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Elizabeth Wason

Elizabeth Wason talks about science writing and her work as managing editor for Resources for the Future, a DC think tank. We talk about getting accessible expert insight and research in front of policymakers. We also talk about writing through editing, about “getting out of the way” in collaboration, and about creating visually compelling composition. …

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Andre Williams

From the archive: 2010 Andre Williams reads from his book Sweets and Other Stories (Kicks Books 2009). You may know Andre, as many do, as “Mr. Rhythm” from his time at Fortune Records and Chess Records and in Motown with hits such as “Bacon Fat,” “Greasy Chicken,” Jail Bait,” and many others.  A true legend. …

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Anne Waldman

From the archive: 2012 Anne Waldman reads from The Iovis Trilogy:  Colors in the Mechanism of Concealment–a project that spanned 26 years (Coffee House Press). We talk about collaboration, Ginsberg, manatees, and walking meditation.  We also talk about her archive at the University of Michigan Library. https://umich.box.com/shared/static/3fee9mp6cfqtwylp72al8815icl6ethh.mp3 Download Audio Original airdate: April 12, 2012

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Jean Valentine

From the archive: 2015 Poet Jean Valentine reads from Break the Glass and Shirt In Heaven (Copper Canyon Press). We talk about memory, elegy, music and dreaming. Take heart. https://umich.box.com/shared/static/i56bxlhpmjr9i15j1pvi5g701m4npi6v.wav Download Audio For more about the author, click here! Original airdate: April 22, 2015

C.D. Wright

From the archives: 2008 C.D. Wright reads from her book of poems Rising, Falling, Hovering (Copper Canyon Press).  We talk about misery and love, “making it up,” and what it means to be an American Artist. https://umich.box.com/shared/static/o0dccnnfxatsba7owlqcbe54pmkjkx4m.mp3 Download Audio Photo credit: Forrest Gander Original airdate: April 16, 2008

Alice Walker

From the archives Alice Walker talks about Zora Neale Hurston, voting, activism, inheritance, offerings,”This Human Journey,” and gardens.

Ryan Walsh

Ryan Walsh reads from his book of poems Reckonings (Baobab 2019). We talk about a poem’s responsibility, connecting across time,  and a spelter zinc plant.

Markus Zusak

Markus Zusak reads from Bridge of Clay (Knopf 2018). We talk about the lives of boys, long projects, structure and redemption.

Sarah Vowell

Summer host Amanda Uhle talks with historian, author, journalist, essayist, and actress Sarah Vowell. Vowell has written seven nonfiction books on American history and culture, was a contributing editor to This American Life  from 1996 to 2008, and was the voice of Violet Parr in the animated film The Incredibles and its sequel. We talk about what it …

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Ocean Vuong

Guest host Amanda Uhle talks with Ocean Vuong author of On Earth We’re Briefly Gorgeous (Penguin Press 2019) about poetry, memory, masculinity, language, newcomers to America, and finding a sense of home and belonging.