Author Archives: P-R – LIVING WRITERS

Author Archives: P-R

  • Carl Phillips
    From the archive: 2011 Carl Phillips reads from Double Shadow (Farrar, Straus and Giroux 2011). We also hear poems from The Rest of Love, Riding Westward, and A Quiver of Arrows: Selected Poems 1986-2006.  We …

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  • ZZ Packer
    From the archive: 2010 ZZ Packer reads from Buffalo Soldiers, her novel-in-progress.  We talk about Drinking Coffee Elsewhere (Riverhead Books 2003) and about sending stories out into the world–and how much work it actually takes …

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  • Richard Price
    From the archives: 2008 Richard Price reads from his novel Lush Life (Farrar, Straus and Giroux 2008) .  We talk about Manhattan’s Lower East Side and his method for finding the story.  We also talk …

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  • Ebony Roberts
    Ebony Roberts reads from The Love Prison Made and Unmade: My Story (Amistad 2019). We talk about fathers, fairytales, prisons, resilience and writing memoir.  We talk about Shaka Senghor and his book Writing My Wrongs: …

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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. …

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  • Kiley Reid
    Kiley Reid reads from her debut novel Such A Fun Age (Putnam 2019). We talk about listening to your characters, writing about class and race, and building strong plots.
  • 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 …

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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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  • Polly Rosenwaike
    Polly Rosenwaike reads from her debut stories Look How Happy I’m Making You (Doubleday 2019). We talk about stories, motherhood, characters, agents and babies. Download Audio
  • Nate Powell
    Nate Powell talks about his graphic novel Come Again (Top Shelf Press 2018).  We talk about starting out in comics, DIY and punk, imagining another world, and working with Congressman John Lewis and Andrew Aydin. …

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  • 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. Download …

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  • 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. Download Audio  
  • Gregory Pardlo
    Gregory Pardlo reads from his book of poems Digest (Four Way Books 2014), winner of the 2015 Pulitzer Prize. We talk about translation, community, Richard Wright and Air Traffic. Download Audio
  • Derek Peterson
    Derek Peterson talks about his books Creative Writing (2004), Ethnic Patriotism and the East African Revival (2012) and his current projects funded by his MacArthur Fellowship. We talk about building stories, archival preservation, Mountains of the Moon University, Idi …

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  • Stephen Rush
    Michigan’s own Stephen Rush reads from Free Jazz, Harmolodics, and Ornette Coleman (Routledge 2017).  We talk about the principle of human equality, enlightenment, unison, and interviewing Ornette Coleman. Download Audio
  • Nancy Pearl
    Nancy Pearl reads from her novel George & Lizzie (Touchstone 2017).  We talk about imagining characters into life, carrying an unfinished poem within you, and being America’s Librarian. Download Audio To head to Nancy …

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  • Little Bang Theory: Terri Sarris, Doug Shimmin & Frank Pahl
    Little Bang Theory–Terri Sarris, Doug Shimmin and Frank Pahl– talk about their work and about the Ann Arbor Film Festival featuring the film A Page of Madness with musical accompaniment by Little Bang Theory–with Ichiro Kataoka as the benshi. …

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  • Benjamin Paloff
    Benjamin reads from And His Orchestra published by Carnegie Mellon University Press.  We talk about David Bowie, translation, riffs and associations, structure and The Nation. Download Audio
  • Eileen Pollack
    Eileen Pollack reads from her latest novel A Perfect LIfe published by Ecco.  We talk about writing a scientific detective story, genetic markers, uncertainty and risk.  We also talk about a book finding its time and publisher.   For …

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  • Diane Rehm
    Diane Rehm reads from her latest book On My Own published by Borzoi Books, an imprint of Knopf.  We’ll talk about determination, dignity and light. Download Audio For more about the author, click here! …

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  • Arundhati Roy
    Arundhati Roy talks about her introduction to B.R. Ambedkar’s Annihilation of Caste: The Annotated Critical Edition published by Verso.  We talk about ‘The Doctor and The Saint: The Ambedkar-Gandhi Debate: Race, Caste, and Colonialism.’ Download Audio  
  • Karen Russell
    Karen Russell reads from her collection of short stories Vampires in the Lemon Grove published by Alfred A. Knopf. We talk about the imagination and the making of short stories or a novel. We also talk …

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  • Dale Peck
    Dale Peck reads from The Garden of Lost and Found (2012) published by Mischief & Mayhem. We talk about novels, memoir, criticism, activism, young adult books, pie, and a writer’s manifesto. Download Audio
  • Benjamin Paloff
    Benjamin Paloff reads from his book of poems The Politics (2011) published by Carnegie Mellon University Press. We talk about philosophers, Polish poets, Atlantic City and Boston. Download Audio
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