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First Draft: A Dialogue on Writing

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First Draft: A Dialogue on Writing is a weekly show featuring in-depth interviews with fiction, non-fiction, essay, and poetry writers. First Draft: A Dialogue on Writing highlights the voices of writers as they discuss their work, their craft, and the literary arts. This weekly show hosted by Mit… read more

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First Draft - Michael Bazzett

January 17th, 2022

58:16

Michael Bazzett is a poet and teacher. His work has appeared in The Sun, Ploughshares, Linebreak, West Branch, The Collagist, Sixth Finch and 32 Poems

First Draft - Jean Hanff Korelitz

January 10th, 2022

59:30

Jean Hanff Korelitz was born and raised in New York City and educated at Dartmouth College and Clare College, Cambridge. She is the author of the …

First Draft - Alice McDermott (Returns Again!)

January 3rd, 2022

1:00:52

Alice McDermott is the author of several novels, including The Ninth HourSomeone; After ThisChild of My HeartCharming Billy, winner of the 1998 National Book Award; and At Weddings and Wakes—all published by FSG. 

First Draft - Best of 2021 Ben Okri

December 27th, 2021

51:34

Ben Okri is a poet, novelist, essayist, short story writer, anthologist, aphorist, and playwright. He has also written film scripts. His works have …

First Draft - Best of 2021 George Saunders

December 20th, 2021

1:09:13

George Saunders is the author of eleven books, including Lincoln in the Bardo, which won the 2017 Man Booker Prize for best work of fiction in …

First Draft - Best of 2021 Michael Kleber-Diggs

December 13th, 2021

1:13:33

Michael Kleber-Diggs is a poet, essayist, and literary critic. He was born and raised in Kansas and now makes his home in Saint Paul, Minnesota. His …

First Draft - Best of 2021 Diane Seuss

December 6th, 2021

1:03:53

Diane Seuss was born in Michigan City, Indiana, in 1956 and raised in Edwardsburg and Niles, Michigan. She studied at Kalamazoo College and Western …

First Draft - EJ Levy

November 29th, 2021

59:44

EJ Levy’s work has been featured in The Best American Essays, The New York Times, The Washington Post, The Nation and The Paris Review, and has …

First Draft - Nawaaz Ahmed

November 22nd, 2021

55:13

Nawaaz Ahmed is a transplant from Tamil Nadu, India. Before turning to writing, he was a computer scientist, researching search algorithms for Yahoo. …

First Draft - Kalani Pickhart

November 15th, 2021

1:00:08

Kalani Pickhart is the recipient of research fellowships from the Virginia G. Piper Center and the U.S. Department of State Bureau of Intelligence for Eastern European and Eurasian Studies.  I Will Die in A Foreign Land

First Draft - Rebecca Solnit

November 8th, 2021

1:03:32

Rebecca Solnit is a writer, historian, and activist. She is the author of more than twenty books on feminism, western and indigenous history, popular …

First Draft - Keisha N. Blain

November 1st, 2021

1:04:06

Keisha N. Blain is a 2022 New America National Fellow and an award-winning historian. She is the author of Set the World on Fire: Black Nationalist Women and the Global Struggle for Freedom and Until I Am Free: Fannie …

First Draft - Lauren Groff (Returns)

October 25th, 2021

47:43

Lauren Groff is the author of six books of fiction, the most recent the novel Matrix. Her work has won The Story Prize, the ABA Indies’ Choice Award, and France’s Grand Prix de l’Héroïne, was twice a finalist for the …

First Draft - Richard Powers

October 18th, 2021

57:00

Richard Powers has published thirteen novels. His most recent is Bewilderment. He is a MacArthur Fellow and received the National Book Award. His …

First Draft - Annie Murphy Paul

October 11th, 2021

1:07:52


Annie Murphy Paul is an acclaimed science writer whose work has appeared in the New York Times, the Boston Globe, Scientific American, Slate, Time

First Draft - Peter Orner (Returns!)

October 4th, 2021

51:03

Peter Orner's fiction and non-fiction has appeared in the New York Times, the Atlantic Monthly, Granta, The Paris Review, The New Yorker, McSweeney’s, The Southern Review, Ploughshares and many other publications. …

First Draft - Grant Faulkner

September 27th, 2021

1:03:40

Grant Faulkner is the Executive Director of National Novel Writing Month (NaNoWriMo) and the co-founder of 100 Word Story. He has published two books …

First Draft - Kevin McIlvoy (Returns Yet Again!)

September 20th, 2021

1:17:24

Kevin McIlvoy has published six novels, A Waltz, The Fifth Station, Little Peg, Hyssop, At the Gate of All Wonder, and One Kind Favor; and a short …

First Draft - Robert Olen Butler

September 13th, 2021

55:13

Robert Olen Butler has published seventeen novels: Late City, The Alleys of Eden, Sun Dogs, Countrymen of Bones, On Distant Ground, Wabash, The …

First Draft - Jennifer Sperry Steinorth

September 6th, 2021

1:00:43

Jennifer Sperry Steinorth’s books include Her Read, a graphic poem and A Wake with Nine Shades, a finalist for Foreword Reviews Best of the Indie Press Award. A poet, educator, interdisciplinary artist and licensed …

First Draft - Christine Mangan

August 30th, 2021

1:02:22

Christine Mangan is the author of the novels Tangerine, which was a New York Times Best Seller and Palace of the Drowned. She has her PhD in English …

First Draft - Edward Hirsch

August 23rd, 2021

1:15:36

Edward Hirsch is a celebrated poet and peerless advocate for poetry. Edward Hirsch’s first collection of poems, For the Sleepwalkers received the …

First Draft - Joshua Henkin

August 16th, 2021

1:13:11

Joshua Henkin is the author of the novels Morningside Heights, Swimming Across the Hudson, a Los Angeles Times Notable Book, Matrimony, a New York Times Notable Book, and The World Without You, winner of the 2012 Edward …

First Draft - Azareen Van der Vliet Oloomi

August 9th, 2021

58:58

Azareen Van Der Vliet Oloomi is the author of three novels. Her second novel Call Me Zebra won the PEN/Faulkner Award for Fiction, the John Gardner …

First Draft - S. Kirk Walsh

August 2nd, 2021

54:35

S. Kirk Walsh is a novelist, editor, and teacher based in Austin, Texas. Her debut novel is The Elephant of Belfast, inspired by true events that took place in Belfast, Northern Ireland, during World War II. Her debut …

First Draft - Tobey Pearl

July 26th, 2021

1:03:12

Tobey Pearl earned degrees in law and international relations from Boston University and studied international law at the University of Hong Kong. Terror to the Wicked is her first book. She lives with her husband, the …

First Draft - Michael Kleber-Diggs

July 19th, 2021

1:13:33

Michael Kleber-Diggs is a poet, essayist, and literary critic. He was born and raised in Kansas and now makes his home in Saint Paul, Minnesota. His …

First Draft - Steven Pressfield

July 12th, 2021

1:00:16

Steven Pressfield is the author of The Man-at-Arms, The Legend of Bagger Vance, Gates of Fire, Tides of War, Last of the Amazons, Virtues of War, The Afghan Campaign, Killing Rommel, The Profession, The Lion's Gate, The …

First Draft - Marisa Silver

July 5th, 2021

53:24

Marisa Silver is the author of The Mysteries, Little Nothing, a New York Times Editor's Choice, and winner of the 2017 Ohioana Book Award for Fiction, Mary Coin, a New York Times Bestseller and winner of the Southern …

First Draft - Justin Jannise

June 28th, 2021

1:00:38

Justin Jannise grew up in rural southeast Texas was the first in his family to attend college. He graduated from Yale University and attended the …

First Draft - Diane Seuss

June 21st, 2021

1:03:12

Diane Seuss was born in Michigan City, Indiana, in 1956 and raised in Edwardsburg and Niles, Michigan. She studied at Kalamazoo College and Western …

First Draft - Gabriela Garcia

June 14th, 2021

54:26

Gabriela Garcia is the author of the novel Of Women and Salt. Her fiction and poems have appeared in Best American Poetry, Tin House, Zyzzyva, Iowa Review, Michigan Quarterly Review, The Cincinnati Review, Black Warrior …

First Draft - Ethan Rutherford (Returns)

June 7th, 2021

1:01:03

Ethan Rutherford’s fiction has appeared in BOMB, Tin House, Ploughshares, One Story, American Short Fiction, Post Road, Esopus, Conjunctions, and The Best American Short Stories. His first book, The Peripatetic Coffin …

First Draft - Imbolo Mbue

May 31st, 2021

58:42

Imbole Mbue is the author of the New York Times bestseller Behold the Dreamers, which won the PEN/Faulkner Award for Fiction and was an Oprah’s Book …

First Draft - Anna North

May 24th, 2021

1:03:47

Anna North is a journalist and a novelist. Her journalistic work currently focuses on reproductive health and the politics thereof. North is the …

First Draft - Layla AlAmmar

May 17th, 2021

1:08:18

Layla AlAmmar is a writer and academic from Kuwait. She has an MSc in Creative Writing from the University of Edinburgh. She was the 2018 British Council International Writer in Residence at the Small Wonder Short Story …

First Draft - Elizabeth McCracken (Returns!)

May 10th, 2021

1:00:48

Elizabeth McCracken is the author of seven books: Here’s Your Hat What’s Your Hurry, The Giant’s House, Niagara Falls All Over Again, An Exact Replica of a Figment of My Imagination, Thunderstruck & Other Stories, …

Viet Thanh Nguyen (Returns!)

