The Malleable Genre

July 30, 2014 § Leave a comment


silent-dancing-coferAn interview with a contemporary creative nonfiction pioneer and Brevity contributor, Judith Ortiz Cofer.  Full link after this brief excerpt:

I began writing creative nonfiction before the term existed. In my first autobiographical collection of essays and poems, Silent Dancing, I gave myself permission to do what Virginia Woolf recommended to writers of nonfiction: follow the tracks of memory to one’s “moments of being.” I have been following my tracks ever since I discovered how satisfying it is to delve into this malleable genre. The creative nonfiction essay can take almost any form: you can weave it, braid it, make it into a collage. For me it is a vehicle for exploration, not only of myself, but of any subject that interests me.

Read the full interview at the Prairie Schooner blog.

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