September 2014

An Interview with Philip Gerard

Frank Tascone
I really don’t believe in write what you know. I believe in write what you really want to find out about.

I Have Killed My Black Goat: Violence in Ai’s Poetry

Leslie McGrath
Few American poets have written as much or as effectively about violence as did Ai. The scope and persistence of violence throughout her poems was so unrelenting that it can be said that violence was Ai’s medium as much as clay might be a sculptor's.

Writing the Z-Axis: Reflection in the Nonfiction Workshop

Sean Ironman
As I see a rise in the number of students studying the genre, editors I talk with at writing conferences and other literary events say they are in need of good nonfiction, that they don’t get enough submissions.

Writing Under Another Name

Ronald Goldfarb
From the profound and historic to the commercial and modern, pseudonymous books have had a recurring role in literature.

An Interview with Xu Xi

Jeanie Chung
I do believe that, as a writer, I can and even should tell the woman’s story in its myriad forms. As much as I enjoy hearing from male readers that I write sexy fiction, I love it even more when women are moved by what I have to say.

Raiding the Larder: Research in Fact-Based Fiction

Debra Spark
I love the work of all these writers, but what I want to examine here is a very different sort of writer. I want to look at writers who don’t seem to use their kitchen cupboards, who, if anything, raid other people’s larders.

I Dance For the Joy of Surviving: Stanley Kunitz’s Meditations on the Writing Life

Dante Di Stefano
Stanley Kunitz was a patient poet, a poet whose work gained nuance by accretion. However, as with any great poet, Kunitz’s body of work resists any neat trajectory.