Author Archives: M-O

  • Celeste Ng
    From the archives: Celeste Ng reads from her novel Little Fires Everywhere (Penguin Press 2017). We talk about creating suspense, Shaker Heights, and shifting perspectives.   https://umich.box.com/shared/static/bh63s41y9bdps22bdj4c1jb9iu7c2wiu.mp3 Download Audio Original air date: October 12, 2017
  • 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, making a book, choosing …

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  • Shane McCrae
    Poet Shane McCrae reads from The Gilded Auction Block (FSG Originals 2019). We talk about history and the contemporary moment, meter, narrative, epigraphs and a robot bird.  
  • Mike McGonigal
    Guest host Frank Uhle talks with Mike McGonigal, editor of Maggot Brain magazine from Third Man Records, about the joys and challenges of print-only publishing, Detroit gospel music, and the state of the record industry. Mike McGonigal has …

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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, its history since 1962, …

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  • Wayétu Moore
    Wayétu Moore reads from She Would Be King (Graywolf Press 2018). We talk about magical realism, origin stories, Liberia, and One Moore Book.
  • Gala Mukomolova
    Gala Mukomolov reads poems from Without Protection (Coffee House Press 2019). We talk about fierceness and vulnerability, fairytales, and astrology.
  • Khaled Mattawa
    Khaled Mattawa reads poems from Mare Nostrum (Sarabande Books/Quarternote Chapbook Series #16). We talk about emotion of displacement, forms and songs, narrative and character, and lyric as witness and as call to action.
  • Shelly Oria
    Summer host Amanda Uhle talks with Shelly Oria, author of New York 1, Tel Aviv 0 (Farrar, Straus and Giroux 2014), and coauthor of the digital novella, CLEAN, commissioned by WeTransfer and McSweeney’s.  In September of 2019, Indelible in …

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  • David Maraniss
    David Maraniss reads from his twelfth book A Good American Family: The Red Scare and My Father (Simon & Schuster 2019). We talk about what it means to be American, the Spanish Civil War, 1952 and now, HUAC, and his …

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  • Ken Mikolowski
    Michigan’s own Ken Mikolowski talks about 50 Years of The Alternative Press. We talk about free poems + functional art, mission and passion. We also talk history, stories and humor. https://umich.box.com/shared/static/znoamlhjaxpcr6c175f0x58v39ye65b6.mp3 Download Audio   Free Poems and Functional …

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  • Neutral Zone
    Neutral Zone presents the NEA Big Read in Ann Arbor, Claudia Rankine’s Citizen: An American Lyric. This episode with Fernanda Gonzalez, Monét Madoula-Bey, Julianna Morano, John Buckley and Molly Raynor, Neutral Zone‘s Literary Arts program manager. We talk about Neutral Zone events …

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  • 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 …

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  • 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  
  • 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 …

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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 …

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  • 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  
  • Chico MacMurtrie
    Chico MacMurtrie discusses his robotic project Border Crossers. We talk about molecular level, not knowing and the moment when machines come to life. https://umich.box.com/shared/static/eja8er31rd0tli3t7ug0hguqtnoga276.mp3 Download Audio  
  • Tiya Miles
    Tiya Miles reads from The Dawn of Detroit: A Chronicle of Slavery and Freedom in the City of the Straits (The New Press 2017). We talk about researching long term projects, what is missing from historical record,  and street names.  …

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  • Claire Messud
    Claire Messud reads from her novel The Burning Girl (Norton 2017).  We talk about friendship, young narrators, stories within stories and what we can’t know about others. https://umich.box.com/shared/static/uqffa401niz1i0hdrbgetr9yglnaica4.mp3 Download Audio photo credit: Ulf Andersen
  • Maile Meloy
    Maile Meloy reads from her novel Do Not Become Alarmed published by Penguin Random House.We talk about shifting perspectives, revisions after readers, the intrigue within conversations, and pirates. https://umich.box.com/shared/static/fi2anfmozzv17gi2injl8tmfwvjaeeo5.mp3 Download Audio To visit this author’s website, click here!
  • Gail Offen
    Gail Offen, co-author of Iconic Restaurants of Ann Arbor talks with Amanda about eateries of the past and present, how restaurants are part of shaping communities, memorable meals, only-in-Ann Arbor treats (the fragel!), how liquor laws changed Ann Arbor dining, and …

