2011 Interviews

  • Carl Phillips
    From the archive: 2011 Carl Phillips reads from Double Shadow (Farrar, Straus and Giroux 2011). We also hear poems from The Rest of Love, Riding Westward, and A Quiver of Arrows: Selected Poems 1986-2006.  We talk about Dickinson, Cape Cod, the influences of the Ancient Greeks, the lyric, love, and how poems are like prayers. …

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  • Franz Wright
    From the archives: Franz Wright reads poems from Kindertotenwald (Knopf 2013).  We talk about wearing masks, about the difficult twenties, and about seeing the drawbacks of MFA programs (while still loving scholars and universities).  We also talk about finding your secret of writing, “king of the cats,” and the universal. https://umich.box.com/shared/static/k3f8jemzdzidx6lrof1l3pn7hwfkeqs3.wav Download Audio photo credit: Garin Horner In …

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  • Hisham Matar
    Hisham Matar reads from his novel Anatomy of a Disappearance published by The Dial Press. We talk about when fiction and the imagination intersect with what the writer knows first hand. We also talk about Libya, London and New York City. https://umich.box.com/shared/static/6efl4e77xu88n0ki07dl6oakmv22g2a5.wav Download Audio
  • Anne Stevenson
    Anne Stevenson reads from her book Astonishment from Bloodaxe Books in the UK and her “Selected Poems” published in 2008 by The Library of America for The Poetry Foundation. We talk about her undergraduate days here in Ann Arbor, her return for an MA, her correspondence with Elizabeth Bishop–and how her next book will be released as she turns …

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  • Dava Sobel
    Dava Sobel reads from A More Perfect Heaven:  How Copernicus Revolutionized the Cosmos published by Bloomsbury. We talk about when she first heard the term science writing and how once–while interviewing B.F. Skinner–she felt like the grim reaper. We also talk about why she chose to write a play about Copernicus as the central section of her nonfiction …

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  • Franz Wright
    Franz Wright reads prose poems from his collection Kindertotenwald published by Knopf’s Borzoi Books. https://umich.box.com/shared/static/k3f8jemzdzidx6lrof1l3pn7hwfkeqs3.wav Download Audio
  • Stacey D’Erasmo
    Stacey D‘Erasmo reads from her latest novel The Sky Below published by Mariner Books. We talk about the worlds of journalism and fiction, Rome, and dancing. https://umich.box.com/shared/static/8r3vx62xgozd5kyzd9uc0nwu3ae7r90n.wav Download Audio For more about the author, click here! photo credit:  Nina Subin
  • Laura Wetherington
    Laura Wetherington reads from her debut collection A Map Predetermined and Chance published by Fence Books for The National Poetry Series. We talk about putting together a first book and about editing the audio journal textsound.org.  We also talk about fake translations, erasures and Emily Dickinson–and Laura‘s love of NELP, the University of Michigan’s New England Literature Program. https://umich.box.com/shared/static/qzzye6cdj943ar5thldrrngwsz30odj8.wav Download Audio For more about the author, click here!
  • Derek Mong
    Derek Mong reads poems from his debut collection Other Romes published by Saturnalia Books. We talk about “the Latin corpus,” octopuses, and putting together your first collection. https://umich.box.com/shared/static/jyaj7qsuynl177k6msgx1nqwyagepd2i.wav Download Audio For more about the author, click here!
  • Donovan Hohn
    Donovan Hohn reads from his first book Moby-Duck:  The True Story of 28,800 Bath Toys Lost at Sea and of the Beachcombers, Oceanographers, Environmentalists, and Fools, Including the Author, Who Went in Search of Them published by Viking. We talk about how an essay grows into a project of this magnitude–and about adventure on the high seas. https://umich.box.com/shared/static/mf2sjvfveezfakw7d5fklp088zrqkg2n.wav …

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  • Charles McLeod
    Charles McLeod reads from his debut novel American Weather published by Random House UK. https://umich.box.com/shared/static/7bjxf6tq60yr0r5ith4oax7m2qj7yhg9.wav Download Audio
  • Raymond McDaniel, Sarah Messer, and Mark Wunderlich
    Sarah Messer, Mark Wunderlich and Raymond McDaniel talk about poems and craft.  We hear new poems by all–and also selections from Messer‘s Bandit Letters, Wunderlich‘s Voluntary Servitude, and McDaniel‘s Saltwater Empire. https://umich.box.com/shared/static/ieymkvki6ogtwmkv1mc5pj84btq9uawh.wav Download Audio
  • Ish Klein
    Ish Klein reads from Moving Day published by Canarium Books.  We talk about the momentum of long poems, connection and compassion, filmmaking and puppets. https://umich.box.com/shared/static/itmkj37iefongof0wdy0y272jmeghtl6.wav Download Audio photo credit: Nerve Lantern
  • Nicholas Delbanco
    Nicholas Delbanco reads from Lastingness: The Art of Old Age published by Grand Central.  We talk about what it means to work and create for a lifetime, with the time that is given you–and what work becomes part of the human story and consciousness.  We also talk about Shakespeare, Henry Moore, and four leaf clovers. https://umich.box.com/shared/static/80muc6y17p4sqin8yg0sk1esp0ky6wst.wav Download …

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  • Jonathan Lethem
    A conversation with Jonathan Lethem, a very good sport indeed. Jonathan Lethem‘s visit also marks WCBN’s fundraising week. We talk about his books Motherless Brooklyn, The Fortress of Solitude and Chronic City published in paperback by Vintage. If you like quirky, insightful, danceable programming, please support your local radio. https://umich.box.com/shared/static/8thcxknksvhrrvqm9lilpijdfauhdxe9.wav Download Audio For more about the author, click …

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