Write On Radio

We speak with Patrick R. O’Leary about his new book from Freeborn to Freetown & Back, which details his experiences in Sierra Leone as a volunteer with the Peace Corps.

We also speak with Hans Weyandt and Celia Mattison from Milkweed Editions. Hans Weyandt has been a bookseller in the Twin Cities since 1999. He currently manages Milkweed Books in the Open Book Building and is the editor of "Read This! Handpicked Favorites from America's Indie Bookstores" which was published by Coffee House Press. Celia Mattison started at Milkweed Editions after graduating from college last year and is now a bookseller at Milkweed Books.

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We speak with director, screenwriter and novelist Martyn Burke about his new novel Music for Love or War. In 2012, his feature documentary Under Fire: Journalists in Combat won a Peabody and he was short-listed for an Academy Award. His many novels include The Truth About the NightIvory JoeLaughing War and Tiara.

We then speak with Sun Yung Shin about her new poetry collection Unbearable Splendor. She is also the author of the poetry collections Rough, and Savage; and Skirt Full of Black – and the children’s book Cooper’s Lesson. She edited A Good Time for the Truth.

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We also talk with Zeke Caligiuri about This Is Where I Am: A Memoir. He is currently incarcerated at the Faribault Correctional Facility and he has won multiple awards from the PEN Prison Writing Contest in fiction, poetry. His work has appeared in the collection Prison Noir, edited by Joyce Carol Oates, and other publications.

We speak with Craig Johnson about his new novel An Obvious Fact. He is the New York Times Bestselling author of the Longmire mysteries, which are the basis for the television series Longmire – and he has received many awards, including the Western Writers of America Spur Award and the Mountains and Plains Booksellers Award.

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We speak with Senator Amy Klobuchar about her new memoir The Senator Next Door: A Memoir from the Heartland. She is Minnesota’s senior senator and the daughter of a newspaperman and a schoolteacher.

We also talk with Nancy Shih-Knodel about her forthcoming poetry collection The Landscape of the Body. She is a professor of English at North Hennepin Community College right here in Minneapolis.

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We speak with Benjamin Percy about his new book Thrill Me – a collection of essays on how to craft a thrilling read in any genre. He is the bestselling author of the novels The WildingRed Moon and The Dead Lands, as well as two books of stories – Refresh, Refresh and The Language of Elk.

We also talk with Reed Farrel Coleman about his new novel, Robert B. Parker’s Debt to Pay: A Jesse Stone Novel. He took over writing the Jesse Stone series after Robert Parker’s death in 2010. Reed Farrel Coleman has been called a “hard boiled poet” and the “noir poet laureate.” He is the author of 24 previous novels and has won many awards.

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We speak with Philip Beard about his new novel Swing, which became the first self-published novel ever to win the Independent Publishers National Gold Medal for Best Contemporary Fiction Award. He is also the author of Dear Zoe, which was named one of the Ten Best First Novels of the Year by the American Library Ass’n, and Lost in the Garden.

We also talk with Chris Santiago about his poetry collection Tula, winner of the 2016 Lindquist & Vennum Prize for Poetry. His poems, fiction, and criticism have appeared in FIELDCopper NickelPleiades, and the Asian American Literary Review – and he teaches at the University of St. Thomas.

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We speak with Nathan Hill about his debut novel The Nix, which has been receiving rave reviews. His short fiction has appeared in many literary journals, including The Iowa Review, AGNI, The Gettysburg Review, and Fiction, where he was awarded the annual Fiction Prize.

We then talk Charlie Quimby about his new novel Inhabited. He is also the author of Monument Road, which was an Indie Next pick, a Booklist Editors’ Choice 2013 and a Reading the West finalist. His nonfiction has appeared in the Star Tribune, High Country News and Harvard Business Review.

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We speak with Adrian Lee about his new book Mysterious Midwest: Unwrapping Urban Legends and Ghostly Tales from the Dead. Adrian Lee is a historian and paranormal investigator who is also the author of several books including Mysterious Minnesota and How to be a Christian Psychic. In addition, he is the host of More Questions than Answers on another radio station.

We also talk with James Lenfestey about If Bees Are Few: A Hive of Bee Poems out from the University of Minnesota Press, which he edited. James Lenfestey is a former editorial writer for the Star Tribune, where he won several Page One awards for excellence. He has published five collections of poems, a collection of essays and a memoir, Seeking the Cave: A Pilgrimage to Cold Mountain, which was a finalist for a Minnesota Book Award.

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We speak with retired University of Minnesota professor of communication and creativity Fred Amram about his new book We’re in America Now: A Survivor’s Stories. He spent his early years in Hanover, Germany, where he experienced the Holocaust from its inception in 1933. He witnessed Kristallnacht and the Gestapo invading his home. More information can be found at http://www.FredAmram.com

We then talk with Lawrence Kessenich about debut new novel Cinnamon Girl. He is also a playwright, essayist, reviewer, editor and poet, who has three books of poetry: Strange News, Before Whose Glory, and Age of Wonders. One of his essays appeared on NPR’s This I Believe, and he won the People’s Choice Award in a national drama competition.

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