Thursday, October 15, 2015

Interview with Author John Curry

Professor John Curry
 American University, University of Maryland
Washington, D.C.

Good morning, John, and welcome to Vision and Verse, the place for Art and Authors. As I said on Tuesday when I talked to Dr. Glover, I've been waiting for this interview for a very long time. I am thrilled to have you here. Can you tell us a little about what you've written?

  • Giraffes of Technology: The Making of the Twenty-First-Century Leader, Awarded Best Review published in Kirkus Reviews Magazine and recommended to the leadership book rooted in literature by Harvard Professor and Pulitzer-Prize winning author, Robert Coles.
  • “Licensure Landscape Forum,” National Education Report, National Education Association (NEA)
  •  “Scientific Literacy: A Nation at Risk,” Education Report based on RAND Corporation research for Dr. Shirley Thomas (University of Southern California)

    “Reading, Writing and … Entertaining,” Johns Hopkins University Graduate Writing Program and American Independent Writers (AIW) Conference (Essay, conference program)
(Literary Fiction)
  • Novella:The Archer Prize, Paris Belletric, Los Angeles Literary Fiction, Honorable Mention
  • Short Story: PaperplatesVol. 5, No. 2 (Toronto, Canada)
  • Short Story: SNReview (Connecticut)
  • Short Story: Entre NousStoneflower Press, accepted for thematic issue “rooms and spaces” (Texas)
  • Short Story: Short Stories Bimonthly (Pennsylvania)
  • Short Story: The Prose Menagerie (California)
  • Short Story: Renaissance Magazine (Rhode Island)
Wow! Impressive list. What is your favorite genre to write? 
Creative Nonfiction and a variety of fiction styles.

Favorite Food? 
Greek Yogurt.

That surprises me, John. I had you pegged for an Italian food guy. Tea or Coffee? 

Pizza or Ice Cream? 
Frozen Yogurt.

Where would you like to visit? 
Australia, New Zealand, and Japan. Through my work at Voice of America (VOA), I've visited most other countries around the world except for these three.

What makes you laugh? 
My 7-year-old daughter, daily. 

Favorite work of art or sculpture? 
RC Gorman.

How old were you when you started writing?
Elementary School.

Describe your perfect evening? 
Exercise class with friends.

Where do you get your inspiration? 
Through writers and their books, early in life.

What you do when you get a writer's block? 
Read and think more.

Who is your favorite author? 
Too many!

Best book you ever read? 
Atonement by Ian McEwan

Last book you read?  
Madd Adam by Margaret Atwood

Who is the one person who has influenced your personal life the most and why? 
My mother, and certain professors, who carefully listened to my ideas but also offered their views through a positive, creative conversation.

If you could sit down and have a conversation with One Person, living or dead, real or fictional, who would it be and why?
I would speak with Michael Chabon, the author of "The Amazing Adventures of Kavalier & Clay," to learn how he can write literary fiction that wins a Pulitzer Prize (and other literary awards) but also broader popular fiction and movies. Unique writer.  

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