The author of the novel Goodnight Stranger reflects on her writing career and the cultural myths about success, youth, and appearance that women writers must navigate.
“I need three things to write: snacks, drinks, and silence.” —Frances Cha, author of If I Had Your Face
Small Press Points highlights the innovation and can-do spirit of independent presses. This issue features the Green Bay, Wisconsin–based Brain Mill Press, a new house committed to publishing writers of color, LGBTQ writers, and women.
Fiction writer Danielle Lazarin discusses five journals that have published her short stories, some of which appear in her debut collection, Back Talk, forthcoming from Penguin Books in February.
An evening with the novelist Carolyn Chute is wonderfully unliterary. This is especially true when she is reading in her native Maine.
“I am annoyed when I’m reading through the 16th century and come across underwear that did not exist,” said Margaret Atwood, who explained to a standing-room-only crowd at the Village Voice bookstore in Paris why she’s a stickler for historical accuracy in her work.
“We can’t say it’s the end of irony,” said poet Carolyn Kizer, in light of the terrorist attacks on September 11. “It’s the beginning. But irony is seldom appreciated by American culture.”