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Why We Write: A Life Imagined

by Matthew Thorburn

The Literary Life

September/October 2016

<p>In a testament to the power of poetry in giving shape to complex emotions, a poet reflects on how writing his poetry collection, <i>Dear Almost</i>, helped him find shelter amidst the grief of a miscarriage.&nbsp;</p> <p>&nbsp;</p>

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Online Exclusive

May/June 2016

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.

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Special Section

March/April 2016

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>

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