Our friend, the writer Richard Currey, dropped in to a reception we held last weekend. The reception was part of our Summer 2012 Open Seminars, a chance to help our seminar participants meet writers and writing teachers in the area. We met at the The Writer’s Center, a longstanding gathering place for writers in the Washington, DC area. We had representatives from our seminar sponsor, the George Washington University’s undergraduate University Writing Program, the graduate writing program at the Johns Hopkins University, and Entasis Press.
We invited three individual artists, too. Ben Patton (grandson of General George S. Patton and son of Major General George Smith Patton) talked about his film project, I Was There. Graphic artist Clayton Murwin talked about his work at Heroes Fallen Studio. Richard was the third individual artist we invited. He talked about his work as a novelist and how his service as a Navy Corpsman with Force Recon in Vietnam shaped that work. I think all of us in the room were captivated by his quiet eloquence.
So I was pleased to find this interview with Richard on the National Endowment for the Arts podcast today. He’s speaking with Jo Reed about reading Tim O’Brien’s iconic The Things They Carried. I think it’s worth a listen. Thanks, Richard.