May 3rd, 2021

1:00:47

Viet Thanh Nguyen’s novel The Sympathizer is a New York Times best seller and won the Pulitzer Prize for Fiction. The sequel to this novel is The …

First Draft - Nalini Singh

April 26th, 2021

54:18

Nalini Singh is the author of more than 60 novels and novellas. She has five different series of books, primarily in the Paranormal Romance Genre. Her latest novel is a thrilled called Quiet in Her Bones. Nalini Singh …

First Draft - Chang-rae Lee

April 19th, 2021

47:45

Chang-rae Lee is the author of My Year Abroad, Native Speaker, winner of the Hemingway Foundation/PEN Award for first fiction, as well as On Such a …

First Draft - Lidia Yuknavitch

April 12th, 2021

58:45

 Lidia Yuknavitch is the National Bestselling author of the novels The Book of Joan and The Small Backs of Children, winner of the 2016 Oregon Book Award's Ken Kesey Award for Fiction as well as the Reader's Choice …

First Draft - Carol Edgarian

April 5th, 2021

54:40

Carol Edgarian is an award-winning novelist, essayist, teacher, and editor. Her novels includeVera, the New York Times bestseller Three Stages of …

First Draft - Dantiel Moniz

March 29th, 2021

59:54

Dantiel Moniz is the author of the short story collection Milk Blood Heat, which was an Indie Next Pick, an Amazon “Best Book of the Month” …

First Draft - Priyanka Champaneri

March 22nd, 2021

1:03:14

Priyanaka Champaneri is the author of the novel The City of Good Death, which won the Restless Books Prize for New Immigrant Fiction Writing in 2018. Champaneri received her MFA in creative writing from George Mason …

First Draft - Alan Lightman (Returns)

March 15th, 2021

56:32

Alan Lightman is the author of six novels, including the international best seller Einstein’s Dreams and The Diagnosis, a finalist for the National Book Award. He has taught at Harvard and at MIT, where he was the first …

First Draft - George Saunders (Returns)

March 8th, 2021

1:08:34

George Saunders is the author of eleven books, including Lincoln in the Bardo, which won the 2017 Man Booker Prize for best work of fiction in …

First Draft - Natalie West

March 1st, 2021

54:55

Natalie West is a Los Angeles based writer and educator. She worked as a professional Dominatrix while obtaining her PhD in Gender Studies. Her personal essays have appeared in Salon, Autostraddle, Kink Academy, …

First Draft - Eley Williams

February 22nd, 2021

1:08:47

Eley Williams is the author of the novel The Liar's Dictionary, the short story collection Attrib. and Other Stories, and the poetry collection Frit. 

First Draft - Te-Ping Chen

February 15th, 2021

1:06:02

Te-Ping Chen is a fiction writer and journalist whose debut collection of short stories is called Land of Big Numbers. Her fiction has been published …

First Draft - Ben Okri

February 8th, 2021

50:55

Ben Okri is a poet, novelist, essayist, short story writer, anthologist, aphorist, and playwright. He has also written film scripts. His works have …

First Draft - Mateo Askaripour

February 1st, 2021

1:03:24

Mateo Askaripour is the author of the novel Black Buck. He aims to empower people of color to seize the opportunities for advancement, not matter the …

First Draft - Peter Ho Davies

January 25th, 2021

1:14:35

Peter Ho Davies’s latest book is A Lie Someone Told You About Yourself. His previous novel, The Fortunes, a New York Times Notable Book, won the …

First Draft - Mark Wunderlich

January 18th, 2021

1:20:13

Mark Wunderlich was born in Winona, Minnesota and grew up in rural Fountain City, Wisconsin. He attended Concordia College’s Institut für Deutsche …

First Draft - Jamie Harrison

January 11th, 2021

46:16

Jamie Harrison, who has lived in Montana with her family for more than thirty years, has worked as a caterer, a gardener, and an editor, and is the author of six novels: The Center of Everything, The Widow Nash and the …

First Draft - Emma Glass

January 4th, 2021

55:33

Emma Glass was born in Wales and now lives in London. She is a writer and works as a children’s nurse. Her debut novel Peach has been translated into seven languages and was on the longlist for the International Dylan …

First Draft - Kwame Alexander

December 28th, 2020

1:02:48

Kwame Alexander is a poet, educator, and the New York Times Bestselling author of 32 books, including The Undefeated, illustrated by Kadir Nelson, How to Read a Book, illustrated by Melissa Sweet, Swing, Rebound, which …

First Draft - Danielle Evans

December 21st, 2020

57:20

Danielle Evans is the author of the story collections The Office of Historical Corrections and Before You Suffocate Your Own Fool Self. Her work has …

First Draft - Cynan Jones

December 14th, 2020

57:31

Cynan Jones was born in 1975 near Aberaeron, Wales where he now lives and works. He is the author of five short novels, The Long Dry, Everything I Found on the BeachBird, Blood, SnowThe Dig, and Cove and Stillicide. …

First Draft - Jonathan Lethem

December 7th, 2020

1:02:50

Jonathan Lethem is the bestselling author of twelve novels, including The Feral Detective, The Fortress of Solitude and Motherless Brooklyn, winner …

First Draft - Charles Baxter (Returns!)

November 30th, 2020

1:02:29

Charles Baxter is the author of the novels The Feast of Love (nominated for the National Book Award), First Light, Saul and Patsy, Shadow Play, The …

First Draft - Yishai Sarid

November 23rd, 2020

54:10

Yishai Sarid was born and raised in Tel Aviv Israel. He studied law at the Hebrew University in Jerusalem and has a Public Administration Master’s …

First Draft - Susan Minot

November 16th, 2020

57:48

Susan Minot is an award-winning novelist, short-story writer, poet, and screenwriter. Her first novel, Monkeys, was published in a dozen countries and won the Prix Femina Étranger in France. Her novel Evening was a …

First Draft - Bryan Washington

November 9th, 2020

48:18

Bryan Washington is the author of the short story collection Lot and the novel Memorial. He is a National Book Award 5 Under 35 honoree.  He has …

First Draft - Ken Bonert

November 2nd, 2020

34:17

Ken Bonert was born in South Africa and is the grandson of Lithuanian immigrants. His debut novel The Lion Seeker won both the 2013 National Jewish Book Award for Outstanding Debut Fiction and the 2013 Edward Lewis …

First Draft - Bill Clegg (Returns!)

October 26th, 2020

1:03:11

Bill Clegg is a literary agent in New York and the author of the bestselling memoirs Portrait of an Addict as a Young Man and Ninety Days. His first novel, Did You Ever Have a Family, hit the New York Times bestseller …

First Draft - Claire Messud

October 19th, 2020

59:55

Claire Messud is the author of six works of fiction, including the New York Times bestsellers The Emperor’s Children and The Burning Girl, and a book of essays, Kant’s Little Prussian Head and Other Reasons Why I Write. …

First Draft - Debra Spark

October 12th, 2020

57:51

Debra Spark is the author of five books of fiction, two collections of short stories, one anthology, and two works of nonfiction. Her most recent …

First Draft - Rebecca Watson

October 5th, 2020

58:08

Rebecca Watson is the author of the novel little scratch. She writes for publications including the Financial Times, The Times Literary Supplement, and Granta. In 2018 she was short-listed for the White Review Short …

First Draft - David Szalay

September 28th, 2020

35:39

David Szalay is the author of five works of fiction: Spring, The Innocent, London and the South-East, for which he was awarded the Betty Trask and Geoffrey Faber Memorial prizes, and All That Man Is, for which he was …

First Draft - Peter Geye

September 21st, 2020

49:50

Peter Geye is the author of the award winning novels, Safe from the Sea, The Lighthouse Road, and Wintering, winner of the Minnesota Book Award. He currently teaches the year-long Novel Writing Project at the Loft …

First Draft - Cherie Dimaline

September 14th, 2020

1:04:10

Cherie Dimaline is a member of the Georgian Bay Metis Community in Ontario who has published 5 books. Her 2017 book, The Marrow Thieves, won the Governor General’s Award and the prestigious Kirkus Prize for Young …

First Draft - Margot Livesey

September 7th, 2020

56:07

Margot Livesey is a writer and teacher. Her first book, published in 1986, was a collection of stories called Learning By Heart. Since then Margot …

First Draft - R.L. Maizes

August 31st, 2020

36:09

R.L. Maizes is the author of the short story collection We Love Anderson Cooper and the novel Other People's Pets. Her essays have been published in T

First Draft - Benjamin Nugent

August 24th, 2020

51:47

Benjamin Nugent is the author of the short story collection Fraternity. He is the winner of The Paris Review’s 2019 Terry Southern Prize. His stories …

First Draft - Ursula Heigi

August 17th, 2020

51:51

Ursula Hegi is the author of The Patron Saint of Pregnant Girls, The Worst Thing I've Done, Sacred Time, Hotel of the Saints, The Vision of Emma …

First Draft - Souvankham Thammavongsa

August 10th, 2020

52:13

Souvankham Thammavongsa is the author of How to Pronounce Knife. Her stories have won an O. Henry Award and appeared in Harper's Magazine, The Paris Review, The Atlantic, Granta, NOON, The Believer, Best American …

First Draft - Michelle Bowdler

August 3rd, 2020

56:01

Michelle Bowdler is the author of Is Rape a Crime? Michelle is a recipient of a 2017 Barbara Deming Memorial Award for non-fiction and has been a …

