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Carl Phillips

From the archive: 2011 Carl Phillips reads from Double Shadow (Farrar, Straus and Giroux 2011). We also hear poems from The Rest of Love, Riding Westward, and A Quiver of Arrows: Selected Poems 1986-2006.  We talk about Dickinson, Cape Cod, the influences of the Ancient Greeks, the lyric, love, and how poems are like prayers. …

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ZZ Packer

From the archive: 2010 ZZ Packer reads from Buffalo Soldiers, her novel-in-progress.  We talk about Drinking Coffee Elsewhere (Riverhead Books 2003) and about sending stories out into the world–and how much work it actually takes to have someone say that your prose is “effortless.” We also talk about politics, revision, and what “Sometimes You Get …

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Richard Price

From the archives: 2008 Richard Price reads from his novel Lush Life (Farrar, Straus and Giroux 2008) .  We talk about Manhattan’s Lower East Side and his method for finding the story.  We also talk about screenwriting versus the novel, dynamic dialogue and The Wire. https://umich.box.com/shared/static/u9zo8g3uwnrhm26t8174clcgrdbv17jz.mp3 Download Audio   Photo credit: Lorraine Adams Original airdate: …

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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

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  

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.

Michigan Quarterly Review

Michigan Quarterly Review editor Khaled Mattawa, guest editor Benjamin Paloff and contributor Jeremiah Chamberlin talk about the Fall 2019 issue of Michigan Quarterly Review: What Does Europe Want Now?  We talk about MQR’s mission, its history since 1962, and its future.  We also talk about the issue’s central question, and the poetry, fiction, non-fiction, interviews …

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Lo Dagerman + Nancy Pick

Lo Dagerman and Nancy Pick read from The Writer and The Refugee (originally published by Norstedts Förlag, Stockholm 2017; English translation 2019). We talk about being a detective in your own family mystery, long term research projects, theater, powerful mothers, inspiration, and translation.

Polly Rosenwaike

Polly Rosenwaike reads from her debut stories Look How Happy I’m Making You (Doubleday 2019). We talk about stories, motherhood, characters, agents and babies. https://umich.box.com/shared/static/87qh3sb08ci8zesx83q6g5ja5k4y2fqp.mp3 Download Audio

Nate Powell

Nate Powell talks about his graphic novel Come Again (Top Shelf Press 2018).  We talk about starting out in comics, DIY and punk, imagining another world, and working with Congressman John Lewis and Andrew Aydin.   https://umich.box.com/shared/static/babnfhl8mne5hf1bzind026lu1iws49g.mp3 Download Audio  

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