Amtrak is giving 24 people a ‘writer’s residency’ on its trains

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The first train-based authors’ residency program is preparing to leave the station. Amtrak has announced two dozen recipients of its residency awards, which will send writers on a long-distance trip where the romance of an aging transportation system with an illustrious history will hopefully inspire them to create beautiful, possibly train-related work. The list tends towards journalists and other nonfiction writers, but also includes novelists, playwrights, comic authors, and poets. Amtrak says it aimed to “offer a diverse representation of the writing community” chosen from across the country. While diversity includes any number of different factors, the list is admirably gender-balanced (12 men and 12 women), although it looks like…

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