First Draft - Sejal Shah

July 27th, 2020

40:30

Sejal Shah is the author of the debut essay collection, This Is One Way To Dance. Her stories and essays have appeared or are forthcoming in Brevity, …

First Draft - Anne Enright

July 20th, 2020

42:37

Anne Enright was born in Dublin, where she now lives and works. She has written two collections of stories, published together as Yesterday’s Weather

First Draft - TaraShea Nesbit

July 13th, 2020

55:32

TaraShea Nesbit is a writer and teacher. Her second novel, Beheld, is a New York Times Book Review Editors’ Choice and an Indies Next Pick for April 2020. Her first novel, The Wives of Los Alamos, was a finalist for the …

First Draft - Marie Mutsuki Mockett

July 6th, 2020

50:10

Marie Mutsuki Mockett was born and raised in California to a Japanese mother and American father, and graduated from Columbia University with a …

First Draft - Mary South

June 29th, 2020

55:51

Mary South is a graduate of Northwestern University and the MFA program in fiction at Columbia University. For many years, she has worked with Diane …

First Draft - Lori Gottlieb

June 22nd, 2020

57:08

Lori Gottlieb is a psychotherapist and author of the New York Times bestseller Maybe You Should Talk to Someone, which is being adapted as a …

First Draft - Vanessa Hua

June 15th, 2020

50:48

Vanessa Hua is an award-winning, best-selling author and columnist for the San Francisco Chronicle. Her novel, A River of Stars, was named to the …

First Draft - Jane Hirshfield

June 8th, 2020

1:20:51

Jane Hirshfield is an award-winning poet, essayist, and translator. She is the author of nine collections of poetry, including Ledger; The Beauty, …

First Draft - Sue Monk Kidd

June 1st, 2020

1:00:16

Sue Monk Kidd writes fiction and non-fiction. Her novels include The Secret Life of Bees, The Mermaid Chair, The Invention of Wings, and The Book of Longings. Some of her non-fiction titles include The Dance of the …

First Draft - Emily Nemens

May 25th, 2020

50:30

Emily Nemens is a writer, illustrator, and editor. Her debut novel, The Cactus League, was published by Farrar, Straus & Giroux in February 2020. In 2018, Nemens became the seventh editor of The Paris Review, the …

First Draft - Ann Napolitano

May 18th, 2020

57:01

Ann Napolitano is the author of the novels Dear Edward, A Good Hard Look, and Within Arm’s Reach. She is also the Associate Editor of One Story

First Draft - Anna Solomon

May 11th, 2020

54:36

Anna Solomon is the author of three novels—The Book of V., Leaving Lucy Pear, and The Little Bride—and a two-time winner of the Pushcart Prize. Her …

First Draft - Carolyn Forché

May 4th, 2020

1:06:49

Carolyn Forché was born in Detroit, Michigan. She studied at Michigan State University and earned an MFA from Bowling Green State University.She is a …

First Draft - Ander Monson

April 27th, 2020

54:11

Ander Monson is the author of eight books, including the non-fiction book I Will Take the Answer and the short story collection, The Gnome Stories. 

First Draft - Sahar Mustafah

April 20th, 2020

53:41

Sahar Mustafah, writer and editor is the daughter of Palestinian immigrants and she explores her heritage in her fiction. Her books include Code of the West and The Beauty of Your Face.  In addition to working as a …

First Draft - Julian Jarboe

April 13th, 2020

46:29

Julian K. Jarboe is a writer and artist from Massachusetts. They are the recipient of a Writers' Room of Boston Fellowship, a graduate of the Odyssey …

First Draft - Katrin Schumann

April 6th, 2020

53:15

Katrin Schumann was born in Germany and grew up in Brooklyn and London. Her writing explores our search for a sense of belonging, and the struggle to define ourselves in the context of our circumstances. Schumann now …

First Draft - Deb Olin Unferth

March 30th, 2020

44:42

Deb Olin Unferth is the author of the memoir Revolution: The Year I Fell in Love and Went to Join the War, finalist for the National Book Critics …

First Draft - P. Carl

March 23rd, 2020

51:03

 P. Carl is a nonfiction writer, playwright, dramaturg and a Distinguished Artist in Residence at Emerson College in Boston. He is also a writer and …

First Draft - Chuck Palahniuk

March 16th, 2020

48:12

Chuck Palahnuik is an American novelist and freelance journalist, who describes his work as transgressional fiction. He is the author of the …

First Draft - Kevin Wilson

March 9th, 2020

51:31

Kevin Wilson is the author of two short story collections, Tunneling to the Center of the Earth and Baby You’re Gonna Be Mine, and three novels, The …

First Draft - Jenny Offill

March 2nd, 2020

50:56

Jenny Offill is an American novelist and editor. Her novel Dept. of Speculation was named one of "The 10 Best Books of 2014" by The New York Times …

First Draft - Tishani Doshi

February 24th, 2020

56:13

Tishani Doshi has published six books of poetry and fiction. Small Days and Nights, her second novel, has been shortlisted for the TATA Best Fiction Award 2019. She discusses this novel on First Draft as well as topics …

First Draft - Julia Phillips

February 17th, 2020

46:52

Julia Phillips is the debut author of the nationally bestselling novel Disappearing Earth, which is being published in twenty-one languages and was a …

First Draft - Jill Ciment

February 10th, 2020

50:32

Jill Ciment was born in Montreal, Canada. She is the author of Small Claims, a collection of short stories and novellas; The Law of Falling Bodies, …

First Draft - Luke Geddes

February 3rd, 2020

41:32

Luke Geddes is the author of the novel Heart of Junk and the short story collection I am a Magical Teenage Princess. He also makes collage art and …

First Draft - Ethan Rutherford

January 27th, 2020

32:45

Ethan Rutherford is the author of The Peripatetic Coffin and Other Stories, which was a finalist for the Los Angeles Times Art Seidenbaum Award for First Fiction, a finalist for the John Leonard Award, received …

First Draft - Isabel Allende

January 20th, 2020

32:51

 

Isabel Allende is the author of more than 23 works of fiction and non-fiction including The House of Spirits, Eva Luna, Of Love and Shadows, and …

First Draft - Walter Mosley

January 13th, 2020

37:26

Walter Mosley is a fiction, non-fiction, and screenplay writer. He has written more than 50 books, including the bestselling mystery series featuring detective Easy Rawlins. His latest book is called Elements of Fiction.

First Draft - Jeannie Vanasco

January 6th, 2020

49:14

Jeannie Vanasco is the author of the memoirs Things We Didn't Talk About When I Was a Girl and The Glass Eye. Her writing has appeared in The Believer, the New York Times Modern Love, NewYorker.com and elsewhere. She …

First Draft - Adrienne Brodeur

December 30th, 2019

48:31

Adrienne Brodeur is the author of the memoir, Wild Game: My Mother, Her Lover and Me.  Brodeur founded the fiction magazine, Zoetrope: All-Story, …

First Draft - Etgar Keret

December 23rd, 2019

59:02

Etgar Keret is an Israeli writer of fiction, non-fiction, television and film whose work has appeared in The New York Times, Le Monde, The New Yorker, The Guardian, The Paris Review and Zoetrope, among others, and over …

First Draft- David Quammen

December 16th, 2019

49:39

David Quammen writes fiction and non-fiction with a focus on science and the natural world. He has written more than ten books. His newest book is called The Tangled Tree: A Radical New History of Life.  He is a …

First Draft - Deborah Levy

December 9th, 2019

44:11

Deborah Levy was born in South Africa and moved to England at the age of nine, where she studied contemporary arts at Dartington College of Arts. In …

First Draft - Leslie Jamison

December 2nd, 2019

51:19

Leslie Jamison writes fiction, non-fiction, and memoir. Her works include The Empathy Exams, The Gin Closet, The Recovering, and Make it Scream, Make …

First Draft - Amitav Ghosh

November 25th, 2019

47:20

Amitav Ghosh is the author of nine novels, including Gun Island and the Ibis Trilogy, Sea of Poppies, River of Smoke, and Flood of Fire. He is also the author of six books of non-fiction. He was born on Calcutta and …

First Draft - Nick Flynn

November 18th, 2019

43:36

Nick Flynn is the author of twelve books including the memoir Another Bullshit Night in Suck City and most recently the poetry collection, I Will …

First Draft - Kimi Eisele

November 11th, 2019

46:02

Kimi Eisele is the author of the debut novel The Lightest Object in the Universe. She is a multidisciplinary artist based in Tucson, Arizona. She …

First Draft - Alexandra Fuller

November 4th, 2019

38:18

Alexandra Fuller is the author of novels, memoirs, non-fiction, essays, and journalism. Her latest memoir is Travel Light, Move Fast, which focuses …

First Draft - Terry Tempest Williams

October 28th, 2019

50:27

Terry Tempest Williams has written and edited over 20 books, including the essay collection Erosion, Refuge, and The Open Space of Democracy. Her …

First Draft - Petina Gappah

October 21st, 2019

48:18

Petina Gappah is an award-winning Zimbabwean author. Her novels include Out of Darkness, Shining Light and The Book of Memory.  She has also written …

First Draft - Alix Ohlin

October 14th, 2019

48:42

Alix Ohlin is the author of the novels Dual Citizens and Inside, which was a finalist for the Scotiabank Giller Prize and the Rogers Writers' Trust Fiction Prize.  She lives in Vancouver and is the chair of the Creative …

