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Author Archives: Michael Henry

A Story Is a Living Thing

Originally posted on whylitmatters:
A few years ago, upon a recommendation from a friend, my wife bought a copy of Neil Gaiman’s young adult novel The Graveyard Book, and every…

September 3, 2015 · 1 Comment

It’s the Story. Of course it’s the story.

Originally posted on whylitmatters:
I came across this video the other day and it’s stayed with me, for many reasons. Partly because of how it embraces the Freitag dramatic structure…

May 13, 2015 · Leave a comment

Lit Matters: Running… and Saul Bellow

by Michael Henry Sure, I read some as a kid—mostly science fiction, like Dune and the Foundation trilogy, and for a time I had a subscription to Omni magazine—but it … Continue reading

December 3, 2014 · 14 Comments

Holiday Gift Ideas–From the Lighthouse Faculty Elves

What’s a perfect last-minute gift to buy for someone special? Why, a book, of course. They’re readily available, they’re affordable, they’re easy to wrap, and the variety is tremendous. Now, … Continue reading

December 22, 2013 · 1 Comment

Rain and Change

Note: Here’s a post from Mike Henry’s personal blog, which relates not only to current local events, but also to a very common idea in modern literature–the notion that nature, … Continue reading

September 14, 2013 · 1 Comment

Chain Link Fences, Microscopes, and Mark Doty–A Novelist’s Take

Editor’s Note: Jo Harkins, a superb fiction writer, details her fascination with fences, plankton, and Mark Doty, who’ll be here for the Writer’s Studio this Saturday. Thanks, Jo!   I … Continue reading

May 16, 2013 · 7 Comments

Mark Doty, Elegies, and Sunflowers

Happy Friday! And welcome to your intermittent dose of Doty, Mark Doty. This poem, from Atlantis (1995), is gorgeous and wonderfully simple. Yet its simplicity belies a deeper suggestion, which … Continue reading

May 3, 2013 · 9 Comments

The Storytelling Animal

I just finished this really interesting book, The Storytelling Animal, written by Jonathan Gottschall, whose overarching question is this: why do humans tell stories? I find this question intriguing, because: … Continue reading

March 28, 2013 · 2 Comments

Retreat Reflections

I’ve just returned from our annual retreat up in Grand Lake, where I spent the week teaching and writing with 38 other like-minded writers at a place called Shadowcliff Lodge. … Continue reading

July 23, 2012 · 13 Comments

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