Interviewed by: Angela Elam
Catalog Number: 20131025, 20060913, 20060308
In November 2013, the National Book Foundation presents the noted novelist E.L. Doctorow with the Medal for Distinguished Contribution to American Letters. Doctorow, author of Ragtime and Billy Bathgate, has always been fascinated with blending historical facts into his own fiction. In his novel, The March, he turned his attention toward the Civil War and Sherman's march through the south, which earned him both the National Book Critics Circle and the PEN/Faulkner Awards. He talks about his creative process and reads from The March, which was also a finalist for both the Pulitzer Prize and the 2005 National Book Award.
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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