2010 Interviews

  • Twesigye Jackson Kaguri
    From the archive: 2010 Twesigye Jackson Kaguri reads from his book The Price of Stones: Building A School For My Village (Penguin Group USA 2010). We talk about how he founded a school in rural Uganda for children who had been orphaned by AIDS.  We talk about his calling and his reasons for making this inspiring …

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  • Andre Williams
    From the archive: 2010 Andre Williams reads from his book Sweets and Other Stories (Kicks Books 2009). You may know Andre, as many do, as “Mr. Rhythm” from his time at Fortune Records and Chess Records and in Motown with hits such as “Bacon Fat,” “Greasy Chicken,” Jail Bait,” and many others.  A true legend. …

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  • Kazim Ali
    From the archive: 2010 Kazim Ali reads from Bright Felon: Autobiography and Cities (Wesleyan University Press 2009). We talk about gender theory, Yoko Ono, and blurring genre. We also talk about the geography of emotion and the past. https://umich.box.com/shared/static/r41w04kqdpyu1qv1fga5k7x9f84genxo.mp3 Download Audio Original airdate: October 13, 2010 Recording date: October 7, 2010 Photo credit: press kit
  • Ken Mikolowski
    From the archive: 2010 Ken Mikolowski reads poems from Big Enigmas (Past Tents Press). We talk about humor, art, and Detroit.  We also talk about Ann Mikolowski‘s pocket portraits, reading with MC5 and Iggy and the Stooges, Ken’s most recent event in New York City and a pork barrel prize. https://umich.box.com/shared/static/8znugo2mecy7um6ugsu3l5jwvzeljv8o.mp3 Download Audio Original airdate: June …

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  • ZZ Packer
    From the archive: 2010 ZZ Packer reads from Buffalo Soldiers, her novel-in-progress.  We talk about Drinking Coffee Elsewhere (Riverhead Books 2003) and about sending stories out into the world–and how much work it actually takes to have someone say that your prose is “effortless.” We also talk about politics, revision, and what “Sometimes You Get …

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  • Yusef Komunyakaa
    From the archives: 2010 Yusef Komunyakaa reads poems from Pleasure Dome:New and Collected Poems (Wesleyan 2001), Warhorses (FSG 2008) and Chameleon Couch (Macmillan 2011). We talk about the leaps of lyrical narrative, the particular perfection of the brain, and the cassowary.  We also talk about Neruda and Borges, and celebration and confrontation.  Art endures. https://umich.box.com/shared/static/65xezw1a50fywb4d5vn8nw2iz08l70vr.mp3 Download …

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  • Dan Gerber
    Dan Gerber reads from his book A Primer on Parallel Lives (Copper Canyon Press 2010).  We talk about creating your own community of poets from contemporaries and from the past, the art of letter writing, lettering in rodeo, car racing and totem animals.      
  • Cole Swenson
    Cole Swensen reads from Try and The Book of One Hundred Hands published by University of Iowa Press.  We talk about her work in translation.  We also talk about why Cole calls Paris her writing place and why Iowa and Washington DC are also home. https://umich.box.com/shared/static/weg9r1vgzbznbrj9yt1jhsz01nnw9jbz.wav Download Audio photo credit: Matt Gold
  • Abraham Verghese
    Abraham Verghese reads from his novel Cutting for Stone published by Vintage Books.  We talk about writing fiction that spans continents and history.  We also talk about memoir, his life in medicine, Ethiopia, and the song, Tizita. https://umich.box.com/shared/static/duqplj2o3pfeqx37zfq54zu9t7ctj5u2.wav Download Audio For more about the author, click here!
  • Joshua Ferris
    Joshua Ferris reads from his new novel The Unnamed published by Reagan Arthur Books/Little, Brown.  We talk about writing the second novel, Emily Dickinson, Key West, and Buffy the Vampire Slayer. https://umich.box.com/shared/static/072u9ppium92werxebrx2ql5b2vo2p34.wav Download Audio For more about the author, click here!