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Hosted by Maris Kreizman, cultural critic and author of the bestselling Slaughterhouse 90210, talks to authors you should know about their own books and the books they love, the shows and films they’ve watched, the music they’ve listened to, and the links they’ve clicked.

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Episode 162: Marie Myung-Ok Lee

June 30th, 2022

33:49

Marie Myung-Ok Lee is a Korean American writer and author of the young adult novel Finding my Voice, thought to be one of the first contemporary-set …

Episode 161: Sloane Crosley

June 23rd, 2022

43:03

Sloane Crosley is the author of the novel The Clasp and the essay collections Look Alive Out There and the New York Times bestsellers I Was Told …

Episode 160: Melissa Chadburn

June 16th, 2022

39:50

Melissa Chadburn's writing has appeared in The Los Angeles Times, The New York Times Book Review, and many other publications. Her extensive reporting on the child welfare system appears in the Netflix docuseries The …

Episode 159: Dan Chaon

June 9th, 2022

36:59

Dan Chaon is the author of several previous books, including Ill Will, a national bestseller, named one of the ten best books of 2017 by Publishers …

Episode 158: Kim Kelly

June 2nd, 2022

32:49

Kim Kelly is an independent journalist, author, and organizer. She has been a regular labor columnist for Teen Vogue since 2018, and her writing on …

Episode 157: Elif Batuman

May 26th, 2022

43:49

Elif Batuman's first novel, The Idiot, was a finalist for a Pulitzer Prize, and was shortlisted for the Women's Prize for Fiction in the UK. She is …

Episode 156: Annie Hartnett

May 19th, 2022

36:15

Annie Hartnett is the author of Rabbit Cake, which was listed as one of Kirkus Reviews‘s Best Books of 2017 and a finalist for the New England Book …

Episode 155: Michelle Hart

May 12th, 2022

44:56

Michelle Hart's fiction has appeared in Joyland and Electric Literature, and she has written nonfiction for Catapult, NYLON, The Rumpus, and The New …

Episode 154: Vauhini Vara

May 5th, 2022

33:51

Vauhini Vara has worked as a Wall Street Journal technology reporter and as the business editor for The New Yorker. Her fiction has been honored by …

Introducing Storybound

May 3rd, 2022

26:51

Now celebrating its fifth season, Storybound is a radio theater program designed for the podcast age. Hosted by 2021 KCRW Radio Race winner Jude …

Episode 153: Chantal V. Johnson

April 28th, 2022

36:26

Chantal V. Johnson is a tenant lawyer and writer. A graduate of Stanford Law School and a 2018 Center for Fiction Emerging Writers Fellow, she lives …

Episode 152: Maeve Higgins

April 21st, 2022

42:24

Maeve Higgins is a contributing writer for The New York Times and a former comedian who performed all over the world. She starred in the multi-award …

Episode 151: Emily St. John Mandel

April 14th, 2022

31:41

EMILY ST. JOHN MANDEL’s five previous novels include The Glass Hotel and Station Eleven, which was a finalist for a National Book Award and the …

Episode 150: Chloé Cooper Jones

April 7th, 2022

44:06

Chloé Cooper Jones is a philosophy professor and freelance journalist who was a finalist for a 2020 Pulitzer Prize in Feature Writing. Her work has …

Episode 149: Maud Newton

March 31st, 2022

35:42

Maud Newton has written for The New York Times Magazine, Harper’s, The New York Times Book Review, and Oxford American. She grew up in Miami and graduated from the University of Florida with degrees in English and law. …

Episode 148: Alex Segura

March 24th, 2022

30:40

Alex Segura is the SVP of Sales and Marketing at Oni Press and the author of Star Wars Poe Dameron: Free Fall and the acclaimed Pete Fernandez Mystery series. He has also written a number of comic books. A Miami native, …

Episode 147: Liz Scheier

March 17th, 2022

34:46

Liz Scheier is a former Penguin Random House editor who worked in publishing and content development for many years, including at Barnes & Noble.com and Amazon. She writes book reviews and feature articles for

Episode 146: Alejandro Zambra

March 10th, 2022

38:22

Alejandro Zambra is the author of Multiple Choice; My Documents, a finalist for the Frank O'Connor International Short Story Award; and three other …

Episode 145: Sarah Manguso

March 3rd, 2022

40:16

Sarah Manguso is the author of eight books. She is the recipient of a Guggenheim Fellowship, a Hodder Fellowship, and the Rome Prize. Her work is …

