Bly’s career effectively began while in college at Harvard, but his time at the university also made it more difficult for him to embrace a “common language” which he believed made poetry more moving to the average reader.
How do you become a phenomenally successful blogger? For Christian Lander, the answer is simple: you just have to fail at everything else.
Carlson, a renowned short story writer and novelist, speaks with Opening Lines about his early days writing horror skits and how teaching nearly killed his writing career.
Hint: Like most things in life, it’s all about who you know.
Long before Apple released the iPhone, Steve Jobs and Steve Wozniak, the company’s two founders, worked on a very different kind of phone.
Jennifer Egan was fortunate enough to get a short story published in the New Yorker when she was just 26, but as she confesses in this interview, in some ways, it made her writing career much more difficult.
Even more notable than his guitar playing in this clip of Page as a teenager (which is solid, but not exactly a revelation) is his candid response to what he dreamed of growing up to be. Hint: not a musician.
Paul Muldoon is not only one of the most prominent poets writing today, but he is also among the few who may truly be considered a celebrity. Muldoon speaks with us about his first poem, what happened after he met Seamus Heaney and why poets should always keep their expectations low.
Everyone has to start somewhere, and for Paul Rudd, that meant DJ-ing at bat mitzvahs. Oy vey!
She was either a renaissance woman or just an indecisive one. Before she settled into a life as a novelist and short story writer, Flannery O’Connor dabbled in journalism, cartoons, poetry and poultry.
Pete Cashmore is the founder and CEO of Mashable, one of the most popular sites on the Internet. But in his early days, he tried to make a living selling e-books… and guns.
Those who read Crosley’s work seem to end up with one of two conclusions. Either they praise her as one of the funniest women writing today, or they bash her for being… well, one of the funniest women writing today.