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"Every human being has a creative impulse, and we all have the right to exercise this creative impulse." At the 2012 Louisiana Literature Festival, Patti Smith, whose new memoir, M Train, will be released on October 6 by Knopf, talks about creativity and what inspires her to write.
Tobias Wolff reads an excerpt of his short story "All Ahead of Them" accompanied by his son's jazz band, the San Francisco Repertory Jazz Quartet. Wolff was presented the National Medal of Arts by President Obama last month for his contributions as an author and educator.
"There are two kinds of writing: One is very passionate and impulsive, and it can be extremely emotional. Then the other writing is more cool and maybe classical and more carefully shaped.” Joyce Carol Oates, whose memoir The Lost Landscape was published this month by Ecco, describes the different states of mind that have inspired her work.
"My father wanted me to become a boxer, my mother wanted me to become an engineer, and I think I found a way to mix those two visions together—in poetry." Rigoberto González, recipient of the 2014 Lenore Marshall Poetry Prize from the Academy of American Poets, is featured in "The Way of the Workshop" in the current issue of Poets & Writers Magazine.
Before Paul Kingsnorth's debut novel became a bestseller in the U.K., he posted this book trailer on Unbound, a crowdfunding website for publishing, to ask for pledges. The Wake was longlisted for the 2014 Man Booker Prize, the first crowdfunded book to make the list, and was published by Graywolf this month.