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A Word About Writing: One Author, Seven Questions

An Interview with Jeffrey Thomson, by Heidi Sistare

Jeffrey Thomson

Jeffrey Thomson’s most recent book, fragile, is a memoir that covers years and many miles, exploring our relationship to the natural world and to risk. It’s a story that gives us unfettered access to Thomson’s thoughts; we share his experiences with travel, teaching, fatherhood, and the edge between living and dying. In addition to being a memoirist, Thomson is a poet, translator, and teacher. I spoke with Thomson about place, collaboration, and his current project—a historical novel inspired by Thomson’s own ancestry set in the 1700s. He also shares the most important lessons he hopes to impart to his students and reminds us: “Writing is about learning. Always.”

With the exception of your memoir, fragile, all of your books are poetry. Why did you decide to write a memoir and how was the writing process different from your other books?

I decided to write a memoir when I almost died. That’s not when I started writing what became fragile, but it is when I first focused the jumbled mess of narratives and images into a single story, into a real memoir. For several years, I had been working on a fragmented and lyric series of pieces about place... Read more

In the Telling

#29: Chris Offutt

Here’s the sixth and final installment in our special collection of In the Telling podcasts: stories, essays, and poetry by our 2015 Pushcart Nominees. Each episode includes an introduction by our editors. The series is curated by Joseph Scalora.

In this episode, nonfiction editor Christopher Locke discusses why he nominated Chris Offutt’s essay “At... Read more

Encounters in Publishing

#88: A Sneak Peek at the Slice Literary Writers’ Conference: An Interview with literary agent Monica Odom, by Jackie DiCaro


Every agent has their unique way of discovering great new voices. For Monica Odom of the Bradford Literary Agency, connecting with writers includes a blend of seeking out innovators, pushing them to create their best work, and helping them grow each step of the way. But the nuances of how she does this are what set her—and every agent—apart. We... Read more

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