Charif Shanahan: The Mystery Is the Clarity
From the Write-minded Podcast, Hosted by Brooke Warner and Grant Faulkner
Write-minded: Weekly Inspiration for Writers is currently in its fourth year. We are a weekly podcast for writers craving a unique blend of inspiration and real talk about the ups and downs of the writing life. Hosted by Brooke Warner of She Writes and Grant Faulkner of National Novel Writing Month (NaNoWriMo), each theme-focused episode of Write-minded features an interview with a writer, author, or publishing industry professional.
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If you’re a longtime listener, you know Write-minded loves a good show on the mystery, on the magic, on the questions. And that’s because so much of the inspiration that propels us forward in our writing journeys is centered here, in the unexplainable that writers wrangle with, using language to make sense (and sometimes just mirror) the human experience. This conversation goes straight into the heart of the magic, stemming from guest Charif Shanahan’s assertion that the mystery is the clarity. Tune in to hear more about what that means to him—and much more.
Charif Shanahan is the author of two collections of poetry: Trace Evidence: poems and Into Each Room We Enter without Knowing. He’s received all kinds of awards, including a National Endowment for the Arts Literature Fellowship; the Wallace Stegner Fellowship; and a Fulbright Senior Scholar Grant to Morocco. He’s an Assistant Professor of English and Creative Writing at Northwestern University, where he teaches poetry in the undergraduate and graduate creative writing programs.