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How I Write: A Conversation with Harriet Scott Chessman

Harriet Scott Chessman is the author most recently of the acclaimed novel The Beauty of Ordinary Things, the story of the unexpected love between a young Vietnam veteran and a Benedictine nun. Her other books include the novels Someone Not Really Her Mother, Lydia Cassatt Reading the Morning Paper, and Ohio Angels as well as The Public Is Invited to Dance, a book about Gertrude Stein. Her fiction has been translated into ten languages. She has taught literature and writing at Yale, the Bread Loaf School of English, and Stanford Continuing Studies.

Diane di Prima: A Special Reading and “How I Write” Conversation

Feminist Beat poet Diane di Prima was born in Brooklyn, New York, a second-generation American of Italian descent. She began writing at the age of seven, and at the age of fourteen, decided to live her life as a poet. After attending Swarthmore College for two years, she moved to Greenwich Village, becoming a writer in the emerging Beat movement. She edited the literary magazine The Floating Bear, first with Amiri Baraka (LeRoi Jones) from 1961 to 1963 and then solo until 1969.

How I Write with Sean Teuton

Sean Kicummah Teuton is Associate Professor of English and Indigenous Studies at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, and the author of Red Land, Red Power: Grounding Knowledge in the American Indian Novel (Duke 2008) and North American Indigenous Literature: A Very Short Introduction (forthcoming, Oxford). Teuton is a citizen of the Cherokee Nation.

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