2018 Interviews – LIVING WRITERS

2018 Interviews

  • Nana Kwame Adjei-Brenyah
    Guest host Amanda Uhle talks with Nana Kwame Adjei-Brenyah about Friday Black (Mariner Books 2018).  Twelve stories.  Dystopian future. Excellent conversation ahead. https://umich.box.com/shared/static/s07n3b6y3hpnzutmjmsptysnu8umozbl.mp3 Download Audio *author photo credit: Limitless Imprint Entertainment
  • Samantha Irby
    Guest host Amanda Uhle talks with Samantha Irby, author of the bestseller We Are Never Meeting in Real Life and Meaty. Samantha is also creator of the blog Bitches Gotta Eat. Meaty is currently being developed as a comedy series with FX, starring Broad City’s Abbi Jacobson. They will talk about humor, feminism, Michigan, and snacks.   https://umich.box.com/shared/static/678vm3y9fjqivt1cpblbga3bdugbdesd.mp3 Download Audio  
  • Jane Miller
    Jane Miller reads from Who Is Trixie the Trasher? and Other Questions (Copper Canyon Press 2018). We talk about the desert, empowerment, irreverence, and sentries. https://umich.box.com/shared/static/wvmpozda9n5ebr2mwudkbjrpe0xr1saz.mp3 Download Audio *coming soon: bonus audio feature of Jane Miller reading title poem. pls check back in new year!
  • Aimee Bender
    Aimee Bender joins Living Writers via phone from California and reads part of her short story “Tiger Mending” from The Color Master (Vintage & Anchor Books 2013). We talk about creativity + limitation, exhilaration, Virginia Woolf + a room of one’s own, and consequences. In the last quarter of the episode, T reads the prologue …

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  • Steve Hughes
    Steve Hughes reads from Stiff (Wayne State University Press 2018).  We talk about short stories, launch points, Detroit, first person, community and zines.   https://umich.box.com/shared/static/o1hg47vqyrtevy5wfvevkdf91m3tazpj.mp3 Download Audio Link to writer’s website  
  • Philip Metres
    Philip Metres reads from The Sound of Listening: Poetry as Refuge and Resistance (University of Michigan Press 2018). We talk about identity, vulnerability, empathy, echoes, and liberating forms.   https://umich.box.com/shared/static/lmrl5lfem0qmyzsw5d5kdr7uajm7escr.mp3 Download Audio  
  • Carolyn Nowak
    Carolyn Nowak reads from Girl Town (Top Shelf Productions 2018). We talk about art school, empathy, podcasts, and finding your project.   https://umich.box.com/shared/static/97py8ykik03yqxjdqipfe8zc0fqa0a0w.mp3 Download Audio  
  • Phillip Crymble
    Phillip Crymble reads from Not Even Laughter (Salmon Poetry 2015). We talk about lyrical places, disability, This Land is Your Land, and autumn. https://umich.box.com/shared/static/bsd2yknbw9rwloh154sn9ue0yrinkodz.mp3 Download Audio
  • Lo Dagerman for Stig Dagerman
    Lo Dagerman reads from her father Stig Dagerman’s novel now available in translation Wedding Worries (David R. Godine 2018). We talk about vocation, youth, fathers, legacy and coming home to art. https://umich.box.com/shared/static/9ewxs0luu4wu179upgp04bexqw9u0c4i.mp3 Download Audio Stig Dagerman collage by Lo Dagerman, featuring Stig Dagerman at 9 years old with his paternal grandparents and their farmhouse–all inspiration for his novel Wedding …

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  • Russell Brakefield
    Russell Brakefield reads poems from his debut collection Field Recordings (Wayne State University Press 2018). We talk about Alan Lomax, the land, music, growing up in Michigan, and collecting sound and stories.   https://umich.box.com/shared/static/d1wm4ggmf4bi0qnn1t84t67l6f37kdbo.mp3 Download Audio
  • Elizabeth Schmuhl
    Elizabeth Schmuhl reads from Premonitions (Wayne State University Press 2018). We talk about colors, numbers, poems, dance, the natural world, and “pantsuit power.” https://umich.box.com/shared/static/v7v59zfvm1c1eljht8jdnocyqwi9cm3x.mp3   Download Audio  
  • Daniel Gumbiner
    Guest host Amanda Uhle talks with Daniel Gumbiner, managing editor of The Believer and author of The Boatbuilder (McSweeney’s 2018), long-listed for the National Book Award for Fiction.  They talk about coming of age stories, the letters of E.B. White, the importance of working with your hands, boats, and forgiveness. https://umich.box.com/shared/static/yj6tqxzo0oggn18rnhjz047m8n2m3eui.mp3 Download Audio  
  • Danielle Lazarin
    Danielle Lazarin reads from Back Talk (Penguin Books 2018). We talk about debut story collections, family, interiors of characters, second projects and push pins. https://umich.box.com/shared/static/8idyb4ca74h0k1b36hq4twoq6nkmbhw3.mp3 Download Audio  
  • Hannah Ensor
    Hannah Ensor reads poems from her debut LOVE DREAM WITH TELEVISION (Noemi Press 2018). We talk about the desert, basketball, book sections, shapes of poems, anxiety + of course love dreams. https://umich.box.com/shared/static/zd9plz0jhrt669tjbqwwsan1b3tzne6e.mp3 Download Audio  
  • Li-Young Lee
    Li-Young Lee talks about scarcity, best words, A Love Supreme, and the attempt to understand our collective human mission.  The featured book is The Undressing (Norton 2018) https://umich.box.com/shared/static/tt0095z7ypzagdng5kf2wpezsgsotk02.mp3 Download Audio *Please note: there were audio difficulties with our phone connection during the live program; this episode of Living Writers is not the usual length.
  • John McCain
    From the archives, December 7, 2005: In a conversation that is still timely today, Senator John McCain talks to host Ashley David about how a leader is defined by their ethics and personal values, and reads from the works of Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. and others as featured in his book Character Is Destiny. https://umich.box.com/shared/static/6wid1hj1rulh86posn8ekxngjl7hzqsc.mp3 Download …

