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  • Paperback: 254 pages
  • Publisher: Tiferet Press (March 19, 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0615737595
  • ISBN-13: 978-0615737591
  • Product Dimensions: 9 x 6 x 0.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 14.9 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (13 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,254,471 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"Ms. Studdard came to each interview supremely prepared, not only with a thorough knowledge of her guests, but also their work." Janet Boyer, "Fizz of Ideas" Blog
"Each chapter focused on the story of how the artist developed their craft and Melissa Studdard's welcoming and generous style created a rapport where she got to the heart of each interviewee's philosophy, with in-depth, well prepared questions.Fiona Pearse
"The interviews are top-notch, and you are certain to walk away from every interview with something of value."- Christine Bissonnette, "The Positivity Project" Blog


An inspirational and moving collection of interviews for anyone seeking creative or spiritual rejuvenation and healing. Ms. Studdard asks the questions that listeners want to know and provides further information about her guests' work, webpages, blogs, new books, etc., making this book a handy guide that I will turn to repeatedly. The speakers all have the common understanding that everyone is creative in some way; everyone is an artist. This book will help open your eyes to this fact, and prepare you to see the world and your life in new and exciting ways.
-Tania Staley for Reader's Favorite

About the Author

Melissa Studdard is the author of the bestselling novel, Six Weeks to Yehidah, which was a recipient of the Forward National Literature Award, among other accolades. She is also a mother, a professor, a poet, a reviewer, an editor, and a talk show host. You can learn more about Melissa and her work at www.melissastuddard.com. Donna Baier Stein, publisher of TIFERET, has published fiction and poetry in Virginia Quarterly Review, Kansas Quarterly, New York Stories, Prairie Schooner, Washingtonian, many other journals and anthologies from Simon & Schuster and The Spirit That Moves us Press. Her story collection Sympathetic People, a Finalist in the Iowa Fiction Awards, will be published in 2013. She has received the PEN/New England Discovery Award for Fiction, a Johns Hopkins University Writing Seminars Fellowship, Bread Loaf Scholarship, a grant from the New Jersey Council of the Arts, prizes from the Poetry Council of Virginia, two Pushcart nominations, and an Honorable Mention in the 2013 Allen E. Ginsberg Poetry Awards. Her poetry chapbook Sometimes You Sense the Difference was published in 2012. Donna was a Founding Editor of Bellevue Literary Review and founded and currently publishes Tiferet: A Journal of Spiritual Literature (www.tiferetjournal.com.) She is also an award-winning copywriter. Her website is www.donnabaierstein.com.

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You'll love the questions posed by Melissa Studdard, the smart interviewer of TIFERET TALK.
Julie F. Maloney
This book illuminates the essence of its subjects and, with luck, may move the reader to seek, awaken and give expression to his or her own muses.
Renee Martin-Nagle
This book is a compendium of insightful and thought-provoking interviews with a dozen well-known authors.
Lance J. Mushung

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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Diana Anhalt on May 7, 2013
Format: Paperback
Nice to Know We're Not Alone

Writing and, by extension, creation in general, can often be the loneliest of occupations. When I write, for example, I create in isolation and often lack the contact, feedback, stimulus and encouragement of those who find themselves in similar situations. Thus, I was delighted to discover a book that opens a window onto the lives, thoughts and creative impulses of twelve highly gifted individuals--poets, fiction and non-fiction writers, editors, an architect, a musician, a photographer, and a film maker, among others. "The Tiferet Talk Interviews," a series of conversations, conducted by radio show host, editor and poet, Melissa Studdard, makes it evident that though we may labor alone, we are not alone. Her preparation, skill and ability to ask all the right questions, makes this gripping and inspiring reading. Her interviews are further enhanced by the show's listeners who call in with their questions and comments.

An apt opening to this series of interviews spanning just a little over a year, is that of Julia Cameron, a writer and mentor, who focuses on the spiritual side of creativity, the job of motivating others to write. "What I'm trying to teach people is that they can make contact with the benevolent creative force, and everybody can have free access to it."
Or as poet and writer Jude Rittenhouse puts it: "I have to be willing to go into the creative act having no idea what's going to come of it."

