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Elizabeth Strout has made her name as a fiction writer. Her three novels "Amy and Isabelle," "Abide with Me" and the Pulitzer Prize-winning "Olive Kitteridge" have each struck a deep note among readers. Strout is working on her fourth book, but between projects, she accepted the position of guest editor for the spring 2010 issue of Ploughshares, a journal of new writing published three times a year at Emerson College in Boston. What was it like for writers to be edited by a writer? "Liz was great," said Katha Pollitt, a journalist and poet whose "Angels" is included in the collection. "She very energetically extracted that poem from my fog of dithering. I'd probably still be revising it if it weren't for her. And in her comments she saw things I hadn't even realized were there!" And what was it like for Strout to pick up her pen as an editor? Her answers are below, but if you're in the Boston area next week, you can listen to Strout read from her work and talk about her editorial debut at 6 p.m. Thursday, April 15, at the Paramount Theatre at Emerson College.

What interested you about being a guest editor for Ploughshares?

Poetry. Obviously, I love the whole thing. But the truth is I love poetry. It's not like I ever studied it, but I read a lot of it including work by lesser known poets. I'm a member of all the poetry associations so I always have poetry coming through the door. I'm so interested in it. It was exciting for me to think of making some choices myself about poets. And I love literary magazines. Literary magazines were my food for so long. I read all of them endlessly.

April 7, 2010 12:00 AM |


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