Arts en First Draft - Bret Anthony Johnston <p>Bret Anthony Johnston is the author of the novel <em>Remember Me Like This</em>, which is a Barnes and Noble Discover Great New Writers selection,&nbsp;and the award-winning <em>Corpus Christi: Stories</em>, which was named a Best Book of the Year by The Independent (London) and The Irish Times. He is also the editor of <em>Naming the World and Other Exercises for the Creative Writer</em>. His work appears in <em>The Atlantic Monthly, Esquire, The Paris Review, Glimmer Train Stories, Virginia Quarterly Review, The Best American Short Stories</em>, and elsewhere.</p><p>His awards include the Pushcart Prize, the Glasgow Prize for Emerging Writers, the Stephen Turner Award, the Cohen Prize, a James Michener Fellowship, and the Kay Cattarulla Prize for short fiction. His nonfiction has appeared in The New York Times, the New York Times Magazine, The Wall Street Journal, Tin House, The Best American Sports Writing, and on NPR’s All Things Considered.</p><p>A graduate of the Iowa Writers’ Workshop, he’s the recipient of a National Endowment for the Arts Literature Fellowship and a 5 Under 35 honor from the National Book Foundation. He wrote the documentary film Waiting for Lightning, which was released in theaters around the world by Samuel Goldwyn Films. He teaches in the Bennington Writing Seminars and at Harvard University, where he is the Director of Creative Writing. Mon, 21 Jul 2014 21:27:00 +0000 Mitzi Rapkin 21862 at First Draft - Bret Anthony Johnston First Draft - Edan Lepucki <p>Edan Lepucki is a graduate of Oberlin College and the University of Iowa Writers’ Workshop, and her short fiction has been published in Narrative Magazine, the Los Angeles Times Magazine, Meridian,&nbsp; FiveChapters, and McSweeney’s, among others. She is a staff writer for The Millions, and teaches creative writing at the UCLA Extension Writers’ Program and for Writing Workshops Los Angeles, which she founded.&nbsp;&nbsp; Her novel is called California.&nbsp;<br /><br />&nbsp;</p> Mon, 14 Jul 2014 21:27:00 +0000 Mitzi Rapkin 21526 at First Draft - Edan Lepucki First Draft - Anthony Doerr <p>Anthony Doerr is the author of <em>The Shell Collector</em>, <em>About Grace</em>, <em>Four Seasons in Rome</em>, <em>Memory Wall</em>, and the new novel <em>All the Light We Cannot</em> See. Doerr’s fiction has won four O. Henry Prizes and has been anthologized in <em>The Best American Short Stories</em>, <em>The Anchor Book of New American Short Stories</em>, and <em>The Scribner Anthology of Contemporary Fiction</em>. He has won the Barnes &amp; Noble Discover Prize, the Rome Prize, the New York Public Library’s Young Lions Award, a Guggenheim Fellowship, an NEA Fellowship, the National Magazine Award for Fiction, three Pushcart Prizes, the Pacific Northwest Book Award, three Ohioana Book Awards, the 2010 Story Prize, which is considered the most prestigious prize in the U.S. for a collection of short stories, and the Sunday Times EFG Short Story Award, which is the largest prize in the world for a single short story.&nbsp; His books have twice been a New York Times Notable Book, an American Library Association Book of the Year, and made lots of other year end “Best Of” lists. In 2007, the British literary magazine Granta placed Doerr on its list of 21 Best Young American novelists.</p><p>Doerr lives in Boise, Idaho with his wife and two sons. Mon, 07 Jul 2014 21:27:00 +0000 Mitzi Rapkin 21160 at First Draft - Anthony Doerr CrossCurrents - William H. Macy <p>Actor and director William H. Macy has just released his directorial debut, "Rudderless". He and his wife, actress Felicity Huffman, will be speaking &amp; screening the film at Paepcke Auditorium on Saturday night as part of Aspen Film's summer season.</p><p>RUDDERLESS is a poignant musical drama about the power of a parent's love. Sam (Billy Crudup) is a former high-profile advertising executive whose life has been torn apart by the tragic death of his son. Off the grid, living on a docked sailboat, he drowns his pain in alcohol. When Sam discovers a box filled with his son's demo tapes and lyrics, his own child's musical talent is a revelation for him, a grieving father who felt he'd been absent from his son's life. Communing with his deceased son's dashed dreams, Sam learns each song and eventually musters the will to play one at a local bar. When Quentin, a young musician in the audience, is captivated by the song, the unlikely duo form a rock band that becomes surprisingly popular and changes both of their lives.</p><p>A searing performance from Billy Crudup leads an exemplary cast that includes Anton Yelchin as Quentin, plus Selena Gomez, Laurence Fishburne and Felicity Huffman. Casey Twenter and Jeff Robison's potent screenplay was the launching pad for Macy's auspicious debut as a feature film director.<br />&nbsp;</p><p> Wed, 02 Jul 2014 21:27:00 +0000 Carolyne Heldman 20934 at CrossCurrents - William H. Macy First Draft - Elizabeth Gilbert <p>Elizabeth Gilbert was born in Waterbury, Connecticut in 1969, and grew up on a small family Christmas tree farm. She attended New York University, where she studied political science by day and worked on her short stories by night. After college, she spent several years traveling around the country, working in bars, diners and ranches, collecting experiences to transform into fiction. Her books include Eat, Pray, Love, Pilgrims, Committed, The Last American Man and most recently The Signature of All Things. Elizabeth Gilbert lives in the small river town of Frenchtown, New Jersey, where she and her husband run a large and delightful imports store called Two Buttons. More at&nbsp;<a href="" target="_blank"></a>.</p><p></p><p> Mon, 30 Jun 2014 22:28:00 +0000 Mitzi Rapkin 14096 at First Draft - Elizabeth Gilbert