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Writers on Writing

Do you ever wonder what makes writers want to write? How do they get started and then, what keeps them going? Join us for informal conversations with accomplished writers in the field. After carefully researching the writers and their works, our host will inspire them to open up, delve into their process, and share their deepest thoughts about their craft and genre.

  • Offered in partnership with The American Library in Paris, Writers on Writing is FREE, and open to members and non-members alike.
We are working on our programme for 2012/2013 - highlights of the 2011/2012 session, which hosted poets Jeffrey Greene and Cyrus Cassells, can be found below.

For more information on the upcoming programme please contact us at wice@wice-paris.org.

Jeffrey Greene - January 2012Jeffrey Greene

The New Year was celebrated with an evening in conversation with vivacious Jeffrey Greene, a multi-faceted American writer living in France. A poet at large, Jeffrey also publishes fiction and creative non-fiction, with topics ranging from quiet Americana to wild boars in the forests of Burgundy. Jeffrey spoke about how he is able to be successful as a multi-genre writer, his creative process, and how this flexibility as a writer evolves.  Attendees also heard about his most recent collection of poetry, Beautiful Monsters, and his historical fiction projects in the works.

Praise for Beautiful Monsters:

    With this new book, Jeffrey Greene has become a type of endangered species: a thoroughly mature poet who, with high artistry and deftness of hand, brings us face to face with the shadows and light of life's unconquered mysteries.
    -- Ellen Hinsey

About Jeffrey Greene

Jeffrey Greene is the author of four collections of poems, the memoir French Spirits, and two personalized nature books, including The Golden-Bristled Boar: Last Ferocious Beast of the Forest (2011), and Water From Stone (2008).  His poetry has appeared in the New Yorker, The Nation, Poetry, Ploughshares, Southwest Review, Agni, and his short fiction is The Paris Anthology (Tightrope Books, Canada). He is the recipient The Samuel French Morse Prize, The Randall Jarrell Prize and “The Discovery”/The Nation Award. His work has been supported by the National Endowment for the Arts, the Connecticut Commission on the Arts, and Humanities Texas. He has taught at the Goddard College MFA Program, University of New Haven, University of Houston and is currently teaching at the American University of Paris.


Cyrus Cassells - May 2012

Cyrus CassellsIn May, WICE and the American Library were delighted to welcome poet, translator, film critic, and actor, Cyrus Cassells to the Writers on Writing Series.

In his newest celebrated collection of poetry, Cyrus Cassells brings an unfathomable historical past to a compassionate, personal level.  Released in April of 2012, Crossed-Out Swastika is an illuminating homage to young people who endured the tragedies of World War II in Europe. The set of stories, both historical and semi-fictional, are pieced together to acknowledge human challenges and express the survivors’ tremendous bravery. 

Praise for Crossed-Out Swastika:

    Cyrus Cassells is a passionate poet whose poems touch the core of human connection through which can flow union with the infinite.
    -- Library Journal

About Cyrus Cassells

Cyrus Cassells was born in Dover, Delaware. He grew up in the Mojave Desert north of Los Angeles, California. He is the author of four acclaimed books of poetry: The Mud Actor, Beautiful Signor, More Than Peace and Cypresses, Soul Make a Path through Shouting, for which he was nominated for the 1994 Pulitzer Prize in Poetry. His fifth book, The Crossed-Out Swastika, will be released in April 2012 from Copper Canyon Press. Among his many honors are a Lannan Literary Award, a Lambda Literary, the William Carlos Williams Award, two NEA grants, and a 1995 Pushcart Prize. He is a Professor of English and teaches for the MFA writing program at Texas State University-San Marcos.



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