“When I first heard the poem, I felt like I was going to pass out.
I didn’t even know if it was real or not, but I felt this intense, overwhelming sadness.
The words just came flooding out of my mouth.
I had never felt that way before.
I started crying and crying and cried.
Then, I was like, ‘I’m so glad you did it.’
It was so hard to let it go.
When I woke up, it was like the first time in my life I felt alive.
The first time I had that feeling in my body.”—Erik Davis, author of “A Letter to My Father” and “The Night He Died” (Houghton Mifflin Harcourt) “A lot of the people who were reading the poem and who were coming to the table for this conversation with me were people who are very, very smart, very experienced and very successful.
I felt really blessed to be able to talk with them, and I was just overwhelmed with their kindness.
The one thing I have always loved about my life is how the way we treat each other is so much better than it was.
It’s something I have to share.
I feel like it’s really important.
The fact that I can share that is a blessing to me.”—Kathryn T. Collins, author, The Night He Dies (Hachette Book Group) “It was like a magic moment.
I remember that moment.
That was a really, really beautiful moment.
And when you feel that, it’s a very powerful moment, because it feels like something is finally going to come out of your head.
It feels like it has happened.”—Cindy Clements, author and editor of “My Friend’s Daughter” (W.W. Norton) “My friend’s daughter had just been killed in a tragic accident.
It was a tragedy that had been very hard for her and it felt like the perfect time for her to write that poem, because her death had taken place right before the poem was going out.
And I couldn’t help but feel that it was important to share it.
I wanted to see it read in front of everyone.
I was also very moved by the fact that the poem had been chosen as the winner of the 2014 Pulitzer Prize.
It had been nominated by the Pulitzer committee for its honesty and insight.
And it’s very, well, I think, that was just one of those beautiful moments.”—Elizabeth D. Moore, author “It wasn’t until the end of the day that I realized that I had read it.
The poem that I was reading was called “The Girl I Loved,” by the poet Ernest Hemingway.
And at the time, I didn, like, read it for the poem.
I’d just been reading about a woman in New York who lost her husband, and that was the last time I heard about Ernest.
So I read the poem as if it were a book, which it is, but then I read it as if I were reading a book.
And then I felt that it’s important to be truthful.
I think that’s the message.
I really believe that it is important to feel a sense of empathy for others.
I don’t believe that we’re better off if we don’t.
And that’s what the poem is trying to tell me: I’m the worst thing you ever did to a book that I have ever read.
It is not a compliment, it is a challenge, and it is something that I’m going to do to my own books and my own life, and then I’m not going to feel good about it.
And so that’s a really great thing to hear.”—Sara Prentice, author in collaboration with author Elizabeth D., “The Last of the Pines” (Riverhead)