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"The Kids Are All Bright": Elizabeth Ames Staudt on childhood and writing

Friend of FWR (and very talented writer) Elizabeth Ames Staudt reflects in the Kenyon Review on writing about children and one’s children becoming writers: Do writers want their babies to be writers? I feel like, in the way-too–many-celebrity-profiles I’ve read, most famous people hope their progeny will not head Hollywood-wards, but are quick to add that they will support them unflaggingly should they ultimately choose that dangerously…

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Elizabeth Ames Staudt

Elizabeth Ames Staudt earned her MFA from the University of Michigan. She lives in Seattle and is at work on her first novel. This photograph adequately represents her feelings about the process….

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When one book closes…

After finishing a book you love, is it hard to move on? How long do you wait to open another — and how do you shake that feeling it won’t measure up to the last? On the Kenyon Review‘s KR Blog, Elizabeth Ames Staudt considers this dilemma: photo by Moriza (flickr cc) An insistence on finding a book that’s impossibly similar to the last will ultimately prove as disappointing as eating a falafel sandwich anywhere in Paris but at…

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A Valentine: Books We Loved in 2009

Every book we feature on Fiction Writers Review has won the admiration of our reviewers. But because it’s a new year, and it’s award season, and today is the official holiday of love, we asked our contributors to tell us which books of 2009 they most adored, cherished, and crushed on. What we received often transcended mere lists; writers shared why these certain books affected them, woke them up, even made them jealous. So in…

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Sometimes Taking Things Out Counts as Writing: an Interview with Celeste Ng

Celeste Ng and I met almost exactly a decade ago in the University of Michigan’s Creative Writing MFA program (now the Helen Zell Writers’ Program). We were in the same fiction workshop every semester, and I remember devouring her stories with a hunger that felt both familiar and new. Her prose was delicious; her stories, dark and moving. I would read anything this person writes, I thought, and told her as much. Over the years, our friendship…

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Picture books for writers (and their kids)

For a while now, I’ve been concerned about raising a kid who loves to read. Evidently I am not the only one, as shown by the BabyLit series of board books featuring Romeo and Juliet, Pride and Prejudice, and Jane Eyre. These books bill themselves as “counting primers”—the “Little Miss Austen” version of Pride and Prejudice includes pages like “2 rich gentlemen” and “3 houses” (that…

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Recommended Reading: Aryn Kyle story in Five Chapters

I am not a patient person. People who do slow, meticulous things like needlepoint and whittling amaze and bewilder me. This impatience applies to my reading habits, too: when immersed in a book I love, I can’t stop myself from reading faster and faster, eager to see the whole picture, to wolf the whole story into my head. Luckily, though, Five Chapters exists to remind me that patience is a virtue. Five Chapters publishes one story each…

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Discussion Review Lush Life (by Richard Price) and The Wire

On June 20, four writer-readers chatted via Skype about Richard Price’s novel Lush Life and The Wire. Participants included: two poets — Britta Ameel (BA) and Charlotte Boulay (CB) – and two fiction writers — Michael Shilling (MS) and Elizabeth Ames Staudt (ES). —- SUMMARY: Richard Price’s Lush Life transcends the police procedural / urban crime novel with layers of social commentary and a cast of memorable characters….

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