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Why We Write: Going Back to Where It Was

by Carolyn Roy-Bornstein

The Literary Life

January/February 2015

<p>After finding him paging through her diary, a mother confronts the ethical and emotional struggles of writing about her son’s traumatic brain injury.</p>

More Ideas Faster: Writing With Abandon

by Grant Faulkner

Special Section

January/February 2015

<p>A writer learns that letting go of the need for perfectionism, and instead allowing the creative impulse to guide him fluidly and freely, can revitalize the practice of writing.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p>

Quieting the Mind: The Sound of Letting Go

by Sarah Herrington

Special Section

January/February 2015

<p>While at a ten-day silent meditation retreat, a writer reluctantly puts away her pen, choosing instead to fully inhabit herself and her experience.</p>

Perversity of Spirit: What It Takes to Be a Writer

by Rufi Thorpe

The Literary Life

September/October 2014

<p>One author argues that talent is the least important part of becoming a writer.</p>

No Ideas but in Things: The Importance of First Objects

by Elizabeth Kostova

Special Section

January/February 2014

<p>Channeling some of our earliest memories, and specifically the physical objects that often exist at the center of such recollections, can prove to be a productive writing exercise—and might just open the floodgates to inspiration.&nbsp;</p>

Pedestrian Adventures: Walking to Inspiration

by Celia Johnson

Special Section

January/February 2014

<p>A number of writers—including Dickens, Thoreau, Woolf, and Wordsworth, to name a few—have turned to walking for inspiration. This essay explores the myriad benefits that ambulatory excercise can have on the creative life.&nbsp;</p>

Urban Tumbleweed: Perambulatory Poetry

by Harryette Mullen

Special Section

January/February 2014

<p>Poet Harryette Mullen explains how daily walks inspired her most recent collection, <em>Urban Tumbleweed: Notes From a Tanka Diary</em> (Graywolf Press, 2013), and shares a selection of poems from the book.&nbsp;</p>

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The Literary Life

May/June 2013

Character calls forth writer. Writer calls forth reader. It seems straightforward—but is it? Novelist, filmmaker, and Zen Buddhist priest Ruth Ozeki explores the relationships embedded in every novel and work of fiction.

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Daily News

Publishers Weekly reports independent bookstores experienced a rise in sales over the holidays; editor Christian Wiman announced he is leaving his position at Poetry magazine; the Review Review offers an easy five-step guide to submitting your writing; and other news.

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Feature

January/February 2013

Contributing editor Frank Bures recalls a meeting with the late poet Paul Gruchow during his formative years, a memory that sparks a personal investigation to better understand the stories we tell ourselves in an unconcious attempt to make sense of our lives.

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