From the archives: Nikki Giovanni reads from Chasing Utopia (William Morrow/HarperCollins 2013). We talk about passion and poems, speaking out and spoken word, mothers, grandmothers, watching, and wine. Stay busy! https://umich.box.com/shared/static/2m47dyisko1ptudxrx8rlhcjesl8o9nb.mp3 Download Audio Conversation recorded on December 11, 2013 photo credit: Nikki Giovanni
Karen Russell reads from her collection of short stories Vampires in the Lemon Grove published by Alfred A. Knopf. We talk about the imagination and the making of short stories or a novel. We also talk about Florida and “Swamplandia!” and the weather (of all things!). https://umich.box.com/shared/static/5nduur8ss0m2bl4gzsiu2dc0uq69y2ag.wav Download Audio For more about the author, click here!
A wonderful group of Michigan poets gather to read from the anthology Poetry In Michigan/Michigan In Poetry published by New Issues Poetry & Prose. https://umich.box.com/shared/static/xtmg730d0fllimdclj5x83ome3ozauyp.wav Download Audio
Christine Montross reads from her book Falling Into the Fire: A Psychiatrist’s Encounters with the Mind in Crisis published by Penguin Press. We talk about ambiguity, doubt, and the inherent discomfort doctors have with helplessness. We also talk about the writing of a memoir as a way to more deeply understand the stories we are living …
Edward Hirsch reads from The Living Fire: New and Selected Poems (2010) published by Borzoi Book/Knopf. We talk about insomnia, messages in a bottle, and how poetry saves something from vanishing. https://umich.box.com/shared/static/ex8rintee2z9lfiajvi8jqk0jas7zhkz.wav Download Audio For more about the author, click here!
Poet Laurence Goldstein discusses the life and poems of Robert Hayden as we look forward to the Robert Hayden Centennial Conference (November 2013) featuring keynote address by Harryette Mullen. https://umich.box.com/shared/static/163vla2g0ocjzdiau0rsgze692pocjw2.wav Download Audio
Christopher Castellani reads from his novel All This Talk of Love published by Algonquin Books. We talk about family narratives, a trip to Italy and Grub Street. https://umich.box.com/shared/static/2prjh7zhdmj5sgjxg4owzqs3vh2zpb5j.wav Download Audio For more about the author, click here!
Dale Peck reads from The Garden of Lost and Found (2012) published by Mischief & Mayhem. We talk about novels, memoir, criticism, activism, young adult books, pie, and a writer’s manifesto. https://umich.box.com/shared/static/rtz8n1fkynb3iopaiqr4alc251sgolk6.wav Download Audio
Aaron McCollough reads from his book of poems Underlight published by Ugly Duckling Presse (2012). We talk about music, forms, and the book in an increasingly digital world. We also talk about the American self and passion. https://umich.box.com/shared/static/fbd98ktohgsmh6aefdq8jjr89ox2ugap.wav Download Audio For more about the author, click here!
Kristin Hersh reads from her book Rat Girl: A Memoir out with Penguin Books. We talk about Throwing Muses, and unlikely friends and mentors, and the lives of songs. https://umich.box.com/shared/static/wy88e2ft3auld5ud7axa1mkfmkmxbdhn.wav Download Audio For more about the author, click here! photo credit: from Kristin Hersh’s website
Edward Kelsey Moore reads from his debut novel The Supremes at Earl’s All-You-Can- Eat published by Knopf. We talk about ghosts, the cello, good storytelling, and courageous female characters. https://umich.box.com/shared/static/wdqa6na0pe4r5dfi815imiao74wl6jbd.wav Download Audio For more about the author, click here! photo credit: Laura Hamm
Alexander McCall Smith read from his novel in the Isabel Dalhousie series The Uncommon Appeal of Clouds published by Pantheon Books. We talk about working in a series, Edinburgh, and suspension of disbelief. https://umich.box.com/shared/static/od2jmrrnf6p6yzib3xbjqhyarb35ii9c.wav Download Audio For more about the author, click here!
Philip Stead and Erin Stead talk about their picture books, including the Caldecott Medal winning book A Sick Day for Amos McGee, and Erin Stead’s If You Want to See A Whale and Philip Stead’s Hello, My Name Is Ruby, all published by Roaring Brook Press. We talk about being a picture book maker and about …
Michigan’s own Ellen Muehlberger reads from Angels in Late Ancient Christianity published by Oxford University Press. We talk about narrative, research, the City of God, “the half-known world” and, of course, angels–past and present. https://umich.box.com/shared/static/bky6f7o6xz4bl8rv5q3kdpood3nqfsa4.wav Download Audio
Farnoosh Fathi reads from Great Guns published by Canarium Books. We talk about Brazil, translation, Emily Dickinson, art and interviewing. https://umich.box.com/shared/static/j9rohwfkirf9ej5bk1nyagfa5py6iy20.wav Download Audio
Heather McHugh reads from Upgraded to Serious (2009) published by Copper Canyon Press. We talk about syntactic flexibility and music and skeletons. https://umich.box.com/shared/static/vot134a653sy5syeruiiio8m65dltsjj.wav Download Audio For more about the author, click here! photo credit: David Belisle