Poet Elizabeth Alexander blends meter and family narrative in a lyrical memoir.
Novelist David C. Taylor talks about the memories and methods that shaped his first book-length crime story.
Novelist Hannah Pittard reads her work aloud to establish a graceful rhythm and evocative mood.
“A writer once told me there is only one way to create: as if your life depends on it, which it does.”
Helen Macdonald’s “H Is for Hawk” is a hybrid memoir about grief, the environment, family and a bird.
Lin-Manuel Miranda is the Tony Award-winning composer and lyricist of “In the Heights.” He’s an actor and composer, who identifies as a writer.
“Breaking the ground is a very important phase. It’s a difficult phase, but once you take the time to do that, the book somehow propels you forward.”
“I heard that voice, crystal clear in my mind, even before I started writing. Weird.”
Ruth Reichl’s memoirs read like narrative fiction. Now her first novel is on the way.
For Tim O’Brien, the Vietnam War has remained a crucible in his fiction, but the power of imagination and memory, and ‘our elusive interior worlds,’ loom large too.