Category Archives: 2018

Daniel Gumbiner

Guest host Amanda Uhle talks with Daniel Gumbiner, managing editor of The Believer and author of The Boatbuilder (McSweeney’s 2018), long-listed for the National Book Award for Fiction.  They talk about coming of age stories, the letters of E.B. White, the importance of working with your hands, boats, and forgiveness.

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Li-Young Lee

Li-Young Lee talks about scarcity, best words, A Love Supreme, and the attempt to understand our collective human mission.  The featured book is The Undressing (Norton 2018)

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*Please note: there were audio difficulties with our phone connection during the live program; this episode of Living Writers is not the usual length.

John McCain

From the archives, December 7, 2005: In a conversation that is still timely today, Senator John McCain talks to host Ashley David about how a leader is defined by their ethics and personal values, and reads from the works of Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. and others as featured in his book Character Is Destiny.

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Luke Shaefer

Guest host Amanda Uhle talks with Luke Shaefer, co-author with Kathryn Edin of $2.00 A Day: Living on Almost Nothing in America.  They talk about how poverty in the U.S. has deepened and expanded in the last 25 years and about the role of public policy in those changes. They also talk about eye-opening data and the real, human stories of American poverty that the data represents.

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Franz Wright

From the archives: Franz Wright reads poems from Kindertotenwald (Knopf 2013).  We talk about wearing masks, about the difficult twenties, and about seeing the drawbacks of MFA programs (while still loving scholars and universities).  We also talk about finding your secret of writing, “king of the cats,” and the universal.

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photo credit: Garin Horner

In 2011 Franz Wright read at One Pause Poetry. Click here to visit their site page for the event.