He is the author of the poetry collection Shahid Reads His Own Palm (2010, Alice James Books) and A Question of Freedom: A Memoir of Learning, Survival, and Coming of Age in Prison (2009, Avery).
For the past five years, Graywolf Press has been releasing instructional titles under its Art of series, each pocket-sized guide an exploration of one writer’s thoughts on a “key, but sometimes neglected, aspect of creative writing.”
Jeremy Bass (poetry, 2010) reviews Warren Wilson faculty Mark Doty’s The Art of Recklessness: Poetry as Assertive Force and Contradiction and Dean Young’s The Art of Recklessness: Poetry as Assertive Force and Contradiction.
Justin Bigos (poetry ’08) interviews faculty member C. Dale Young at The American Literary Review.
“As a physician, I am keenly aware of the words that come out of my mouth. I never lie to a patient, but always I must be aware that how I phrase something can have a remarkable impact on the person in front of me. To me, the poet has a responsibility to the poem. I don’t believe getting the draft down on paper is writing. To me, that is just getting the raw materials in front of you. The real work of writing is in what many call revision. I feel my responsibility is to sit with the draft and be open to possibilities. Many times, I want to just get the poem done. But poems are never really finished. And that desire to get it done quickly often forecloses greater possibilities for the poem. The only responsibility I feel as a poet is to sitting and being open, to really look and look again, which is exactly what revision means…
Faith S. Holsaert (fiction ’82): Faith has a short sequence of poems forthcoming in So to Speak, a Feminist Journal of Language and Art, where she was selected by Claudia Rankine for an honorable mention in the journal’s poetry contest. You can find an excerpt as well as her artist’s statement here.
Faith’s short story “Appalachian Mitzvah,” appeared in the December 2011 issue of Spittoon. Faith also blogs at A Writer’s Work: an agitation of writing and reading.
The March/April 2012 issue of Poets and Writers Magazine will carry an article by Warren Wilson graduate Jennifer Wisner Kelly titled, “Why We Write: The Tax Man Cometh.” From Poets and Writers:
As if rejections from literary magazines weren’t enough, the ultimate rejection (with an eight-thousand-dollar invoice to boot) comes from the IRS. Contributor Jennifer Wisner Kelly chronicles what it takes to be a Writer in the eyes of Uncle Sam.
Jennifer’s first published story is forthcoming in the Greensboro Review.
When will we speak of Jesus?
So you’re The New Silence. You’re going to like the job: the band kids, those kids are great, you’re going to love them and how they love you no matter what, and the fans, you’re going to like them, and if all goes well they’re going to laugh at you – it’s real cruel and real connecting. You’re going to like all of the really, really good nothing that comes with this job. As the retiring Silence I’m glad to offer some thoughts. It used to be that I didn’t manage transition, I was transition-averse, and at a time like this in which I’d lost the best job I ever had I would lose some reception, kind of like a TV set. I’m just not that way anymore, I don’t lose reception, I’m on day and night, I’ve got volume. It’s why I lost the job as The Silence – well, you know that. The band director asked me to keep this email orientation short. I said I would meet with you in person. He said NOT. I get that. I get that. I do. (Continue reading…)