Holiday Stories

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Literature has a way of illuminating the human spirit. And in those few days or those few moments when we’re able to catch a bit of holiday relaxation we thought we’d bring the two together.

On this Christmas Eve, we’ve wrapped up a few poems, short stories, and selected readings — some of the favorites from some of our favorite writers who’ve all chosen something about what the holidays mean to them. Think of it as a moment amid all the last minute shopping and the tree trimming and those nervous moments waiting for family and guests — when we invite you to join us for a moment of reflection on the ideas of generosity and compassion….when it works, and when it doesn’t.


Paul Mudoon, author of “Moy Sand and Gravel: Poems”

ZZ Packer, author of “Drinking Coffee Elsewhere”

Franz Wright, Pulitzer Prize winning poet, author of “Walking to Martha’s Vineyard”

Frank Conroy, author of “Time and Tide: A Walk Through Nantucket”

Robert Pinsky, former US Poet Laureate, author of “Jersey Rain”

Mark Doty, author of “Still Life with Oysters and Lemons: On Objects and Intimacy”

Gregory Maguire, author of “Leaping Beauty: And Other Animal Fairy Tales”

Gish Jen, author of “The Love Wife.”