Written by Pauletta Hansel, Writer-in-Residence, Cincinnati & Hamilton County Public Library
Our 2022 Writer-in-Residence, Pauletta Hansel, is a poet, memoirist, teacher, and editor. Attend her upcoming workshops and writers' office hours, opens a new window. And, listen to her as host of CHPL's "Inside the Writer's Head" podcast, opens a new window.
The writer Zora Neale Hurston said, “Research is formalized curiosity. It is poking and prying with a purpose.” In this episode of “Inside the Writer’s Head, opens a new window,” The Library Foundation’s 2022 Writer-in-Residence Pauletta Hansel talks with three Cincinnati authors who have produced remarkable books in three very different genres, each using research as a key ingredient. Listen in as these “curious” authors read from their books and talk about their process.
- Emma Carlson Berne, a past CHPL Writer-in-Residence, is the author of over one hundred and twenty books for children, teen and young adult readers, most recently Books by Horseback: A Librarian's Brave Journey to Deliver Books to Children, opens a new window, winner of the 2021 Northern Lights Book Awards in the Historical Category.
- Poet Marianne Chan’s collection, All Heathens, opens a new window, revisits Magellan’s voyage around the world, and navigates her own Filipino heritage by grappling with notions of diaspora, circumnavigation, and discovery. The book won the 2021 Ohioana Book Award in Poetry.
- While working on his fourth novel, Michael Griffith found himself researching and writing a book of essays, instead. It is The Speaking Stone: Stories Cemeteries Tell, opens a new window, a literary love letter to the joys of wandering graveyards, specifically our own Spring Grove Cemetery.
What is the interplay of research and imagination in creative writing? Tune in and find out!
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Read the works discussed and written by the guests on this episode of “Inside the Writer’s Head:"
- A longer reading, opens a new window from Marianne Chan’s All Heathens.
- The book launch, opens a new window of Michael Griffith’s The Speaking Stone: Stories Cemeteries Tell.
- Emma Carlson Berne’s website, opens a new window.
- Marianne Chan’s website, opens a new window.