2012 Interviews – LIVING WRITERS

2012 Interviews

  • Naomi Shihab Nye
    From the archive: 2012 In a special live Living Writers evening event celebrating WCBN FM’s 40th Anniversary, Naomi Shihab Nye reads from Transfer (BOA Editions Ltd 2011) and also There is No Long Distance Now: Very Short Stories (Greenwillow Books 2011). We talk about fathers, elementary school poets and fig trees. Download Audio Original airdate: …

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  • Emma Straub
    From the archive: 2012 Emma Straub reads from her debut novel Laura Lamont’s Life in Pictures (Riverhead Books 2012). We talk about research in Hollywood, the Herrick Library, New York City, Twitter, and working as a bookseller. We also talk about short stories and her collection Other People We Married (Riverhead Books) also out this …

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  • Anne Waldman
    From the archive: 2012 Anne Waldman reads from The Iovis Trilogy:  Colors in the Mechanism of Concealment–a project that spanned 26 years (Coffee House Press). We talk about collaboration, Ginsberg, manatees, and walking meditation.  We also talk about her archive at the University of Michigan Library. https://umich.box.com/shared/static/3fee9mp6cfqtwylp72al8815icl6ethh.mp3 Download Audio Original airdate: April 12, 2012
  • Toi Derricotte
    From the archive: 2012 Toi Derricotte reads from The Undertaker’s Daughter (University of Pittsburgh Press 2011). We talk about nuns, about chaos, about balance and a sense of what’s true. We also hear Toi lead off the show singing one of her favorite songs by Billie Holiday. https://umich.box.com/shared/static/tb2ycj419uf5an4x4ik7v3tu79d7nb3v.mp3 Download Audio Original airdate: November 21, 2012 …

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  • Philip Levine
    From the archive: 2012 Philip Levine talks about writing every day.  We also talk about Aunt Belle, Spain, anarchism, Larry Levis, pianist Bill Evans, Detroit, and Adrienne Rich.  Books on the table with us: NEWS OF THE WORLD (2009), BREATH (2004), THE SIMPLE TRUTH (1994), WHAT WORK IS (1991) and NEW SELECTED POEMS (1991) https://umich.box.com/shared/static/daamyvwp3bxjd7p47v6r26u3bc7ab9j8.mp3 …

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  • David Mitchell
    From the archive: 2012 David Mitchell reads from his novel The Thousand Autumns of Jacob de Zoet (Random House Trade paperback 2011).  We talk about “word nerdery” and future novels circling one’s head like planes in a holding pattern.  We also talk about Dejima, Cloud Atlas and how music means everything, or close to it. …

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  • Megan Levad
    Megan Levad reads poems from You Are Where You Live and from Another & Another: an anthology from The Grind Daily Writing Series published by Bull City Press. We talk about composing a libretto for an opera, the Vermont Studio Center, writing a poem every day–and sending poems out into the world. https://umich.box.com/shared/static/fzb9890mu70mglg2st8fb2ejbyn82joq.wav Download Audio …

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  • Dan Gerber + Joseph Bednarik
    Dan Gerber reads poems from Sailing Through Cassiopeia (Copper Canyon Press 2012).  We are joined in the studio by Joseph Bednarik of Copper Canyon Press. We talk about creating experience in a poem and being awake, “the opportunity room,” ars poetica and deer.
  • Oni Buchanan and Jon Woodward
    Oni Buchanan and Jon Woodward discuss their books of poems. We have Oni Buchanan’s “Must A Violence” (University of Iowa Press, 2012) and “What Animal” (University of Georgia Press, 2003) and Jon Woodward’s “Uncanny Valley” (Cleveland State University Poetry Center, 2012) on the table. We talk about their collaboration with electroacoustic composer John Gibson “Uncanny …

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  • Carrie Fountain
    Carrie Fountain reads from Burn Lake (2010) published by Penguin Books. We talk about history and region in poems, naming a book, The Broken Spoke and dancing in Austin. https://umich.box.com/shared/static/7a1hdv946oo3fd405hb8iwjle70ll3oa.wav Download Audio For more about the author, click here!
  • Jennifer Holm
    Jennifer Holm reads from her sequel The Trouble with May Amelia (2011) published by Atheneum Books for Young Readers, Simon & Schuster. We take a look at her book series with her brother Matthew Holm, the wonderful Babymouse: Mad Scientist” and “Squish: Super Amoeba published by Random House. We also talk about how drawing from the spring …

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  • Scott Lasser
    Scott Lasser talks about his novel Say Nice Things About Detroit published by W.W. Norton & Company. https://umich.box.com/shared/static/jocufe4o049l38w9f8iaqaz3esk7u72m.wav Download Audio For more about the author, click here! photo credit: Joanne Chen
  • Karin Slaughter
    Karin Slaughter read from her novel Criminal published by Delacorte Press. We talk about what it takes to write a thriller. We also talk about saving our public libraries and writing from a southern identity. https://umich.box.com/shared/static/2to7w5ibuzepsi0ox5lg5cbwxkj27ul7.wav Download Audio For more about the author, click here!
  • Bruce Duffy
    Bruce Duffy reads from Disaster Was My God: A novel of the outlaw life of Arthur Rimbaud (2011) published by Doubleday. We talk about nonfiction novels–what is real, imagined–and the mystery of the boundaries that imagination crosses. We also hear stories about travels in Ethiopia, retracing Rimbaud’s steps. https://umich.box.com/shared/static/444ovwrx49ny6o9ic1x59s4xadauaxsq.wav Download Audio
  • Christopher Hebert
    Christopher Hebert reads from The Boiling Season (HarperCollins 2012).  We talk about imagining one’s own politically volatile Caribbean island nation, being an Editor-at-Large for the University of Michigan Press, and teaching in Tennessee.  And we talk about why Charles Baxter says he “asks all the right questions.” https://umich.box.com/shared/static/5gid3xq4tr7ldc0wsps1l2mxyxzh5mda.mp3 Download Audio Original airdate: March 21, 2012
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