Sometimes the only true story is a sad one. Sometimes the only way to speak is through a sketch. Sometimes the ache in us the story of us; we just have to find a way to speak it. At Articulate we speak with those who have written, and illustrated, big stories in big ways. MacArthur fellows. National Book Award finalists. Printz honorees. Epic poets. Classic memoirists. Bestsellers. Writers like Daniel Handler, Gene Yang, Maggie Nelson, and Tommy Pico.

How do the stories of our lives become the stories that we tell? How does the truth swerve toward fiction, how does fiction swerve toward truth, and how are ideas finally translated into narrative? We listen in as Articulate writers describe their obsessions, passions, and dreams.

Watch this space for upcoming segments on Kenneth GoldsmithDanzy Senna, Cheryl Boyce TaylorShannon Hale, Leslie Jamison, Jason Reynolds, and more. 

Thinking of using this in your classroom? Check out the exercise suggested in Gene Yang: Drawing on Knowledge.


Fear of the Known

For generations, the early 20th-century American writer H.P. Lovecraft has been terrifying readers. We find out how.

Tags: science fiction, historical feature


Found in Translation

Scholarly translations are a constant battle between literal accuracy and literary interpretation

Tags: language, historical feature

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The Very Fortunate Daniel Handler

Handler is better known as Lemony Snicket, author of popular children's books A Series of Unfortunate Events.

Tags: children's books

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Gene Yang: Drawing on Knowledge

Teacher-turned-cartoonist Gene Yang believes in the educational power of comics.

Tags: graphic novels

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Maggie Nelson: Transcending the Divide

Maggie Nelson is one of her generation's most celebrated writers and critical thinkers.

Tags: nonfiction, memoir

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Tommy Pico:
Epic Poet

Tommy Pico designed his epic poetry for a thoroughly modern medium.

Tags: poetry

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Beth kephart's Love Affair

Though novelist, essayist, and memoirist Beth Kephart writes primarily in the first person, she says she's wary of the big "I am."