Megan Levad reads poems from You Are Where You Live and from Another & Another: an anthology from The Grind Daily Writing Series published by Bull City Press. We talk about composing a libretto for an opera, the Vermont Studio Center, writing a poem every day–and sending poems out into the world.
Dan Gerber reads poems from Sailing Through Cassiopeia (Copper Canyon Press 2012). We are joined in the studio by Joseph Bednarik of Copper Canyon Press. We talk about creating experience in a poem and being awake, “the opportunity room,” ars poetica and deer.
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 Valley” (Cleveland State University Poetry Center, 2012) on the table. We talk about their collaboration with electroacoustic composer John Gibson “Uncanny Valley,” and we also hear pieces from Oni’s three solo piano cds.
Jennifer Holm reads from her sequel The Trouble with May Amelia (2011) published by Atheneum Books for Young Readers, Simon & Schuster. We take a look at her book series with her brother Matthew Holm, the wonderful Babymouse: Mad Scientist” and “Squish: Super Amoeba published by Random House. We also talk about how drawing from the spring of family history has influenced her work and about how she grew up as a voracious reader.
Karin Slaughter read from her novel Criminal published by Delacorte Press. We talk about what it takes to write a thriller. We also talk about saving our public libraries and writing from a southern identity.
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 crosses. We also hear stories about travels in Ethiopia, retracing Rimbaud’s steps.
ChristopherHebert reads from his debut novel The Boiling Season published by HarperCollins. We talk about imagining one’s own politically volatile Caribbean island nation, being an Editor-at-Large for the University of Michigan Press, and teaching in Tennessee. And we talk about why Charles Baxter says he “asks all the right questions.”