They laughed and recounted the ways Molly would try to get Jill's attention, and how Jill remained completely oblivious to the true nature of her future partner's requests for "help" with her writing.
by Lorna Doone Brewer photos by Steve Rodenbough
an interview with Wagner Spencer
hen I look back on my interview with Jill Wagner and her partner Molly Spencer, what stands out to me is "color." There were touches of it everywhere. From the open invitation that always accompanies a red front door, to the almost-but-not-quite out of place woven orange table mat, these splashes of color reached out, as if to say, "Hi, welcome to our unique corner of the world." The effect was complete when I stepped into their newly-painted living room with its walls in what they told me they had dubbed "pasta sauce," "curry," and "molasses cookie." You may know Jill from her "Out on the Town" column in the Spokesman-Review's now-defunct publication called 7. In this weekly paper, Jill was able to explore some of her own feelings about what it means to be gay in Spokane, as well as to offer information about fun and interesting events around town. When the S-R had to lay off folks last year, both the column and the publication got the axe. Not one to be easily deterred, Jill packed up her words and moved them to a new place on the Internet where she still reaches her readers through Out Write Girl (outwritegirl. blogspot.com), a blog that covers many of the same topics. Jill & Molly continued on page 18
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