Writers' Reel


Writers’ Reel: Jamie Quatro on her First Draft

Writers’ Reel: How Zadie Smith Returned to the Wonder of Storytelling

Zadie Smith (author of N-W  and White Teeth, among others) was recently awarded the 2014 Moth Award for storytelling. In her acceptance speech, Smith describes how she returned to storytelling after becoming a mother. She shares a personal memory from her childhood that illuminates her relationship with the art.

Writers’ Reel: Sandra Cisneros On Becoming a Writer

Sandra Cisneros
Héctor Tobar, 2014 Emerging Voices Mentor, interviews author Sandra Cisneros for the Los Angeles Times.

Writers' Reel: Walter Mosley - Is Productivity a Writer's True Currency?

Writers’ Reel: George Saunders on the Importance of Kindness

Back in 2013, author George Saunders gave a commencement speech to Syracuse University students that quickly went viral after The New York Times reprinted it. It has recently been published in book form, Congratulations, By the Way: Some Thoughts on Kindness.

Writers’ Reel: Remembering Gabriel García Márquez

Last Thursday, Nobel Prize-winning author Gabriel García Márquez passed away at the age of 87.

Writers’ Reel: The 2014 Pulitzer Prize Winner Donna Tartt

Writers’ Reel: Watch This 52 Second Poem by Billy Collins

Billy Collins, Poet Laureate of the United States from 2001 to 2003, has been very vocal about using different mediums to bring poetry to the masses. In this video, director/animator Juan Delcan created beautiful, sparse images to accompany Collins's poem “The Dead.” This short film received a ZEBRA Prize for the Best Poetry Film of 2008. Take 52 seconds to celebrate National Poetry Month!