In the second episode of the Writer in the World podcast, Rahna Reiko Rizzuto interviews MFAW faculty Richard Panek who teaches fiction and non-fiction at Goddard College in Plainfield, Vermont.
Panek, an essayist, journalist, humorist and fiction writer, talks about how he became enamored of writing about science:
“I saw that in writing about the history and philosophy of science you are actually touching on eternal issues. The same kinds of issues you might be dealing with in fiction… Death. Metaphor. And then I just never looked back.”
His newest book, “The Trouble with Gravity: Solving the Mystery Beneath Our Feet,” tackles a topic that is both pervasive and mysterious. Panek speaks about the metaphoric implications of gravity, as well as the thrill and the fear of writing about topics you “don’t know anything about.”
“Writing is hard,” Panek reminds us. In writing, and also in teaching, he emphasizes both surprise and surrender: the act of losing one’s self in one’s work.
How do you enter your writing, and how does the journey change you?
Read more from Richard, as well as other faculty, alumni and students from the Goddard MFA in Creative Writing community, at the blog The Writer in the World.
Find out more about Goddard’s low-residency Creative Writing program here.
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About the author
Richard Panek, MFA
Affiliation MFA Creative Writing