Literary Birthday

Melissa Broder

Literary Birthday – 30 August – Melissa Broder

Happy Birthday, Melissa Broder, born 30 August Quotes I’ve always been self-reflective and able to verbalise my internal life. But in terms of actually feeling the feelings, I’m definitely no better. Writing for me is a healthy form of escapism, a way of synthesising all…
Amanda Kyle Williams

Literary Birthday – 17 August – Amanda Kyle Williams

Amanda Kyle Williams was born 17 August 1957 and died 31 August 2018. Quotes [On overcoming writer's block] Sitting down and putting your fingers on the keyboard. If you have to tie yourself to your chair, do it. Just start. Word-by-word. If I need inspiration…
Valeria Luiselli

Literary Birthday – 16 August – Valeria Luiselli

Happy Birthday, Valeria Luiselli, born 16 August 1983 Quotes I like reading the world through a writer's eyes, rather than seeing a writer looking at him or herself as if at the centre of gravity of the world around them. Writers tend to think they…

Literary Birthday – 4 August – Fred Khumalo

Happy Birthday, Fred Khumalo, born 4 August 1966 Quotes As a novelist, I am concerned with the ways in which communities transform their historical experience into the symbolic terms of myth, and then use mythologised narratives of the past to organise their responses to real-world,…
Robert-Hayden

Literary Birthday – 4 August – Robert Hayden

Robert Hayden was born 4 August 1913 and died 25 February 1980 Robert Hayden Quotes As you continue writing and rewriting, you begin to see possibilities you hadn't seen before. Writing a poem is always a process of discovery. Art is not escape, but a…
Jill McCorkle

Literary Birthday – 7 July – Jill McCorkle

Happy Birthday, Jill McCorkle, born 7 July 1958 Quotes I feel very protective in the first draft, when all the pieces are coming together. I work in a way that is not linear or chronological at all, even with the short story. I will just…
Jean Stafford

Literary Birthday – 1 July – Jean Stafford

Jean Stafford was born 1 July and died 26 March 1979 Quotes For me, there is nothing worse than the knowledge that my life holds nothing for me but being a writer. You say that you hope I will be recognised as the best novelist…
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