Author Archives: D-F

  • Farnoosh Fathi
    From the archive: 2013 Farnoosh Fathi reads from Great Gus (Canarium Books 2013). We talk about Brazil, translation, Emily Dickinson, art and interviewing. Download Audio Original airdate: March 13, 2013 Photo credit: Alan Bernheimer
  • Peter Ho Davies
    From the archive: 2016 Peter Ho Davies reads from his novel The Fortunes (Houghton Mifflin Harcourt 2016).  We talk about structure, identity, stereotype, Detroit, and China. We also talk about truth and fiction, citizenship, Joe Strummer, …

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  • Michele Oka Doner
    From the archive: 2016 Michele Oka Doner talks about her photobook Into the Mysterium (Regan Arts).  We talk about curiosity and wonder, her life-long study of the natural world, and Miami Beach.We also talk about …

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  • Tarfia Faizullah
    From the archive: 2016 Tarfia Faizullah reads poems from Seam, chosen for the Crab Orchard Series in Poetry First Book Award (Southern Illinois University Press). We talk about writing a long sequence. We also talk about …

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  • 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 …

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  • Deborah Eisenberg
    From the archive: 2008 Deborah Eisenberg reads from her latest collection of short stories Twilight of the Superheroes (Picador 2007).  We talk about the glories of the short story–and plays and politics.  We talk about public …

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  • Kristin Hersh, Grant-Lee Phillips and John Doe
    While in Ann Arbor, Kristin Hersh, Grant-Lee Phillips, and John Doe talk about their The Exile Follies 2020 tour. We talk about collaboration and process, mystery, and creating experience. We also talk about how music is fearless. https://umich.box.com/shared/static/djc3vqa7rdmtc9tdznlugmtx2ck624g6.mp3 …

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  • Jonathan Safran Foer
    Jonathan Safran Foer talks about We Are the Weather: Saving the Planet Begins at Breakfast (Farrar, Straus and Giroux 2019).  We talk about climate change mattering in our daily lives, about the power of choices, and …

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  • Lo Dagerman + Nancy Pick
    Lo Dagerman and Nancy Pick read from The Writer and The Refugee (originally published by Norstedts Förlag, Stockholm 2017; English translation 2019). We talk about being a detective in your own family mystery, long term research projects, …

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  • Carolyn Forché
    Carolyn Forché reads from What You Have Heard Is True: A Memoir of Witness and Resistance (Penguin Press 2019). We talk about El Salvador, keeping notebooks, what poetry can do in the world, and what people are …

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  • Matt Doe of Too Many Zooz
    Guest host The Liz talks with Matt Doe, trumpet player of Too Many Zooz.  They talk about brass house music; they also talk about starting out playing in the subway and now playing music around …

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  • Fundraiser 2019 Edition
    Here’s a special Fundraiser 2019 edition of Living Writers with wonderful guests George Cooper, Brent Bryan of Big Love Recording Collective, Angie Berkley + Gina Brandolino of the podcast Behind the Scaffolding, and Scott Beal from Skazat! https://umich.box.com/shared/static/n3dsmhaj404ixpkalix49rdqns389edd.mp3 Download Audio Fun-Fundraiser 2019: any …

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  • Leland de la Durantaye
    Guest host Amanda Uhle talks with Leland de la Durantaye, author of Hannah vs. the Tree (McSweeney’s 2018). A Michigan native, De la Durantaye is currently a professor, critic, and translator based in Los Angeles. They talk about …

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  • 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 …

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  • 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  
  • 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
  • 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
  • Valentine’s Day + Writers + Dogs + Cats
    Does your cat write love letters? Does your dog write odes? Please join us today to hear George Cooper, Lillian Li, Ali Shapiro, Stephanie Douglass Carpenter, Gina Brandolino and Jim Shepard read dog and cat poems and …

