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July 05, 2017
The Mysteries of Revision
When a former MFA professor asked me to come to her class and speak on...
April 19, 2017
The following is adapted from an address given at the Seattle Pacific University MFA in...
April 10, 2017
Dancing with Words During National Poetry Month
Here’s your assignment. Choose a poem you’ve written (it could be any piece of writing,...
March 29, 2017
My Bad Italy Novel
February is offseason in Rome, so today the city is a little gray, a little...
March 07, 2017
An Interview with George Saunders, Part 2
Beloved fiction writer George Saunders just published his first novel, Lincoln in the Bardo, an...
March 06, 2017
An Interview with George Saunders, Part 1
Beloved fiction writer George Saunders has long been known for his daring short stories, collected...
January 25, 2017
To Run and Not Grow Weary, Part 1
By Jeffrey Overstreet. So, why Chariots of Fire? Why is that what I chose for...
December 12, 2016
Stopping the Press
By Mary Kenagy Mitchell This is the time of year when we work on Image’s...
November 23, 2016
The Gift of Interdependence
By Camellia Freeman This story has many beginnings. It begins with the great state of...
September 06, 2016
Of Cookbooks and Lynchings
“Men and women in automobiles stood up to watch him die.” That’s the sentence one...
September 01, 2016
My Own Commencement, Part 1: The Birth of an MFA
This post is excerpted from Gregory Wolfe’s final commencement address as director of the Seattle...
June 09, 2016
The Best Conditions for Work
For William Carlos Williams I work best alone. In an empty house. When I’m ready...
April 18, 2016
Conference Envy: A Survival Guide
Yesterday I was running around the park in a T-shirt with a birthday party full...
January 08, 2016
George Scialabba and the Problem of Critical Distance
George Scialabba retired from his job this October. He had worked at Harvard University for...
January 06, 2016
Autistic Lives Matter
When I first met Daniel Bowman Jr. at the Festival of Faith and Writing, we...
October 08, 2015
Brush With a Famous Writer
By Ann Conway I was walking down a concourse in the Philly airport when I...
October 07, 2015
Life-Saving Moments of Art
In August, the musical duo Alright Alright, composed of husband and wife Seth and China...
October 06, 2015
Tale of the Lucky and the Star-Crossed
They say that luck is where hard work meets opportunity. But often the ones who...
September 25, 2015
The Harboring Silence, Part 2
Continued from yesterday. The following editorial statement from issue 86 of Image is adapted from...
September 24, 2015
The Harboring Silence, Part 1
The following editorial statement from issue 86 of Image is adapted from a commencement address...
June 18, 2015
A Holy Habitation for Life’s Story
By Allison Backous Troy May the Lord bless thee out of Zion; and so shalt...
June 04, 2015
A Place Where We Can Talk
By Brian Volck "Somewhere is better than anywhere." —Flannery O'Connor In my sophomore year of college,...
May 21, 2015
While My Pen Gently Weeps
My daughter Gracie was helping me prepare dinner one evening. We were doing the bœuf...
March 13, 2015
Receiving “What Is”
With gratitude and apologies to Peter Cole I would like to share this poem with...
March 05, 2015
Remembering Phil Levine
By Paul Mariani Note: We asked the author, one of Image’s editorial advisors, to write...
January 27, 2015
“I want to write,” people often tell me, eager to talk about the myriad ways...
December 23, 2014
The Ardent Whisper of God
Guest post by A.N. Muia The following post is adapted from a talk given at...
August 19, 2014
Susan Sontag, Simon Weil, and the Pursuit of Seriousness
I could stare for many hours at that famous 1975 picture of Susan Sontag lying...
October 16, 2013
How to Write in a Sick Person’s Body
Guest Post by Paige Eve Chant Not too long ago, just as spring was turning...
August 15, 2013
Guest Post By Santiago Ramos Where do literary geniuses come from? Or should the question...
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