We’re excited to see the Emerging Voices Fellowship being featured in the Jacket Copy section of the Los Angeles Times. The article includes interviews with program manager Libby Flores, as well as Emerging Voices alumni Cynthia Bond, Natashia Déon, and Reyna Grande. Read all about it here.
“People were able to say, 'I'm a writer. It seems like a small thing … but it's really a big thing for a person to take the risk and do that." – Libby Flores
Also mentioned in the article is our Kickstarter Campaign. Only 11 MORE DAYS LEFT to reach our goal. Keep the fellowship going!
Johnny Alfi, 2012 Emerging Voices Alum, writes about how his former lack of ambition (dead end jobs, 18 failed job interviews) obscured his real desire to be a writer. With the help of his friends, the Emerging Voices Fellowship became the push he needed to pursue his dream.
Watch authors Junot Diaz and Karen Russell as they share the stage at the 2013 New Yorker Festival and offer insights into their creative process. The two speak candidly on the difficulties of writing short stories as opposed to novels and how reading became their portal to another world in their youth.
“You have to be a gem cutter in a way. You don’t have to be but what I’ve enjoyed about stories is the amount of work it takes to have them structurally work out and yet seem to be some way naturalistic.” – Junot Diaz
“Junot and I had the same trajectory where a short story expanded and was going to became a novel. It’s true, you lose sight of the land for a long time… it’s tough to sustain that world for that length of time.” - Karen Russell
Author Haruki Murakami’s latest novel, The Colorless Tsukuru Tazaki and His Years of Pilgrimage, is set to hit the States next month. As fans anxiously await its arrival, watch this lovely video by animator Ilana Simons that details the award-winning author’s creative journey. From his first revelation, experienced at a ballgame, that he would become a novelist to how his writing plays with the tension between the conscious and the unconscious, this animated video visually depicts Murakami's history with eye-popping artistry.