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  • Luke Shaefer
    Guest host Amanda Uhle talks with Luke Shaefer, co-author with Kathryn Edin of $2.00 A Day: Living on Almost Nothing in America.  They talk about how poverty in the U.S. has deepened and expanded in the last 25 years and about the role of public policy in those changes. They also talk about eye-opening data and the …

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  • Abbey Mei Otis
    Guest host Amanda Uhle talks with Abbey Mei Otis about her stories Alien Virus Love Disaster (Small Beer Press 2018). Strong and haunting science fiction. What more do you need for your poolside, or mountain top? https://umich.box.com/shared/static/ik386b5pqyjvpo6c3lq7ra4sjrut5s5q.mp3 Download Audio  
  • 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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  • Keith Taylor
    Guest host Amanda Uhle talks with poet & Pal of the Podcast Keith Taylor about his latest collection Ecstatic Destinations (Alice Greene & Co 2018).  They talk about Canada, park benches and the joy of neighborhood walks.   https://umich.box.com/shared/static/tjh2ru8kpzvky99p9uh45r4y0c2lcgjw.mp3 Download Audio  
  • Anna Clark
    Guest host Amanda Uhle talks with Anna Clark about The Poisoned City (Metropolitan Books 2018), an acclaimed, thorough account of the causes, crisis, and aftermath of the Flint, Michigan water disaster. They talk about tragedy, courage, resilience, and the way forward. https://umich.box.com/shared/static/ajeb29klv4p6f8wgrayjrtf8rcaqvm2p.mp3 Download Audio    
  • Mokhtar Alkhanshali
    Guest host Amanda Uhle talks with Mokhtar Alkhanshali about being the subject of Dave Eggers’ book The Monk of Mokha (Knopf 2018).  They also talk about grandmas, coffee and Yemen. https://umich.box.com/shared/static/01nyx916uc0vxfx4rll4din3n72yoce1.mp3 Download Audio  
  • Richard Russo
    Richard Russo reads from Destiny Thief: Essays on Writing, Writers and Life (Knopf 2018).  We talk about looking backwards to make sense of things, creativity and mental illness, voice and honesty, Springsteen, and destiny. https://umich.box.com/shared/static/vbplqwtdlvdvdlli163momz8smnkls6b.mp3 Download Audio *taped on June 6th, 2018, anniversary of D-Day
  • Julia Turshen
    Guest host Amanda Uhle talks with Julia Turshen about Feed the Resistance: Recipes and Ideas for Getting Involved (Chronicle Books 2017); they talk about about writing about food and eating, the important role of food in today’s resistance movement–and diversity and inclusion in the food industry. https://umich.box.com/shared/static/mpsfzr71c242msjgkt2ejfdftxkbpelg.mp3 Download Audio photo credit: still from Now and Again …

