Yearly Archives: 2013

HYPHEN-NATION

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             HYPHEN-NATION, a dispatch from Marie-Helene Bertino The Common asked me to write a dispatch from a specific location, so I wrote from the hyphen that splits my first name. Directions are included for getting … Continue reading

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Happy Poetry Month!

Invitation to Miss Marianne Moore From Brooklyn, over the Brooklyn Bridge, on this fine morning, please come flying. In a cloud of fiery pale chemicals, please come flying, to the rapid rolling of thousands of small blue drums descending out … Continue reading

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The Magic Marie-Helene Bertino

The Magic Marie-Helene Bertino “Everyone tells you that conflict is required to have yourself a story, but what is more difficult to explain is that it doesn’t necessarily mean: MAN WITH GUN ENTERS STORE OF KITTENS.  I thought it did, … Continue reading

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Believer Reader Survey

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believermag: Last chance to vote in the Believer Reader Survey! What were your three favorite works of fiction and poetry published in 2012? Email letters@believermag.com by March 21st to let us know. We’ll share the results in the May issue. … Continue reading

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In which I teach the rules of writing…

“There are three rules for writing a novel. Unfortunately, no one knows what they are.” -W. Somerset Maugham I have the pleasure of teaching in two very special capacities this Spring and Summer.  First will be a visit to Ithaca, … Continue reading

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New York is Always Hopeful

From Dorothy Parker’s essay, “My Home Town” McCall’s, January 1928 (With thanks to Margaret Zamos-Monteith for sending this to me) It occurs to me that there are other towns. It occurs to me so violently that I say, at intervals, “Very well, … Continue reading

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Thank you

The happiest surprise of publishing Safe as Houses has been the people who have reached out to me at readings and on all sorts of social media (is that how you pluralize that?) to tell me how they appreciated the … Continue reading

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The pleasure of your company is requested…

The pleasure of your company is requested… Early Spring has me traveling like a carney of fiction with a hobo pack of words. I will be in Boston, Baltimore, Iowa, and good ole NYC. Someday soon I hope to confirm … Continue reading

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SAH named Outstanding Collection from 2012

SAH named Outstanding Collection from 2012 The Story Prize named SAFE AS HOUSES an Outstanding Collection of 2012!  I am DELIGHTED BEYOND REASON, in awe of the company my little book keeps on this list, and so thankful to University of … Continue reading

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