Episode 144: Bethany Morrow

February 24th, 2022

31:38

Bethany C. Morrow is a national bestselling author writing for adult and young adult audiences. She is the author of the novels Mem, A Song Below …

Episode 143: Julia May Jonas

February 17th, 2022

34:25

Julia May Jonas is a playwright and she teaches theater at Skidmore College. She holds an MFA in playwriting from Columbia University and lives in …

Episode 142: Tessa Hadley

February 10th, 2022

36:15

Tessa Hadley is the author of seven highly acclaimed novels, including Clever Girl and The Past, as well as three short story collections/. Her …

From Well-Read Black Girl: Min Jin Lee on Being a Student of bell hooks

February 7th, 2022

7:21

We're sharing a special preview of the new podcast, Well-Read Black Girl from Pushkin Industries. Well-Read Black Girl is the literary kickback you never knew you needed. Glory Edim, author and founder of the Well-Read …

Episode 141: Isaac Butler

February 3rd, 2022

32:17

Isaac Butler is the coauthor (with Dan Kois) of The World Only Spins Forward: The Ascent of Angels in America, which NPR named one of the best books of 2018. Butler's writing has appeared in New York magazine, Slate, …

Episode 140: John Darnielle

January 27th, 2022

45:50

John Darnielle’s first novel, Wolf in White Van, was a New York Times bestseller, National Book Award nominee, and a finalist for the LA Times Book …

Episode 139: Glory Edim

January 20th, 2022

41:06

Glory Edim is the founder of Well-Read Black Girl, a book club and digital platform that promotes Black literature and sisterhood. She won the Innovator’s Award at the 2017 Los Angeles Times Book Prizes. Her latest …

Episode 138: Jami Attenberg

January 13th, 2022

36:31

Jami Attenberg is the New York Times bestselling author of 7 books of fiction, including The Middlesteins and All This Could Be Yours. She has …

Episode 137: Xochitl Gonzalez

January 6th, 2022

41:40

Xochitl Gonzalez received her MFA from the Iowa Writers' Workshop. Prior to writing, she wore many hats, including entrepreneur, wedding planner, fundraiser and tarot card reader. She is a proud alumna of the New York …

Episode 136: Vendela Vida

December 30th, 2021

43:00

This week on The Maris Review, Vendela Vida joins Maris Kreizman to discuss her latest novel, We Run the Tides, out now from Ecco.

This interview was …

Episode 135: Jen Spyra

December 23rd, 2021

33:52

Jen Spyra is a former staff writer for The Late Show with Stephen Colbert and The Onion. Her writing has appeared in The New Yorker, The New York …

Episode 134: Alex McElroy

December 16th, 2021

35:34

Alex McElroy is a nonbinary writer based in Brooklyn. Their debut novel, THE ATMOSPHERIANS, was published in May by Atria. Their other writing …

Episode 133: Stephen Graham Jones

December 9th, 2021

30:58

Stephen Graham Jones is the New York Times bestselling author of The Only Good Indians. He has been an NEA fellowship recipient and been recipient of several awards including: the Ray Bradbury Award from the Los Angeles …

Episode 132: Rebecca Donner

December 2nd, 2021

37:36

Rebecca Donner's essays, reportage and reviews have appeared in numerous publications, including the New York Times, Bookforum, Guernica, and The Believer. All the Frequent Troubles of Our Days is her third and latest …

Episode 131: Chibundu Onuzo

November 25th, 2021

33:25

Chibundu Onuzo was born in Lagos, Nigeria and lives in London. A Fellow of the Royal Society of Literature and regular contributor to The Guardian, …

Episode 130: Hermione Hoby

November 18th, 2021

40:47

Hermione Hoby is the author of the novel Neon in Daylight, which was twice listed as a New York Times Editors’ Choice. Her writing has appeared in The New Yorker, Harper’s Magazine, The Guardian, The New York Times, and …

Episode 129: Amitava Kumar

November 11th, 2021

38:05

AMITAVA KUMAR is a writer and journalist. He was born in Ara, India, and grew up in the nearby town of Patna, famous for its corruption, crushing poverty, and delicious mangoes. Kumar is the author of the novel