Former Poet Laureate Robert Pinsky focuses on appreciation when he speaks of how emphasis on `understanding' tends to distract us from enjoyment: "If you're having a good time you don't have to understand every single thing.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Kate H. on April 10, 2013
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From former U.S. Poet Laureate Robert Pinsky to Julia Cameron, author of The Artist's Way, this book is packed with an exciting array of well-known writers and spiritual leaders who share their intelligent ideas and humbling thoughts for the benefit of the reader. The Tiferet Talks Interviews will captivate your attention as you get an inside glimpse into each guest's original and thought-provoking views.

Although it's hard to come up with a favorite interview, as I have thoroughly enjoyed them all, I would say that I have found Dr. Bernie Siegel's insightful comments on compassionate healing to be truly valuable. He encourages the reader to overcome life's obstacles and turn difficulties into an opportunity to learn and to heal.

Take your time reading through each interview to fully grasp the dialogue between the interviewer (the thoughtful and well-spoken Melissa Studdard) and the interviewee. In doing so, you will come to understand and appreciate the wisdom and reasoning imparted by each guest.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Rinzen Ellar on May 6, 2013
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"The Tiferet Talks Interviews" represents an expansive correspondence between influential authors & poets, and Melissa Studdard, a highly renowned author in her own right. The programmatic platform, on which these discussions take place, creates an air of openness, honesty and evocation. These talks between writers consist of more than some desultory Q&A, perhaps found in a tabloid or magazine: A true search for meaning and artistic relevance is achieved, perhaps by Studdard's vulnerability and sensitivty in approaching her guest. Each guest is treated like royalty, with an uncanny respect and consonance. And, in turn, each guest tends to endeavor to express their beliefs, opinions, etc. in a similar manner. The exchanges are almost symbiotic. Yet, one can tell that each guest bears something a little different. And, when one reads the interviews as taken all together, one can glean a continuity altogether unique and refreshing. The depths to which these interviews examine the human psyche, as it refers to the literary, and beyond, is matched by its willingness to exist naked, childlike; in wonder of ourselves, without resorting to the legalism of humanism. The talks are more than conversation pieces; they harbor something ineffable in spirit---something indelibly haunting in their simplicity.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Lance J. Mushung on May 2, 2013
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This book is a compendium of insightful and thought-provoking interviews with a dozen well-known authors. The interviewer, Melissa Studdard, has asked excellent questions getting to the core thoughts of the interviewees, which results in absorbing conversations. Questions from radio audiences are also included at times in the dialog between the interviewee and Ms. Studdard. I found the discussions a journey into the minds of creative people, especially in the areas of how the authors create and how a person can be more creative. It is a good read for anyone who wants to peek into the minds of imaginative authors.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Julie F. Maloney on April 25, 2013
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The beauty of THE TIFERET TALK INTERVIEWS is that it's an "all-giving" kind of book. No judgment necessary other than nodding in agreement over the recognition of "aha" moments. From Hirsch to Cameron to Pinsky and Floot--and these are just four of the twelve dazzling writers--wisdom spills onto the page in straightforward language. No pretensions find their way into this book. This is one of the reasons that I love it! Read it with care and you'll see what I mean. I skipped around and read and reread--esp., Floyd Skoot, whose words I found engaging from the start: "It was clear to me that there was something enormous broken inside of me because I wasn't able to do what I needed to do as a writer--I wasn't able to make sense of what my life was and what I was feeling and what I was remembering." Words like these abound in this beautiful book of interviews with writers who have truly embraced the writing life with all its shine and yes, with its warts too. You'll love the questions posed by Melissa Studdard, the smart interviewer of TIFERET TALK. Anyone involved in the writing life will find this book a joy to own. Give it as a gift to your best writing buddy. Buy two! Or more! It's timelesss. -- Julie Maloney
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