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RECENT DISCOVERIES IN FICTION---------HIGHLY RECOMMENDED

Salvatore Scibona, The Volunteer, novel

Adam Haslett, Imagine Me Gone, novel

Susan Straight, Take One Candle Light A Room, novel

Esi Edugyan, Washington Black, novel

Jamel Brinkley, A Lucky Man, stories

Deborah Eisenberg, Your Duck Is My Duck, stories
Louisa Hall, Trinity, novel
Joan Silber, Improvement, novel
Melanie Finn, The Gloaming, novel
Rebecca Lee, The City is A Rising Tide, novel
Rebecca Lee, Bobcat, stories
Robin Romm, The Mother Garden, stories
Peter Carey, Oscar and Lucinda, novel
Moshin Hamid, Exit West, novel
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GRADUATION SPEECH AT THE WARREN WILSON MFA PROGRAM IN WRITING

Tonight we celebrate the achievements of the class of January, 2018. Thank you to the families and friends and partners who have helped the graduates reach this moment. We know there have been many sacrifices and we're grateful for your belief in their work and your support of your graduate at moments of doubt and fear and tiredness.

 

There was much tiredness.

 

What I'd like to say to you is that it's not over. This part is over, yes, but this is only the beginning. As you enter the free world, that is, a world free of packet deadlines, annotations, three week increments of productivity, you'll take us with you. You'll remember the words of faculty and peers and you'll take with you our encouragement and the ongoing assistance of the friends you've made in this program. All of this is necessary because it's not easy out there.

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THE INNER AND OUTER WORLD

THE INNER AND OUTER WORLD

 

AN INTERVIEW WITH MEGAN STAFFEL by Want Chyi
First published in Rain Taxi, Vol. 15, No. 1, Spring 2010

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CLOSING REMARKS

I was the keynote speaker at The Alfred Literary Festival, held at Alfred University on May 2010. It featured readings by poet Jim Shephard and fiction writer Rahul Mehta. My reading was the final reading and these are my introductory remarks:

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