Jane Hirshfield: “Why Poetry Matters”

 

Interviews with writers about the creative process.
Interviews with writers about the creative process.

This is an interview I did with poet Jane Hirshfield, broadcast on Between the Covers on November 10, 2011.  Ms. Hirshfield is an award-winning poet and translator Jane Hirshfield and the author of seven collections of poetry, including After (HarperCollins, 2006); Given Sugar, Given Salt (2001), which was a finalist for the National Book Critics Circle Award, The Lives of the Heart (1997), The October Palace (1994), Of Gravity & Angels (1988), and Alaya(1982). In 2004, Hirshfield was awarded the 70th Academy Fellowship for distinguished poetic achievement by The Academy of American Poets.

In this interview, I talk with her about her most recent collection of poetry entitled, Come, Thief (Alfred A. Knopf, 2011). Listen to her interview here.

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Writers on Craft: Maxine Hong Kingston

Maxine Hong KingstonSuzanne LaGrande interviews Maxine Hong Kingston, author of The Woman Warrior, China Men, The Fifth Book of Peace, and most recently, I Love a Broad Margin to My Life. A teacher, as well as a writer, Ms. Kingston taught creative writing at UC Berkeley since 1981. Recently retired, Ms. Kingston reflects on how she learned to write, what she taught her students about creative writing, and what she learned over the years about the process of writing.  Listen to the interview here.

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Writers on Craft: Anthony Doerr

Anthony doerrAnthony Doerr is the author of four books, The Shell Collector, About Grace, Four Seasons in Rome, and, most recently, Memory Wall.

Doerr’s short fiction has won four O. Henry Prizes and has been anthologized in The Best American Short Stories, The Anchor Book of New American Short Stories, and The Scribner Anthology of Contemporary Fiction.

In this interview, Mr. Doerr talks about writing as a process of trial and error, research as a seed, and failure as part of process of creative discovery.

For more about Mr. Doerr and his work, visit www.anthonydoerr.com

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