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  • Jason De León
    Jason De León talks about his book The Land of Open Graves: Living and Dying on the Migrant Trail (University of California Press 2015).  We talk about the Undocumented Migration Project, archeology, violence, the desert, and Drive-By Truckers. https://umich.box.com/shared/static/vo1qjsu0qljbdhjsn8c6qsmlge7yn2i5.mp3 Download Audio
  • Karen Dionne
    Karen Dionne reads from The Marsh King’s Daughter (Putnam 2017). We talk about writing a psychological suspense, fairy tales, and the UP. https://umich.box.com/shared/static/vz7n5qjy3o2p6x9fr11i77ezg98kxtyd.mp3 Download Audio  
  • Jill Darling
    Jill Darling reads poems from a geography of syntax (Lavender Ink 2016).  We talk about lyric intervention, topography, Gertrude Stein and movement. https://umich.box.com/shared/static/6b3yc5751la58r2xbj0s23p95zl89vou.mp3 Download Audio To learn more, click this link to head to the writer’s website.
  • Jonathan Safran Foer
    Jonathan Safran Foer reads from his novel Here I Am published by Farrar, Straus and Giroux. We talk about process, reflex and intuition. We also talk about valuing writing as an act of personal expression.  And how …

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  • Angela Dillard
    Angela D. Dillard talks about her book Faith in the City: Preaching Radical Social Change in Detroit published by the University of Michigan Press.  We talk about good and bad religion, labor unions, activism, and key figures in Detroit’s history …

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  • R.J. Fox
    R.J. Fox reads from his debut novel Love & Vodka: My Surreal Adventures in Ukraine published by Fish Out of Water Books. We are joined in the studio by Jon and Laurie Wilson, the publishers. …

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  • Martin Espada
    Martin Espada reads poems from The Trouble Ball (Norton 2011) and The Republic of Poetry (2006) and talks about his collection of essays The Lover of a Subversive Is Also a Subversive (The University of …

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  • Nicholas Delbanco
    Nicholas Delbanco reads from his 29th book Dear Wizard: The Letters of Nicholas Delbanco and Jon Manchip White published by University of Michigan Press. We talk about the art of teaching, music and memories, and …

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  • Kwame Dawes
    Kwame Dawes reads from Duppy Conqueror: New and Selected Poems (2013) published by Copper Canyon Press. We talk about movement, Marley, hope and memory. https://umich.box.com/shared/static/y5e3yjs8620wqtrfulzrbp2m2z9kmei6.wav Download Audio For more about the author, click here! photo credit: …

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  • Karen Joy Fowler
    Karen Joy Fowler discusses her novel We Are All Completely Beside Ourselves (Plume 2013). We talk about imagination, character, Kafka, Jane Austen, and animal – human relationship. https://umich.box.com/shared/static/l3s5tteu2no2dv5xnj9jdyh6b0f6sdy3.wav Download Audio For more about the author, …

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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 …

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  • 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 …

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  • Calvin Forbes
    Calvin Forbes reads from The Shine Poems published by Louisiana State University Press. We talk about radio and creating a character from a song–traveling, folklore, and the music of Janis Joplin and Donny Hathaway. https://umich.box.com/shared/static/eiqrjk30y1hqmcqh8oorsqqhu002nu6q.wav Download …

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  • Stacey D’Erasmo
    Stacey D‘Erasmo reads from her latest novel The Sky Below published by Mariner Books. We talk about the worlds of journalism and fiction, Rome, and dancing. https://umich.box.com/shared/static/8r3vx62xgozd5kyzd9uc0nwu3ae7r90n.wav Download Audio For more about the author, click here! photo credit:  Nina …

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  • Richard Ford
    Richard Ford reads from an anthology he edited, Blue Collar, White Collar, No Collar:  Stories of Work, published by HarperCollins (2011).  All proceeds benefit 826michigan.  We talk about work and character development, and also hear a short section …

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  • Nicholas Delbanco
    Nicholas Delbanco reads from Lastingness: The Art of Old Age published by Grand Central.  We talk about what it means to work and create for a lifetime, with the time that is given you–and what work becomes …

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  • Joshua Ferris
    Joshua Ferris reads from his new novel The Unnamed published by Reagan Arthur Books/Little, Brown.  We talk about writing the second novel, Emily Dickinson, Key West, and Buffy the Vampire Slayer. https://umich.box.com/shared/static/072u9ppium92werxebrx2ql5b2vo2p34.wav Download Audio For more about …

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  • Robert Fanning
    Robert Fanning reads from his collection American Prophet out with Marick Press.  We talk about creating a character that speaks for an entire book of poems and what that allows to surface in the work.  We …

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