These are readings from the 2012 Kenyon Review Writing Workshop. I was there thanks to a Peter Taylor Fellowship. I read with the other fellows on Sunday, June 17th after a violent thunderstorm. Most of the audience was drenched. Only writers can listen to fellow writers read when they are soaking wet.
Reginald Dwayne Betts, an extraordinary and powerful poet, reads first. Listen to him and be moved. I'm the second read - so when the player reaches the nine minute mark, you'll hear the writing teacher I fellowed for, Lee K. Abbott, introducing me. And then there's me reading my story, "Eliza, in the Event of a Hurricane" much too softly and much too slowly. Oh, well. I'll remember for next time: a little louder, a little faster. Funny, at first, I think I sound a little like Claire Danes. I kind of like that.
All of the readings are incredible and all so very different. Tarfia Faizullah, Susanna J. Mishler, Amy Wright, Emanuel Martin, and more. I was deeply honored to be part of this amazing and talented array of writers.
Click on the link and then on the June 17th reading and listen in: