Frances Park is the author or co-author of ten novels, memoirs, and children’s books highly praised by The Times Literary Supplement, The Washington Post, USA Today, Newsweek, NPR, Radio Free Asia, and Voice of America. Her titles include To Swim Across the World (Hyperion), My Freedom Trip: A Child’s Escape from North Korea (Boyds Mills Press) and Good-bye, 382 Shin Dang Dong (National Geographic Books). Her forthcoming memoir That Lonely Spell: Stories of Family, Friends & Love (Heliotrope Books 2022) deals with love and loss against the backdrop of her unique Korean American experience.
Gerard Sarnat is a retired physician who has built and staffed homeless and prison clinics. He was also a Stanford professor and healthcare CEO. As a writer, he has won First Place in Poetry in the Arts Award, the Dorfman Prize, been nominated for a handful of recent Pushcart and Best of the Net Awards, published four collections and appeared in Stanford, Johns Hopkins, Harvard, Pomona, Brown, Columbia, Wesleyan, University of Chicago periodicals as well as in Gargoyle, Main Street Rag, American Journal Poetry, Poetry Quarterly, New Delta Review, Brooklyn Review, LA Review, San Francisco Magazine, and The New York Times.
Decades ago, autodidact & bloody-minded optimist kerry rawlinson graviated from sunny Zambian skies to solid Canadian soil. Fast-forward: she follows Literature & Art’s Muses, still barefoot. She’s cracked some contests, e.g. Geist, Edinburgh International Flash Fiction Award, Fish Poetry Prize, and features in Lunate, EllipsisZine, Spelk, Tupelo Quarterly, Across the Margin, Painted Pride, Literary Review of Canada, Pedestal, Arc Poetry, amongst others. Visit tumblr: @kerryrawli
Author, professor, tennis player, musician, Lucy Ferriss, graciously agreed to answer questions about her work and travels. She offers reading recommendations, gives advice on how to live abroad, and much more. Thank you to the author for taking the time to answer questions and her insightful, thought-provoking answers.
Learning a new language at fifty
is like learning ballet at seventy.
I love the music of new words
the dance of new thoughts,
a drumbeat of names:
Pevek and Anadyr, Roytan and Wrangel,
Larisa, Volodya, Valya and Slava,
Pyotr, Victor, Ludi, Villi, Yuri.
I want to come back to the north
and talk with you about polar bears,
and the ice floes, about icebreakers,
and the long night,
and the flowers on the tundra,
about where you came from
and where you are going,
and if the arctic will still be white
when our children have children.