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Anna Badkhen

Anna Badkhen was born in the Soviet Union and moved to the United States in 2004. She began covering conflicts in 2001 and has written about people in extremis from four continents for Foreign Policy, The New Republic, The New York Times, and other publications. Her wartime reporting won the 2007 Joel R. Seldin Award for reporting on civilians in war zones from Psychologists for Social Responsibility. She lives in Philadelphia.
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Q. What is your favorite occupation, when you’re not writing?

A. Walking. Which is almost the same as writing: you look busy.

Q. What is your biggest pet peeve?

A. Poor grammar.

Q. Do you have one sentence of advice for new writers?

A. Love language. Take in the world with your heart open. Break rules. Don't limit yourself to one sentence if you must say more.

Q. Is there a book you love to reread?

A. Yes. Poetry: Galway Kinnell, Gerald Stern, WS Merwin, Robert Hass, Zbigniew Herbert, Joseph Brodsky, Derek Walcott, Larry Levis. Rumi. Poetry is magic: the right poem always finds you. The same goes for much of Jorge Luis Borges's writing, I think.

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