Rahna Reiko Rizzuto's Blog

June 13, 2017

Do you need help grounding your writing? Want to know why you can’t focus, or what you should be focusing on?  Maybe you want to know how to go forward. What’s next?  Or, if you have come to a fork in the road, how do you choose? When I have questions like these, I pull […]
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Published on June 13, 2017 17:08 • 7 views

February 22, 2017

(reposted from The Writer in the World, the blog for the Goddard College MFA in Creative Writing Program) On the plane headed to the Goddard residency in Port Townsend last week, I watched The Music of Strangers, a documentary about the international Silk Road Ensemble established by the cellist Yo-Yo Ma in 1998, but more […]
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Published on February 22, 2017 08:49 • 3 views

December 11, 2016

This interview was originally published on the Women Authoring Change blog for Hedgebrook, an amazing retreat for women writers. In their own words, “Our mission is to support visionary women writers whose stories shape our culture now and for generations to come. Our core purpose is equality for women’s voices to help achieve a just […]
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Published on December 11, 2016 19:07 • 2 views

December 1, 2016

Recently, Beth Kephart asked me to talk about my writing process and rituals, and writer’s block. She shared my answers in her Junctures newsletter.  For those of you who don’t get her newsletter, here are my answers: I don’t write every day. I don’t write every week even. I wish I did. I write long books […]
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Published on December 01, 2016 08:17 • 2 views

March 26, 2016

From April 3-9th, I will be leading a retreat on the Big Island called Pele’s Fire.  (For those of you in Hawaii, and therefore on Hawaiian time, if you are interested in joining us for one day only, we have an Aloha Friday intensive that you can still register for here.  As we planned this, […]
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Published on March 26, 2016 10:36 • 3 views

March 25, 2016

March 15, 2016

Back in February, I was interviewed by The MFA Project, a tumblr created by Rebecca Wallwork as “an experiment in creating one’s own MFA education via a dream team of teachers without the price tag of a degree. In other words, an MFA that is complete fiction.”  Rebecca asked me four questions.  Here is my […]
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Published on March 15, 2016 10:13 • 2 views

March 5, 2016

HOME AS HEART, AND HEARTH: STORIES AND IDEAS was a discussion on what exactly makes a home—how it’s built, how it’s found, and how it’s sustained – which was created and nurtured by BETH KEPHART, this year’s Beltran Teaching Award winner. On March 1, 6 PM, at the Kelly Writers House, on the University of […]
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Published on March 05, 2016 08:31 • 3 views

December 7, 2015

Today is a day that was supposed to live in infamy. The Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor on December 7, 1941, and the U.S. response, kicked off a chain of events – including the internment and the atomic bombings – that still reverberate today. What do we know? President Roosevelt called Pearl Harbor an “unprovoked […]
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Published on December 07, 2015 10:48 • 2 views

October 1, 2015

I’ve been thinking a lot about being a writer in this world. Not about the need to raise our diverse voices, or to break down the barriers that keep too many of us silent; not about the role of writers to expand our collective understanding of what it means to be human. I’ve been thinking […]
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Published on October 01, 2015 11:55 • 2 views