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 about Florida and “Swamplandia!” and the weather (of all things!). http://beanball.wcbn.org/rss/Living_Writers/wcbn-living_writers-2013-12-18-170001-EST.mp3 Download Audio For more about the author, click here!

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 the writing of a memoir as a way to more deeply understand the stories we are living …

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Edward Hirsch

Edward Hirsch reads from The Living Fire: New and Selected Poems (2010) published by Borzoi Book/Knopf. We talk about insomnia, messages in a bottle, and how poetry saves something from vanishing. http://beanball.wcbn.org/rss/Living_Writers/wcbn-living_writers-2013-11-06-170001-EST.mp3 Download Audio For more about the author, click here!

Laurence Goldstein

Poet Laurence Goldstein discusses the life and poems of Robert Hayden as we look forward to the Robert Hayden Centennial Conference (November 2013) featuring keynote address by Harryette Mullen. http://beanball.wcbn.org/rss/Living_Writers/wcbn-living_writers-2013-10-23-170001-EDT.mp3 Download Audio  

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. http://beanball.wcbn.org/rss/Living_Writers/wcbn-living_writers-2013-08-14-160001-EDT.mp3 Download Audio For more about the author, click here!  

A. Van Jordan

From the archive: 2013 A. Van Jordan reads poems from The Cineaste (W. W. Norton & Company 2014).  We talk about the love of film, family, and organists.  We talk about disappearing and emerging in stories.  We also have a drum roll! http://beanball.wcbn.org/rss/Living_Writers/wcbn-living_writers-2013-05-15-160001-EDT.mp3 Download Audio Original airdate: May 15, 2013

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. http://beanball.wcbn.org/rss/Living_Writers/wcbn-living_writers-2013-04-24-163001-EDT.mp3 Download Audio For more about the author, click here! photo credit:  Laura Hamm

Alexander McCall Smith

Alexander McCall Smith read from his novel in the Isabel Dalhousie series The Uncommon Appeal of Clouds published by Pantheon Books. We talk about working in a series, Edinburgh, and suspension of disbelief. http://beanball.wcbn.org/rss/Living_Writers/wcbn-living_writers-2013-04-17-163001-EDT.mp3 Download Audio For more about the author, click here!

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. http://beanball.wcbn.org/rss/Living_Writers/wcbn-living_writers-2013-03-20-163001-EDT.mp3 Download Audio

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