Episode 128: Ash Davidson

November 4th, 2021

38:00

Ash Davidson was born in Arcata, California, and attended the Iowa Writers’ Workshop. Her work has been supported by the Arizona Commission on the Arts and MacDowell. She lives in Flagstaff, Arizona, and her debut novel …

Episode 127: Miriam Toews

October 28th, 2021

35:37

Miriam Toews is the author of seven previous bestselling novels, Women Talking, All My Puny Sorrows, Summer of My Amazing Luck, A Boy of Good Breeding, A Complicated Kindness, The Flying Troutmans, and Irma Voth, and …

Episode 126: Phoebe Robinson

October 21st, 2021

29:47

Phoebe Robinson is a stand-up comedian, writer, producer, and actress. She’s the cocreator and costar of the hit podcast and series of TV specials 2 Dope Queens. She's also a New York Times bestselling author whose …

Episode 125: Susan Orlean

October 14th, 2021

40:31

Susan Orlean has been a staff writer at The New Yorker since 1992. She is the New York Times bestselling author of seven books, including The Library Book, Rin Tin Tin, Saturday Night, and The Orchid Thief, which was …

Episode 124: Dave Eggers

October 7th, 2021

42:52

Dave Eggers is the author of many books, among them The Circle— the companion to The Every— and also The Monk of Mokha, A Hologram for the King, What …

Episode 123: Melissa Broder

September 30th, 2021

34:24

Melissa Broder is the author of the novels Milk Fed and The Pisces, the essay collection So Sad Today, and four poetry collections, selections from …

Introducing True Love, Season 2

September 26th, 2021

7:42

How do you hide a love affair when you’re two big-name Hollywood stars? True love is a new scripted podcast from Wondery that brings you stories of …

Episode 122: Nichole Perkins

September 23rd, 2021

40:39

Nichole Perkins is a writer from Nashville, Tennessee who examines the intersections of pop culture, race, sex, gender, and relationships. She’s a …

Episode 121: Lauren Groff

September 16th, 2021

36:39

Lauren Groff is a two-time National Book Award finalist and The New York Times–bestselling author of three novels, The Monsters of Templeton, …

Episode 120: Maggie Nelson

September 9th, 2021

35:39

Maggie Nelson is the author of several books of poetry and prose, most recently the New York Times bestseller and National Book Critics Circle Award winner The Argonauts. Her latest work of criticism is called On …

Episode 119: Julia Turshen

September 2nd, 2021

37:18

Julia Turshen is the bestselling cookbook author of Small Victories, Feed the Resistance, and Now & Again. She hosts the IACP-nominated podcast …

Episode 118: Matthew Salesses

August 26th, 2021

35:41

MATTHEW SALESSES is the author of three novels, Disappear Doppelgänger Disappear, The Hundred-Year Flood, and I’m Not Saying, I’m Just Saying, and a …

Episode 117: Megan Abbott

August 19th, 2021

34:00

Megan Abbott is the award-winning author of ten novels, including Give Me Your Hand, You Will Know Me, The Fever, Dare Me, and The End of Everything. She is the co-creator and executive producer of USA's adaptation of

Episode 116: Katie Kitamura

August 12th, 2021

34:53

Katie Kitamura's most recent novel, A Separation, was a finalist for the Premio Gregor von Rezzori and a New York Times Notable Book. It was named a best book of the year by over a dozen publications and translated into …

Episode 115: Kelsey McKinney

August 5th, 2021

34:55

KELSEY McKINNEY is a freelance features writer and cofounder of Defector Media. She previously worked as a staff writer at Vox, Fusion, and Deadspin. …

Episode 114: Tahmima Anam

July 29th, 2021

31:04

Tahmima Anam is the recipient of a Commonwealth Writers Prize, an O. Henry Prize, and has been named one of Granta’s Best Young British Novelists. She is a contributing opinion writer for The New York Times. Born in …

Episode 113: Yaa Gyasi

July 22nd, 2021

30:34

Yaa Gyasi was born in Ghana and raised in Huntsville, Alabama. She holds a BA in English from Stanford University and an MFA from the Iowa Writers’ …

Episode 112: Kristen Radtke

July 15th, 2021

37:11

KRISTEN RADTKE is the author of the graphic nonfiction book Imagine Wanting Only This. The recipient of a 2019 Whiting Creative Nonfiction Grant, Radtke is the art director and deputy publisher of The Believer. Her new …

