Author Archives: A-C – LIVING WRITERS

Author Archives: A-C

  • Eduardo C. Corral
    Eduardo C. Corral reads from Guillotine (Graywolf Press 2020). We talk about attentiveness, structuring books, audience and interiority. We also talk about expanding possibilities and French pop songs. Playlist: Benjamin Biolay, Comment est ta …

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  • Kaveh Akbar
    Kaveh Akbar reads poems from Calling A Wolf A Wolf (Alice James Books 2017) and Pilgrim Bell (Graywolf 2021). We talk about technology of language–its limitations and failures–and ways of working to subvert it. …

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  • Natalie Bakopoulos
    Natalie Bakopoulos discusses her novel Scorpionfish (Tin House 2020). We talk about first swims, balconies and growing into your writer self. We also talk about Elena Ferrante, identity, gender, and Greece. Download Audio Bonus: …

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  • Phillip Crymble
    From the archive: 2007 Phillip Crymble reads from Wide Boy (Lapwing Publications 2007). We talk about pop culture, humor, Simon Armitage, and Shaman Drum. Download Audio
  • Alison Bechdel
    From the archive: 2015 Alison Bechdel talks about her books The Essential Dykes to Watch Out For, Fun Home: A Family Tragicomic, and Are You My Mother? A Comic Drama all published by Houghton …

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  • Kazim Ali
    From the archive: 2010 Kazim Ali reads from Bright Felon: Autobiography and Cities (Wesleyan University Press 2009). We talk about gender theory, Yoko Ono, and blurring genre. We also talk about the geography of …

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  • John Barr and Dan Murphy
    John Barr and Dan Murphy talk about their book Start By Believing: Larry Nassar’s Crimes, the Institutions that Enabled Him, and the Brave Women Who Stopped a Monster (Hachette Books 2020). We talk about investigative reporting, …

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  • Rion Amilcar Scott
    Rion Amilcar Scott reads from The World Doesn’t Require You: Stories (Liveright Publishing Corporation/W.W.Norton & Company 2019). We talk about narrative forms, beautiful lines and building a world. We also talk about imagination, characters, and Cross …

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  • Carmen Bugan
    Carmen Bugan reads from Lilies from America: New & Selected Poems (Shearsman Books UK 2019). We talk about narrative poems, memoir, and recording a documentary. We also talk about resistance, reclaiming your story, and planting a …

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  • Adrienne Brodeur
    Guest host Amanda Uhle speaks with Adrienne Brodeur, author of Wild Game (HMH, 2019) about keeping our parents’ secrets, the art of memoir writing, and gourmet meals by the sea. Brodeur co-founded the fiction …

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  • Safa Al Ahmad
    Freelance journalist/filmmaker and 2019 Wallenberg Medalist Safa Al Ahmad talks about her documentaries, including  Saudi’s Secret Uprising (2014) and Targeting Yemen (2019).  We talk about activism, the power of reporting, access, and editing. We also talk about moral …

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  • Joe Caslin
    Artist and teacher Joe Caslin talks about his latest multimedia project The Volunteers. We talk about creating large scale public murals, activism, and community. We also talk about metaphor and stories and empathy.
  • CM Burroughs
    CM Burroughs reads poems from The Vital System (Tupelo Press 2012). We talk about a sister, a red bird, experimental forms, and choosing art. We also get a preview of poems from Master Suffering out in 2020 …

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  • Michigan Quarterly Review
    Michigan Quarterly Review editor Khaled Mattawa, guest editor Benjamin Paloff and contributor Jeremiah Chamberlin talk about the Fall 2019 issue of Michigan Quarterly Review: What Does Europe Want Now?  We talk about MQR’s mission, …

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  • Yevgenia Albats
    Yevgenia Albats talks about her work with The New Times, Absolute Albats and her book The State Within the State (FSG 1994). We also talk about investigative journalism, radio, the KGB, and her role as the inaugural International Institute Distinguished …

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  • Rebecca Clarren
    Novelist and journalist Rebecca Clarren (KICKDOWN, Skyhorse Publishing, 2018) reads from her novel, a finalist for the PEN/Bellwether Prize for Socially Engaged Fiction. Summer host Amanda Uhle and Rebecca Clarren talk about writing with a social …

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  • Simon Callow
    Frank Uhle talks with actor, director, and writer Simon Callow, author of the memoir Being an Actor and acclaimed biographies of Charles Dickens, Richard Wagner, and Charles Laughton. Callow is working on the fourth and …

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  • Jessica Abel
    Jessica Abel reads from her latest book Growing Gills: How to find creative focus when you’re drowning in your daily life (2017). We talk about radio, podcasts, graphic novels, comics, self-publishing, creative focus and doing what you …

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  • Fulla Abdul-Jabbar
    Fulla Abdul-Jabbar talks about her work with the 57th Ann Arbor Film Festival. We also talk about experimental film art, spoken word, Green Lantern Press, and Exquisite Dogs. Download Audio  
  • Katie Cook
    Cartoonist Katie Cook talks about her current project Nothing Special ( We talk about drawing, process, characters, story creation, Star Wars, My Little Pony and fantasy. And, of course, about Nothing Special: “A Girl. A Boy. A Hot Mess. A …

