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Ever since he was a child, his dream was to write full-time. But, once he realized he lost everything he valued during his struggles with alcoholism, he told himself his dreams would never materialize.

But Raymound Carter, author of Cathedral and featured in the Best American Short Stories, got a second chance after 1977. He started his second life sober and honored by the Guggenheim Fellowship, a five-year $35,000 annual fellowship designed to allow scholars and artists to develop their craft under the freest possible conditions. The dream of writing full-time had come true.

The frequent writer of poems, prose, and short stories has even contemplated writing a novel, something he never thought possible.

"The idea has come to me at the right time my life, and I'm terribly happy for that," he said.

He shares these experiences and more in this 1983 interview with Don Swaim. Listen in on this inspiring story of a second chance by clicking on the link below.

Listen to the Raymond Carver interview with Don Swaim, October 28, 1983
(29 min. 30 sec.)

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Two years later, Don Swaim invites Carver back to follow-up on his progress as a full-time writer. The novel
Carver talked about is still an idea in his mind, but he intends to start on it when he is ready. He has published a book, Where Water Comes Together With Other Water, a collection of narrative and lyric-narrative poems, which took him only two months to write.

"I'm shy in everyday life but not when it comes to writing," Carver said.

Carver finds himself more productive writing full-time, a schedule that not many writers have the luxury for
unless they are fortunate to receive grants, comments Swaim. Modern times don't have much room for
shorts stories and poems, Swaim says.

To find out more, click on the link below.

Listen to the Raymond Carver interview with Don Swaim, October 9, 1986
(34 min. 54 sec.)

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In this rare opportunity found only at Wire for Books, Ohio University's literature professors, Marilyn Atlas
and Edgar Whan, and Marietta College's Daniel Born, join forces for a in-depth discussion on Raymond Carver and his most popular book, Where I'm Calling From.

During the conversation, recorded May 25, 1997, in Studio B of Ohio University's Telecommunications Center, the trio analyze several of his short stories, namely: Nobody Said Anything, They're Not Your Husband, So Much Water So Close To Home, Feathers, Cathedral, and A Small, Good Thing.

If you're interested in hearing about Carver's life and struggles or if you would like to hear interpretations of
Carver's stories from literature scholars, this is the program for you.

Click on one of the links below to either listen to the discussion or read the full transcript.

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For over a decade, many of the best writers of the English language found their way onto Don Swaim's daily two-minute CBS Radio show, Book Beat. His New York-based program was derived from longer interviews, sometimes 40-minutes in length. Found exclusively here, Wired for Books proudly webcasts these conversations in their entirety using RealAudio.

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