Lia Purpura, writer-in-residence and affiliate associate professor of writing at Loyola University Maryland, has released Rough Likeness, a collection of essays that take a deep look at creatures and everyday objects, landscapes and language from fresh and original perspectives.
In this interview, Purpura explains her process and what inspired her most recent work.
Purpura is the author of six other collections of essays, poems and translations. Her awards include Finalist for the National Book Critics Circle Award, NEA and Fulbright Fellowships, three Pushcart prizes, work in Best American Essays (2011), the AWP Award in Nonfiction, and the Beatrice Hawley award in Poetry. Her work has appeared in Agni, Field, The Georgia Review, Orion, The New Republic, The New Yorker, The Paris Review, and elsewhere. She also teaches in the Rainier Writing Workshop MFA Program in Tacoma, Wash.