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Friday Finds for Writers

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Writing-related resources, news, and reflections to enjoy over the weekend.

  • Chloe Benjamin’s Fiction Writers Review interview with Judith Claire Mitchell is wonderful for so many reasons, not the least of which are Mitchell’s remarks on pursuing an MFA “later in life.”
  • Last weekend’s New York Times Magazine included a terrific profile of poet Terrance Hayes.
  • Speaking of poetry, C.A. LaRue is doing us all a massively generous service by tracking the prompts being shared all over the Internet for National Poetry Month.
  • Also noted: The home in Gloucester, Massachusetts, where T.S. Eliot spent his childhood summers seems bound to become a writers’ retreat. (It will have a couple of other purposes, too.) See Amanda Katz’s article in The Boston Globe.
  • Finally, on my weekend agenda: listening to a Virtual Memories podcast featuring Clive James.
  • Have a wonderful weekend, everyone, and enjoy your holidays.

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    1. Amanda’s article is very cool. Thanks for the heads up on that. Enjoy your weekend.

    2. How awful. T.S. Eliot, as bad an anti-Semite as Ezra Pound, is having his childhood home made into a writer’s retreat. How peachy keen of the University of London to further adulate such scum. Why not make it the Eliot and Pound retreat while they’re at it? Should we all just ignore the six poems, “Gerontion,” “Sweeney among the Nightingales,” “Burbank with a Baedeker: Bleistein with a Cigar,” “Dirge,” “A Cooking Egg,”and “The Wasteland” for their blatant Jew-hatred? Let’s get real, folks.

    3. I too want to go to grad school and be a writer. I’ve been putting it off for about 20 years, too. But I’m 63. I’m going to try anyway, but I wonder how that would work.

      • Nan, if you aren’t already looking into low-residency programs, you should. Their student populations often feature a more “age-diverse” group of students. They do tend to lack other features that many other traditional programs boast. Notably: funding. Good luck to you!

        • Yes, thank you, I know about low-residency programs. And the lack of funding, which matters. But also, I want to “find my tribe” as Judith said in the interview. It’s lately that I figured 0ut that this is important. Plus, the structure of a residency program is also important.

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