When Words and Music Come Together

When Words and Music Come Together

The combining of music and poetry seems the most natural thing in the world. After all, poetry is musical by nature, plumbing the music of language in the pure sounds behind the sense of words. Adding actual music could be redundant, the results cloying, or overbearing. Yet, as composer Jeffrey L. Briggs showed…

Miami in Minneapolis: More on AWP

Miami in Minneapolis: More on AWP

The AWP Conference and Book Fair is an annual destination for writers, teachers, students, editors, and publishers. Each year more than 12,000 attendees join for four days of dialogue, networking, and unrivaled access to the organizations and opinion-makers that matter most in contemporary literature. The 2015 featured over 2,000 presenters and 550 readings. The Book Fair hosted over 700 presses, journals, and literary organizations…

I Set Out to Be a Working Writer, Says Ben Mezrich

I Set Out to Be a Working Writer, Says Ben Mezrich

Ben Mezrich is not the kind of author who worries about artistic or journalistic niceties, and even less about the opinions of critics. Janet Maslin, a reviewer for The New York Times, blasted one of his “nonfiction thrillers” by wryly noting his skill at “making up conversations he did not hear, sexing up parties he did not attend,” and other writerly techniques of which she does not approve. At a recent Breakfast Salon at the Betsy Hotel, where he was Writer in Residence, Mezrich laughed off barbs like that with no trace of bitterness or resentment.

Fly on the Wall With Michael Ondaatje

Fly on the Wall With Michael Ondaatje

Anyone wondering what writers talk about when they are at ease together might have liked being a fly on the wall at the Betsy Hotel the other night. Most literary events at the Betsy are not only public but also free. But this was a small private dinner party put together by the hotel and one of its literary partners, the Creative Writing Department at Florida International University….