Interviewed by: Angela Elam
Catalog Number: 20120106, 20101001
Fiction writer and Vanderbilt University professor Lorraine Lopez was shocked in 2010, when her book of short fiction, Homicide Survivors Picnic and Other Stories, became a finalist for the PEN/Faulkner Award. Published by a small press, the book was up against the work of Sherman Alexie, Barbara Kingsolver, and Lorrie Moore. Lopez reads from her now recognized collection and talks about why she truly loves writing short stories, and how it differs from writing novels. Her 2011 releases include The Realm of Hungry Spirits, a novel, and a collection of essays that she co-edited, called The Other Latin@: Writing Against a Singular Identity.
In part one of this conversation, Arab-American poet Naomi Shihab Nye, whose numerous books of poetry, essays and stories have delighted children and adults alike, reads from her book, ...
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