Why Write? #10: Vanessa Blakeslee

Fiction writer Vanessa Blakeslee‘s “Hospice of the Au Pair,” from our Fall 2010 issue, introduces a powerful new voice in fiction. Here is the rare early writer who knows how to build compelling narrative, whose stories hit the ground running —...

Why Write? #9: Anselm Berrigan

Anselm Berrigan digs irrelevance.  His most recent book, Notes from Irrelevance (Wave Books, 2011), excerpted at length in our spring 2011 issue, is a sixty-five page poem that grinds its way into that space where we become irrelevant even to ourselves, our desires...

Why Write? #8: Jacob Paul

Novelist Jacob Paul‘s narrative gusto makes it easy to forget that he is essentially a meditative writer. Even as we’re sped along by the meaty plot, exuberant comedy, and crackling dialogue, Paul’s fluidly reflexive prose cycles us deeper and deeper...

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 Write?...

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...
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