Word of Mouth: Conversations with Visiting Writers on Their Craft
The Virginia G. Piper Center for Creative Writing is proud to announce the publication of its first book, Word of Mouth: Conversations with Visiting Writers on Their Craft. First published in the fall of 2010, each volume features over 200 pages of hard-won insight, advice, and personal anecdotes from some of the finest writers in this country and abroad.
The Piper Center's Distinguished Visiting Writers Series
brings a diverse group of exceptionally accomplished writers to ASU every year. Those writers give public readings and meet with students. But often the most magical moments come when each visitor sits in the Fireside Room of the historic Piper Writers House, open to questions from students, other writers, and members of the community. These engaging, candid, intimate conversations focus on all aspects of the writer's life and work.
Word of Mouth makes the highlights of those conversations available to everyone.
The first volume includes poets Kimiko Hahn, Bob Hicok, and Pulitzer Prize winner Franz Wright; fiction writers Charles D'Ambrosio, Francine Prose, and Etgar Keret; true-crime writer Harold Schechter, and memoirist and winner of the NAACP Image Award Reginald Dwayne Betts.
Volume two includes poets Nicole Cooley and Heather McHugh and fiction writers Brad Watson, Jim Shepard, Victor LaValle, Naeem Murr, Antonya Nelon, Robert Boswell, Tara Ison, Jem Poster and Reif Larson.
Word of Mouth is available for $10 each.
"I think that the challenge is to keep doing something different, something harder and scarier in every way than the thing you did before."
"I am always trying to reengage that sense of play. Anything that feels no longer like you have to do this, but now you get to do this..."
"If you were really paying attention and aware, you would fall down from astonishment every time you looked at anything."
"You can give in to your obsessions because they're always changing. Think about, each of you, what is the necessary subject matter for you at this time."