251: Finding Your Why – Interview with Patrice Gopo

Hey there word nerds!

Today I have the pleasure of speaking with Patrice Gopo on the show!

The daughter of Jamaican immigrants who was born and raised in Anchorage, Alaska, Patrice is a personal essayist and often writes about topics of race, immigration, and belonging.

Her essays have appeared in numerous publications including Catapult and The New York Times. She also has had radio commentaries appear on her local public radio station, and is the recipient of a North Carolina Arts Council Literature Fellowship.

Her essay collection All the Colors We Will See was a Fall 2018 Barnes & Noble Discover Great New Writers selection and is available now.

So listen in as Patrice and I chat about this amazing book, the personal essay form, and finding your own personal reason for why you write.

In this episode Patrice and I discuss:

  • What elevates a personal anecdote to a personal essay.
  • Techniques to find your go-to essay form.
  • How to overcome the fear of putting your personal stories out in the world.
  • Balancing the responsibility you have to others and to yourself.
  • The importance of knowing who you are as a writer.

Plus, Patrice’s #1 tip for writers.

For more info and show notes: DIYMFA.com/251

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