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Janet Burroway

Poetry, 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 CraftJanet 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.

| Subject Matter: Family, Sylvia Plath | Interview Year: 2002 | Genre: Poetry, Drama, Fiction, Nonfiction | Awards: Florida Humanities Council's Lifetime Achievement Award in Writing |

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