Everyday People: The Color of Life

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In this video, Jennifer Baker, editor of the short story anthology Everyday People: The Color of Life (Atria Books, 2018), speaks with Nana Brew-Hammond about her story “Wisdom.” The anthology is a collective of work by established and emerging writers of color, including Mia Alvar, Alexander Chee, and Mitchell S. Jackson. 

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Lauren Groff on Florida

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“This book is very much about climate change…the collision between the human in nature, between internal and external, between domesticity and the wild.” Lauren Groff speaks about her short story collection Florida (Riverhead Books, 2018) with Rich Fahle of PBS Books at the 2018 AWP Annual Conference & Book Fair in Tampa. “Severe Weather in the Sunshine State,” a profile of Groff by Bethane Patrick, is in the July/August issue of Poets & Writers Magazine.

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The Professor

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“A few years ago I used to tell myself I wanted to marry a cowboy.” In this short film produced by Park Pictures, director Alison Maclean adapts Lydia Davis’s short story about an English professor who fantasizes about a life of adventure. “The Professor” is included in Davis’s collection The Collected Stories of Lydia Davis (Farrar, Straus and Giroux, 2009).

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Viet Thanh Nguyen on Refugee Stories

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“They’re unwanted where they come from, they’re unwanted when they arrive, but we have a great tradition of welcoming refugees and turning them into Pulitzer Prize winners.” Pulitzer Prize–winning author Viet Thanh Nguyen speaks about his experience as a refugee and the significance of refugees in the United States on Late Night With Seth Meyers. Nguyen’s first short story collection, The Refugees (Grove Press, 2017), is featured in Page One in the March/April issue of Poets & Writers Magazine.

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Kevin Wilson Reading

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“The kids were as close to feral as you can get, like animals dressed up in camouflage jumpsuits.” Kevin Wilson, whose second novel, Perfect Little World (Ecco, 2017), is featured in Page One in the January/February issue of Poets & Writers Magazine, reads his short story "An Arc Welder, a Molotov Cocktail, a Bowie Knife."

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Worst Case Scenario, Inc.

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Filmmakers Gareth Smith and Jenny Lee adapt Kevin Wilson's short story "Worst Case Scenario" in this short film about a man who predicts all the things that can go horribly wrong in a home. Wilson's novel Perfect Little World (Ecco, 2017) is featured in Page One in the January/February issue of Poets & Writers Magazine.

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Jamaica Kincaid

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“...this is how you sweep a corner; this is how you sweep a whole house; this is how you sweep a yard...” In this video from 2014, Jamaica Kincaid reads her short story "Girl," and speaks about her life and writing career as part of Journeys, the twenty-fifth anniversary celebration of the Chicago Humanities Festival.

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