Stories & digital whimsy

Mississippi born and well-read

Inspired by Eudora Welty’s autobiography One Writer’s Beginnings (Harvard, 1983) this blog invites writers and readers to share stories of beginnings.

Children, like animals, use all their senses to discover the world. Then artists come along and discover it the same way, all over again.  – EW


Tracy K. Smith: How poetry stuck

Listen to this interview with poet and Bread Loaf teacher Tracy K. Smith talk about her love for Seamus Heaney and how poetry “stuck.”


Before the Namesake

“Books, and the stories they contained, were the only things I felt I was able to possess as a child.” -Jhumpa Lahiri

Read more about Lahiri’s childhood in The New Yorker.

California born, New York begun

It’s easy to see the beginnings of things, and harder to see the ends.” – Joan Didion, Goodbye to All That

Joan Didion in 1970