Ms. Paley is one of our country’s most acclaimed short story writers, essayists and poets. Her highly praised collections of stories include The Little Disturbances of Man (1959), Enormous Changes at the Last Minute (1974), Later the Same Day (1985), and The Collected Stories (1994, nominated for the National Book Award). Her third book of poetry, Begin Again, was published this year, and a collection of her essays, Just As I Thought, was published in 1998.
Ms. Paley was born in the Bronx and now divides her time between NYC and Vermont. She was the first to be named the official New York State Writer in 1989 and has received many national awards. Throughout her career she has been a self-described “combative pacifist and cooperative anarchist,” and she has played an active part in the peace and feminist movements of the last forty years.
Marcelle Clements is a journalist and critic whose work has appeared in a wide variety of national magazines. She is the author of The Dog Is Us: And Other Observations, an essay collection, and Rock Me, a novel. Her latest work, published in 1998, is a collection of essays, The Improvised Woman: Single Women Reinventing Single Life. Ms. Clements lives in New York City with her son.
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This series made possible in part by grants from the National Endowment for the Arts, Westchester Arts Council with funds from Westchester County Government, corporations and individuals and with public funds from the New York State Council on the Arts, a State Agency. Additional funding provided by The Shelby Cullom Davis Foundation.