Toi Derricotte: A Woman Writer Aging

Derricotte reflects on the language of a writer’s body @ TriQuarterly. What’s it like? If you’re not a woman writer aging, I can’t believe you’d be interested. Why would you want to read about difficulties that you think you’ll never have? Neck pain. Knee pain. Hip pain. I myself have not been able to admit… Read more »

Robert Boucheron: Elizabeth Bishop at Harvard

Boucheron recounts learning poetry from Bishop @ Talking Writing. In the spring of 1973, I took Elizabeth Bishop’s poetry composition seminar at Harvard University.Admission was by writing sample, and enrollment was limited to ten. Most of the others were graduate students, while I was a college junior. I had written poems and stories since high… Read more »

When Failure Succeeds

Marion Wrenn considers  Against the Workshop: Provocations, Polemics, and Controversies by Anis Shivani (Texas Review Press), and wonders what happens when online writing turns to the page. “Criticism excites me, and prompts me to be a better writer—it is an addiction of sorts, perhaps the most positive one a writer can have, rewardingly self-serving in how… Read more »

Mali Sastri: Channeling Capote

Sastri recounts how In Cold Blood rekindled her inspiration for music @ Talking Writing. A few years ago, I found myself with a serious writer’s block. Since 2004, I’ve fronted and managed the band Jaggery. Our sound is difficult to describe, but we try with phrases like “darkwave jazz,” “ethereal avant-rock,” and “chamber art pop.”… Read more »

Hearing Voices

Doug Paulson goes looking in the spaces between our voices and our identities in his review of Let Me Clear My Throat by Elena Passarello (Sarabande Books). I take my work as a voice teacher for acting students ridiculously seriously.  I consider it my inestimable responsibility to instill a foundation of solid technique from which to develop… Read more »