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Retrospectives of Writers from The Seattle Review

Colleen J. McElroy and Brenda Peterson

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  • Published: 2006
  • Subject Listing: Literature; Pacific Northwest / Art and Culture
  • Bibliographic information: 448 pp., 64 illus., 6 x 9 in.
  • Contents

This spirited and delectable collection of sixteen retrospectives from The Seattle Review, a renowned journal featuring literary luminaries of the Northwest, offers a timeless resource for writers, cultural historians, and bibliophiles everywhere. It includes interviews with some of America's greatest writers as well short literary works and an assortment of their personal photographs spanning several decades of their lives. The essays, beguiling photographs, and articulate and intriguing discussions on literary composition offer a rare insight into the lives and art of these exceptional writers.

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Colleen McElroy, editor of The Seattle Review and compiler of this anthology, is the author of twelve books of prose and poetry, including Over the Lip of the World: Among the Storytellers of Madagascar. Brenda Peterson, author of numerous novels, essays, and other works of non-fiction, is an award-winning nature writer. Writers featured: Lynda Barry, Rick Bass, Nelson Bentley, Marilyn Chin, Ivan Doig, Richard Hugo, Carolyn Kizer, Yusef Komunyakaa, Denise Levertov, Larry Levis, N. Scott Momaday, Sharon Olds, Sonia Sanchez, William Stafford, David Wagoner, Diane Wakoski.
Introduction / Brenda Peterson
David Wagoner
- Slightly Different Ways of Thinking: An Interview / Kate Gray
- Three Poems / David Wagoner
Denise Levertov
- Autobiographical Sketch (1984)
- Conversations and Tea with Denise / Colleen J. McElroy
- Feet (poem) / Denise Levertov
Sonia Sanchez
- A Retrospective Movement and the Writer's Life: An Interview / Lauri Conner
- Eleven Poems / Sonia Sanchez
Nelson Bentley
- A Biographical Sketch / Sean Bentley
- After Screening "In a Dark Time" / Sean Bentley
- Four Poems / Nelson Bentley
Richard Hugo
- Introduction / James Welch
- Seven Poems / Richard Hugo
Larry Levis
- Larry Levis in Syracuse / Stephen Dunn
- Larry Levis's "Spots of Time" / Gary Short
- Letter from Levis/Late September in Ulcinj
- Five Poems / Larry Levis
Diane Wakoski
- Let Us Begin to Sing: A Poet and Her Mountain - Diane Wakoski, 1999 / Edward Jenkinson
- Perfume (poem) / Diane Wakoski
Carolyn Kizer
- Introduction / Jeanine Marie Derusha
- Not Their History but Our Myth: An Interview / David Rigsbee and Stephen Ford Brown
- Five Poems / Carolyn Kizer
Lynda Barry
- Will You Climb Up to the Heavens That Enclose Us Above: A Talk with Lynda Barry, 2000 / Edward Jenkinson
- I Love My Master I Love My Master (poem) / Lynda Barry
Yusef Komunyakaa
- An Interview with Yusef Komunyakaa / Sally Dawidoff
- Introduction
- Hagar's Daughter (poem)
- Shangri-La (libretto) / Yusef Komunyakaa
Marilyn Chin
- Foxtrot with Marilyn: An Interview / Tarisa Matsumoto
- Four Poems / Marilyn Chin
Ivan Doig
- Conversation with Middle-Class Cosmic Mechanic, Ivan Doig / Derek Sheffield
- Winter ot '19 (fiction) / Ivan Doig
William Stafford
- Talking Recklessly: An Interview with the Stafford Family / Derek Sheffield
- Holding the Roethke Chair: William Stafford's Prose Journal
- Prologue from Early Morning: Remembering My Father / Kim Stafford
- Six Poems / William Stafford
- Two Drafts of a Poem: "Two of a Kind"
Sharon Olds
- An Aesthetics of Beauty and the Somatic Poems of Sharon Olds: When Flesh Becomes Word / Linden Ontjes
- Looking Back at Some Revisions / Sharon Olds
Rick Bass
- Fitting in the West: A Conversation with Rick Bass / Douglas Heckman
Penetrations (fiction) / Rick Bass
N. Scott Momaday
- An Interview / Kathleen Wiegner
- N. Scott Momaday: Fiction, poetry, and essays / N. Scott Momaday
Bibliography of Major Works

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