Interviewed by: Angela Elam
Catalog Number: 20140704, 20120309
In her debut novel, Shame the Devil, Debra Brenegan explores the fascinating true story of Sara Payson Willis, a novelist, journalist, and feminist who wrote under the pseudonym "Fanny Fern" during the 1800s. She describes Fern as a 19th century Oprah, who boasted thousands of fans, outsold Harriet Beecher Stowe and served as literary mentor to Walt Whitman. Brenegan reads from the novel and discusses why she felt compelled to rescue the writer from obscurity and how Fanny Fern overcame poverty and an abusive marriage.
Patricia Smith is the author of seven poetry books and a four-time National Poetry Slam Champion, the most successful poet in the competition's history. In part one of this conversation, she reads from her recent book, ...
Poets Hadara Bar-Nadav and Kathryn Nuernberger, who were both chosen as 2017 NEA Literary Fellows, discuss their recent collections along with their origins and influences, and talk about how dreaming affects their poetry. Bar-Nadav, co-editor of ...
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