Encounters

What We Can't See

A Conversation with Kim Kankiewicz
Sometimes we are blind to what brings us the most joy. An interview with the winner of the $1,000 "Joy" essay contest!

Connecting the Dots

A Conversation with Yelizaveta P. Renfro
Exploring the idea of Alaska as America's final frontier and the relationship between the park's wild residents and visiting tourists. An interview with the winner of the $5,000 "Learning from Nature" essay contest!

True Empathy or Understanding Is Rare

A conversation with Judith Barrington
Writing becomes a safe space for difficult memories. An interview with the winner of the $1,000 "Childhood" essay contest!

We Can Only Navigate With What We Know

A conversation with Elane Johnson
"The tidbit 'married five times' naturally inspires some negative perceptions ..." An interview with the winner of the $1,000 marriage essay contest!

How Place Makes Us Human

A conversation with Amaris Ketcham
The winner of Creative Nonfiction's 'The Weather' contest talks about her prize-winning essay, "Recorded Lightning."

How can something so beautiful be so deadly at the same time?

An interview with Al Roker
America's weatherman on his accidental television career; why we’re so addicted to watching news coverage of weather events; and the satisfactions of writing books.

The Lengthening of Time

A conversation with Joe Fassler
The winner of Creative Nonfiction's 'Waiting' contest talks about his prize-winning essay, "Wait Times."

The Line Between Science and Writing

An interview with Jason Bittel
The freelance science writer on balancing fact and science with humor and creativity; the importance of persistence; and tapping into readers’ sense of wonder.

A Brutal Revisiting of the Self

An interview with Stephanie Bane
Brand strategist talks about making time to write, revise, and rewrite; portraying relatable characters; developing a thick skin; and marketing techniques for authors.

Writing As I Am Now

An Interview with Jill Kandel
The winner of the 2014 Autumn House Nonfiction Prize talks about the nature of memoir and the publishing industry, what makes the personal universal, and why words are so important.

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