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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


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


The Problem of Entitlement: A Question of Respect


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

The Written Image: LOADING


Visual artist Jonathan Allen and poet Anselm Berrigan team up to create LOADING, an exhibit in New York City that will be published in book form this fall by Brooklyn Arts Press.

Discovering the Poetry of the Wild


Ecological artist and sculptor Ana Flores connects communites to the land around them through a series of installations that combine poetry, visual art, and nature observation.

The Poetry Pilgrim Presses On


Poet Crystal Hoffman sets out on a pilgrimage across the country to write a collection of poetry and essays based on the narratives of people she meets along the way. And she’s doing it all on foot. 

The Way of the Workshop

by Kevin Larimer

Special Section

September/October 2015

<p>Not all MFA workshops are created equal. Eight writers and teachers describe their individual approaches to workshop and the culture of the classroom, revealing a range of aesthetic and pedagogical principles that reaffirm the value of writers coming together to share their work and learn from one another.&nbsp;</p> <p>&nbsp;</p>

The Mature MFA: Going Back to School as an Older Student

by Shannon Reed

Special Section

September/October 2015

<p>Shannon Reed’s friends didn’t quite understand her decision to go back to school at the age of thirty-eight to earn an MFA. For writers thinking about returning to school as an older student, Reed provides a primer for what to expect, soliciting sage advice from several writers who made the same decision.</p>

My Own Path to Publication: Choosing to Forgo the MFA

by Marie Myung-Ok Lee

Special Section

September/October 2015

<p>Though helpful to many writers, the MFA degree is not a requirement to become a working writer, particularly if teaching is not one’s career goal. Novelist Marie Myung-Ok Lee talks about her decision to forgo the MFA, and forge her own path to publication.&nbsp;</p>
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