Feb 062015


The WH House 100 Thousand Poets for  Change Global 2014 Event Reading was one of  650 events that occurred internationally on  September 27th.

At WH, a broad poetic spectrum of poetry,  including slam, hip-hop,experimental, free  verse and rhymed was presented by sixteen  readers: Catherine Twomey, Bill Prindle, Erika  Castillo, Mary Burns, Tom Brown, Fred Maus,  Joanna Lee, William Sypher, Fred Wilbur,  Sigrid Mirabella, Jamie Reaser, Jason Kirkey,  James McDowell, Patsy Ascuncion, Susan Shafarzek, and Polly Lazaron — Writer House 100 Thousand Poets for Change Event Volunteer Coordinator.

Aug 222014

2013-12-13-1-JarrettOn December 13, 2013, award-winning poet TJ Jarrett discussed her book Ain’t No Grave, and ways of entering the historical poem as means to a greater understanding of history, as well as the pitfalls of inserting the self into the historical moment. Thanks to our moderator, poet Amy Woolard.

Aug 112014

2014-07-27-1On July 27, 2014, author Josh Weil talked to UVA Slavic studies professor Andrew D. Kaufman about the challenges, both internal and external, of breaking far away from yourself in your fiction, and the ways in which doing so can bring you closer to your core project at the same time. He also discussed his relationship with Russian culture and his current fascination with humanity’s efforts to bring light into darkness.

Jul 292014

Cecilia_LlompartOn May 22nd, 2014 Cecilia Llompart discussed her new book The Wingless and explored what it meant to be an artist, specifically that it may require feeling you’re on the “outside” at one point or other in your life. The discussion went into whether differing languages have different beauties, and what it’s like to live as an artist and to attempt to make a living as an artist.

Cecilia Llompart was born in Puerto Rico and raised in Florida. Her first collection, The Wingless, was published by Carnegie Mellon University Press in the spring of 2014. She is the recipient of two awards from the Academy of American Poets, and her poems have appeared inTriQuarterly, The Caribbean Writerpoets.org, and other journals. Most recently, she served as guest editor for Matter: A Journal of Political Poetry and Commentary, and she will be teaching high school students while serving as chair of creative writing for BLUR: The Blue Ridge Summer Institute for Young Artists in June 2014.


Jul 122014

James Magruder reading from his novel, Let Me See It, at WriterHouse

James Magruder reading from his novel, Let Me See It, at WriterHouse

On June 26, 2014, James Magruder, who started his first short story in 2001 after sixteen years in show business as a dramaturg, translator, and musical book writer, discusses of his new story collection, Let Me See It, and how his career in professional theatre has both warped and enhanced his writing. Thanks to our moderator, Gare Gailbraith

Feb 092014

On February 6, 2014, Dean King, author of  The Feud, talked with Henry Wiencek (author of Master of the Mountain: Thomas Jefferson and His Slaves) about the interaction of myth and history and how to write about events and people that are already larger than life. Members of both the Hatfield and McCoy families were in the audience.

Jan 262014

On Thursday, January 25, 2014 novelist Chad Harbach spoke with WTJU radio host Jordan Taylor about his novel The Art of Fielding and the MFA vs. NYC writing cultures.

WriterHouse: The Power of Place

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Nov 062013

Liz Huergo

On Sunday, October 6, 2013 Elizabeth Huergo discussed the power of place in evoking history and the story of how the city of Havana became a character in her debut novel The Death of Fidel Perez (Unbridled 2013).

Feb 112013

On Sunday, February 10, 2013, poet Mary Sherman Willis and her publisher Katherine McNamara discussed the two distinct publishing formats of an excerpt of her forthcoming book-length poem as “Cave Boy,” an iPad-only digital edition and a hand-made art book edition.

WriterHouse: Is it a Story Collection? A Novel? It’s a Novel in Stories

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Nov 302012

On November 29, 2012, Clifford Garstang, author of What the Zhang Boys Know, discussed the literary form of “novel-in-stories” with editor and writer Katherine McNamara.

WriterHouse: Writing the Cross-Genre Novel with Alma Katsu

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Oct 312012

 What happens when your novel doesn’t fit in one genre? What are the perils–and opportunities–of writing a book that defies categorization? Is there a marketplace for cross-genre books? On June 14, 2012, Alma Katsu, author of The Taker Trilogy (Gallery Books/Simon & Schuster), talked with mystery author Meredith Cole about fundamentals of storytelling, breaking the rules, and winning over readers of all stripes.

Alma Katsu is the author of The Taker and The Reckoning. The Taker was selected by the American Library Association/Booklist as one of the top ten debut novels of 2011, and translation rights have sold in a dozen languages. She is a graduate (MA) of the Johns Hopkins writing program and an alumna of the Squaw Valley Writers Conference.


WriterHouse: From Blog Posts to One-Woman Show

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Oct 282012

On Wednesday, June 13, 2012, playwright DeeDee Stewart and WriterHouse member Elizabeth Derby discussed Stewart’s journey from blog posts about her southern childhood to the international premiere of her one-woman show “Dirty Barbie and Other Girlhood Tales” at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival. She talked about the process of turning scenes from her life into a sold-out show.