Why Write? #7: Tony Magistrale

A poet of place and love, Tony Magistrale‘s poems have large arms in which to envelope his readers. The force of this love is sometimes poignant sometimes painful, but always just right. A poet with backbone and a real heart, now that’s nice.   Why...

Why Write? #6: Laird Hunt

For this installment of Why Write?, novelist Laird Hunt goes global. Discussing his work with the UN; his summers in Hong Kong; the way the literary mind “bends” in Egypt, Nigeria, and elsewhere; Honda three-wheelers; Tycho Brahe; boilers; Rigborg...

Why Write #5: Matt Bialer

For our our fifth installment of “Why Write?” we hear from poet, photographer, painter, literary agent, and father Matt Bialer, who’s spent an enormous amount of time not writing — happily, it seems — but also an enormous time, we...

Why Write #4: Norman Lock

“In truth?  In truth, Lock writes it, Lish reads it!–which is a damn sight more than Lish will say for Proust.”  So says Gordon Lish of this installment’s guest blogger, the amphibious Norman Lock–endlessly innovative yet stylistically as...

Why Write? #3: Ben Aleshire

Our third installment of our Why Write? guest blogger series brings us Ben Aleshire, who typed up the below and mailed it to us from France.  One cannot emphasize enough the pleasure of receiving a typed note from France, the letters rattled loose on the page, about...

Why Write? #2: Stephen Dunn

Welcome to the second installment in our “Why Write?” guest blogger series, in which GMR contributors very generously attempt to unravel for us why they do what they do.  Daryl Scroggins kicked off the series last month, and we’re pleased now to...
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