Inside the Writer’s Head: From Curiosity to Creativity: Emma Carlson Berne, Marianne Chan, and Michael Griffith

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.

Books by Horseback

  • 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.

All Heathens

The Speaking Stone

What is the interplay of research and imagination in creative writing? Tune in and find out!

More to Explore

Read the works discussed and written by the guests on this episode of “Inside the Writer’s Head:"

Recommended Reading from this Episode’s Guests:

The Friend

My Year of Rest and Relaxation

The Mars Room

Eiger Dreams

Fiona and Jane

Essential Labor

Yellow Rain