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.
Ted Olson, a professor of Appalachian Studies at East Tennessee State University, discusses how his writing has been impacted by the region's history, literature and music. He reveals what he learned studying with poet Wendell Berry and the ...
In this public reading at The Writer's Place in Kansas City, poets Mia Leonin and Gustavo Adolfo Aybar celebrate Hispanic island cultures. Aybar, a native of the Dominican Republic, is a Cave Canem Fellow who shares poems from his 2017 debut colle...
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