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PEN&INKee^POSSIBILITIESee^: The power of the written word

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By Kirsten Laskey

Writers are a great breed of artists. Not only do they create something that can become immortal, but writers can inspire many other forms of art.

When I attended the Colorado Press Association’s awards conference a few years ago in Denver, I remember one of the speakers who mentioned Mark Bowden. Bowden wrote a newspaper article about soldiers who had gone to Somalia. Not only did his article lead to a book, but it also inspired a movie and, marvels upon marvels, a video game.

This is just one example of the power the written word has on the art world.

While hearing about a writer’s accomplishments is great, talking to an author is even better.

The first professional writer I met was Kent Haruf. Haruf, a resident of Salida, Colo., wrote several books, including “Plainsong” and its sequel, “Eventide.” Not only is Haruf a published writer, but he has won awards and written bestsellers.

While working at the local newspaper in Salida, I had the chance to interview Haruf. I have never been more eager to talk to someone.

I’ve interviewed published writers since then and my admiration has turned into mild envy. I’ve daydreamed about writing my own literary masterpiece, but exactly what would be written between the book’s covers still remains blank in my mind.


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