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What Writers Do, with its behind the scenes look at the craft of writing, celebrates the series that continues to connect great writers with delighted readers. For more than 20 years the Visiting Writers Series at Lenoir-Rhyne University has championed great writers -- both established and emerging. Rand Brandes, series founder and editor, and Anthony Abbott, this volume's editor, have brought together some of the series' most beloved and memorable writers to form a collection that includes: new prose by Bret Lott, Mark Powell and Dori Sanders; new poems by Sharon Olds, Fred Chappell and Billy Collins; and classic memoir excerpts by the likes of John Updike, Reynolds Price and Frank McCourt. More than words, this volume also features photographs of the writers and where they work. Editors Rand Brandes and Anthony Abbott will be visiting the story to talk more about this literary project. Rand Brandes, Lenoir-Rhyne University's Martin Luther Stevens Professor of English, is the founder and Director of the Visiting Writers Series. A recipient of two Senior Fulbright Fellowships to work with Nobel Laureate Seamus Heaney in Dublin, Brandes has published widely in Modern and Contemporary British and Irish Poetry. Originally from San Francisco, Anthony S. Abbott received his A.B. from Princeton, and Ph.D. from Harvard. Former chair of the English Depar tment at Davidson College, he is now the Charles A. Dana Professor of English Emeritus. He has authored four critical studies, two novels and five books of poetry, including the Pulitzer-nominated The Girl in the Yellow Raincoat.