The New American Story Project

Goddard MFA in Creative Writing faculty member Micheline Aharonian Marcom, along with four other artists and writers, for the past year and a half has been working on The New American Story Project, a digital oral history project recording the stories of children who have fled violence in Central America and have come to the United States as refugees. JoAnne Tompkins, a current student in the Goddard MFA in Writing Program in Port Townsend, WA, interviews Aharonian Marcom about The New American Story Project.

And have you read… Guardians?

And have you read… Guardians?

Guardians, the final installation in the young adult trilogy written by Susan Kim and Laurence Klavan, is coming out in paperback from HarperTeen later this month. TW:   What was the inspiration for the story?  Laurence and I watch a lot of old movies and had...

And have you read… The Walking?

And have you read… The Walking?

The Walking, Goddard MFAW faculty member Laleh Khadivi’s historical novel, began as a meditation on migration, all kinds of migration, bird, whale, antelope, fish and human… The Writer asked her how she got started.

And have you read…Once You Go Back?

And have you read…Once You Go Back?

Goddard College faculty member Douglas Martin's sixth book! The Writer interviewed him below: 1. What was the impetus for this book? I wanted to do something similar to what Anna Kavan had done in her book, Sleep Has His House. I also wanted to revisit the terrain of...

And have you read… Learning from Old Masters?

And have you read… Learning from Old Masters?

Poet Jane Wohl's new book, Learning from Old Masters is just out! Below is an interview with Jane about her latest: 1) Who are the Old Masters?  I took the title of the book from the title of the first poem which is a long discursive poem that moves between Old...

And have you read… Fox, Tooth, Heart?

And have you read… Fox, Tooth, Heart?

John McManus' new story collection, Fox Tooth Heart, was published by Sarabande Books earlier in November. This holiday week, The Writer decided to feature our interview with John and celebrate his latest book. Hooray x infinity! 1) What was the impetus for this book?...

And have you read… Flash House?

And have you read… Flash House?

1) What was the impetus for writing this book? The first inspiration for this novel was my own family. I lived in India as a child for two years, during which my father worked for the UN and my mother for the Indian Government. My father flew all over Asia for work,...

And have you read… Headwaters?

And have you read… Headwaters?

Have you ever wondered who began the low-residency MFAW Program at Goddard College, the first of its kind anywhere? Who spearheaded our progressive and oft-imitated curriculum? It was Ellen Bryant Voigt, who just last week won a MacArthur Fellowship Grant. Ellen grew...

And have you read… The Stick Wife?

And have you read… The Stick Wife?

Darrah Cloud's play, The Stick Wife, premiered at the Los Angeles Theatre Center in 1987. It has subsequently received over 100 productions. The Writer interviews her here. Q: What was the impetus for writing The Stick Wife? I read an article in the New York Times...

And have you read… Rhapsody of the Naked Immigrants?

And have you read… Rhapsody of the Naked Immigrants?

On Elena Georgiou's rapturous rhapsody... Q: What was the impetus for this book? The impetus of the book was to try to document working-class immigrant voices. I am the daughter of immigrants who then also immigrated. In my experience, working-class immigrants, on the...

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