2020

Ebony Roberts

Ebony Roberts reads from The Love Prison Made and Unmade: My Story (Amistad 2019). We talk about fathers, fairytales, prisons, resilience and writing memoir.  We talk about Shaka Senghor and his book Writing My Wrongs: Life, Death and Redemption in an American Prison. https://umich.box.com/shared/static/sadwrm9i13mguauz36z2umanw240nlh0.mp3 Download Audio program recorded: 21 Nov 2019; aired 4 March 2020

Michael Dickman

Michael Dickman reads from Days & Days (Knopf 2019). We talk about interconnectedness, structure, place and butterflies.

Catherine Lacey

Catherine Lacey reads from Certain American States: Stories (Picador 2018) in a special Fundraiser 2020 episode of Living Writers. We talk about websites, irresolution, humor, dogs, and her novel Pew out in May 2020. https://umich.box.com/shared/static/6nsuxt01prerwl2fs1uywmqiqwb721f8.mp3 Download Audio WCBN Fundraiser 2020: visit www.wcbn.org to pledge on-line

Kristin Hersh, Grant-Lee Phillips and John Doe

While in Ann Arbor, Kristin Hersh, Grant-Lee Phillips, and John Doe talk about their The Exile Follies 2020 tour. We talk about collaboration and process, mystery, and creating experience. We also talk about how music is fearless. https://umich.box.com/shared/static/djc3vqa7rdmtc9tdznlugmtx2ck624g6.mp3 Download Audio  

John Barr and Dan Murphy

John Barr and Dan Murphy talk about their book Start By Believing: Larry Nassar’s Crimes, the Institutions that Enabled Him, and the Brave Women Who Stopped a Monster (Hachette Books 2020). We talk about investigative reporting, making a book, choosing a narrative arc, and the responsibility of telling this story.   https://umich.box.com/shared/static/00g19rkijka48s7byfkqvs5wfuoyxx88.mp3 Download Audio  

Ilya Kaminsky

Ilya Kaminsky reads from Deaf Republic (Graywolf Press 2019). We talk about language and silence, fabulism, the imagined town of Vasenka with its puppet theater, and poets that inspire. https://umich.box.com/shared/static/sxdmm33tmfci6i06whzdo8uz8p2nwsyl.mp3 Download Audio  

Kiley Reid

Kiley Reid reads from her debut novel Such A Fun Age (Putnam 2019). We talk about listening to your characters, writing about class and race, and building strong plots.

Rion Amilcar Scott

Rion Amilcar Scott reads from The World Doesn’t Require You: Stories (Liveright Publishing Corporation/W.W.Norton & Company 2019). We talk about narrative forms, beautiful lines and building a world. We also talk about imagination, characters, and Cross River. https://umich.box.com/shared/static/l7rkdqd76w1x8ndjmxbp8kpst4qgbrut.mp3 Download Audio  

Carmen Bugan

Carmen Bugan reads from Lilies from America: New & Selected Poems (Shearsman Books UK 2019). We talk about narrative poems, memoir, and recording a documentary. We also talk about resistance, reclaiming your story, and planting a garden. https://umich.box.com/shared/static/vlqroxuzhb4ceffqzz990l431yll5mag.mp3 Download Audio  

Shane McCrae

Poet Shane McCrae reads from The Gilded Auction Block (FSG Originals 2019). We talk about history and the contemporary moment, meter, narrative, epigraphs and a robot bird.