Louise Fitzhugh, author of Harriet the Spy, and the poet James Merrill were joined by friendship, craft, and graphomania: the compulsion to write.
Adrienne Raphel is the author of Thinking inside the Box: Adventures with Crosswords and the Puzzling People Who Can’t Live without Them (Penguin Press, 2020) and What Was It For (Rescue, 2017). Her essays, poetry, and criticism appear in the New Yorker, Poetry, the New Republic, the Atlantic, Paris Review Daily, Slate, Lana Turner Journal, Poets & Writers, the Iowa Review, and other publications. Raphel holds a PhD in English from Harvard University, an MFA in poetry from the Iowa Writers’ Workshop, and an AB from Princeton University. She is currently a lecturer in the Princeton Writing Program. (Author photograph by Nina Subin)