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.

Photo credit: Forrest Gander

Original airdate: April 16, 2008

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2013

Nikki Giovanni reads from Chasing Utopia (William Morrow/HarperCollins 2013).
We talk about passion and poems, speaking out and spoken word, mothers, grandmothers, watching, and wine.  Stay busy!

Conversation recorded on December 11, 2013

photo credit: Nikki Giovanni

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2014

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

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Original air date: November 5, 2014

 

2009

Donald Hall reads two poems that he wrote while teaching here at Michigan. We also talk about poetry as a vocation, Eagle Pond farm, a life inside and outside academia, the art of revision, baseball, Edgar Allan Poe, and writing with hope.

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Donald Hall photo credit: Linda Kunhardt/Courtesy of Houghton Mifflin Harcourt

December 1, 2009:  “Day With(out) Art” – A reading by poet Donald Hall to commemorate World AIDS Day at University of Michigan Museum of Art

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2011

Franz Wright reads poems from Kindertotenwald (Knopf 2013).  We talk about wearing masks, about the difficult twenties, and about seeing the drawbacks of MFA programs (while still loving scholars and universities).  We also talk about finding your secret of writing, “king of the cats,” and the universal.

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In 2011 Franz Wright read at One Pause Poetry. Click here to visit their site page for the event.

Franz Wright photo credit: Garin Horner

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2015

Kelly Link reads from her collection of short stories Get In Trouble published by Random House. We talk about writing a story without something “magical” in it. We also talk about taxidermy, Ray Bradbury, the uncanny, and about being haunted by hill house.

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