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By Liz Massey, December 2015 Issue. It’s common for a novelist to go on tour to meet his or her audience. It’s far less common to do so with the intention of potentially saving their lives. But Chandler-based author Bill Konigsberg (pictured) has had an unusual career. After spending much of his ear…
In writing fiction, I gravitate to the pragmatic, to what works. Some years ago, when I realized that bringing a short story to completion could be seen as a fourfold process, much of my writing anxiety eased. I still use this as a reassuring measurement of progress when working on any piece of writing. Show […]
The many travels that I coveted in my childhood taught me the dilemma of being a model sample of misunderstanding. I am a little Arab woman with broken English, was educated in a school that was basically a berry tree in the garden of my grandfather’s house. Then it was circled by a number of […]
We had a fantastic time with esteemed author Edwidge Danticat on October 15th. The Piper House held a morning Q&A session with Edwidge that was attended by writers and scholars across the ASU community, as well as by Piper Friends. It was led Sebastian Terneus, a PhD Candidate in English and the founder of the Postcolonial Studies […]
Rejection for a writer can be awful. I once got a reject accusing me of personally destroying the short story as an art form. That sent me into a depression that lasted for a week, which was entirely the wrong reaction. I should have been infuriated. How dare that idiot editor reject such a wonderful […]
Ironically, the first of many travel experiences that entangled me in the politics of personal space began with an unexpected space-upgrade. Thanks to a delay at Sky Harbor Airport, I got bumped from economy to business class for the long flight from LAX to Hong Kong. I was in a middle seat, but it was […]