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An Open Door: A Profile of Richard Russo

Online Only, posted 4.13.16

For the past thirty years, from the publication of his first novel, Mohawk, to his latest, Everybody’s Fool, a sequel to his beloved 1993 novel, Nobody’s Fool, Richard Russo, the Pulitzer Prize–winning “patron saint of small-town fiction,” has remained the same generous, optimistic, hardworking writer he’s always been, welcoming readers into his books and his heart.

Lit Mag Helps Newtown Heal

7.01.13

The Newtowner, an arts and literary quarterly based in Newtown, Connecticut, published a tribute issue in an effort to help its hometown heal after the shooting at Sand Hook Elementary School.

The Future of Family-Friendly Residencies

Watch contributor Thomas Israel Hopkins—along with this wife, novelist Emily Barton, and their son, Tobias—discuss the impetus for writing "The Future of Family-Friendly Residencies." In the article, which appears in the March/April 2011 issue of Poets & Writers Magazine, Hopkins takes a look at the relatively small number of colonies that allow writers to bring children for their full stay and offers some suggestions for ways in which parent-writers and residency directors can work together to facilitate more programs that accommodate families.

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A Residency of One’s Own: Navigating the Complicated Path to a Writers Retreat

2.10.16

With some help from Virginia Woolf, an author and Bread Loaf Camargo fellow discusses the complicated decision to leave her family for a month in order to attend a retreat in Cassis, France, and the necessity of finding one’s own space to create.

The Aha! Moment: Poet Kay Ryan

by Michael Bourne

Special Section

January/February 2016

<p>Poet Kay Ryan discusses her poem “Tree Heart/True Heart,” which she wrote following the death of her partner, Carol Adair, in early 2009—and how a scientific discovery led her to withdraw the poem from her latest collection, <i>Erratic Facts</i> (Grove Press, 2015).</p>

Selected Poems: Looking Back on a Lifetime of Writing

by Donald Hall

The Literary Life

November/December 2015

<p>A former United States poet laureate reflects on his career, and how his experiences of love, partnership, and aging helped shape the curatorial process for his newest collection.</p>

Posted 6.17.15

Ampersand hosts Kevin Larimer and Melissa Faliveno sit down with Jesse Browner, the author of How Did I Get Here? Making Peace With the Road Not Taken, published this month by Harper Wave, to talk about the new book and the decisions we make as writers and artists.

Where We Write: Iowa

by Kodi Scheer

The Literary Life

March/April 2015

<p>Iowa isn’t just the Writers’ Workshop. A native Iowan talks about how she learned to capture the true nature of her home state, and the stoic people who live there, in her writing. </p>
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