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M. Allen Cunningham

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M. Allen Cunningham published his debut novel, The Green Age of Asher Witherow (Unbridled Books), at age 26. Set in nineteenth-century Northern California, The Green Age served as the inaugural title for independent publisher Unbridled Books, was widely acclaimed, was selected by the American Booksellers Association as a #1 Indie Next Pick, was a Finalist for the Indie Next Book of the Year Award in a shortlist with Marilynne Robinson’s Gilead, Philip Roth’s The Plot Against America, and Joyce Carol Oates' The Falls, was named a “Best Book of the West” in the Salt Lake Tribune, was a USA Today Novel to Watch, and was dubbed a "Regional Classic" by the Mountain & Plains Booksellers Association. Foreword Reviews praised The Green Age as "a ...more

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M. Allen Cunningham I refuse to believe in writer's block, and this has worked well for me. You sit down and work. Sometimes this means sitting down and waiting. But wait…moreI refuse to believe in writer's block, and this has worked well for me. You sit down and work. Sometimes this means sitting down and waiting. But waiting is essential in the discipline of writing. (less)
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Have you heard my new podcast, Thoreau's LeavesI started Thoreau's Leaves partly in response to the COVID-19 pandemic, out of a wish to share with listeners, in a uniquely atmospheric and meditative form, the consolations and inspirations I find in my regular explorations of Thoreau's journal. Thoreau knew how to stay at home, and he was so adept at finding the universe in his own backyard. This Read more of this blog post »
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“It's not a matter of what you deserve -- and more to the point -- certainly not a matter of what you THINK you deserve. All that matters is what you're committed to, and how you honor that commitment, and -- sometimes -- what you are blessed by.”
M. Allen Cunningham, The Honorable Obscurity Handbook: Solidarity Sound Advice for Writers and Artists

“Being comprehended is the novelist's version of being a part of things.”
M. Allen Cunningham, The Honorable Obscurity Handbook: Solidarity Sound Advice for Writers and Artists

“The artist, whom the work of imagination renders at once honoree and outcast, is everywhere and nowhere at home -- and that in itself is belongingness of kinds.”
M. Allen Cunningham, The Honorable Obscurity Handbook: Solidarity Sound Advice for Writers and Artists

“It's not a matter of what you deserve -- and more to the point -- certainly not a matter of what you THINK you deserve. All that matters is what you're committed to, and how you honor that commitment, and -- sometimes -- what you are blessed by.”
M. Allen Cunningham, The Honorable Obscurity Handbook: Solidarity Sound Advice for Writers and Artists

“Art is long. If we work for ourselves of course we must hurry. If we work for her we must often pause.”
Henry James

“Being comprehended is the novelist's version of being a part of things.”
M. Allen Cunningham, The Honorable Obscurity Handbook: Solidarity Sound Advice for Writers and Artists

“No poet, no artist of any art, has his complete meaning alone. His significance, his appreciation is the appreciation of his relation to the dead poets and artists. You cannot value him alone; you must see him, for contrast and comparison, among the dead. I mean this as a principle of aesthetic, not merely historical criticism...What happens when a new work of art is created is something that happens simultaneously to all the works of art which preceded it...The poet who is aware of this will be aware of great difficulties and responsibilities.”
T.S. Eliot, Tradition and the Individual Talent: An Essay

“The artist, whom the work of imagination renders at once honoree and outcast, is everywhere and nowhere at home -- and that in itself is belongingness of kinds.”
M. Allen Cunningham, The Honorable Obscurity Handbook: Solidarity Sound Advice for Writers and Artists




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