Fanny Howe introduces three short films she made in collaboration with Sheila Gallagher, John Gianvito, and Maceo Senna at a film screening at the Woodberry Poetry Room. Howe has been named a finalist for the 2015 Man Booker International Prize.
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"Just watch the world and observe." Cristina Henríquez, author of The Book of Unknown Americans (Knopf, 2014), offers anecdotes and advice to guide young writers.
"One roams the heavens for a perfect answer / One transfixed like a dead doe, a convex mirror." Marilyn Chin reads "One Child Has Brown Eyes" from her latest poetry collection, Hard Love Province (Norton, 2014).
"I would say Good Girl is my life's work because my relationship with my dad is my life's work." Sarah Tomlinson speaks about her debut memoir, Good Girl (Gallery Books, 2015), and her unconventional childhood and relationship with her father.
Rick Moody moderates a panel of writers whose work appears in anthologies of noir fiction set in Iran and Israel, both published by Akashic Books in October 2014. Salar Abdoh is the editor of Tehran Noir, and Etgar Keret and Assaf Gavron are the editors of Tel Aviv Noir.
"It was still the last frontier when I arrived in 1951. It was a wide-open city." Lawrence Ferlinghetti recalls his early days in San Francisco and speaks about the changing life of the city.
"Is it that bad to write genre?" David Simon, writer and producer of the HBO drama The Wire, speaks with novelist Richard Price about his choice to release his latest book, The Whites (Henry Holt, 2015), under the pseudonym Harry Brandt.
"The way that I use syntax in my work, I think it is a direct relation from my childhood and my parents being immigrants." Poet and writer Ching-In Chen speaks about the influences that continue to inspire her to create a distinct writing style. Chen is author of the poetry collection The Heart's Traffic (Arktoi Books/Red Hen Press, 2009).
"I play Haydn after a black day / and feel a simple warmth in my hands." In this video featuring Tomas Tranströmer's poem "Allegro," the Swedish poet and Nobel laureate plays piano in his home in Stockholm. Tranströmer passed away on March 26 at the age of eighty-three.
"I always, always wanted to write a book and I had been carrying around little slivers, and this emotional moment allowed me to access everything." George Hodgman speaks with PBS NewsHour's Judy Woodruff about his memoir, Bettyville (Viking, 2015), which explores his experiences caring for his aging mother.