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Comments Wendell Berry
2016 O. Henry Award-winning Author

If one's writing is read, that is good. If it is liked, that is better. If it is honored by inclusion in The O. Henry Prize Stories, that is even better.

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Writing Tips

I like writing because it is slower, and permits more care, than talking.

Writer's Desk

For a long time I have been fairly constantly writing something, from wanting to or having to, but I dislike talking about what I can't show.

About the Author

Wendell Berry was born in Newcastle, Kentucky, in 1934. He is an essayist, poet, farmer, environmental activist, and fiction writer, and has received fellowships from the Guggenheim, Lannan, and Rockefeller foundations and the National Endowment for the Arts, and also the T. S. Eliot Award, the Aitken Taylor Award, and the John Hay Award of the Orion Society. He is a 2013 Fellow of The American Academy of Arts and Sciences, and has received many prizes and awards in recognition of his long and fruitful career. Berry lives with his family on a farm in his native Henry County, Kentucky.

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