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Pat Schneider

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Writing Your Way Home

(5) Comments | Posted May 28, 2013 | 6:18 AM

What would it mean to claim ourselves as writer/artist, fully in possession of one brilliant, nuanced voice, and then to learn additional craft, additional voices, without suppressing the innate genius that John Edgar Wideman calls "the language of home" and Paule Marshall calls "the poets in the kitchen"?

For me,...

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Original Voice, Original Genius

(2) Comments | Posted May 8, 2013 | 12:02 PM

We know now that a baby comes out of the womb with a rather sophisticated understanding of language -- enough to recognize the particular music of the mother's speech, distinguishing it from the voice of the other parent, and his or her voice from the voice of the stranger. Language...

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Writing as a Spiritual Practice

(19) Comments | Posted April 29, 2013 | 4:40 PM

I am writing now as a spiritual practice -- and I don't mean writing liturgy or prayers or preaching anything to anyone. I mean using the first and most primary human art form -- language -- to explore my own deepest questions and express my own most important experiences and...

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