"I can’t think about my mother, who is dying slowly and furiously. My grief is an unpacked box of sharp pieces stacked in a dark storeroom; I lug around a catalog of unfinished business."
An interview with Maggie Messitt
"My process between 'note draft' and first draft is fast. What follows? Revision. Re-envisioning. Additional research. And likely some more revision. Repeat. Repeat. Repeat."
An interview with Lise Funderburg
"No one's life operates in a vacuum, and to try to write dimensionally requires an understanding of context."
An interview with Geeta Kothari
"I kept tinkering and rearranging the collection and taking stories out and putting new ones in. I could have done that forever, imagining some perfect combination that would make the book rejection-proof."
An Interview with Paul Roden and Valerie Lueth
The husband and wife duo behind Tugboat Printshop talk open up about their process, collaboration, and inspiration.
May 27-29, 2016 | Pittsburgh, PA
"Writing is hard, but it’s a little easier when you know you’re in good company."
These days, we’re free—for better or for worse, as the traditional ceremony puts it—to pick and choose rather than relying on tradition to tell us.
Winner: Best Essay Prize, "Marriage"
One simple equation compels the author to take a fifth trip down the aisle
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!
Finding inspiration in marriage memoirs