First Draft - Nathaniel Popkin

October 7th, 2019

47:46

Nathaniel Popkin is the author of three books of non-fiction and the novels, The Year of the Return, Everything is Borrowed, and Lion and Leopard. He …

First Draft - Téa Obreht

September 30th, 2019

51:42

Téa Obreht is the author of the novels Inland and The Tiger’s Wife.  Her work has been anthologized in The Best American Short Stories and The Best …

First Draft - Caitlin Horrocks

September 23rd, 2019

43:13

Caitlin Horrocks is the author of the novel The Vexations and the short story collection This is Not Your City.  She is on the advisory board of the

First Draft - Helen Phillips

September 16th, 2019

45:30

Helen Phillips, author of The Need, has written five books, including the short story collections Some Possible Solutions and And Yet They Were Happy

First Draft - Katie Arnold

September 9th, 2019

41:29

Katie Arnold is a contributing editor and former managing editor at Outside Magazine, where she worked on staff for 12 years. She created and …

First Draft - Kevin McIlvoy

September 2nd, 2019

48:46

Kevin McIlvoy has taught creative writing for over twenty-five years. He was Editor in Chief of the national literary magazine, Puerto del Sol at New …

First Draft - Dinaw Mengestu

August 26th, 2019

32:01

Dinaw Mengestu is the award-winning author All Our Names, The Beautiful Things That Heaven Bears, and How to Read the Air. He is a graduate of …

First Draft - Peg Alford Pursell

August 19th, 2019

33:52

Peg Alford Pursell is the author of A Girl Goes into the Forest and Show her a Flower, a Bird, A Shadow. Peg lives in Northern California and is the founder and director of WTAW Press and of Why There Are Words, a …

First Draft - Rachel Kushner

August 12th, 2019

31:53


Rachel Kushner is the author of The Flamethrowers, Telex from Cuba, and The Mars Room. A collection of her early work, The Strange Case of Rachel K, …

First Draft - Karen Russell

August 5th, 2019

43:27

Karen Russell won the 2012 and the 2018 National Magazine Award for fiction, and her first novel, Swamplandia! was a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize, …

First Draft - Jennifer DuBois two

July 29th, 2019

45:20

Jennifer DuBois is the author of A Partial History of Lost Causes, Cartwheel, and The Spectators. The National Book Foundation named her one of its 5 Under 35 authors. Her writing has appeared in The New York Times, The …

First Draft - Emily Bernard

July 22nd, 2019

35:21

Emily Bernard was born and raised in Nashville, Tennessee. She holds a B. A. and Ph. D. in American Studies from Yale University. Her work has …

First Draft - Christopher Castellani two

July 15th, 2019

56:14

Christopher Castellani is the son of Italian immigrants and a native of Wilmington, Delaware. He currently lives in Boston, where he is the artistic director of Grub Street, the country’s largest and leading independent …

First Draft - Laila Lalami

July 8th, 2019

39:02

Laila Lalami was born in Rabat and educated in Morocco, Great Britain, and the United States. She is the author of the novels Hope and Other Dangerous Pursuits, Secret Son, The Moor’s Account, and The Other Americans.

First Draft: George Hodgman

July 1st, 2019

32:57

George Hodgman is the author of Bettyville.

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First Draft - Tina Chang

June 24th, 2019

59:48

Tina Chang was raised in New York City. She is the first female to be named Poet Laureate of Brooklyn and is the author of the collections of poetry

First Draft - Devi Laskar

June 17th, 2019

32:31

Devi Laskar is the author of two poetry collections: Gas & Food, No Lodging and Anastasia Maps and the novel: The Atlas of Reds and Blues.  She …

First Draft - Rachel Howard

June 10th, 2019

43:41

Rachel Howard is a writer of fiction, personal essays, memoir, and dance criticism. Her debut novel is called The Risk of Us.

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First Draft: Miriam Toews

June 3rd, 2019

33:51

Miriam Toews is the author of Women Talking, Summer of My Amazing Luck, A Boy of Good Breeding, A Complicated Kindness, All My Puny Sorrows, The Flying Troutmans, and Irma Voth, and one work of non-fiction, Swing Low: A …

First Draft - Meg Wolitzer

May 27th, 2019

28:39

Meg Wolitzer is the New York Times–bestselling author of The Interestings, The Uncoupling, The Ten-Year Nap, The Position, The Wife, and Sleepwalking.

First Draft - Joanne Ramos

May 20th, 2019

33:40

Joanne Ramos was born in the Philippines and moved to Wisconsin when she was six. She graduated with a BA from Princeton University. After working in investment banking and private-equity investing for several years, …

First Draft - Nell Freudenberger

May 13th, 2019

36:13

Nell Freudenberger is the author of the novels Lost and Wanted, The Newlyweds, and The Dissident, and the story collection Lucky Girls, which won the …

First Draft - Molly Dektar

May 6th, 2019

39:12

Molly Dektar is the author of The Ash Family.

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First Draft - CJ Hauser

April 29th, 2019

29:54

CJ Hauser teaches creative writing and literature at Colgate University. She is the author of the novel The From-Aways and her fiction has appeared …

First Draft - Erika Meitner

April 22nd, 2019

42:00

Erika Meitner was born and raised in Queens and Long Island, New York. She is the author of five books of poems: Inventory at the All-Night Drugstore, Ideal Cities, Makeshift Instructions for Vigilant Girls, Copia, and

First Draft - Cara Robertson

April 15th, 2019

30:47

Cara Robertson is the author of The Trial of Lizzie Borden.  She is an attorney whose writing has appeared in The Boston Globe, the Raleigh News and Observer, and the Yale Journal of Law and the Humanities. She was …

First Draft - David Means

April 8th, 2019

35:58

David Means is the author of several short story collections including Instructions for a Funeral, The Secret Goldfish, and The Spot and the novel,

First Draft - Susan Orlean

April 1st, 2019

41:37

Susan Orlean is a staff writer at The New Yorker and her books include Rin Tin Tin, The Orchid Thief, and The Library Book, among others.

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First Draft - Jessica Soffer

March 25th, 2019

29:55

Jessica Soffer's work has appeared in Granta, The New York Times, Martha Stewart Living, Real Simple, Redbook, Saveur, The Wall Street Journal, Vogue and on NPR’s Selected Shorts.  Her bestselling novel, Tomorrow There …

First Draft - Sophie Mackintosh

March 18th, 2019

33:09

Sophie Mackintosh is the author of The Water Cure, which is on teh long list for the 2018 Man Booker Prize.

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First Draft - Eva Hagberg Fisher

March 11th, 2019

42:23

Eva Hagberg Fisher is the author of How to be Loved: A Memoir of Lifesaving Friendship.

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First Draft - Pam Houston

March 4th, 2019

38:01

Pam Houston is the author of Deep Creek: Finding Hope in the High Country.

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First Draft - Katrin Schumann

February 25th, 2019

40:01

Katrin Schumann is the author of the novel The Forgotten Hours. She is also the author of the non-fiction titles: The Secret Power of Middle Children and Mothers Need Time Outs, Too.

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FIrst Draft - Valeria Luiselli

February 18th, 2019

53:47

Valeria Luiselli is the author of The Lost Children Archive.  She is a fiction writer, journalist, and essayist.

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First Draft - Madhuri Vijay

February 11th, 2019

38:27

Madhuri Vijay is the author of the novel The Far Field.

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First Draft - Esmé Weijun Wang

February 4th, 2019

37:52

Esmé Weijun Wang is the author of The Border of Paradise and The Collected Schizophrenias.

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First Draft - Merritt Tierce

January 28th, 2019

29:25

Merritt Tierce is the author of the novel Love Me Back.  Merritt currently writes for the Netflix show Orange is the New Black. She lives in Los Angeles. 

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First Draft - Juliet Lapidos

January 21st, 2019

34:12

Juliet Lapidos is the author of the novel Talent and is a senior editor at The Atlantic.

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First Draft - Christy Stillwell

January 14th, 2019

35:42

Christy Stillwell earned a BA in English at the University of Georgia before moving west, first to Wyoming, then Montana. She holds an MA in …

First Draft - Tommy Caldwell

January 7th, 2019

42:57

Tommy Caldwell is the author of The Push and is an accomplished rock climber.  He made the first ascents of some of the United States' hardest sport routes  including Kryptonite (5.14c/d) and Flex Luthor (5.15a) at the …

First Draft - Stuart Dybek

December 31st, 2018

29:28

Stuart Dybek is the author of three books of fiction: I Sailed With Magellan, The Coast of Chicago, and Childhood and Other Neighborhoods. Both I Sailed With Magellan and The Coast of Chicago were New York Times Notable …

First Draft - Yiyun Li

December 24th, 2018

29:48

Yiyun Li grew up in Beijing and came to the United States in 1996. Her debut collection, A Thousand Years of Good Prayers, won the Frank O'Connor …

First Draft - Tom Barbash

December 17th, 2018

36:19

Tom Barbash is the author of the novels The Dakota Winters and The Last Good Chance, a collection of short stories Stay Up With Me, and the …

First Draft - Leif Enger

December 10th, 2018

40:00

Leif Enger was raised in Osakis, Minnesota, and worked as a reporter and producer for Minnesota Public Radio for nearly twenty years.  His newest novel is called Virgil Wander.

