Read Brenda Miller, “A Braided Heart: ..
It depends on the work. I have a very basic open framed, outdoor wood oven which was built according to instructions laid out by French ceramic artist, Camille Virot. My relationship with this oven is very engaged, like with a musical instrument. I use it most of the time as I live in the countryside and have access to a lot of wood, and I like using dried leaves and straw to smoke the pieces. Since we don’t have any neighbors it doesn’t bother anyone either.
Your work feels like a real collaboration with the botanical world, both urban and rural landscapes?
A Braided Heart: Shaping the Lyric Essay: 14 (11) Brenda Miller:
We recently published a story in our monthly e-mail newsletter prompted by a note we received from Brenda Miller, a writer whose nonfiction work has received three Pushcart Prizes and has been published in prestigious literary journals (including this one) and several anthologies. Miller had been told by Poets & Writers, Inc., the nation's largest nonprofit literary organization and the publisher of Poets & Writers Magazine, that she did not qualify for a listing in its online directory because Poets & Writers lists only poets and fiction writers. This from the organization that bills itself as "the primary source or information, support, and guidance for creative writers."
According to the Purdue Online Writing Lab, the braided essay is “broken into sections using medial white space, lines of white space on a page where there are no words (much like stanzas in poetry), and each time there is a section break, the writer moves from one ‘thread’ to another.”
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Why can't Brenda Miller or any creative nonfiction writer take advantage of this great resource? Jessie Koester, P&W's director of information services, explains in an e-mail to Miller: "It would be too hard for us, when screening nonfiction credits, to determine what is creative and what isn't. It's very subjective, and all nonfiction writers would want their credits listed." Consequently, the organization has decided as a matter of policy not to list writers who write creative nonfiction exclusively. (If you are also a poet or a fiction writer, then it's possible to apply for a listing.)