On Writing

Let It Be Strange: A Conversation with Naima Coster, Author of ‘What’s Mine and Yours’

“The book is not straightforward, but it is expansive, and I don’t think the only way to make a story cohere is chronology.”

Mar 02, 2021
What Nourishes Your Writing Ecosystem?

On the value of understanding the kind of ecosystem that will support and sustain the flourishing of our lives, on and off the page.

Mar 01, 2021
Jaya Saxena on Giving Ourselves Permission

“If you pick up a crystal and suddenly your writer’s block is gone, it’s not the crystal—it’s you using an object to allow yourself to think differently.”

Feb 26, 2021
A Conversation with Kathleen Dean Moore, Author of ‘Earth’s Wild Music’

“Linking climate action and environmental protection to social justice action is essential. It is still possible to hope.”

Feb 16, 2021
Nadia Owusu on Writing and the Work of Staying Hopeful

“I was grateful for the beauty and for the reminders that there are seasons; that things change gradually and also suddenly.”

Feb 03, 2021
Six Authors Demystify Publishing with a Small Indie Press

Nina Boutsikaris, Jessica Gross, Sarah Minor, Chaya Bhuvaneswar, Tyrese Coleman, and Noam Dorr chat about what they’ve learned—and wish they’d known—about publishing with a small indie press.

A Conversation with Randa Jarrar, Author of ‘Love Is An Ex-Country’

“There were awkward motel and Airbnb moments involving my dog and other people’s pets. But I’m glad I have a record of those, even if I wasn't able to elevate them into art.”

Feb 01, 2021
Alice Wong on Activism, Community, and Writing

“I feel such rage—and it clarified what is important to me and what I want to write about.”

Jan 27, 2021
On Worldbuilding and the Question of Resistance

In fiction, you can feel good about resistance without actually resisting anything.

Jan 19, 2021
When There Is No Right Way to Heal

The details of those poems may be his first inkling that I know what he did.

Nov 12, 2020
Finding an “I” in Indian Literature

It turns out all I want to find in literature, whether I write or read it, is a little piece of myself.

Sep 17, 2020
Writing Sex with Women, by Women, for Women

People have sex. Women have sex. It would feel irresponsible to censor or smooth over this part of their (and our) lives.

Sep 14, 2020
I Am Partially Deaf and I Write to Be Heard

Why can’t the abled world fit into our world?

Sep 10, 2020
When Work Doesn’t Love You Back

Reflecting on my personal work history, I’ve learned that searching for a job I love has often kept me from balance in my creative life.

Aug 13, 2020
Writing Our Pandemic Stories: May & June

In this three-installment column, Chloe Caldwell and her 12-month essay generator students write about their daily life during the Covid-19 crisis

Jun 09, 2020
Writing Our Pandemic Stories: April & May

In this three-installment column, Chloe Caldwell and her 12-month essay generator students write about their daily life during the Covid-19 crisis

May 12, 2020
Writing Our Pandemic Stories: March & April

In this three-installment column, Chloe Caldwell and her 12-month essay generator students write about their daily life during the Covid-19 crisis

Apr 27, 2020
On the Dangers of Autobiographical Writing

Writing like I didn’t think anyone would ever see my words made me bold and reckless, taking risks I might have avoided if I knew my book would be published.

Apr 15, 2020
Writing Advice for My Younger Self

Writing was not the thing. It got me to the real thing—how I saw myself and my relationship to the world.

Mar 04, 2020
How Translating Annie Dillard Helps Me Attend to a Dying World

Dillard stalked a world just beginning its freefall into an unprecedented amount of change, and her response was to look, and to look hard.

Jan 30, 2020