Posts Tagged: Michele Filgate

Notable NYC: 12/3–12/9

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Saturday 12/3: Natalie Diaz and T’ai Freedom Ford join the Segue Series. Zinc Bar, 4:30 p.m., $5.

Sunday 12/4: Jonathan Lethem discusses Italo Calvino. The Center for Fiction, 7 p.m., $8.

Alexandra Kleeman and Kelly Luce join the Sunday Night Fiction series.

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The Rumpus Interview with Lynn Steger Strong

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Lynn Steger Strong discusses her debut novel Hold Still, the influence of Virginia Woolf, unconditional love, and exit strategies. ...more

A Zone of Psychological Relief

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Over at Lit Hub, Michele Filgate reports on the growing influence of Street Lit, which provides writing workshops and books to the homeless community in Austin, Texas. Filgate also talks with Street Lit founder Barry Maxwell, as he opens up about the “relief” reading offered him while he was homeless:

Reading was such a zone of psychological relief, and also somehow of connection, that I honestly don’t know how I would have stayed as sane as I did without it.

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Portrait of a Writing Center

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Over at Lit Hub, Michele Filgate is writing a series of articles on six of the country’s top writing centers, starting with GrubStreet in BostonRather than competing with MFA programs for students, GrubStreet Executive Director Eve Bridburg sees writing centers as adding to the literary landscape:

I see a healthier, bigger ecosystem with more opportunity for more writers.

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Myth Remaking

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For Lit Hub, Michele Filgate interviews Lidia Yuknavitch on her new novel, The Small Backs of Children, to explore the idea of new symbols and mythology for contemporary culture:

I’m not clear why we have to limit ourselves to old myths without creating new ones… I have no allegiance to locating myth in the past, like it’s locked in petroglyphs or something.

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Observations From The Middle Of The Ocean

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I want to step outside of the chalk outline I’ve been living in. I want to sketch a different outline for myself. I’m not sure what would be inside this new outline yet, except that it would involve a person who can walk away from all the personal insecurities that grew with them ...more