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Paul Zakrzewski

Paul Zakrzewski is a writer, book coach and podcaster based in Santa Barbara, CA. He is the editor of Lost Tribe: Jewish Fiction from the Edge (HarperPerennial), and his work has appeared in numerous publications including The New York TimesWashington PostBoston Globe, as well as online at Brevity, and Essay Daily. Since 2005 he has taught nonfiction writing and literature classes in Lafayette College, the University of the Arts Continuing Education, and elsewhere. A graduate of Cornell University, he has an MFA in Creative Nonfiction from VCFA. More at

It was the height of WWII when T. S. Eliot published his masterpiece, The Four Quartets (1943). England was locked in a bitter fight with the Nazis. Yet in poems like "Burnt Norton" and "Little Gidding," Eliot pays tribute to that most German composer, Beethoven.  Why would he do this?

Episode 2 of Tried & True: The Assay Podcast features a conversation with authors Yvette Johnson (The Song and The Silence) and Taylor Brorby (Coal and Oil, forthcoming). Both writers have spent a lot of time thinking and writing about the intersection of race, gender, sexuality and the #MeToo movements. The episode also features audio clips from the 2018 NonfictionNow conference, including comments by Janice Gary on #MeToo and Will Slattery on toxic masculinity.

Tried & True's inaugural episode features a conversation between Francisco Cantú (The Line Becomes A River) and Reyna Grande (The Distance Between Us), about their experiences as a U.S. border patrol agent (Cantú) and undocumented immigrant (Grande), and how and why their writing about borders is a perennially hot topic. This interview was recorded on-site at the NonfictionNow Conference in Phoenix, AZ in Nov. 2018.