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First Draft - RO Kwon

December 3rd, 2018

29:42

R.O. Kwon’s first novel is called The Incendiaries. She is a National Endowment for the Arts Literature Fellow. Her writing has appeared in The Guardian, Vice, BuzzFeed, Noon, Time, Electric Literature, Playboy, San …

First Draft - Cai Emmons

November 26th, 2018

35:19

Cai Emmons is the author of the novels Weather Woman, His Mother's Son, and The Stylist. Emmons has taught at various colleges and universities, …

First Draft - Sarah Stone

November 19th, 2018

33:14

Sarah Stone’s new novel, Hungry Ghost Theater, was published by WTAW Press in October 2018. Her first novel is called The True Sources of the Nile. She teaches creative writing for the Warren Wilson MFA Program for …

First Draft - Karen Bender

November 12th, 2018

36:37

Karen Bender is the author of short story collections The New Order and Refund, the novels A Town of Empty Rooms and Like Normal People and is …

First Draft - Christina Dalcher

November 5th, 2018

37:56

Christina Dalcher is the author of VOX.

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First Draft - Daniel Mason

October 29th, 2018

39:24

Daniel Mason is a physician and author of The Piano TunerA Far Country, and The Winter Soldier.  He is a Clinical Assistant Professor in the …

First Draft - Beth Macy

October 22nd, 2018

43:44

Beth Macy is a journalist and author.  Her latest book, Dopesick, focuses on one of America's epicenters for the opioid crisis.  The book follows …

First Draft - Matthew Thomas

October 15th, 2018

29:20

Matthew Thomas's New York Times-bestselling novel We Are Not Ourselves was shortlisted for the James Tait Black Prize, the Center for Fiction First Novel Prize, and the John Gardner Fiction Book Award; longlisted for …

First Draft - Ben Marcus

October 8th, 2018

41:33

Ben Marcus is the author of five books of fiction: The Age of Wire and String, Notable American Women, The Flame Alphabet, Leaving the Sea, and Notes from the Fog. His stories, essays, and reviews have appeared in …

First Draft - Bernice McFadden

October 1st, 2018

44:14

Bernice McFadden is the author of nine critically acclaimed novels including Sugar, Loving Donovan, Nowhere Is a Place, The Warmest December, Gathering of Waters (a New York Times Editors’ Choice and one of the 100 …

First Draft - Amitava Kumar

September 24th, 2018

36:05

Amitava Kumar writes fiction, non-fiction, and poetry.  His latest novel is called Immigrant, Montana. He was born in Ara, and grew up in the nearby town of Patna, famous for its corruption, crushing poverty and …

First Draft - Hannah Tinti

September 17th, 2018

29:58

Hannah Tinti is the author of the bestselling novel The Good Thief, which won The Center for Fiction’s first novel prize, and the story collection

First Draft - Elissa Schappel

September 10th, 2018

29:36

Elissa Schappell is an American novelist, short-story writer, editor and essayist.  Her latest story collection is called Blueprints for Building …

First Draft - Gary Shteyngart

September 3rd, 2018

40:32

Gary Shteyngart is the author of the memoir Little Failure and the novels Super Sad True Love Story, Absurdistan, The Russian Debutante’s Handbook, and Lake Success. His work has been translated into twenty-six …

First Draft - Francine Prose

August 27th, 2018

37:42

Francine Prose is an American novelist, short story writer, essayist, and critic.  Her latest book is an essay collection called What to Read and Why.

First Draft: Kirstin Valdez Quade

August 20th, 2018

29:53

Kirstin Valdez Quade is an American writer. Her debut short story collection, Night at the Fiestas, received critical praise and won awards. A review …

First Draft - Joe Mungo Reed

August 13th, 2018

34:11

Joe Mungo Reed was born in London and raised in Gloucestershire, England. He has a master’s in philosophy and politics at the University of Edinburgh …

First Draft - Stephanie Feldman and Nathaniel Popkin

August 6th, 2018

40:26

Stephanie Feldman and Nathaniel Popkin edited Who Will Speak for America?, which includes fiction, essays, photos, cartoons, and poetry from 43 …

First Draft - Hannah Pittard

July 30th, 2018

51:19

Hannah Pittard is the author of four novels. Her most recent, Visible Empire,was an Amazon Editors' Pick for Summer Fiction, an IndieNext List Pick, a New York Times "New and Noteworthy" Selection, an O Magazine Book of …

First Draft - Chuck Palahniuk

July 23rd, 2018

34:23

Chuck Palahniuk is the author of novels, novellas, graphic novels, journalism, essays, and even a coloring book.  He is best known for his 1996 novel …

First Draft - Lydia Millet

July 16th, 2018

34:28

Lydia Millet is an American novelist and conservationist. She has written twelve works of fiction and four books for young adults. Her third novel,

First Draft - James Wood

July 9th, 2018

42:53

James Wood has been a staff writer and book critic at The New Yorker since 2007. His critical essays are collected in The Broken Estate: Essays on …

First Draft - AM Homes

July 2nd, 2018

32:36

A.M. Homes most recent book is Days of Awe, a collection of short stories.  She is the author of the novels, This Book Will Save Your Life, which won …

First Draft - Howard Norman

June 25th, 2018

29:43

Howard Norman is the author of I Hate to Leave This Beautiful Place.

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First Draft - J. Courtney Sullivan

June 18th, 2018

37:10

J. Courtney Sullivan is the New York Times bestselling author of the novels Commencement, Maine, The Engagements, and Saints For All Occasions.

Learn …

First Draft - David Grann

June 11th, 2018

38:34

David Grann is a NY Times bestselling author.  His books include The Lost City of Z, The Devil and Sherlock Holmes, and Killers of the Flower Moon.

First Draft - Tom Rachman

June 4th, 2018

37:18

Tom Rachman is the author of four works of fiction: his bestselling debut, The Imperfectionists , which was translated into 25 languages; the …

First Draft - Donna Masini

May 28th, 2018

32:54

Donna Masini's latest collection of poems, 4:30 Movie, an elegy for her sister, explores personal loss, global violence, the ways in which movies …

First Draft - Chris Offutt

May 21st, 2018

35:09

Chris Offutt is the author of two short story collections, three memoirs, and two novels including his most recent, Country Dark.

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First Draft - Tim Kreider

May 14th, 2018

37:23

Tim Kreider is an essayist and cartoonist.  His latest book is called I Wrote This Because I Love You.

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First Draft - Kevin Powers

May 7th, 2018

30:39

Kevin Powers is the author of A Shout in the Ruins, The Yellow Birds and the poetry collection, Letter Composed During a Lull in the Fighting.  He …

First Draft - Curtis Sittenfeld

April 30th, 2018

35:50

Curtis Sittenfeld is the bestselling author of five novels: PrepThe Man of My DreamsAmerican WifeSisterland, and Eligible. Her first story …

First Draft - Sarah Henstra

April 23rd, 2018

40:09

Sarah Henstra is the author of The Red Word and Mad Miss Mimic. She is is a professor of English literature at Ryerson University in Toronto.

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First Draft - Robert Kurson

April 16th, 2018

36:45

Robert Kurson is an American author, best known for his 2004 bestselling book, Shadow Divers, the true story of two Americans who discovered a World War II German U-boat sunk 60 miles off the coast of New Jersey. His …

First Draft - Anna Quindlen

April 9th, 2018

39:17

Anna Quindlen is a novelist and journalist whose work has appeared on fiction, nonfiction, and self-help bestseller lists. She is the author of nine novels: Object Lessons, One True Thing, Black and Blue, Blessings,

First Draft - Yang Huang

April 2nd, 2018

33:35

Yang Huang grew up in Jiangsu, China and came to the U.S. to study computer science. While working as an engineer, she studied literature and pursued …

First Draft - Hermione Hoby

March 26th, 2018

39:43

Hermione grew up in south London and graduated from the University of Cambridge in 2007 with a double first in English Literature. After working on the Observer’s New Review section for a few years she moved to New York …

First Draft - Zachary Lazar

March 19th, 2018

34:46

Zachary Lazar is the author of five books, including Sway, Evening’s Empire: The Story of My Father’s Murder,  I Pity the Poor Immigrant, and Vengeance. I Pity the Poor Immigrant was a New York Times Notable Book of …

First Draft - Tara Westover

March 12th, 2018

35:09

Tara Westover is an American author living in the UK. Born in Idaho to a father opposed to public education, she never attended school. She spent her …

First Draft - Jenny Offill

March 5th, 2018

30:38

Jenny Offill is the author of Dept. of Speculation.

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First Draft - Steven Schwartz

February 26th, 2018

35:58

Steven Schwartz is the author of Little Raw Souls, Therapy, and Madagascar: New and Selected Stories.

