This time on “Off the Page,” we talked with Marcia Aldrich about how reading, editing, and teaching has influenced her writing. Marcia has dabbled in a lot when it comes to the world of creative nonfiction. Her essay “The Art of Being Born” was in the 2013 edition of Best American Essays, and her book A Companion to an Untold Story won the AWP award for Creative Nonfiction. Other publications you can find her work are Brevity, North American Review, and the Gettysburg Review.

We hope you enjoy this conversation about reading, teaching, and animals(!) and how those influence, inform, or inspire writing.