Episode 111: Dana Spiotta

July 8th, 2021

32:36

Dana Spiotta is the author of Innocents and OthersStone Arabia, A National Books Critics Circle Award finalist; and Eat the Document, a finalist for the National Book Award. Spiotta is a recipient of a Guggenheim …

Episode 110: Rivka Galchen

July 1st, 2021

28:35

Rivka Galchen is the recipient of a William Saroyan International Prize for Fiction and a Rona Jaffe Foundation Writers' Award, among other …

Episode 109: Joan Silber

June 24th, 2021

24:56

Joan Silber is the author of nine books of fiction. Her last book, Improvement, was the winner of the National Book Critics Circle Award and the …

Episode 108: Ashley C. Ford

June 17th, 2021

36:51

Ashley C. Ford is a writer, host, and educator who lives in Indianapolis, Indiana with her husband, poet and fiction writer Kelly Stacy, and their …

Episode 107: Katherine Heiny

June 10th, 2021

35:38

Katherine Heiny is the author of Standard Deviation and Single, Carefree, Mellow, and her short fiction has appeared in The New Yorker, The Atlantic, and many other magazines. She lives in Bethesda, Maryland, with her …

Episode 106: Zakiya Dalila Harris

June 3rd, 2021

35:23

Zakiya Dalila Harris spent nearly three years in editorial at Knopf/Doubleday before leaving to write her debut novel The Other Black Girl. Prior to working in publishing, Zakiya received her MFA in creative writing …

Episode 105: Sanjena Sathian

May 27th, 2021

34:28

A Paul and Daisy Soros fellow, Sanjena Sathian is a 2019 graduate of the Iowa Writers' Workshop. She has worked as a reporter in Mumbai and San …

Episode 104: Elizabeth McCracken

May 20th, 2021

34:12

Elizabeth McCracken is the author of seven books, including The Souvenir Museum, Bowlaway, Thunderstruck & Other Stories, and The Giant’s House (a National Book Award finalist and one of my favorite novels of all …

Episode 103: Cynthia D'Aprix Sweeney

May 13th, 2021

33:59

Cynthia D'Aprix Sweeney is the author of the instant New York Times bestseller, The Nest, which is currently in development as a limited series by AMC Studios. She lives in Los Angeles with her family.

This episode's …

Episode 102: Maggie Shipstead

May 6th, 2021

30:38

Maggie Shipstead is the New York Times best-selling author of the novels Astonish Me and Seating Arrangements and the winner of the Dylan Thomas Prize and the Los Angeles Times Book Prize for First Fiction. She is a …

Episode 101: Gabriela Garcia

April 29th, 2021

33:37

Gabriela Garcia is the recipient of a Rona Jaffe Foundation Writer's Award and a Steinbeck Fellowship from San Jose State University. Her fiction and poetry have appeared in Best American Poetry, Tin House, Zyzzyva,

Episode 100! Live Episode with Alexander Chee, Morgan Parker, and Emma Straub

April 22nd, 2021

1:03:02

Over the course of 99 episodes, The Maris Review has featured casual yet intimate conversations with authors like Susan Choi, George Saunders, Raven Leilani, and David Sedaris. For the 100th episode celebration, host …

Episode 99: Melissa Febos

April 15th, 2021

30:18

Melissa Febos is the author of the memoir Whip Smart and two essay collections: Abandon Me and her latest is Girlhood. She is an associate professor …

Episode 98: Amy Solomon and Aparna Nancherla

April 8th, 2021

28:18

This week on The Maris Review, Amy Solomon and Aparna Nancherla join Maris Kreizman to discuss the anthology Notes from the Bathroom Line: Humor, …

Episode 97: Jo Ann Beard

April 1st, 2021

31:22

Jo Ann Beard is the author of the groundbreaking collection of autobiographical essays, The Boys of My Youth and Festival Days and the novel, In …

Episode 96: Jessica Winter

March 25th, 2021

36:41

Jessica Winter is an editor at The New Yorker and the author of the novel Break in Case of Emergency. Her writing has appeared in the New York Times, Slate, Bookforum, and other publications. She lives in Brooklyn, New …

Episode 95: Elon Green

March 18th, 2021

39:15

Elon Green has written for The New York Times MagazineThe AtlanticThe New Yorker, and The Columbia Journalism Review, and appears in the …

Episode 94: Naima Coster

March 11th, 2021

30:44

Naima Coster is the author of What's Mine and Yours and Halsey Street, and a finalist for the 2018 Kirkus Prize for Fiction. She holds an MFA in …

Episode 93: Anakana Schofield

March 4th, 2021

39:19

Anakana Schofield is an award-winning Irish-Canadian writer of fiction, essays, and literary criticism. Her previous novels are Malarky (2012) and Martin John (2015). The UK edition of Bina was shortlisted for the …

Episode 92: Patricia Lockwood

February 25th, 2021

33:33

This week on The Maris Review, Patricia Lockwood joins Maris Kreizman to discuss her book, No One Is Talking About This, out now from Riverhead.