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First Draft - Karen Thompson Walker

February 19th, 2018

30:20

Karen Thompson Walker was born and raised in San Diego, California, where The Age of Miracles is set. She studied English and creative writing at …

First Draft - Jamie Quatro

February 12th, 2018

29:45

Jamie Quatro’s debut collection, I Want To Show You More, was a New York Times Notable Book, NPR Best Book of 2013, Indie Next pick, The Oprah …

First Draft - Elizabeth Strout

February 5th, 2018

31:12

Elizabeth Strout was born in Portland, Maine, and grew up in small towns in Maine and New Hampshire. Her novels include Amy and Isabelle, Olive Kitteridge, Abide With Me, and The Burgess Boys. This interview was …

First Draft - Boris Fishman

January 29th, 2018

30:14

Boris Fishman was born in Minsk, Belarus, and immigrated to the United States in 1988 at nine. His journalism, essays, and criticism have appeared in The New Yorker, The New York Times Magazine and Book Review, The New …

First Draft - Elliot Ackerman

January 22nd, 2018

34:41

Elliot Ackerman served five tours of duty in Iraq and Afghanistan and is the recipient of the Silver Star, the Bronze Star for Valor, and the Purple Heart. A former White House Fellow, his essays and fiction have …

First Draft - Kate Manne

January 15th, 2018

43:11

Kate Manne is an assistant professor of the Sage School of Philosophy at Cornell University. She was a junior fellow at the Harvard Society of …

First Draft - Joan Silber

January 8th, 2018

29:48

Joan Silber's first book, the novel Household Words won the PEN/Hemingway Award. Her other works of fiction are In the CityIn My Other LifeLucky …

Firsr Draft - Alice McDermott 2

January 1st, 2018

40:55

Alice McDermott is the author of eight novels, including National Book Award winner Charming Billy and The Ninth Hour.

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First Draft - George Saunders

December 25th, 2017

30:32

George Saunders is the author of four short story collections, including Tenth of December and the novel Lincoln in the Bardo, which won the 2017 Man …

First Draft - James Han Mattson

December 18th, 2017

33:17

James Han Mattson is the author of The Lost Prayers of Ricky Graves.

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First Draft - Jennifer Egan

December 11th, 2017

31:50

Jennifer Egan is the author of several novels and a short story collection. Her book, A Visit From the Goon Squad, won the 2011 Pulitzer Prize, the …

First Draft - James Longenbach

December 4th, 2017

41:33

James Longenbach is a poet and critic whose most recent collection of poems, Earthling is a meditation on the ways in which human beings inhabit …

First Draft - Matthew Weiner

November 27th, 2017

36:46

Matthew Weiner was the writer, creator, executive producer, and director of Mad Men. He also worked as a writer and executive producer on The Sopranos, along with several comedy series, and made his feature film debut …

First Draft - Carmen Maria Machado

November 20th, 2017

33:44

Carmen Maria Machado's debut short story collection, Her Body and Other Parties, was a finalist for the National Book Award and the winner of the …

First Draft - Bruce Machart

November 13th, 2017

30:11

Bruce Machart's works include the novel The Wake of Forgiveness and the short story collection Men in the Making. His novel was named a Barnes and …

First Draft - David Litt

November 6th, 2017

38:28

David Litt is an American political speechwriter and author of the memoir Thanks, Obama: My Hopey Changey White House Years. He is currently the head …

First Draft - Lu Spinney

October 30th, 2017

35:47

Lu Spinney was born in Cape Town and spent her childhood on a farm in the Midlands of KwaZulu-Natal, later moving with her family to the Indian Ocean …

First Draft - Eleanor Henderson

October 23rd, 2017

40:39

Eleanor Henderson was born in Greece, grew up in Florida, and attended Middlebury College and the University of Virginia, where she earned her MFA. …

First Draft - Jon McGregor

October 16th, 2017

30:49

Jon McGregoris a British novelist and short story writer. In 2002, his first novel was longlisted for the Man Booker Prize as its youngest contender. His second and fourth novels were longlisted for the Man Booker Prize …

First Draft - Kevin McIlvoy

October 9th, 2017

40:19

Kevin McIlvoy has taught creative writing for over twenty-five years. He  was Editor in Chief of the national literary magazine, Puerto del Sol at …

First Draft - Brendan Mathews

October 2nd, 2017

34:26

Brendan Mathews is the author of The World of Tomorrow. He was a Fulbright Scholar to Ireland, where he taught in the graduate creative writing …

First Draft - Josh Weil

September 25th, 2017

37:15

Josh Weil is the author of the novel The Great Glass Sea and the novella collection The New Valley, both New York Times Editor’s Choices. A Fulbright …

First Draft - Laura van den Berg

September 18th, 2017

29:53

Laura van den Berg was raised in Florida and earned her M.F.A. at Emerson College.  Her books include Find Me, The Isle of Youth, and What the World …

First Draft - Nathan Englander

September 11th, 2017

38:46

Nathan Englander is the author of the novels Dinner at the Center of the Earth and The Ministry of Special Cases, and the story collections For the …

First Draft - Lily Tuck

September 4th, 2017

27:48

Lily Tuck is the author of seven novels: Interviewing Matisse, or the Woman Who Died Standing UpThe Woman Who Walked on Water; The Double Life of Liliane, Sisters, Siam, or the Woman Who Shot a Man, which was …

First Draft - Paolo Giordano

August 28th, 2017

30:02

Paolo Giordano is an Italian novelist.  His books include The Solitude of Prime Numbers, Like Family, and The Human Body.

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First Draft - Claire Messud

August 21st, 2017

35:49

Claire Messud is the author of six novels and one book of novellas including The Woman Upstairs, When the World Was Steady, THe Last Life, and The Emperor’s Children, which was a New York Times, Los Angeles Times, and

First Draft - Paul Yoon

August 14th, 2017

33:35

Paul Yoon was born in New York City. His first book, Once the Shore, was selected as a New York Times Notable Book and a Best Debut of the Year by …

First Draft - Andrew Sean Greer

August 7th, 2017

27:53

Andrew Sean Greer is the author of six works of fiction, including the bestseller The Confessions of Max Tivoli, The Story of a Marriage and his …

First Draft - Dorit Rabinyan

July 31st, 2017

37:43

Dorit Rabinyan was born in Israel to an Iranian-Jewish family. Her first two novels Persian Brides and Strand of A Thousand Pearls were both international best sellers. In 2014 Rabinyan published her third novel, All …

First Draft - Claire Dederer

July 24th, 2017

35:08

Claire Dederer is the author of Love and Trouble: A Midlife Reckoning.

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First Draft - Maile Meloy

July 17th, 2017

27:50

Maile Meloy is the author of the novels Liars and Saints and A Family Daughter and the story collections Half in Love and Both Ways Is the Only Way I …

First Draft - Leila Aboulela

July 10th, 2017

31:56

Leila Aboulela is a Sudanese-born writer whose work, written in English, has received critical acclaim and a high profile for its distinctive …

First Draft - Nina McConigley

July 3rd, 2017

30:05

Nina McConigley is the author of Cowboys and East Indians.

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First Draft - Alexandria Marzano-Lesnevich

June 26th, 2017

33:16

Alexandria Marzano-Lesnevich is the author of THE FACT OF A BODY: A Murder and a Memoir, named an Indie Next Pick; one of the most anticipated books of 2017 by Buzzfeed, BookRiot, and the Huffington Post; a must-read …

First Draft - Dani Shapiro

June 19th, 2017

36:15

Dani Shapiro is the bestselling author of the memoirs Still WritingDevotion, and Slow Motion, and five novels including Black & White and Family History. Her work has appeared in The New Yorker, Granta, Tin House, …

First Draft - Megan Abbott

June 12th, 2017

35:20

Megan Abbott is the Edgar-winning author of the novels Die a Little, Bury Me Deep, The End of Everything, Dare Me and The Fever. Her most recent book is You Will Know Me, which was chosen one of Best Books of 2016 by …

First Draft - Chavisa Woods

June 5th, 2017

35:22

Chavisa Woods is the author of Things to Do When You're Goth in the Country and Other Stories.

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First Draft - Jesse Goolsby

May 29th, 2017

30:08

Jesse Goolsby is the author of the novel I’d Walk with My Friends If I Could Find Them, winner of the Florida Book Award for Fiction and long-listed …

First Draft - Max Winter

May 22nd, 2017

33:39

Max Winter is a graduate of UC Irvine’s MFA program, and a recipient of two Rhode Island State Council on the Arts Fellowships in Fiction. He has been published in Day One and Diner Journal. He lives in Providence, …

First Draft - Peter Heller

May 15th, 2017

33:29

Peter Heller is the author of the novels The Dog Stars, The Painter, and Celine.  He is a longtime contributor to NPR, and a contributing editor at Outside MagazineMen’s Journal, and National Geographic Adventure. 

First Draft - Viet Thanh Nguyen

May 8th, 2017

37:02

Viet Thanh Nguyen’s novel The Sympathizer is a New York Times best seller and won the Pulitzer Prize for Fiction. His other books are Nothing Ever …

First Draft - Sarah Gerard

May 1st, 2017

33:40

Sarah Gerard is the author of the essay collection Sunshine State, the novel Binary Star, a finalist for the Los Angeles Times first fiction prize, …

First Draft - Shulem Deen

April 24th, 2017

30:12

Shulem Deen is the author of the  award-winning memoir All Who Go Do Not Return, an account of growing up in and then leaving the Skverers, one of …

First Draft - Karen Joy Fowler

April 17th, 2017

30:14

Karen Joy Fowler is the author of six novels and three short story collections. The Jane Austen Book Club spent thirteen weeks on the New York Times

First Draft - Jim Shepard

April 10th, 2017

30:32

Jim Shepard is an American novelist and short story writer, who teaches creative writing and film at Williams College.  His latest novel is The Book …

First Draft - Douglas Preston

April 3rd, 2017

38:39

Douglas Preston is a novelist, journalist, and essayist.  Preston's most recent nonfiction book, The Lost City of the Monkey God, published in January 2017, tells the true story of the discovery of an ancient, …

First Draft - Melissa Febos

March 27th, 2017

34:12

Melissa Febos is the author of the critically acclaimed memoir, Whip Smart and the essay collection, Abandon Me. Her work has been widely …

First Draft - Dan Chaon

March 20th, 2017

31:39

Dan Chaon’s most recent book is Ill Will,  a novel.   Other works include the short story collection Stay Awake (2012), a finalist for the Story …

First Draft - Deborah Willis

March 13th, 2017

35:36

Deborah Willis was born and raised in Calgary, Alberta. Her first book, Vanishing and Other Stories, was named one of the the Globe and Mail's Best Books of 2009, and was nominated for the Governor General's Award. Her …

First Draft - Katie Kitamura

March 6th, 2017

35:12

Katie Kitamura is a critic and novelist living in New York City. She is the author of Gone to the Forest and The Longshot, both of which were finalists for the New York Public Library’s Young Lions Fiction Award. A …

First Draft - Lily King

February 27th, 2017

30:19

Lily King is the author of Euphoria.

