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Writers Who Read Interview

G.G. Andrews interviewed me for her series Writers Who Read.  I’m honored, of course, and excited.  Thinking about what I read and why has me thinking about books I read over and over.  Besides Jack London, I think it’s Richard Hugo whose poems and essays I keep close at hand.  I turn to The Triggering Town once a month, at least.   I wish I had met Richard Hugo.  He died before I had read a word he’d ever written–when I was three.  But the way he speaks, with humility and assuredness, reminds me what I want to strive to be.  How I want to speak.  I spent some time living with Quakers at Olney Friends School, teaching and working on the farm.  At their best, they have those same qualities.  Richard Hugo and Quakers.  There you go.

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