In a New York Times interview, the novelist and screenwriter Richard Price said that where you're from is "…the ZIP code for your heart." Wherever we're from, we carry those places with us wherever we go. As writers, we are often influenced by those places, however they find their way into our words on the page—in poetry, fiction, nonfiction, or dramatic writing. Through cross-genre readings, discussion, and guided exercises, we’ll practice writing place and landscape in our work.
Jim Daniels is the author of numerous poetry books, including his most recent, Rowing Inland, Wayne State University Press, and Street Calligraphy, Steel Toe Books, and the forthcoming The Middle Ages, Red Mountain Press. His fifth book of short fiction, Eight Mile High, was published by Michigan State University Press. He edited the new anthology Challenges to the Dream: the Best of the Martin Luther King, Jr. Day Writing Awards, Carnegie Mellon University Press. “The End of Blessings,” the fourth short film he has written and produced, appeared in many film festivals. A native of Detroit, Daniels is the Thomas Stockham University Professor of English at Carnegie Mellon University in Pittsburgh.
Chauna Craig is the author of the story collection The Widow’s Guide to Edible Mushrooms (Press 53, 2017). Her stories and essays have appeared in Ploughshares, Prairie Schooner, Fourth Genre, SmokeLong Quarterly, Seattle Review and elsewhere. Her work has been cited in Best American Essays and in the Pushcart Prize anthology. A Montana native, she now lives in western Pennsylvania and is professor of English at Indiana University of Pennsylvania.