Jessica Abel reads from her latest book
Growing Gills: How to find creative focus when you’re drowning in your daily life (2017). We talk about radio, podcasts, graphic novels, comics, self-publishing, creative focus and doing what you believe in.
photo credit: Jessica Abel
Fulla Abdul-Jabbar talks about her work with the 57th Ann Arbor Film Festival. We also talk about experimental film art, spoken word, Green Lantern Press, and Exquisite Dogs.
talks about her current project
). We talk about drawing, process, characters, story creation, Star Wars, My Little Pony and fantasy.
And, of course, about
“A Girl. A Boy. A Hot Mess. A Radish. An Adventure.”
Gina Brandolino reads from her latest essay
The Monster Inside: Frankenstein’s Legacy (2018).We talk about horror, the devil, films, monsters, and things you can’t unsee.
Guest host Amanda Uhle talks with Nana Kwame Adjei-Brenyah about
Friday Black (Mariner Books 2018). Twelve stories. Dystopian future. Excellent conversation ahead.
*author photo credit: Limitless Imprint Entertainment
Aimee Bender joins Living Writers via phone from California and reads part of her short story “Tiger Mending” from
The Color Master (Vintage & Anchor Books 2013).
We talk about creativity + limitation, exhilaration, Virginia Woolf + a room of one’s own, and consequences.
In the last quarter of the episode, T reads the prologue to Aimee Bender’s novel
An Invisible Sign of My Own.
Aimee Bender’s Playlist includes: Night Shift (Commodores), Decatur (Sufjan Stevens), In the Bleak Mid-Winter (Jane Siberry), Alejandro (Lady Gaga), You Said Something (PJ Harvey), and This is the Day (The The).
Phillip Crymble reads from Not Even Laughter (Salmon Poetry 2015).
We talk about lyrical places, disability, This Land is Your Land, and autumn.
Russell Brakefield reads poems from his debut collection Field Recordings (Wayne State University Press 2018).
We talk about Alan Lomax, the land, music, growing up in Michigan, and collecting sound and stories.
Guest host Amanda Uhle talks with Anna Clark about
The Poisoned City (Metropolitan Books 2018), an acclaimed, thorough account of the causes, crisis, and aftermath of the Flint, Michigan water disaster. They talk about tragedy, courage, resilience, and the way forward.
Guest host Amanda Uhle talks with Mokhtar Alkhanshali about being the subject of Dave Eggers’ book
The Monk of Mokha (Knopf 2018). They also talk about grandmas, coffee and Yemen.