I’ve not been the biggest Norman Mailer fan over the years, but that may reflect my own considerable limitations. My favorite of his books is still The Deer Park, where his fascination with personal violence is almost entirely absent. Nevertheless, it’s hard not to admire his devotion to his process and his willingness to wrestle with the Big Issues.
Joseph Hutchison, Colorado Poet Laureate 2014-2018, has published 17 books, including a translation of flash fictions by Mexican author Miguel Lupián, and co-edited two anthologies. He lives in the mountains southwest of Denver, Colorado, the city where he was born. He teaches at the University of Denver's University College, where he currently directs two programs: Arts & Culture and Global Affairs.