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Janet Pocorobba speaks with Lesley University Why We Write Podcast about her new memoir

Michael Palmer - Wednesday, April 03, 2019

On the Why We Write podcast from Lesley University, Associate Professor Janet Pocorobba discusses her new book, The Fourth String: A Memoir of Sensei and Me.

"It took Janet Pocorobba 15 years to write "The Fourth String: A Memoir of Sensei and Me." The text is a biography of a non-traditional Japenese sensei teaching a very traditional instrument and an autobiography of the author's immersion into Japanese culture. In this episode, she talks about the challenges of writing about real people and how Japan changed her life.

Janet is an associate professor and the associate director of Lesley's MFA in Creative Writing program. Her work has been published in the Rumpus, Harvard Review, The Writer, Kyoto Journal, Indiana Review, The Journal, Provincetown Arts, Metropolis, American Athenaeum, and others.

Jana Van der Veer, program coordinator of our International Higher Education and Intercultural Relations program, conducts the interview."

Listen to the interview here: https://lesley.edu/article/risky-memoir-writing-with-janet-pocorobba
 


 


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