January/February 1987

Cover Story: 

Kaylie Jones, author of the novel As Soon as It Rains and daughter of author James Jones, reveals that having a parent's footsteps to follow in one's career can make the walking more difficult.


Regional Report: Los Angeles

by Joanne Leedom-Ackerman
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The literary life of Los Angeles.

Two of a Trade: When Writing Runs in the Family

by Susan Mernit
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While being part of a literary family can open doors, life with a writer-parent does have its difficulties.

Writers as Progenitors and Offspring

by John Updike
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As a son and father of a writer, John Updike writes about the relationships.


by David Updike
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What it is like to be the son of John Updike.

On Being a 2nd (or 3rd) Generation Writer

by Kaylie Jones
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What it is like to be the daughter and great-granddaughter of a writer.

Some Thoughts on My Father

by Franz Wright
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Poet James Wright's son talks about the influence of his literary father.

On Being the Writing Father of a Writing Daughter

by George Bogin
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A poet muses on being the father of a daughter who writes.

The Summing Up

by David Ignatow
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One writer laments and celebrates the announcement that his child wants to be a writer.

Report from Shangri-La: Fourteen Writers' Colonies Abroad

by Stacy Pies
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Writers retreats from Belgium to Israel.

My Father's Teeth

by Adam Bellow
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The son of Nobel laureate Saul Bellow talks about distancing himself from publishing.

One Writer's Story

by Yaedi Ignatow
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A writer's childhood memories of growing up with author-parents.

My Mom's Influence

by Tama Janowtiz
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A writer learns from her mother that much of success depends on her simply sticking with the work.

The Question of Identity

by Rachel Pastan
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The daughter of poet Linda Pastan struggles with labeling herself a writer.

On Being the Writing Daughter of a Father Who Writes

by Magda Bogin
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A daughter's bond with her poet-father is more complicated than other familial literary relationships.


by Linda Pastan
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A poet's memories of raising her daughter as a writer.