A mark of good writers, whether fiction, essay, or poetry, is the ability to unflinchingly illuminate the emotional issues that people often try to suppress.
A prime exemplar is Phillip Lopate, long acclaimed as a writer of the
widest range: from film reviews to poetry, novels to, most of all,
Lopate is a member of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, been
a judge for the Pulitzer Prize, and is Professor and Director of the
nonfiction writing program at Columbia University. He is my latest The Eminents interview in Psychology Today.