2018

Elizabeth Schmuhl

Elizabeth Schmuhl reads from Premonitions (Wayne State University Press 2018). We talk about colors, numbers, poems, dance, the natural world, and “pantsuit power.” https://umich.box.com/shared/static/v7v59zfvm1c1eljht8jdnocyqwi9cm3x.mp3   Download Audio  

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. https://umich.box.com/shared/static/yj6tqxzo0oggn18rnhjz047m8n2m3eui.mp3 Download Audio  

Danielle Lazarin

Danielle Lazarin reads from Back Talk (Penguin Books 2018). We talk about debut story collections, family, interiors of characters, second projects and push pins. https://umich.box.com/shared/static/8idyb4ca74h0k1b36hq4twoq6nkmbhw3.mp3 Download Audio  

Hannah Ensor

Hannah Ensor reads poems from her debut LOVE DREAM WITH TELEVISION (Noemi Press 2018). We talk about the desert, basketball, book sections, shapes of poems, anxiety + of course love dreams. https://umich.box.com/shared/static/zd9plz0jhrt669tjbqwwsan1b3tzne6e.mp3 Download Audio  

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) https://umich.box.com/shared/static/tt0095z7ypzagdng5kf2wpezsgsotk02.mp3 Download Audio *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. https://umich.box.com/shared/static/6wid1hj1rulh86posn8ekxngjl7hzqsc.mp3 Download …

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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 …

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Abbey Mei Otis

Guest host Amanda Uhle talks with Abbey Mei Otis about her stories Alien Virus Love Disaster (Small Beer Press 2018). Strong and haunting science fiction. What more do you need for your poolside, or mountain top? https://umich.box.com/shared/static/ik386b5pqyjvpo6c3lq7ra4sjrut5s5q.mp3 Download Audio  

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. https://umich.box.com/shared/static/k3f8jemzdzidx6lrof1l3pn7hwfkeqs3.wav Download Audio photo credit: Garin Horner In …

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Keith Taylor

Guest host Amanda Uhle talks with poet & Pal of the Podcast Keith Taylor about his latest collection Ecstatic Destinations (Alice Greene & Co 2018).  They talk about Canada, park benches and the joy of neighborhood walks.   https://umich.box.com/shared/static/tjh2ru8kpzvky99p9uh45r4y0c2lcgjw.mp3 Download Audio