A good writer is first a good reader. Looking at craft from the inside, with an intimate knowledge of its range and possibilities, writers also make some of our most insightful critics. With this series we will bring together the work of some of our finest writers on the subject they know best, discussing their own work and that of others, as well as concentrating on craft and other aspects of the writer's world.
Jay Parini, poet, novelist, biographer, and critic, is the author of numerous books, including The Apprentice Lover and One Matchless Time: A Life of William Faulkner. Currently he is D. E. Axinn Professor of English & Creative Writing at Middlebury College.