- By Christin Howard
“My Dad took me out of kindergarten before the end of the semester, and we flew to Europe. We’re American, but 1961 was a good time for us to be out of the country. My father, C. Wright Mills—a sociologist and pioneering social critic—was embroiled in troubles, both political and personal.” —From "Up in Smoke," Summer 2019 (Vol. 60, Issue 2)
Tell us about one of the first pieces you wrote.
In my early twenties, I wrote poems about my love life and nature in a small sketch pad, using different colored inks.
What writer(s) or works have influenced the way you write now?
I love books that blur the lines between genres—memoir blended with...