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First Draft - Sarah Manguso

February 20th, 2017

37:39

Sarah Manguso is the author of seven books including 300 Arguments, a genre-defying work of nonfiction; Ongoingness, a meditation on motherhood and time; The Guardians, an investigation of friendship and suicide; The …

First Draft - Anuk Arudpragasam

February 13th, 2017

35:28

Anuk Arudpragasam is from Colombo, Sri Lanka, and graduated with a BA from Stanford University in 2010. His first novel is called The Story of a …

First Draft - Marcy Dermansky

January 30th, 2017

29:09

Marcy Dermansky is the author of the novels The Red Car, Bad Marie and Twins

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First Draft - Melanie Finn

January 25th, 2017

34:53

Melanie Finn was born in Kenya in 1964.  She spent her childhood largely unsupervised, roaming suburban Nairobi’s remnant woodlands and back roads.  When she was 11, she moved to Connecticut with her mother and …

First Draft - Joshua Mohr

January 16th, 2017

37:39

Joshua Mohr is the author of the memoir "Sirens", as well as five novels including "Damascus", which The New York Times called "Beat-poet cool." He’s …

First Draft - Peter Orner

January 10th, 2017

32:56

Peter Orner is the author of Am I Alone Here?

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First Draft - Gerrard Conley

January 2nd, 2017

34:14

First Draft interview with Gerrard Conley, author of the memoir Boy Erased.

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First Draft - Akhil Sharma

December 26th, 2016

30:19

Akhil Sharma is an Indian-American author and professor of creative writing. His first published novel An Obedient Father won the 2001 Hemingway …

First Draft - Benjamin Percy

December 19th, 2016

38:28

Benjamin Percy is the author of three novels, the most recent among them The Dead Lands, a post apocalyptic reimagining of the Lewis and Clark saga. He is also the author of  Red Moon and The Wilding, as well as two …

First Draft - Anuradha Roy

December 12th, 2016

35:04

Anuradha Roy's latest book, Sleeping on Jupiter,  won the DSC Prize for Fiction 2016 and was nominated for the Man Booker prize 2015. She won the …

First Draft - Randa Jarrar

December 5th, 2016

33:05

Randa Jarrar’s work has appeared in The New York Times Magazine, The Utne Reader, Salon.com, Guernica, The Rumpus, The Oxford American, Ploughshares, Five Chapters, and others. Her first novel, A Map of Home was …

First Draft - Emily Witt

November 28th, 2016

34:24

Emily Witt is a writer in New York City. She has written for n+1, The New Yorker, The New York Times, GQ, the London Review of Books, and many other …

First Draft - Teddy Wayne

November 21st, 2016

37:23

Teddy Wayne is the author of the novels Loner, The Love Song of Jonny Valentine (Simon & Schuster), and Kapitoil (Harper Perennial). He is the winner of a Whiting Writers’ Award and an NEA Creative Writing …

First Draft - Robert Bausch

November 14th, 2016

33:40

Robert Bausch was born in Georgia, at the end of World War II, and was raised in the Washington, D.C., area. He has worked as a salesman--of automobiles, appliances, and hardware--a taxi driver, waiter, production …

First Draft - Patrick Ryan

November 11th, 2016

34:02

Patrick Ryan is the author of the short story collection The Dream Life of Astronauts and the novels Send Me and Saint Augustine among others.

Learn …

First Draft - Jane Smiley

October 31st, 2016

30:04

Jane Smiley is the Pulitzer Prize winning author of A Thousand Acres.  She has written more than twenty books including Private Life, Moo, and …

First Draft - Nicole Dennis-Benn

October 24th, 2016

35:06

Nicole Dennis-Benn is the author of the highly acclaimed debut novel, Here Comes the Sun, a New York Times Editors' Choice, which has received a …

First Draft - Kevin Barry

October 17th, 2016

29:42

Kevin Barry was born in Limerick in 1969 and now lives in Dublin. He writes sketches and columns for the Sunday Herald in Glasgow and the Irish …

First Draft - Leigh Stein

October 10th, 2016

34:38

Leigh Stein is the author of the novel The Fallback Plan, a collection of poetry called Dispatch from the Future, and a memoir, Land of Enchantment. …

First Draft - John Freeman

October 5th, 2016

29:49

John Freeman is an American writer and a literary critic.  He is the author of How to Read a Novelist.

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First Draft - Lev Grossman

October 3rd, 2016

36:05

Lev Grossman's first novel, Warp, came out in 1997. His second, Codex, was published in 2004 and became an international bestseller. The Magicians was published in 2009 and was a New York Times bestseller and one of the 

First Draft - Ramona Ausubel

September 26th, 2016

35:05

Ramona Ausubel grew up in Santa Fe, New Mexico. She is the author of a new novel, Sons and Daughters of Ease and Plenty as well as the novel No One …

First Draft - Debra Spark

September 19th, 2016

34:03

Debra Spark is the author of five books of fiction, including Unknown Caller, The Pretty Girl, and Good for the Jews. Other books include Curious …

First Draft - Jennifer duBois

September 16th, 2016

30:08

Jennifer duBois is the recipient of a 2013 Whiting Writer’s Award and a 2012 National Book Foundation 5 Under 35 award. Her debut novel, A Partial History of Lost Causes, was the winner of the California Book Award for …

First Draft - Jennifer Haigh

September 12th, 2016

32:22

Jennifer Haigh's new novel is called Heat and Light. She is the author of four previous novels: Faith, The Condition, Baker Towers and Mrs. Kimble, winner of the PEN/Hemingway Award for debut fiction. Her short story …

First Draft - Helen Schulman

August 15th, 2016

30:26

Helen Schulman is author of This Beautiful Life, four other novels and one short story collection.

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First Draft - Kim Addonizio

August 8th, 2016

35:42

Kim Addonizio is the author of six poetry collections, two novels, two story collections, and two books on writing poetry, The Poet’s Companion (with …

First Draft - Anna Noyes

August 1st, 2016

35:44

Anna Noyes is the author of the debut story collection, Goodnight, Beautiful Women, which was named a New York Times Editors' Choice. She has an MFA …

First Draft - Anna Solomon

July 25th, 2016

31:07

Anna Solomon is the author of The Little Bride, Leaving Lucy Pear and a two-time winner of the Pushcart Prize. Her short fiction, essays, and reviews …

First Draft - Charles Bock

July 18th, 2016

32:49

Charles Bock is the author of the novels Alice & Oliver and Beautiful Children, which was a New York Times bestseller and Notable Book, and which …

First Draft - Ethan Canin

July 4th, 2016

28:51

Highly regarded as both a novelist and a short story writer, Ethan Canin has ranged in his career from the "breathtaking" short stories of Emperor of the Air to the "stunning" novellas of The Palace Thief,  from the …

First Draft - Joshua Ferris

June 20th, 2016

30:03

Joshua Ferris is the bestselling author of three novels, Then We Came to the End,  The Unnamed and To Rise Again at a Decent Hour. He was a finalist for the National Book Award, winner of the Barnes and Noble Discover …

First Draft - Lauren Holmes

June 13th, 2016

31:37

Lauren Holmes grew up in upstate New York. She received a BA from Wellesley College and an MFA from Hunter College, where she was a Hertog Fellow and …

First Draft - Idra Novey

June 6th, 2016

27:49

Idra Novey is the author of the debut novel Ways to Disappear, a New York Times Editors’ Choice. Born in western Pennsylvania, she has since lived in …

First Draft - Saeed Jones

June 1st, 2016

30:18

Saeed Jones was born in Memphis, TN and raised in Lewisville, Texas. He received his MFA in Creative Writing at Rutgers University – Newark. He earned his bachelor’s degree at Western Kentucky University where he won …

First Draft - Dana Spiotta

May 23rd, 2016

33:37

Dana Spiotta is the author of four novels: Innocents and Others, published by Scribner in 2016; Stone Arabia (2011), which was a National Book Critics Circle Award Finalist in fiction; Eat the Document(2006), which was …

First Draft - Dominic Smith

May 16th, 2016

36:18

Dominic grew up in Sydney, Australia and now lives in Austin, Texas. He is the author, most recently, of The Last Painting of Sara de Vos, a New York Times Bestseller and a New York Times Book Review Editors' Choice

First Draft - Antonya Nelson

May 12th, 2016

29:44

First Draft interview with Antonya Nelson.  Nelson is the author of seven short story collections and four novels. She teaches creative writing at …

First Draft - Garth Greenwell

May 2nd, 2016

30:53

Garth Greenwell is an American poet, author, literary critic, and educator. His debut novel is What Belongs to You. In 2013, Greenwell returned to …

First Draft - A. Igoni Barrett

April 25th, 2016

30:17

A. Igoni Barrett was born in Port Harcourt, Nigeria in 1979. He is the author of Blackass, as well as a winner of the 2005 BBC World Service short story competition, the recipient of a Chinua Achebe Center Fellowship, a …

First Draft - Rob Spillman

April 18th, 2016

27:29

Rob Spillman is the author of the memoir All Tomorrow's Parties.

