Writing Archive

Friday Video: “Everything is Much Vaster Than You Can Realize, Really.” James Baldwin Interview

We came across this amazing interview with James Baldwin on Youtube. Unfortunately we don’t know where or when it originally aired or the name of the interviewer. If you do know, please pass the information along and we’ll include it! Baldwin discusses the inspiration behind his writing, the inexplicable connections between deep suffering and true
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Friday Video: Studs Terkel Interviewing James Baldwin, 1961

We recently stumbled across this audio clip of oral historian Studs Terkel interviewing author James Baldwin in 1961. Both men had an enormous impact on the world of cultural studies and our understanding of how the intricacies of human stories help to define collective and individual identity. Terkel is best known for his work documenting the
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Friday Video: Nikky Finney reading “Left” and “Penguin Mullet Bread.”

Earlier this week we posted about Kentucky-based writer and artist Bianca Sprigg’s recent essay regarding the importance of writer’s communities in the lives of budding authors. Throughout her essay Spriggs speaks of her involvement with the Affilachian Poets and the ongoing inspiration of poet Nikky Finney (more on the Affrilachian poets and their amazing work as
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Cave Canem, Community, and Art: Bianca Spriggs Discusses the Importance of Writing Workshops and Valuing the Craft.

Last week Verse Wisconsin published an essay by Lexington, Kentucky-based author Bianca Spriggs entitled “Home is Where the Art Is: Writing as Community.” A member of the Affrilachian Poets, Cave Canem fellow, author and multidisciplinary artist, Spriggs is the author of Kaffir Lily (2010), How Swallowtails Become Dragons (2011), and the director of the short film, Waterbody
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Neighborhood Writing Alliance and the Journal of Ordinary Thought

We’ve recently been made aware of  a wonderful Chicago-based organization that brings together popular education theory with participant-based engagement in the arts. They work to envision, as their mission statement says, “a society where adults connect through creative communities in which writing, discussing, and publishing personal narrative leads to civic engagement, neighborhood vitality, and social transformation.”
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Oxford American Offices Open in South Main Neighborhood

The Oxford American magazine recently purchased Juanita’s old space in downtown Little Rock, and this past Saturday they hosted an open house for the new location. The majority of the magazine staff will continue to operate out of their offices at UCA in Conway and this location will serve as both a home base for
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“Words As The Way To Freedom:” Jimmy Santiago Baca on Making Contact Radio Progam

Originally conducted in 2009 by Progressive editor Matthew Rothschild, this interview with Jimmy Santiago Baco aired two months ago on the Making Contact radio program. “Words as the Way to Freedom” explores Baca’s discovery of poetry while serving time in an Arizona prison for drug possession.  He discusses how poetry changed the way he saw
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