A few years ago, writers were all interviewing themselves about their new books in a nice phenomenon known as The Next Big Thing. But what if the fictional interviewer was a little more hostile? Here’s David in what he calls The Next Uncomfortable Thing.
“Maybe you can broaden your definition of success so that it includes participating helpfully in a thriving writing community, a world where happy readers (God bless readers!) do get to read some good writing by some good people. If that’s the definition, then suddenly envy’s down on the mat, wondering what hit it.” Check out David’s thoughts on writer envy on the “On Writing” blog hosted by the great writer West Moss!
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This May, David was honored to be part of Temple Micah’s annual “Festival of Dangerous Ideas,” in celebration of the holiday of Shavuot, a holiday about truth and revelation. David’s fifteen-minute talk, entitled “Telling the Story You’re Not Allowed to Tell,” starts at the 1:13:20 mark of this video.
Thanks to the great people at the University of Minnesota, Mankato! This April, they’ve been posting videos of students reading poems aloud, a new one each day, and on April 26th they featured David’s poem, “We Were the People Who Moved”—check it out!
“I think we also have to have a little faith. We have to believe that extended engagement with written stuff (if the written stuff is good) offers unique pleasures, and that some people will always return to those pleasures.” Chris Hardie recently interviewed David about the publishing world, ebooks, audience, and enjoying the party you’re at!