2010

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Yusef Komunyakaa

From the archives: 2010 Yusef Komunyakaa reads poems from Pleasure Dome:New and Collected Poems (Wesleyan 2001), Warhorses (FSG 2008) and Chameleon Couch (Macmillan 2011). We talk about the leaps of lyrical narrative, the particular perfection of the brain, and the cassowary.  We also talk about Neruda and Borges, and celebration and confrontation.  Art endures. https://umich.box.com/shared/static/65xezw1a50fywb4d5vn8nw2iz08l70vr.mp3 Download …

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Dan Gerber

Dan Gerber reads from his book A Primer on Parallel Lives (Copper Canyon Press 2010).  We talk about creating your own community of poets from contemporaries and from the past, the art of letter writing, lettering in rodeo, car racing and totem animals.      

Cole Swenson

Cole Swensen reads from Try and The Book of One Hundred Hands published by University of Iowa Press.  We talk about her work in translation.  We also talk about why Cole calls Paris her writing place and why Iowa and Washington DC are also home. https://umich.box.com/shared/static/weg9r1vgzbznbrj9yt1jhsz01nnw9jbz.wav Download Audio photo credit: Matt Gold

Abraham Verghese

Abraham Verghese reads from his novel Cutting for Stone published by Vintage Books.  We talk about writing fiction that spans continents and history.  We also talk about memoir, his life in medicine, Ethiopia, and the song, Tizita. https://umich.box.com/shared/static/duqplj2o3pfeqx37zfq54zu9t7ctj5u2.wav Download Audio For more about the author, click here!

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 the author, click here!

Elizabeth Kostova

Elizabeth Kostova reads from her second novel The Swan Thieves published by Little, Brown.  We talk about research and the imagination–and the past making itself felt on the present.  We also talk about Bulgaria, French Impressionism, and obsession https://umich.box.com/shared/static/nwqgb1gpg8gns5mep64mobjlme4ohyi6.wav Download Audio For more about the author, click here!