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First Draft - James Hannaham

April 11th, 2016

29:11

Interview with James Hannah, author of Delicious Foods.

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First Draft - Rebecca Makkai

April 4th, 2016

30:22

Rebecca Makkai is the Chicago-based author of the novels The Hundred-Year House, winner of the Chicago Writers Association’s Novel of the Year award, and The Borrower, a Booklist Top Ten Debut which has been translated …

First Draft - Emily St. John Mandel

March 29th, 2016

29:43

Emily St. John Mandel was born and raised on the west coast of British Columbia, Canada. She studied contemporary dance at the School of Toronto …

First Draft - Paul Lisicky

March 28th, 2016

37:40

Paul Lisicky is the author of five books: The Narrow Door, Unbuilt Projects, The Burning House, Famous Builder, and Lawnboy. His work has appeared in …

First Draft - Ada Limón

March 14th, 2016

36:37

Ada Limón is the author of four books of poetry, including Bright Dead Things, which was named a finalist for the 2015 National Book Award in Poetry and one of the Top Ten Poetry Books of the Year by The New York Times. …

First Draft - Mary Doria Russell

March 7th, 2016

30:12

Mary Doria Russell has written several novels including Thread of Grace, The Sparrow and Doc.

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First Draft - Christopher Castellani

February 29th, 2016

41:31

Christopher Castellani is the son of Italian immigrants and a native of Wilmington, Delaware. He resides in Boston, where he is the artistic director of Grub Street, one of the country's leading non-profit creative …

First Draft - Rachel Cantor

February 22nd, 2016

31:48

Rachel Cantor's stories have appeared in magazines such as the Paris Review, One Story, Ninth Letter, Kenyon Review, New England Review, Fence, and …

First Draft - Sarah Gerard

February 15th, 2016

33:20

Sarah Gerard is the author of the novel Binary Star (Two Dollar Radio), the forthcoming essay collection Sunshine State (Harper Perennial), and two …

First Draft - Edan Lepucki

February 13th, 2016

30:04

First Draft interview with Edan Lepucki, author of California.

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First Draft - Adam Johnson

February 8th, 2016

36:43

Adam Johnson was born in South Dakota and raised in Arizona. He earned a BA in Journalism from Arizona State University in 1992; a MFA from the writing program at McNeese State University, and a PhD in English from …

First Draft - Elizabeth McCracken

February 1st, 2016

29:53

First Draft interview with Elizabeth McCracken.

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First Draft - Jess Walter

January 27th, 2016

29:48

Jess Walter is the author of The Beautiful Ruins.

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First Draft - Sunil Yapa

January 19th, 2016

33:02

Sunil Yapa is the author of Your Heart is a Muscle the Size of a Fist.

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First Draft - Lauren Groff

December 28th, 2015

35:10

Lauren Groff is the author of the novel The Monsters of Templeton, shortlisted for the Orange Prize for New Writers, Delicate Edible Birds, a …

First Draft - Geraldine Brooks

December 21st, 2015

34:28

Australian-born Geraldine Brooks grew up in Sydney. She worked as a reporter for The Sydney Morning Herald and The Wall Street Journal, where she covered crises in the mideast, Africa and the Balkans. She was awarded …

First Draft - Paul Harding

December 20th, 2015

30:07

Paul Harding is the author of the novel Tinkers, which won the 2010 Pulitzer Prize for Fiction. He has received a Guggenheim Fellowship and the …

First Draft - Anthony Marra

December 20th, 2015

29:32

Anthony Marra is the New York Times-bestselling author of A Constellation of Vital Phenomena, longlisted for the National Book Award and winner of the National Book Critics Circle’s John Leonard Prize. It was selected …

First Draft - Jack Driscoll

December 20th, 2015

29:48

Jack Driscoll is the author of four books of poems, two collections of short stories, and four novels. In addition, he is the recipient of numerous …

First Draft - Celeste Ng

December 20th, 2015

30:05

Celeste Ng is the author of the novel Everything I Never Told You  (Penguin Press), which was a New York Times bestseller, a New York Times Notable …

First Draft - James Salter

December 20th, 2015

30:07

James Salter grew up in New York City and was a career officer and Air Force pilot until his mid-thirties, when the success of his first novel, The …

First Draft - Dani Shapiro

December 14th, 2015

30:20

Dani Shapiro is the bestselling author of the memoirs Devotion and Slow Motion, and five novels including Black & White and Family History. Her work has appeared in The New Yorker, Granta, Tin House, One Story, …

First Draft - Liam Callanan

December 7th, 2015

37:54

Liam is the author of The Cloud Atlas , All Saints and Listen. He serves in the English department of the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, and was previously its chair, as well as coordinator of its Ph.D. program in …

First Draft - Ben Fountain

December 6th, 2015

30:04

Ben Fountain is the author of Brief Encounters with Che Guevara and Billy Lynn's Long Halftime Walk. He has received the PEN/Hemingway Award, the Barnes & Noble Discover Award for Fiction, and a Whiting Writers' …

First Draft - Julia Fierro

November 30th, 2015

32:36

Julia Fierro is the author of the novels Cutting Teeth and the forthcoming The Gypsy Moth Summer.

A graduate of the Iowa Writer’s Workshop, where she …

First Draft - Michelle Brafman

November 23rd, 2015

33:41

Michelle Brafman is the author of the novel Washing the Dead.  Her short fiction short has won some awards, including a special mention in the

First Draft - Ann Patchett

November 21st, 2015

29:32

Ann Patchett is the author of six novels, The Patron Saint of Liars, Taft, The Magician’s Assistant, Bel Canto, Run, and State of Wonder. She was the editor of Best American Short Stories, 2006, and has written three …

First Draft - Bill Clegg

November 21st, 2015

30:03

Bill Clegg  is the author of two memoirs, Portrait of an Addict as A Young Man: A Memoir and Ninety Days. His novel, Did You Ever Have a Family, was long listed for the 2015 Man Booker Prize and the National Book Award. …

First Draft - Vanessa Garcia

November 16th, 2015

33:58

Vanessa was born in the Cuban satellite city of Miami, to Cuban parents.   Her plays have been produced in Edinburgh, Miami, New York, and Los …

First Draft: Edwidge Danticat

November 15th, 2015

29:35

Edwidge Danticat was born in Haiti and moved to Brooklyn when she was 12 years old.  She now lives in Miami.  She has  taught creative writing at the …

First Draft: Charles Baxter

November 10th, 2015

30:09

Charles Baxter is the author of five novels, five short story collections, three collections of poetry and two essay collections on fiction. His …

First Draft: Leslie Jamison

November 10th, 2015

30:05

Leslie Jamison was born in Washington DC and grew up in Los Angeles. Since then, she's lived in Iowa, Nicaragua, New Haven, and New York. She's worked as a baker, an office temp, an innkeeper, a tutor, and a medical …

First Draft: Elliott Holt

November 10th, 2015

30:16

Elliott Holt was born and raised in Washington, D.C. A former copywriter who worked at advertising agencies in Moscow, London, and New York, Holt …

First Draft: Bonnie Jo Campbell

November 9th, 2015

32:55

Bonnie Jo Campbell grew up on a small Michigan farm with her mother and four siblings in a house her grandfather Herlihy built in the shape of an H. She learned to castrate small pigs, milk Jersey cows, and, when she …

First Draft: Alan Lightman

November 9th, 2015

29:47

Alan Lightman is the author of six novels, including Einstein’s Dreams, which was an international best seller and The Diagnosis, a finalist for the …

First Draft: Molly Antopol

November 8th, 2015

29:58

Molly Antopol’s debut story collection, The UnAmericans  was longlisted for the 2014 National Book Award, named a finalist for the Barnes and Noble …

First Draft: Maria Semple

November 7th, 2015

31:03

Maria Semple is the author of This One Is Mine and Where’d You Go Bernadette. Before turning to fiction, she wrote for Mad About You, Ellen, and Arrested Development. Her writing has appeared in The New Yorker. She …

First Draft: Russell Banks

November 7th, 2015

30:07

Russell Banks is the author of more than a dozen works, which include poetry, short stories, novels and essays.  His novels Cloudsplitter and 

First Draft: Michael Cunningham

November 7th, 2015

30:01

Michael Cunningham is the author of the novels A Home at the End of the WorldFlesh and BloodThe Hours(winner of the Pen/Faulkner Award & …

First Draft: Anthony Doerr

November 7th, 2015

29:54

Anthony Doerr is the author of The Shell CollectorAbout GraceFour Seasons in RomeMemory Wall, and the new novel All the Light We Cannot See. …

First Draft: Elizabeth Gilbert

November 7th, 2015

29:55

Elizabeth Gilbert was born in Waterbury, Connecticut in 1969, and grew up on a small family Christmas tree farm. She attended New York University, …

First Draft: Alice McDermott

November 7th, 2015

29:59

Alice McDermott is the author of seven novels including National Book Award Winner Charming Billy and three Pulitzer Prize finalists: After This, …

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