Hali Felt teaches writing at the University of Pittsburgh. She received her MFA from the University of Iowa and has completed residencies at the MacDowell Colony, the Sitka Center for Art and Ecology, and Portland Writers in the Schools. In the past, she has reported for the Columbia Journalism Review and the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review. She is the author of the book Soundings. She currently lives in Pittsburgh.
Hale Felt on Writing Soundings
Hali Felt discusses her book, Soundings: The Story of the Remarkable Woman Who Mapped The Ocean Floor at Politics & Prose.Share This
Where are you from?
I was born in Bethlehem, PA and at the time of publication will live in Pittsburgh, PA.
Who are your favorite writers?
Joan Didion, Vladimir Nabokov, John McPhee, Jo Ann Beard, Roald Dahl, E.B. White, Anne Carson.
Which book/books have had the biggest influence on your writing?
Joan Didion's Democracy and Slouching Towards Bethlehem, Jeffrey Eugenides' The Virgin Suicides, Anne Fadiman's The Spirit Catches You and You Fall Down, John D'Agata's Halls of Fame, and David Foster Wallace's A Supposedly Fun Thing I'll Never Do Again.
"Deftly balances the scientific and poetic."—Minneapolis Star Tribune
"Soundings is an eloquent testament both to Tharp's importance and to Felt's powers of imagination."—The...