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Video conversation with Courtney Zoffness, author of Spilt Milk

“Gentle, playful and laced with subtle wit, these essays are a welcome balm in an insane and un-gentle time.”

— Mary Gaitskill, in praise of Spilt Milk by Courtney Zoffness

For today's conversation, Edward Schwarzschild, NYS Writers Institute fellow and director of Creative Writing at UAlbany, interviews writer Courtney Zoffness.

In her literary debut, a collection of essays titled Spilt Milk, Courtney Zoffness explores issues of childhood anxiety, the patriarchy, unwanted sexual overtures in an academic setting, Judaism and more. It was given a starred review in Publishers Weekly and BookList and listed on the "25 Must-Read Books for March" on "Good Morning America."

Zoffness won the Sunday Times Short Story Award, an Emerging Writers Fellowship from the Center for Fiction, residency fellowships from the MacDowell Colony, and the Susan Atefat Prize in Creative Nonfiction from Arts & Letters. Her work has appeared in the Paris Review Daily, The Southern Review, Longreads, Los Angeles Review of Books, and elsewhere, and Notable Best American Essays in 2018 and 2019. She is director of the creative writing program at Drew University and lives with her family in Brooklyn, New York.

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