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  • Courtney Maum
    Courtney Maum, author of the novels I Am Having So Much Fun Here Without You and Touch, talks with Amanda about the fine art of predicting the future, the declining state of human interaction, and the importance of your sense of …

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  • Shanna Merola
    Artist and activist Shanna Merola discusses her latest work We All Live Downwind. We talk about collage, art as activism, documentary photography, and research walls.  We also talk about her work with the National Lawyers Guild and Know …

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  • N. Scott Momaday
    N. Scott Momaday visited Ann Arbor to give the Inaugural Robert F. Berkhofer, Jr. Lecture on Native American Studies. We talk about stories, poems, and names – and also the Big House. https://umich.box.com/shared/static/5ev86egj53u7tmzy7da9415anc92f31c.wav Download Audio
  • Jamaal May
    Jamaal May reads from his first book Hum (2013) published by Alice James Books. Our conversation ranges across subjects from InsideOut Detroit, first books, second books, music, to Organic Weapon Arts. https://umich.box.com/shared/static/dpacfxp3w4w422rf6iwmz3dywstdeape.wav Download Audio For more about the author, click here! …

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  • David Maraniss
    David Maraniss discusses his latest book Once In A Great City: A Detroit Story published by Simon & Schuster. We talk about researching in the labor archives at Wayne State, interviewing over a hundred people for this project …

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  • Courtney Maum
    Courtney Maum reads from her debut novel I Am Having So Much Fun Here Without You out in paper with Touchstone. We talk about the ten year odyssey of making this book, love notes, organic links and lamination. https://umich.box.com/shared/static/012yost0dp2gzrmzsfpdmyopari2c4eu.wav …

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  • Michael Morse
    Poet Michael Morse reads from Void and Compensation out with Canarium Books. We talk about Simone Weil, grace and being lost. We also talk about myths, the structure of a book, and wings. https://umich.box.com/shared/static/tfjnp9fwzpp6u195nyt1g4vwj6t13mbu.wav Download Audio
  • Jim Ottaviani
    Jim Ottaviani reads from his graphic novel Primates: The Fearless Science of Jane Goodall, Dian Fossey, and Birute Galdikas published by First Second. We talk about making comic books about the history of science, Feynman, and research as …

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  • Christine Montross
    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 …

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  • Aaron McCollough
    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 …

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  • Edward Kelsey Moore
    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! …

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  • Ellen Muehlberger
    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
  • Heather McHugh
    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
  • Hisham Matar
    Hisham Matar reads from his novel Anatomy of a Disappearance published by The Dial Press. We talk about when fiction and the imagination intersect with what the writer knows first hand. We also talk about Libya, London and New York …

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  • Derek Mong
    Derek Mong reads poems from his debut collection Other Romes published by Saturnalia Books. We talk about “the Latin corpus,” octopuses, and putting together your first collection. https://umich.box.com/shared/static/jyaj7qsuynl177k6msgx1nqwyagepd2i.wav Download Audio For more about the author, click here!
  • Charles McLeod
    Charles McLeod reads from his debut novel American Weather published by Random House UK. https://umich.box.com/shared/static/7bjxf6tq60yr0r5ith4oax7m2qj7yhg9.wav Download Audio
  • Raymond McDaniel, Sarah Messer, and Mark Wunderlich
    Sarah Messer, Mark Wunderlich and Raymond McDaniel talk about poems and craft.  We hear new poems by all–and also selections from Messer‘s Bandit Letters, Wunderlich‘s Voluntary Servitude, and McDaniel‘s Saltwater Empire. https://umich.box.com/shared/static/ieymkvki6ogtwmkv1mc5pj84btq9uawh.wav Download Audio
  • Campbell McGrath
    Campbell McGrath reads from his books Shannon: a poem of the Lewis and Clark Expedition, The Seven Notebooks, and The Florida Poems published by Ecco.  We talk about the power of place, Neruda, notebooks, Robert Hass, and buffalo. https://umich.box.com/shared/static/5r90nrdl65ty1ohwinuqa6dw1qbyemut.wav Download …

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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 …

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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 …

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  • 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, …

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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 …

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