Patricia Lockwood was born in Fort Wayne, Indiana and raised in all the …

Episode 91: Rebecca Carroll

February 18th, 2021

41:33

Rebecca Carroll is host of the podcast Come Through with Rebecca Carroll, and former cultural critic at WNYC. Her writing has been published widely, …

Episode 90: Brandon Hobson

February 11th, 2021

35:49

Dr. Brandon Hobson is the author of the novel, The Removed, as well as Where the Dead Sit Talking, which was a finalist for the 2018 National Book Award and winner of the Reading the West Award. He received his PhD in …

Episode 89: Christopher Bonanos

February 4th, 2021

39:05

Christopher Bonanos is city editor at New York magazine, where he covers arts and culture and urban affairs. He is the author of Instant: The Story …

Episode 88: Torrey Peters

January 28th, 2021

36:29

Torrey Peters is the author of the novellas Infect Your Friends and Loved Ones and The Masker, which are available for free on her website. She holds …

Episode 87: Mateo Askaripour

January 21st, 2021

29:24

MATEO ASKARIPOUR was a 2018 Rhode Island Writers Colony writer-in-residence, and his writing has appeared in Entrepreneur, Lit Hub, Catapult, The …

Episode 86: George Saunders

January 14th, 2021

34:19

George Saunders is the #1 New York Times bestselling author of ten books, including Lincoln in the Bardo, which won the Man Booker Prize; 

Episode 85: Kate Zambreno

January 8th, 2021

30:35

Kate Zambreno is the author of several acclaimed books including Screen Tests, Heroines, and Green Girl. Her writing has appeared in The Paris Review, The Virginia Quartlerly Review, and elsewhere. She teaches in the …

Episode 84: David Hill

January 6th, 2021

32:04

David Hill is a writer from Hot Springs, Arkansas. His work has appeared regularly in Grantland and The Ringer, and has been featured in The New …

Episode 83: Maggie Smith

December 24th, 2020

33:28

Maggie Smith is the author of three books of poetry: Good Bones,The Well Speaks of Its Own Poison, and Lamp of the Body. Her latest book, Keep …

Episode 82: Jess Walter

December 17th, 2020

45:18

Jess Walter is the author of six novels, including the bestsellers Beautiful Ruins and The Financial Lives of the Poets, the National Book Award …

Episode 81: Michelle Buteau

December 10th, 2020

31:18

Michelle Buteau is a comedian, actress, and host known for her roles in The Circle, Always Be My Maybe, First Wives Club, Someone Great, Russian Doll

Introducing Little Stories Everywhere

December 5th, 2020

6:18

While you wait for our next episode, we wanted to share Wondery’s newest podcast, Little Stories Everywhere, with you. Little Stories Everywhere is the perfect immersive experience to share by the fireplace with loved …

Episode 80: Sarah Shun-Li Bynum

December 3rd, 2020

30:09

Sarah Shun-lien Bynum is the author of the novels Ms. Hempel Chronicles, a finalist for the PEN/Faulkner Award; and Madeleine Is Sleeping, a finalist …

Episode 79: Emily Temple

November 26th, 2020

31:49

Emily Temple earned a BA from Middlebury College and an MFA in fiction from the University of Virginia. Her short fiction has appeared in Colorado …

Episode 78: Kiese Laymon

November 19th, 2020

36:47

Born and raised in Jackson, Mississippi, Kiese Laymon, Ottilie Schillig Professor in English and Creative Writing and the University of Mississippi, is the author of the novel Long Division, the memoir Heavy, and the …

Episode 77: Diane Cook

November 12th, 2020

37:04

Diane Cook is the author of the novel, THE NEW WILDERNESS, which was shortlisted for the 2020 Booker Prize, and the story collection, MAN V. NATURE, …

