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The Craft of Writing

Behind the Books with Sigrid Nunez, Author of Sempre Susan

Sigrid Nunez, author of Sempre Susan, tells us about her habit of reading poetry before she writes, overrated classics, the synesthesia of the writing process, and the advice to "Read as much as possible, especially the work of writers who most deeply affect you. Make those writers your family."(READ MORE)

Behind the Books with Edward Larson

Joining us for another installment of Behind the Books, Edward Larson talks about his writing routine, the influence of nature writers on his own work, the active imagination of history writing, and the all-important counsel for aspiring writers: "Write every day."(READ MORE)

The Thunderous Power of ‘Gabriel,’ a Poem on Fatherly Grief

Poet Edward Hirsch’s recently published book Gabriel: A Poem is a thunderously resonant evocation of a father’s grief for his departed son: both the troubled but much-loved child he was, and the charmingly irreverent young man he had only just become when his life was cut short by a drug overdose.(READ MORE)