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PEN 2011: Remarks on Loneliness and Writing - by Kjersti Skomsvold

Tuesday, May 3, 2011

Editor's note: The following is Kjersti Annesdatter Skomsvold's opening remarks given at the PEN World Voices Festival of International Literature panel, "Loneliness and Community." You can read my write-up of the event here. You can read my review of Ms. Skomsvold's debut novel, The Faster I Walk, The Smaller I Am, here. My sincere gratitude to Ms. Skomsvold for sharing this text with The Mantle. Enjoy!


PEN 2011: The Value of Your Time

Saturday, April 30, 2011

I am neither lonely nor in solitude, but I am alone…

And I also feel a kinship with my new favorite Norwegian author, Kjersti Annesdatter Skomsvold. She, along with Lewis Hyde and Shin Kyung-Sook, shared their ideas of how both the sentimentality and actuality of being lonely and alone affect the creative process. Joshua Wolf Shenk moderated the panel, titled Loneliness and Community. And the PEN World Voices Festival of International Literature continued.