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Stories That Sing: A Profile of Michael Williams

Online Only, posted 12.16.14

It’s still early morning as I make my way by taxi across Cape Town, traveling from our ship in the harbor to the Artscape Theatre Center on the Foreshore. It’s a sharp, blue-sky day in late March.

Answer Songs: Music as Muse

12.16.14

A songwriter responds to literature—such as stories by Jonathan Lethem and George Saunders—with music, carrying the creative conversation across art forms.

 

Muradov's Accidental Inspiration

12.16.14

“My work is a lifelong celebration of futility.” Artist Roman Muradov, designer of this issue’s cover, discusses his various wells of inspiration, his relationship to the written word, and the importance of doing nothing.

The Problem of Entitlement: A Question of Respect

8.20.14

A writer and workshop instructor grapples with what he sees as an increasing resistance toward the work of established authors among writing students.

I Wasn't Born Yesterday: The Beauty of Backstory

8.31.13

Novelist Eleanor Henderson discusses the beauty and necessity of backstory in fiction, offering a counterpoint to a previously published article in which novelist Benjamin Percy warned writers about the dangers of backstory.

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The Time Is Now: Writing Prompts and Exercises

by Staff

The Literary Life

January/February 2016

<p>Experiment with myth, reinvent your relationships, and give love a bad name—three prompts to ignite the creative process.</p>

Elena Passarello Craft Capsule: Portland 2015

Essayist Elena Passarello presents "Point Sublime: Research and Uncertainty in the Literary Essay" as part of the Craft Capsules portion of Poets & Writers Live in Portland, Oregon, on October 17, 2015

Leni Zumas Craft Capsule: Portland 2015

Fiction writer Leni Zumas presents "In Praise of Debris: On Using Shards, Dregs, and Detritus in Fiction" as part of the Craft Capsules portion of Poets & Writers Live in Portland, Oregon, on October 17, 2015.

Matthew Dickman Craft Capsule: Portland 2015

Poet Matthew Dickman presents "Skinheads, Suicide, and Government Assistance: Why Subjects Don't Make Poets Into Heroes" as part of the Craft Capsules portion of Poets & Writers Live in Portland, Oregon, on October 17, 2015.

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The Time Is Now

by Staff

The Literary Life

November/December 2015

<p>Invent new words, change your perceptions, or get mistaken for strangers--three exercises to flex your creative muscles.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p>
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