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Colson Whitehead

Colson Whitehead reads from his novel Sag Harbor published by Doubleday. We talk about drawing on your own past and using elements of autobiography to frame what ideas you want to explore in your fiction.  What are the risks and pay-offs involved?  We also talk about summer at the shore and the 80s:  music, fashion, and …

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Ron Hansen and Jim Shepard

Jim Shepard reads from his latest story collection Like You’d Understand, Anyway in paperback from Vintage. Ron Hansen reads from his novel Exiles published  with FSG.  A sort of homecoming–these two writers met here at Michigan some years ago, their offices across the hall from each other in Angell Hall. https://umich.box.com/shared/static/n13yrp684hqfbu9zc0997pbel4nlxkw3.wav Download Audio

Lorna Crozier and Patrick Lane

Patrick Lane and Lorna Crozier read poems from among their many poetry books including Last Water Song from Harbour Publishing and The Blue Hour of the Day published by McClelland & Stewart.  We talk about the ways of “seeing”–how these ways might be determined without our even knowing it in our formative years.  Patrick looks very close-up to things, and Lorna‘s vision requires …

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Julian Levinson

Julian Levinson reads from his book Exiles on Main Street: Jewish American Writers and American Literary Cultur” (2008) published by Indiana University Press.  We talk about Walt Whitman, Emma Lazarus and The Rolling Stones.  We also talk about the origins of this project– and why the introduction begins with this from Allen Ginsberg’s America:  “America I still haven’t told …

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Khaled Mattawa

Khaled Mattawa reads from his latest poetry collection Amorisco (2008) published by Ausable Press.  We also hear selections from two books of his translations of Iman Mersal and Joumana Haddad–and talk about how working in translation impacts and informs his own poetry.  We talk about his early years in Libya and what it is like to make a …

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Nami Mun

Nami Mun reads from new stories from Miles From Nowhere.  We discuss the life of the writer inside and outside of academia, linked stories within a collection, and her experience with writers‘ residencies like Yaddo and The MacDowell Colony.  We also talk about being a criminal investigator and a dramatist.   For more about the author, click here! …

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Michael Shilling

Michael Shilling reads from his debut novel Rock Bottom from Little, Brown & Company.  We talk about writing from multiple character perspectives.  We also talk about humor and pacing–and the challenge of creating a story as an insider within a particular culture or industry that others dream about. https://umich.box.com/shared/static/orkipz7tz3gmx1s780zktmb6uo852l56.wav Download Audio

Bill McKibben

Author, educator, and environmentalist Bill McKibben talks about his book Deep Economy: The Wealth of Communities and the Durable Future as well as 350.org, his project to encourage a global grassroots campaign on climate change.    Also we talk about community radio, the predicament of “fighting, not writing” and why nature writing is our century’s major contribution to literature. …

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John Marshall

John Marshall reads from his book Meaning a Cloud published by Oberlin Press. We talk about chapbooks and broadsides, James Tate, and the shop in Seattle he co-owns with his wife–Open Books: A Poem Emporium.  We also talk about how to structure a book that spans several decades of poems–and the marketplace.     For more …

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textsound: an online audio publication: two of the founding editors, Anna Vitale and Laura Wetherington, join T in the studio.  We talk about textsound’s mission and vision–and the experimental idea.  We also talk about the online arts community, the Scandanavian connection and the art of arranging sound in journal form.