International Writers Center Conference Clips


Carolyn Forché and William H. Gass at the Writer in Politics conference

Audio and Video from International Writers Center Conferences

Now Available


In honor of the soon-to-come 2016 William H. Gass Symposium on September 23rd, the Modern Literature Collection is sharing numerous audio and video excerpts from past International Writers Center conferences, featuring a variety of cross-disciplinary speakers from around the globe such as Mario Vargas Llosa, Antonio Skármeta, Luisa Valnzuela, Nuruddin Farah, Breyten Breytenbach, Carolyn Forché, Derek Walcott, Jennifer Bartlett, Tom Phillips, William Gaddis, and more.


Featured conferences include:


The Writer in Politics (1992)

Here, South African writer Breyten Breytenbach reads from his poem, “For Francooi Viljoen”.


The Writer and Religion (1994)

Here, William Gaddis gestures toward the foggy line between the “ascetic” and the “aesthetic,” citing his experience with a “pro-Catholic” interpretation of his writing.


The Dual Muse (1997)

Here, Tom Phillips discusses the usefulness of “failure” and the difference between an artist’s external career and internal perception.


More International Writers Center materials are available through the MLC‘s William H. Gass digital archiveThe Soul Inside The Sentence–and through the International Writers Center Archive. Additional audio and video footage will be presented at the William H. Gass Symposium, which you can register for here.

About the author

Meghan Lamb currently lives with her husband in St. Louis, where she is a fiction MFA candidate with the Washington University Writing Program and a Graduate Assistant with the Modern Literature Collection. She is the author of Silk Flowers (Birds of Lace) and Sacramento (Solar Luxuriance).