Magazine Articles Tagged With writers and family

Why We Write: A Life Imagined

by Matthew Thorburn

The Literary Life

Posted 8.17.16

Matthew Thorburn

In a testament to the power of poetry in giving shape to complex emotions, a poet reflects on how writing his poetry collection, Dear Almost, helped him find shelter amidst the grief of a miscarriage. 



An Open Door: A Profile of Richard Russo

by Joshua Bodwell

Online Exclusive

Online Only, posted 4.13.16

May/June 2016

For the past thirty years, from the publication of his first novel, Mohawk, to his latest, Everybody’s Fool, a sequel to his beloved 1993 novel, Nobody’s Fool, Richard Russo, the Pulitzer Prize–winning “patron saint of small-town fiction,” has remained the same generous, optimistic, hardworking writer he’s always been, welcoming readers into his books and his heart.


A Residency of One’s Own: Navigating the Complicated Path to a Writers Retreat

by Melissa Scholes Young

Special Section

Posted 2.10.16

March/April 2016

With some help from Virginia Woolf, an author and Bread Loaf Camargo fellow discusses the complicated decision to leave her family for a month in order to attend a retreat in Cassis, France, and the necessity of finding one’s own space to create.


The Aha! Moment: Poet Kay Ryan

by Michael Bourne

Special Section

Posted 12.15.15

Michael Bourne

Poet Kay Ryan discusses her poem “Tree Heart/True Heart,” which she wrote following the death of her partner, Carol Adair, in early 2009—and how a scientific discovery led her to withdraw the poem from her latest collection, Erratic Facts (Grove Press, 2015).


Selected Poems: Looking Back on a Lifetime of Writing

by Donald Hall

The Literary Life

Posted 10.14.15

Donald Hall

A former United States poet laureate reflects on his career, and how his experiences of love, partnership, and aging helped shape the curatorial process for his newest collection.


Growing a Literary Garden, the Art of the Sex Scene, and More

by Staff

Daily News

Online Only, posted 8.26.15

What to read in the dog days of summer; libraries on bikes; a children's book that induces hypnosis; and other news.


Ampersand Extra: Jesse Browner Interview

Posted 6.17.15

Ampersand hosts Kevin Larimer and Melissa Faliveno sit down with Jesse Browner, the author of How Did I Get Here? Making Peace With the Road Not Taken, published this month by Harper Wave, to talk about the new book and the decisions we make as writers and artists.


Where We Write: Iowa

by Kodi Scheer

The Literary Life

Posted 2.10.15

Kodi Scheer

Iowa isn’t just the Writers’ Workshop. A native Iowan talks about how she learned to capture the true nature of her home state, and the stoic people who live there, in her writing.


Why We Write: Going Back to Where It Was

by Carolyn Roy-Bornstein

The Literary Life

Posted 12.16.14

Carolyn Roy-Bornstein

After finding him paging through her diary, a mother confronts the ethical and emotional struggles of writing about her son’s traumatic brain injury.


Why We Write: My Father’s Voice

by Jaina Sanga

The Literary Life

Posted 8.20.14

Jaina Sanga

A daily phone call from India spurs an emerging writer to complete her first novel.