Arthur Saltzman is the author of ten books, including four collections of creative nonfiction: Objects and Empathy, which won the First Series Creative Nonfiction Award from Mid-List Press; Nearer, which came out last spring from Parlor Press; and two volumes coming out later this year, Solve for X (University of South Carolina Press), and The Obligations of the Harp (Parlor). His work has been placed in Gettysburg Review, Iowa Review, Black Warrior Review, Fiction International, Columbia, Gulf Coast, Ascent, Cream City Review, Mid-American Review, Florida Review, and many other journals.

In answer to our question of why he writes, Arthur responded: “What keeps me writing is the deliciously partial satisfaction of getting something shaped and something said. It is a goad and a gratification at once, on the order of Samuel Beckett’s advice to ‘fail again, fail better.’ Or if I need greater comfort when the keys seize, there’s E. L. Doctorow’s contention that writing is ‘like driving a car at night. You never see further than your headlights, but you can make the whole trip that way.’”







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