We had the chance to catch up with author Phillip Lopate after his panel, “The I or the Eye: The Narrator’s Role in Nonfiction,” and spoke briefly about his experience at Virginia Commonwealth University as a visiting professor. He had many kind things to say about Richmond, the students, and some compliments toward Broad Street as well!

Broad Street is a consistently lively and intelligent literary journal, with a daringly eclectic aesthetic. It tries harder, and it succeeds.” – Phillip Lopate, AWP 2014

And here are some other favorite tweets/quotes from the panels we covered:

“You can’t do anything with a fact or a detail if you never look at it.” – Lee Martin reading in “Memoir With a View”

“Don’t tell me what you look at. Tell me what you see.” – Harrison Candelaria Fletcher in “Memoir With a View”

“I’ve learned so much from bad writing. Nothing is funnier than bad erotic writing.” – Chuck Palahniuk in “Author and Editor: The Relationship That Builds The Book”

“All you can do is write the best book you can and write the next book you want to write and want to read.” – Jess Walter in “Author and Editor: The Relationship That Builds The Book”

“We are all moving toward the same goal: to talk to each other the best we know how.” – Nicola Griffith in “25 for 25: A Lambda Literary Celebration”

“I encourage memoirists to sit shiva and cover your mirrors.” – Sue Silverman in “Memoir With a View”

(photo credit to Civitella Ranieri Foundation)