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  • Gina Brandolino
    Gina Brandolino reads from her latest essay The Monster Inside: Frankenstein’s Legacy (2018).We talk about horror, the devil, films, monsters, and things you can’t unsee. Download Audio  
  • 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. Download Audio *author photo credit: Limitless Imprint Entertainment
  • 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, …

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  • 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. Download Audio
  • 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. 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, …

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  • 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. Download Audio  
  • 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. …

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  • Chloe Benjamin
    Chloe Benjamin reads from her second novel The Immortalists (Putnam 2018). We talk about not knowing, mystery, immersive atmosphere and magic. In the second half of the program, we hear two poems from Raymond McDaniel’s new collection The Cataracts and …

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  • Billy Bragg
    Billy Bragg talks about his book Roots, Radicals and Rockers: How Skiffle Changed the World published by Faber & Faber. We talk about how skiffle fits into musical history–US and UK.  We also talk about research and …

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  • Lynn Crawford
    Detroit novelist and arts writer Lynn Crawford talks about visual art, Detroit, families, fashion, and food. Lynn is the author of Shankus & Kitto A Saga, Solow, Blow, Fortification Resort (a selection of art related sestinas) and …

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  • John Cheney-Lippold
    John Cheney-Lippold reads from We Are Data: Algorithms and the Making of Our Digital Selves published by New York University Press.  We talk about categorization, control and privacy.  We also talk about reconceptualizing ourselves and what …

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  • George Bornstein
    George Bornstein discusses a new facsimile edition of W.B. Yeat’s classic poetry collection, The Wild Swans at Coole, published by Scribner.  We talk about George Bornstein’s introductions to the facsimile editions, this book and The Winding …

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  • Theodoros Chiotis
    Theodoros Chiotis reads from his anthology Futures: Poetry of the Greek Crisis published by Penned in the Margins, UK (2015).  We talk about putting together an anthology of a new generation of poets, the Cavafy Archive, and graffiti. …

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  • Nickolas Butler
    Nickolas Butler reads from his novel The Hearts of Men out with Ecco.  We talk about a “day without women,” friendship, loyalty, heartbreak, Jim Harrison and a moral code. Download Audio To head to this author’s website, …

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  • Josh Cramer
    Josh Cramer reads from The Cartoon Picayune.  We talk about comics journalism, freelancing, collaborations and community. Download Audio To head to the author’s website, click this link!
  • Bryan Burrough
    Bryan Burrough is in the studio with his latest book DAYS OF RAGE: America’s Radical Underground, the FBI, and the Forgotten Age of Revolutionary Violence published by Penguin Books. We talk about interviewing members of …

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  • Clare Croft
    Michigan’s own Clare Croft reads from her book Dancers As Diplomats: American Choreography in Cultural Exchange published by Oxford University Press. We talk about cultural diplomacy, interviewing in research, and We Are the World. …

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  • Diane Cook
    Diane Cook reads from her debut story collection Man V. Nature published by Harper; it’s also an Indie Next Pick. We talk about the wild, the surreal, and about survival. We also talk about …

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  • Bird Center of Washtenaw County
    This special edition of Living Writers features the Bird Center of Washtenaw County with guests Executive Director Carol Akerlof, and Center Manager Gabby Costello and Board Member Stephanie Douglass-Carpenter (that’s right! Living Writers’ very …

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  • Elizabeth Berg
    Elizabeth Berg reads from her latest novel The Dream Lover published by Random House. We talk about historical fiction, singing in a band, and the life and loves of George Sand. Download Audio …

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  • Lloyd Cole
    Lloyd Cole talks about his album STANDARDS released by Omnivore in 2014. We also talk about a seed for a song, time passing, golf, and notebooks. Are you ready to be heart broken? …

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  • Charles Baxter
    Charles Baxter reads from There’s Something I Want You to Do from Pantheon Books. We talk about geography, requests, and surprises. We also talk about the upcoming symposium in honor of Nicholas Delbanco. Download …

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  • Scott Beal
    Poet Scott Beal reads from his debut collection Wait ‘Til You Have Real Problems out with Dzanc Books. We talk about “outlandish” writing, poems from memory, and building community. We also talk about fury …

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  • Eric Bogosian
    Eric Bogosian visits the studio to talk about his book 100 (monologues) published  by Theatre Communications Group (2014).  We also talk about writing for stage and screen,Talk Radio, and the 100 (monologues) project website. Download Audio
  • Andrea Barrett
    Andrea Barrett reads from Archangel (2013) published by W.W. Norton & Company. We talk about science and characters traversing across time and storyline borders. Download Audio For more about the author, click here!
  • Christopher Castellani
    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. Download Audio For more about the author, …

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  • 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 …

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  • George Bornstein
    George Bornstein reads from The Colors of Zion:  Blacks, Jews, and Irish from 1845 to 1945 published by Harvard University Press. We talk about the process of looking closely at the connections and relationships among Blacks, …

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  • Izzeldin Abuelaish
    Izzeldin Abuelaish reads from his book I Shall Not Hate: A Gaza Doctor’s Journey on the Road to Peace and Human Dignity (2010) published by Walker & Company.  We talk about growing up in the Jabalia refugee …

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