her father’s imminent death from cancer.

But […]

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