Philip Schultz
Philip Schultz

The word 'novel' carries, for me, a weight as ominous, all-consuming and unforgiving as any Job encountered.

Philip Schultz
Philip Schultz

What I read, I read thoroughly and retain almost all of it.

Philip Schultz
Philip Schultz

I know it sounds strange to say, but the very technologies that have made traveling easier for most people - GPS, automated ticket machines, online schedules and ticketing, boarding passes you can print out at home - have actually made things harder for me.

Philip Schultz
Philip Schultz

I didn't learn how to read until I was at the end of fifth grade and 11 years old and held back.

Philip Schultz
Philip Schultz

I can't remember a time when I stepped into an airport or train station without wishing I were somewhere else, doing almost anything else. Just thinking about traveling gives me the willies. Traveling and dyslexia don't really get along.

Philip Schultz
Philip Schultz

If I get the idea, and I get some clarity on how I feel about that idea, then I can safely assume I'll find the right words. I do have that confidence.

Philip Schultz
Philip Schultz

Being a poet, the advantages of dyslexia are many, affording me sensitivity to the musical nuances of language and the ability to juggle complicated ideas and narratives simultaneously.

Philip Schultz
Philip Schultz

As a poet and a teacher, I read all the time. I know I read slowly. I like reading, but I don't read any more than I have to.

Philip Schultz
Philip Schultz

I'd grown accustomed to seeing myself as someone who, if fallible and unworthy, had nevertheless managed to do one thing well enough to get recognition for it.

Philip Schultz
Philip Schultz

Letter scrambling and trouble reading is just a small part of dyslexia. It is also an auditory processing problem.

Philip Schultz
Philip Schultz

Failure has been the great theme of my life, I think.

Philip Schultz
Philip Schultz

I write slowly, and I write many, many drafts. I probably have to work as hard as anyone, and maybe harder, to finish a poem. I often write a poem over years, because it takes me a long time to figure out what to say and how best to say it.

Philip Schultz
Philip Schultz

Suddenly, everyone wanted to talk to me, it seemed. And not about my poetry: it was my dyslexia they were most interested in.

Philip Schultz
Philip Schultz

I found many ways around my dyslexia, but I still have trouble transforming words into sounds. I have to memorize and rehearse before reading anything aloud to avoid embarrassing myself by mispronouncing words.

Philip Schultz
Philip Schultz

I was 17 when I decided to write stories as big as cathedrals, overflowing with the kind of memorable and audacious characters Walker Percy, Ernest Hemingway and Saul Bellow created.

Philip Schultz
Philip Schultz

When a child knows that he or she is dyslexic, that it's the way their brain is programmed, and it's not their fault, that makes all the difference in the world.

Philip Schultz
Philip Schultz

I think one's relationship with one's vulnerability is a very delicate and precious relationship. Most people try to hide, disguise that vulnerability, and in doing that, you, I think, diminish a great source of power.

Philip Schultz
Philip Schultz

There is a gap in my work from '84 to 2002, 18 years where I stopped writing. I was working at fiction and other things and starting a school and getting married and starting a family, but I wasn't writing poetry for the better part of 15 years.

Philip Schultz
Philip Schultz

I do think that there is a profound reservoir of creativity and imagination in everyone I've ever met, and sometimes if someone is persistent and perversely obstinate enough to persevere, then they want to be helped. There is a way to help them.

Philip Schultz
Philip Schultz

I don't think I've worked with anyone where I haven't seen some progress. Now sometimes you can't take someone where they want to go, not all the way, and sometimes you stop, and they do it or don't do it on their own thereafter.