Interviewed by: Angela Elam
Catalog Number: 20150918, 20141024
With nearly a decade between his first collection, Drown and his follow-up novel The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao that won the Pulitzer Prize in 2008, Junot Díaz discusses the importance of fallow periods for his writing. Grateful for his awards and recognition, including a 2012 MacArthur "genius" grant, Díaz says they haven't affected his writing or the motivations behind it. He discusses structuring his short stories as a complete body of work and his process of sometimes dropping great stories to preserve the overall flow, and reads from his 2012 collection, This is How You Lose Her. An earlier 2008 interview with Junot Díaz is also available in our audio archives.
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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