Janet BurrowayPoetry, Drama, Fiction, Nonfiction
Interviewed by: Angela Elam
Catalog Number: 20140620, 20050504, 20030312
Renowned poet, novelist, playwright, creative writing teacher and author of the text book Writing Fiction: A Guide to Narrative Craft, Janet Burroway's 2014 book is called Losing Tim: A Memoir about her soldier son who committed suicide. In this 2003 interview she talks about writing non-fiction and her elegiac book, Embalming Mom: Essays in Life. Burroway discusses this form and her attempt to capture in writing a mother who eluded her in life. She also details her interesting connection with Sylvia Plath. Visit our Shop and look for the Janet Burroway special which includes a CD with both this program, as well as a second program produced from this same interview, and a copy of New Letters (Vol. 71, No. 2), which features one of Burroway's essays about her son. Our audio archives also contain earlier programs with Janet Burroway from 1984 and 1985.
We go to the archives to revisit a program that examines important African-American writers, beginning with the 18th century's Phyllis Wheatley and concluding with former U.S. Poet Laureate Rita Dove. This show also features the late Margaret Walk...
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