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Twesigye Jackson Kaguri

From the archive: 2010 Twesigye Jackson Kaguri reads from his book The Price of Stones: Building A School For My Village (Penguin Group USA 2010). We talk about how he founded a school in rural Uganda for children who had been orphaned by AIDS.  We talk about his calling and his reasons for making this inspiring …

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Lorrie Moore

From the archive: 2009 Lorrie Moore reads from her novel A Gate at the Stairs (Knopf 2009). We talk about the music of writing within the novel and the short story.  We also talk about being part of a community–and writing about loss–our collective and individual sorrows–our awkwardness and joy. And a few words about …

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Philip Levine

From the archive: 2012 Philip Levine talks about writing every day.  We also talk about Aunt Belle, Spain, anarchism, Larry Levis, pianist Bill Evans, Detroit, and Adrienne Rich.  Books on the table with us: NEWS OF THE WORLD (2009), BREATH (2004), THE SIMPLE TRUTH (1994), WHAT WORK IS (1991) and NEW SELECTED POEMS (1991) https://umich.box.com/shared/static/daamyvwp3bxjd7p47v6r26u3bc7ab9j8.mp3 …

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MARCH: Congressman John Lewis with Andew Aydin and Nate Powell

From the archive: 2017 Rest in power, John.   Join us for a special program featuring a conversation with Congressman John Lewis, Andrew Aydin and Nate Powell about their trilogy MARCH.  We also hear stories and memories from people who marched with Congressman John Lewis on Edmund Pettus Bridge March 7, 1965.   https://umich.box.com/shared/static/fkpg6zvkegr5jgef790z4rb9zz62499t.mp3 Download …

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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! https://umich.box.com/shared/static/3foponvwadxgr4vpvezn8xkn7x8yqrcy.mp3 Download Audio Original airdate: May 15, 2013

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Yusef Komunyakaa

From the archives: 2010 Yusef Komunyakaa reads poems from Pleasure Dome:New and Collected Poems (Wesleyan 2001), Warhorses (FSG 2008) and Chameleon Couch (Macmillan 2011). We talk about the leaps of lyrical narrative, the particular perfection of the brain, and the cassowary.  We also talk about Neruda and Borges, and celebration and confrontation.  Art endures. https://umich.box.com/shared/static/65xezw1a50fywb4d5vn8nw2iz08l70vr.mp3 Download …

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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

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  

Jac Jemc

Jac Jemc reads from False Bingo (FSG Originals 2019). We talk about tactical elements of the writing life.  We also talk about being playful, about finding and building community, and about a frog.