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Elissa Altman
Elissa Altman

is the author of the memoirs Treyf: My Life as an Unorthodox Outlaw and Poor Man’s Feast: A Love Story of Comfort, Desire, and the Art of Simple Cooking. She writes the regular Washington Post column “Feeding My Mother,” and the James Beard Award-winning blog Poor Man's Feast. Her work has also appeared in the New York Times, Tin House, Oprah Magazine, and on the TEDx stage.

Writing and the Permission to Succeed: The Intersection of Art and Shame

To write is to bare your soul to a critical world. A writer reflects on the bravery to reject shame and pursue the creative crafts.

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Writing and the Permission to Succeed: The Intersection of Art and Shame