After almost twenty years in the making, Rahna Reiko Rizzuto reflects on the many influences and the long process of bring a novel into the world. On Friday, this essay appeared on Lit Hub’s Crime Reads. “My novel was sparked by a true crime, but it refused to become a thriller. Nearly two decades ago, a friend of mine was raped…”
Last week I finished my first pass page proofs for Shadow Child, my new novel coming out in May. I started it in the year 2000. Holding those pages in my hands, with their elegant design and their printing marks,
I am a self-taught writer. There are many of us out there, though possibly not so many who are teaching creative writing in an MFA program. I wrote my first novel because I had to; it was a story that
MFAW faculty Rahna Reiko Rizzuto muses about the role of art in a society in crisis, and offers an exercise to take you beyond anger and fear, to sorrow and love.
Goddard MFA faculty member Rahna Reiko Rizzuto muses on Prince and the new Goddard slogan (what?!) “I am not an expert on Prince. I do not own the purple disk of Purple Rain; I cannot sing every word of every B side. I have not analyzed the Purple One’s sexuality (except to rejoice that there was clearly enough of it for everyone) and have no insight into how or why he died.
Today is a day that was supposed to live in infamy. The Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor on December 7, 1941, and the U.S. response, kicked off a chain of events – including the internment and the atomic bombings –
It’s 94 degrees in Brooklyn, and I am writing in a pair of blue cashmere fingerless gloves. They are a gift from a dear friend – crafted from recycled goodness, and sent from Canada. They are also a shared talisman
As in, she DID read, and if you weren’t there but wish you were, here’s a video: Novelist and filmmaker Ruth Ozeki was our visiting writer at the MFA in Creative Writing Program’s spring 2015 residency in Vermont. Ozeki’s first
Last week, I was invited to talk to a class at City College in New York. Someone asked me about structure; specifically what I thought of the fact that none of the books on their syllabus, including my memoir, had
Calling all female filmmakers! Just got word of a workshop in Brooklyn, coming up, led by a friend of mine, a Hedgebrook alumna, and a fabulous filmmaker: Cynthia Lowen. (Cynthia is also an award-winning poet and winner of the 2012
Post State of the Union, the speech that is still sounding in my mind is one that was given back in November: Ursula Le Guin’s address at the National Book Award ceremony. Yes, she chided us for selling books “like
Who’s been where, and which writing retreats do you recommend? Aerogramme’s new list of retreats for 2015 includes Hedgebrook, an oasis for women writers near and dear to my heart: hard to get into (with 1500 applications this year!) but
This is the “best sentence” that resonates most with me today. What’s yours? Click on this link, or the photo, for Jennifer Schaffer’s list on Buzz Feed. Here, not the best sentences, but the first sentences of the books that
As I put the snow and icicles of Goddard behind me for another semester, I was thinking about the question of whether one can teach writing. I don’t know if we taught it, or whether we simply lived it, all
On November 1st, a new national literary journal was born. Clockhouse was the dream of two of my master’s degree candidates in the MFA in Creative Writing program my very first semester teaching at Goddard. Led by a group of alumni,