Locker Room Talk

Locker Room Talk

Goddard MFAW alumna Julie Parent: “It’s locker room talk, and it’s one of those things.”

In response to events in the presidential campaign over that last 10 days, I’ve tried several times to write something resembling a cohesive thought pattern. Instead, I’ve remained anxious and rattled by the reality that one of the main candidates for President of the United States is on tape bragging about committing sexual assault, who later dismisses his remarks as something he’s not proud of but with the implication that they are somehow normal, even expected.

Book People

Book People

Goddard MFAW faculty Michael Klein: Apparently, E.L. Doctorow once taught a course that only had one book on the syllabus. The class read the one book and decided from there what the next book should be. If it was Jane Eyre, somebody might then suggest The Wide Sargasso Sea, which was a prequel and written by another writer at a completely different time. Perhaps, reading both books would give a person a rounder sense of the world created by both sets of characters.

AWP, Disability, and have you read… Buffalo Steel?

AWP, Disability, and have you read… Buffalo Steel?

This year, out of thousands of proposals for panels and presentations, the AWP chose not one disability-related panel. Imagine, for a moment, the AWP had chosen no panels by people of color. None by women. None by LGBT people. There would be an uproar. That uproar, except within the still fairly insular disability writing community, did not happen.

And have you read… A Tale for the Time Being?

And have you read… A Tale for the Time Being?

Goddard MFA faculty member Rahna Reiko Rizzuto (author of two books including the memoirHiroshima in the Morning) has been waiting for a decade for Ruth’s next book and is thrilled to be able to interview her about her just-released novel, A Tale for the Time Being. Here, Ruth talks about being a writer (and a thinker) in the world first, and how that writer and her preoccupations end up on the page.

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