Saturday, October 22, 2011

Meet poet and memoir writer Anne McDuffie


I want to introduce Anne McDuffie, one of the 2011 Jack Straw Writers from The Jack Straw Writers Program . Anne is a writer you are sure to hear more from. Her sense of image, sound, and language continues to surprise me. In Spanish or English, in poetry or prose, McDuffie is an original. Listen to a podcast of her interview and reading below.



I was honored to curate this past year. Anne's creative non-fiction piece sounds to my ears as poetry --- no different. The application for 2012 Jack Straw Writers program is open now until October 31st. You don't have to be a Seattle writer to apply, but you do have to visit 3-4 times during the year. Why not?

The Color of Fog

Anne McDuffie creates a sensory portrait of fog in a set of essays from an earlier chapter in her life. Her descriptions are immersive, and saturated by deep hues. The reader learns of her time in Madrid as a student and joins her for a long walk through the fog.
McDuffie writes essays, poetry and book reviews. Her work has appeared in Colorado Review, Crab Creek Review, A River and Sound Review, Rattle, Poetry International, American Book Review, and the anthology Short Takes: Brief Encounters with Contemporary Nonfiction (Norton, 2005). She received her MFA in 2007 from the Rainier Writing Workshop at Pacific Lutheran University.
SoundPages was produced by Jack Straw Productions as part of the Jack Straw Writers Program. All of the writers heard in this series are published in the Jack Straw Writers Anthology, and featured online at http://www.jackstraw.org/.
Music performed by the Black Cat Orchestra and recorded as part of the Jack Straw Artist Support Program.

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