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  • Fatima Farheen Mirza
    Guest host Amanda Uhle talks with Fatima Farheen Mirza about her novel A Place For Us (SJP for Hogarth/Penguin 2018); they talk about family relationships, the challenges of writing a first novel, and how characters can live on after a story is done. https://umich.box.com/shared/static/66b34k83hj3coxlriljljd36qsx9txi2.mp3 Download Audio  
  • Hannah Pittard
    Guest host Amanda Uhle speaks with Hannah Pittard about her novel Visible Empire (Houghton Mifflin Harcourt 2018), book tours, writing inspired by true events, racism, siblings, and the legacy of loss. https://umich.box.com/shared/static/bepu5pqkqachio6g20wp6r8za9ifd95b.mp3 Download Audio  
  • Lillian Li
    Lillian Li reads from her debut novel Number One Chinese Restaurant (Henry Holt 2018).  We talk about family, a donkey fable, working at a restaurant, and asking yourself questions as a writer.  We also talk about duck.   https://umich.box.com/shared/static/bmg1opeocqzitx4yxcdd1n9r7x2zdci1.mp3 Download Audio
  • Michael A. Ferro
    Michael A. Ferro reads from his debut novel Title 13 (Harvard Square Editions 2018). We talk about navigating the writing world, postmodernists, humor writing, government workers and the wood wasp. https://umich.box.com/shared/static/qllig86wx3a6r6pot56l6h721xrk1t1b.mp3 Download audio
  • Jim Shepard
    Jim Shepard reads from his story collection The World To Come (Vintage 2018).  We talk about natural disasters, humanity, keeping in contact with the notion of play, last lines and beagles. https://umich.box.com/shared/static/dtmbbuhksupwi5c1fc670u8wi0dxeyg0.wav Download Audio  
  • Michael Zadoorian
    Michael Zadoorian reads from his new novel Beautiful Music (Akashic Books 2018).  We talk about his factory-town approach to writing and his strong sense of place; we also talk about his father’s struggle with Alzheimer’s, his novel The Leisure Seeker and Italy. https://umich.box.com/shared/static/enhrgyos1736cpc07c8xc29t0xb11id4.mp3 Download Audio  
  • David Sedaris
    David Sedaris  came to town with his  essay collection When You Are Engulfed in Flames (Little, Brown 2008).  In this conversation, we talk about the wonders of the public library, Tobias Wolff and Matt Damon, and fact checking. We also talk about balancing humor, unstable fables and little known ant facts. *archives: taped June 9, 2008 *photo credit: …

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  • Leah Stewart
    Leah Stewart reads from her novel What You Don’t Know About Charlie Outlaw (Putnam 2018). We talk about identity, researching character, being an observer, voice and Cincinnati.   https://umich.box.com/shared/static/kaqy5cga1mjtxiju7wcmsdm50fhnie4o.mp3 Download Audio
  • Weike Wang
    Weike Wang reads from her debut novel Chemistry now out in paperback (Vintage Books 2018). We talk about voice, nontraditional chapters and leaps, writing the second book, dogs and fun facts about chemistry. https://umich.box.com/shared/static/j1pyiazpimmy5u21ctqwxtf46y5ac6yb.mp3 Download Audio    
  • Raymond McDaniel
    Raymond McDaniel reads from his latest collection The Cataracts (Coffee House Press 2018). We talk about the ocean, 1981, micronauts, lyrical narrative and being a citizen.   https://umich.box.com/shared/static/a4bt0qxhm8jzsg3kmzx9macqf8g0p0ud.mp3 Download Audio  
  • Mohja Kahf
    Mohja Kahf reads from Hagar Poems (University of Arkansas Press 2016). We talk about the intersecting stories of Hagar, Abraham and Sarah, traditional narratives, and  reconfiguring stories for the current moment–and Mohja also reads poems from the new manuscript. https://umich.box.com/shared/static/2vp3avlhofxcrkv0cp9zvr93xdbzpx2q.mp3 Download Audio Mohja Kahf with Rima Hassouneh of The Center for Middle Eastern and North African Studies in the …

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  • Robert Yoon
    Robert Yoon is a political journalist, current Knight-Wallace Fellow and host of “The J Word,” WCBN’s public affairs program about journalism and current events. We talk about photos with heroes, the Michigan Daily, speech writing for Al Gore, directing political research at CNN, the art of humor writing, visiting Korea, and the life of Doris Miller. https://umich.box.com/shared/static/gxf8um80m98xsmvxfzn1uu0lhoqr7oi7.mp3 Download …

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  • Pamela Bannos
    Pamela Bannos reads from Vivian Maier: A Photographer’s Life and Afterlife (University of Chicago Press 2017). We talk about reconstructing a life through photographs, the editor’s eye,  and what is happening with Maier’s copyright and legacy.   https://umich.box.com/shared/static/p00hcgnop1w81u5ggeald4wt0dkhvu1m.mp3 Download Audio
  • Gerald Vizenor
    Gerald Vizenor  was in town to present the 2018 Robert F. Berkhofer Jr. Lecture in Native American Studies. We talk about haiku, sound and motion, ethical experience, and choosing chance. https://umich.box.com/shared/static/lce6rryw21vtgck0vi1m0rp7qs8ue0xk.mp3   Download Audio Many thanks to Joseph Gone, Scott Lyons, Stephanie Elliott Prieto, Jason Voss, Frank Uhle, Department of American Culture, Native American Studies, and the Berkhofer Jr Lecture …

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  • Lydia Davis
    Lydia Davis reads from The Collected Stories of Lydia Davis (2010) and Can’t and Won’t (Picador 2014). We’ll talk about The Beatles, dreams, translation, and cows. https://umich.box.com/shared/static/md73ribzdooveii0t1p0y7gual2kn91m.mp3 Download Audio
  • Shamil Jeppie
    Shamil Jeppie came to town to give the 2018 Marc and Constance Jacobson Lecture, Archives and Futures: A View from “The Most Distant Place.”  We talk about Timbuktu, manuscript collections, family archives, and digitization. https://umich.box.com/shared/static/8w8rwwow98rdgi8a6icek4j2gg3zuu8y.mp3 Download Audio
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