I’ve known people that the world has thrown everything at to discourage them...to break their spirit. And yet something about them retains a dignity. They face life and don’t ask quarters.
But I don't really write to honor the past. I write to investigate, to try to figure out what happened and why it happened, knowing I'll never really know. I think all the writers that I admire have this same desire, the desire to bring order out of chaos.
If I ever teach writing again, I’d say the first lesson is to listen.
I'm a social writer in the sense that I want to record, but not in the sense of trying to change people's minds.
I come out of a strong oral tradition in the South,
You have to watch out with my plays. They're like yeast. You think they're one thing, then all of a sudden subtext gets to working.
When you're a writer, you have to write these stories, even if you don't get paid
Writing is the thing that props me up.
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