The Tiferek Talk Interviews


Non-Fiction - Cultural
254 Pages
Reviewed on 05/24/2013
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Author Biography

Melissa Studdard is a professor, a book reviewer at-large for The National Poetry Review, a contributing editor for Tiferet Journal, host of the radio interview program Tiferet Talk, and a teaching artist for The Rooster Moans Poetry Cooperative. Her bestselling novel Six Weeks to Yehidah won a Forward National Literature Award, an International Book Award, and a Pinnacle Book Achievement Award and was a finalist for the National Indie Excellence Award and the Readers Favorite Award.

Donna Baier Stein's is publisher of TIFERET. Her writing has appeared in Virginia Quarterly Review, Kansas Quarterly, New York Stories, Prairie Schooner, Washingtonian, and many other journals and anthologies from Simon & Schuster and The Spirit That Moves us Press.Her short story collection was a finalist in the Iowa Fiction Awards and will be published, as Sympathetic People, in 2013 by Serving House Books. She has received the PEN/New England Discovery Award for Fiction, a Johns Hopkins University Writing Seminars Fellowship, Bread Loaf Scholarship, a grant from the New Jersey Council of the Arts, prizes from the Poetry Council of Virginia, two Pushcart nominations, and an Honorable Mention in the 2013 Allen E. Ginsberg Poetry Awards.Her poetry chapbook Sometimes You Sense the Difference was published in 2012 by Finishing Line Press.

    Book Review

Reviewed by Tania Staley for Readers' Favorite

"The Tiferet Talk Interviews" is an inspirational and moving collection of interviews conducted by Melissa Studdard, host of the Tiferet Talk radio program, and edited by Donna Baier Stein, publisher of Tiferet: Literature, Art, & The Creative Spirit. These interviews are a goldmine of information for anyone seeking creative or spiritual rejuvenation. The book consists of conversations with well-established and passionate authors, poets, and spiritual mentors. Interviewees include Julia Cameron, author of "The Artist’s Way", Robin Rice, a contemporary shaman and author, Dr. Bernie Seigel, a leading doctor in experiential health and healing, Robert Pinsky, a former poet laureate, and several more inspiring speakers.

"The Tiferet Talk Interviews" is a must have for anyone seeking creative reawakening and spiritual healing. As a writer myself, I am amazed by the wealth of information I have received from this book. New mentors and resources abound in this easy to read collection. Melissa Studdard is an excellent interviewer that manages to ask the questions that listeners want to know, while still allowing her guests the room to express themselves freely and creatively. At the end of each interview, she always ask her guests for further information about their work, webpages, blogs, new books, etc., which makes this book a handy guide that I will turn to repeatedly. It will also be a book that I encourage my friends and family to read. This is not just for writers and artists. The speakers all have the common understanding that everyone is creative in some way; everyone is an artist. This book will help open your eyes to this fact, and prepare you to see the world and your life in new and exciting ways.