Why Poetry Matters: Writers on Craft with Jane Hirsfield


writers on craft a weekly podcast 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).


The Social Life of the Book: An Interview with Matthew Stadler

Matthew Stadler is a writer, editor and publisher. In 2009, he co-founded the Publication Studio with Patricia No. Located in a storefront in downtown Portland, the Publication Studio is a print on demand publisher that prints and binds books by hand. The Publication Studio has published close to 150 books and now has seven “sibling studios” producing original books in Berkeley, CA, Vancouver, BC, Canada, Chicago, IL, Los Angeles, CA, Boston, MA, and Bordeaux, FR.
In this interview, he talks about the Publication Studio’s DIY publishing strategies, the social life of the book, and the importance of creating public conversations.


Telling True Stories: Writers on Craft with Elissa Schappell

Elissa Schappell is the author of two books of fiction, most recently, Blueprints for Building Better Girls (Simon & Schuster) and Use Me (William Morrow), which was a finalist for the PEN Hemingway Award, a New York Times Notable Book and an Los Angeles Times Best Book of the Year. She is a founding editor of Tin House, where she is currently Editor-at-Large, a Contributing Editor at Vanity Fair where she writes the Hot Type book column, and formerly a Senior Editor of The Paris Review. In this interview she talks about the importance of creating structures for writing, going to the “dark places,” in her writing and the importance of writers working in the direction of their strengths.


Writing Novels: Writers on Craft with Anne Enright

Anne Enright is a critically acclaimed, internationally best-selling Irish author. She has published essays, short stories, a nonfiction book and four novels, including THE GATHERING, which won the Man Booker Prize in 2007 and was named the 2008 Irish Novel of the Year. Her new novel, THE FORGOTTEN WALTZ was recently published in October 2011. In this interview Ms. Enright talks about her background in theater and television, her first attempts at writing, and how motherhood affected her writing process. 

Trusting your Voice: An interview with Cindy Williams Gutiérrez

Poet and dramatist Cindy Williams Gutiérrez talks about the process of writing and the difficulty and necessity of the writer trusting her voice. For more about Cindy Williams Gutiérrez’s work go to:

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