Write On Radio

We speak with Meg Matich about Cold Moons, a poetry collection by Magnus Sigurdsson, which she translated. She is a poet and translator, and a recent recipient of the PEN/Heim Translation grant. Magnus Sigurdsson is an Icelandic poet who, in this collection, pays rare attention to the minute revelations of nature.

We also talk with Jack Zipes about The Sorcerer’s Apprentice: An Anthology of Magical Tales, which he edited, as well as Tales of Wonder: Reading Fairy Tales through Picture Postcards. He is a professor at the University of Minnesota who has written extensively about fairy tales and magic in literature.

Direct download: WriteOnRadio_2017-10-10.mp3
Category:Podcast -- posted at: 2:02pm CDT

Our Christmas episode features two local writers. 

Steve talks to Kate DiCamillo about her recent children's novel Louisiana's Way Home. Katrina Elizabeth "Kate" DiCamillo is an American writer of children's fiction for all reading levels, usually featuring animals. She is one of six people to win two Newbery Medals, recognizing her novels The Tale of Despereaux and Flora & Ulysses.

Then he speaks to Leif Enger about Virgil Wander. It's the first in ten years from the award-winning, million-copy bestselling author. Midwestern movie house owner Virgil Wander is 'cruising along at medium altitude' when his car flies off the road into icy Lake Superior. Virgil survives but his language and memory are altered and he emerges into a world no longer familiar to him.

Direct download: WriteOnRadio_2018-12-25.mp3
Category:Podcast -- posted at: 1:18pm CDT

On Tuesday December 18th, Josh talks with Mary Desjarlais about her new novel The Cutter's Widow. Set against the backdrop of 1915 urban poverty in St. Paul, it focuses on a young widow who becomes a baby broker and partners with a local pickpocket. Ultimately, she becomes the focus of attention in a murder investigation by one of Saint Paul’s first female police officers. Mary Desjarlais's first novel published was Dorie LaValle in 2011 and re-released through Calumet Editions in the end of 2017. Her second novel, The Cutter's Widow, was also published through Calumet Editions and released in August.

Conor will be talking with Chad Medellin about his recent collection of poetry. Chad is a part-owner of Caydence Records and Coffee located in St. Paul.

Direct download: WriteOnRadio_2018-12-18.mp3
Category:Podcast -- posted at: 12:22pm CDT

On Tuesday December 11th, Amy talks with David Mura about his latest work A Stranger’s Journey: Race, Identity & Narrative Craft in Writing, a book on creative writing that addresses our increasingly diverse American Literature. Mura is a writer, memoirist, poet and performance artist who brings a unique perspective to our multi-racial and multi-cultural society. A third-generation Japanese-American, he has written intimately about his life as a man of color and the connections between race, sexuality and history.

Conor talks with John Wray about his new novel Godsend. Wray explores the circumstances that could impel a young American to abandon identity and home to become an Islamist militant, inspired by the true-life events of John Walker Lindh. Wray is a novelist and regular contributor to The New York Times Magazine and currently lives in Park Slope, Brooklyn.

Direct download: WriteOnRadio_2018-12-11.mp3
Category:Podcast -- posted at: 10:59am CDT

 

Ian talks with the one and only Dessa about her latest work, My Own Devices: True Stories from the Road on Music, Science, and Senseless Love. Rapper and singer Dessa gives a candid account of her life in the van as a hard-touring musician, her determination to beat long odds to make a name for herself, and her struggle to fall out of love with someone in her band.

Conor talks with Nancy Trembley about her fictional story based on real-life experiences with The Hat Man. Since Nancy was sixteen, she has been stalked at night by a black, faceless figure in a wide brimmed hat and a long jacket. He has stalked her in Ohio, Georgia, and several locations in Germany and Minnesota. What Nancy discovered later is that she wasn't the only person who sees Him! Join us in our discussion with Nancy talking about her book The Hat Man.

Direct download: WriteOnRadio_2018-11-20.mp3
Category:Podcast -- posted at: 3:05pm CDT

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