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Summer Residency

Frankie's Five Brain Theory

by Elizabeth Frankie Rollins

Elizabeth Frankie RollinsElizabeth Frankie Rollins' work has appeared in Conjunctions, Green Mountains Review, Trickhouse, The New England Review and The Cincinnati Review, among others.  An excerpt from her novel, Origin, is forthcoming in Drunken Boat. She is the author of The Sin Eater, Corvid Press, 2004.  She's received a NJ Prose Fellowship and a Special Mention in the Pushcart Prize Anthology.  She teaches writing at Pima Community College and fiction classes at the Poetry Center.

Frankie will be reading at the University of Arizona Poetry Center on Thursday, July 21, 2011 @ 7:00 p.m. along with the Poetry Center's summer resident, Mary Jones.

One of the things I am always trying to teach my students is that the most important tools for being a writer are already inside of each writer.  That's why she writes and what she seeks to understand and the shape of her voice resides, already, always, within her.

One of the ways I emphasize this is through my writer's five-brain theory. Just as a cow has four stomachs, each to do a different kind of digesting, I propose that there are several levels that function in a writer's brain.  Which brain we tend to operate from defines our writing style and choices about textual content.  In the infinity of books on the shelves of the world, you will find styles driven by each of these brains, and combinations of these brains.  There is no best choice for all writers.  Each brain is valid.

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Friday, July 15, 2011
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