Ribboned to a six-pack, helium-high, it bobbed along as everyone danced. Under the globe lights strung across the yard, mingling close to the bulbs it glistened. Lifted by the small gathering of pals, the shots, I floated too. It napped most of Saturday face up against the living room ceiling. Tossed and turned whenever the […] Read more.
And even the eagle must flap its wings, pushing against the grain, until it learns how to soar. My dad had the most beautiful hair. it was long and cascaded down his back. He always wore it in a braid. My mom said I have his wavy chestnut curls. I also have his eyes, mouth, […] Read more.
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The Writer’s Corner
I rarely write anywhere but at my desk, which is where I write this from now. I have one desk here, in Cambridge, and one desk at my other home, in St. John’s, Newfoundland. The history of my Newfoundland desk is almost entirely unknown to me, and that’s because I stole it. The little blue […]
Imagine an award winning author abandoning their dominant language to learn a new one–not out of necessity but pure desire. This is what Jhumpa Lahiri, fiction writer and Pulitzer Prize winner, does. In her 2016 memoir, In Other Words, Lahiri describes how her obsession to learn Italian required more than courses, tutors and just visits […]
For decades, I’d wanted to write an essay about my visit with the famous artist Alice Neel, who painted a portrait of my father in 1949. I knew my parents had been friendly with Neel and her lefty gang in New York in the late forties, though had no idea to what degree. Going through […]
The Wild Writers Festival: Poetry and Prose That’s Out There
The New Quarterly is proud to present the Wild Writers Literary Festival. Join us for a celebration of the feral and free and its expression in poetry, the short story, and everything in between. Create, learn, discover and share the art of groundbreaking writing.