Latest Additions from the Archive

  • Eduardo C. Corral
    Eduardo C. Corral reads from Guillotine (Graywolf Press 2020). We talk about attentiveness, structuring books, audience and interiority. We also talk about expanding possibilities and French pop …

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  • Kaveh Akbar
    Kaveh Akbar reads poems from Calling A Wolf A Wolf (Alice James Books 2017) and Pilgrim Bell (Graywolf 2021). We talk about technology of language–its limitations and …

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  • Natalie Bakopoulos
    Natalie Bakopoulos discusses her novel Scorpionfish (Tin House 2020). We talk about first swims, balconies and growing into your writer self. We also talk about Elena Ferrante, …

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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 …

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  • Joy Harjo
    From the archive 2017 Joy Harjo talks about Conflict Resolution for Holy Beings and Crazy Brave (W.W. Norton).  We talk about perceived power, flying, stories and the saxophone, and debut her …

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  • Phillip Crymble
    From the archive: 2007 Phillip Crymble reads from Wide Boy (Lapwing Publications 2007). We talk about pop culture, humor, Simon Armitage, and Shaman Drum. Download Audio
  • Naomi Shihab Nye
    From the archive: 2012 In a special live Living Writers evening event celebrating WCBN FM’s 40th Anniversary, Naomi Shihab Nye reads from Transfer (BOA Editions Ltd 2011) …

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  • Farnoosh Fathi
    From the archive: 2013 Farnoosh Fathi reads from Great Gus (Canarium Books 2013). We talk about Brazil, translation, Emily Dickinson, art and interviewing. Download Audio Original airdate: …

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  • Emma Straub
    From the archive: 2012 Emma Straub reads from her debut novel Laura Lamont’s Life in Pictures (Riverhead Books 2012). We talk about research in Hollywood, the Herrick …

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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 …

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  • Peter Ho Davies
    From the archive: 2016 Peter Ho Davies reads from his novel The Fortunes (Houghton Mifflin Harcourt 2016).  We talk about structure, identity, stereotype, Detroit, and China. We also …

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  • Michele Oka Doner
    From the archive: 2016 Michele Oka Doner talks about her photobook Into the Mysterium (Regan Arts).  We talk about curiosity and wonder, her life-long study of the …

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  • Tarfia Faizullah
    From the archive: 2016 Tarfia Faizullah reads poems from Seam, chosen for the Crab Orchard Series in Poetry First Book Award (Southern Illinois University Press). We talk about …

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  • Will Schwalbe
    From the archive: 2017 Will Schwalbe reads from Books for Living published by Knopf (2017). We talk about joy, connecting books to moments in your life, the 80s, …

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  • Alison Bechdel
    From the archive: 2015 Alison Bechdel talks about her books The Essential Dykes to Watch Out For, Fun Home: A Family Tragicomic, and Are You My Mother? …

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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” …

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  • Kazim Ali
    From the archive: 2010 Kazim Ali reads from Bright Felon: Autobiography and Cities (Wesleyan University Press 2009). We talk about gender theory, Yoko Ono, and blurring genre. …

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  • Ken Mikolowski
    From the archive: 2010 Ken Mikolowski reads poems from Big Enigmas (Past Tents Press). We talk about humor, art, and Detroit.  We also talk about Ann Mikolowski‘s pocket …

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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, …

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  • Toi Derricotte
    From the archive: 2012 Toi Derricotte reads from The Undertaker’s Daughter (University of Pittsburgh Press 2011). We talk about nuns, about chaos, about balance and a sense …

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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 …

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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 …

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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 …

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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 …

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  • David Mitchell
    From the archive: 2012 David Mitchell reads from his novel The Thousand Autumns of Jacob de Zoet (Random House Trade paperback 2011).  We talk about “word nerdery” …

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