A longtime professor of religion at Mary Washington College, Kurt Leidecker published a wealth of insightful books and scholarly essays on world religion during his life. He first arrived in the United States at the age of nineteen, in 1921, and became a U.S. citizen in 1927, earning his bachelor's and master's degrees from Oberlin College and his doctorate from the University of Chicago. In 1948, he came to Fredericksburg, becoming a professor of philosophy at Mary Washington College and beginning the long tradition of Asian studies that would enrich the institution. Much of the body of scholarly work he produced was focused on analyzing Buddhism, and many of his essays compare the principles of Buddhism to Western religion and philosophical thought. Throughout his life, he strived to promote a greater cultural understanding between the United States and Asian countries.
Mystery writer Traci Abramson admits to having a hard time naming her characters. To solve her problem, she reintroduces them throughout her books. And while she knows that she needs to push through the first fifty pages to really get the book going, she also needs to "learn her characters enough to get their pasts." Her first book took her many years until she finally got it to a published form.
The shift from poetry to song writing was a necessary one for Brady Earnhart. He describes poetry as "too solitary a business," in which one writes alone, sends the piece off to a literary magazine, and then eventually receives a simple rejection or acceptance on a slip of paper.
It is not often that you get an opportunity to have a bit of magic and mystery in your day. Probably reading Harvest of Changelings, an adult fairytale, is as close some of us are going to get to it in a day-to-day constraint. In my interview with Warren Rochelle, I jumped straight to the heart of the matter.
Jake Bales has been so widely interviewed that when I sat down with him, I hardly knew where to begin. He is not merely a favorite librarian at the Simpson Library, at the University of Mary Washington; he is also the author of more than five different biographies, including such renowned authors as Horatio Alger, Kenneth Roberts and Willie Morris, as well as two biographical essays on Peter Jenkins and Homer Hickam.
It was late afternoon when I sat down to talk with the author of the recent publication, My Chaos Theory. Steve Watkins is an English professor at the University of Mary Washington.