Friends, Students and Colleagues–

I participated in an interview for The Creative Process, a travelling exhibition of interviews and portraits of writers from around the world. The Creative Process is being exhibited at leading universities and selected literary museums. As a part of their non-profit international educational initiative, they are publishing essays, stories, poems and creative works broadly related to the author interviews, which will appear in a network of university and national literary magazines.

As my colleagues, students or former students, your published pieces may be linked to my interview and/or the interview of another participating writer.

The Creative Process welcomes submissions from all genres and disciplines. They have a special interest in pieces which may have begun as our class assignments or were written around the time you were my student or colleague. However, you are welcome to submit a work of your choice and, if you wish, you can append a brief piece, e.g., “My Recollections as a Student of Yiyun Li” or include some reminiscences as a friend/colleague as a postscript.

The idea is that friends, students and colleagues will be collectively participating a kind of composite portrait of the interviewed authors, as well as engaging in an ongoing dialogue, the aim of which is to deepen our understanding of teaching and the creative process.

Previously published pieces are accepted and they will publish the usual acknowledgements. There is no cost for entry. As a non-profit educational initiative, The Creative Process is not presently in a position to pay contributors, but submissions will automatically be entered into The Creative Process writing competitions. Contributors also receive invitations to supporting events at participating universities with the possibility of taking part in readings or other aspects of the project.