Episode 76: David Sedaris

November 4th, 2020

37:32

David Sedaris is the author of Calypso, Theft by Finding, Let's Explore Diabetes with Owls, Squirrel Seeks Chipmunk, When You Are Engulfed in Flames, …

Episode 75: David Goodwillie

October 29th, 2020

37:53

David Goodwillie is the author of the novel American Subversive, a New York Times Notable Book of the Year, and the memoir Seemed Like a Good Idea at the Time. He has been drafted to play professional baseball, worked …

Episode 74: Rumaan Alam

October 22nd, 2020

45:41

Rumaan Alam is the author of Leave the World Behind, Rich and Pretty, and That Kind of Mother. His writing has appeared in The New York Times, Elle, New York Magazine, The Los Angeles Review of Books, The Wall Street …

Episode 73: Jason Diamond

October 15th, 2020

39:07

Jason Diamond is a writer and editor living in Brooklyn. His first book was Searching for John Hughes. And his latest is called The Sprawl.

Recommended Reading:

Vesper Flights by Helen Macdonald

White Girls by Hilton Als

Episode 72: Silvia Moreno-Garcia

October 8th, 2020

36:21

Silvia Moreno-Garcia is the author of the novels Mexican Gothic, Gods of Jade and Shadow, Certain Dark Things, Untamed Shore, and a bunch of other …

Episode 71: Ayad Akhtar

October 1st, 2020

28:38

Ayad Akhtar is a playwright, novelist, and the winner of the Pulitzer Prize for Drama and an Award in Literature from the American Academy of Arts …

Episode 70: Colin Dickey

September 24th, 2020

31:02

Colin Dickey is a writer, speaker, and academic, and has made a career out of collecting unusual objects and hidden histories all over the country. …

Episode 69: Morgan Jerkins

September 17th, 2020

30:45

Morgan Jerkins is the NYT bestselling author of This WIll Be My Undoing. She is a senior editor at Medium’s ZORA magazine. Her work has been featured in the New Yorker, Vogue, the New York Times, the Atlantic, Elle,

Episode 68: Karolina Waclawiak

September 10th, 2020

31:25

Karolina Waclawiak is the author of the novels How to Get into the Twin Palms and The Invaders. Formerly an editor at The Believer, she is the …

Episode 67: Natasha Trethewey

September 3rd, 2020

26:20

Natasha Trethewey is a former US poet laureate and the author of five collections of poetry, as well as a book of creative nonfiction. She is …

Episode 66: Tara Isabella Burton

August 27th, 2020

30:26

Tara Isabella Burton is a contributing editor at the American Interest, a columnist at Religion News Service, and the former staff religion reporter …

Episode 65: Lacy Crawford

August 20th, 2020

36:03

Lacy Crawford is the author of the novel Early Decision. She lives in Southern California with her family. Her memoir is called Notes On a Silencing

Recommended Reading:

The Wanderers by Meg Howrey

Mothering Sunday by …

Episode 64: Raven Leilani

August 13th, 2020

32:06

Raven Leilani’s work has been published in Granta, McSweeney’s Quarterly Concern, Narrative, Yale Review, Conjunctions, and The Cut, among other publications. Luster is her first novel.

Recommended Reading:

How Much Of …

Episode 63: Aminatou Sow and Ann Friedman

August 6th, 2020

41:19

Aminatou Sow and Ann Friedman are the hosts of Call Your Girlfriend, a podcast for long-distance besties. They wrote their new book, Big Friendship, together.

Recommended Reading:

Luster by Raven Leilani  

In the Dream …

Episode 62: Lynn Steger Strong

July 30th, 2020

30:31

Lynn Steger Strong's first novel, Hold Still, was released by Liveright/WW Norton in 2016. Her nonfiction has been published by GuernicaLos Angeles …

Episode 61: Adrian Tomine

July 23rd, 2020

23:58

Adrian Tomine is the author of Scenes from an Impending Marriage, Shortcomings, Summer Blonde, Sleepwalk, 32 Stories, and the comic book series Optic Nerve. He is also an illustrator for The New Yorker, Esquire, and …

Episode 60: Jenny Zhang

July 16th, 2020

29:56

Jenny Zhang was born in Shanghai and grew up in New York. She is the author of the poetry collection Dear Jenny, We Are All Find and the story …

Episode 59: Matt Ortile

July 9th, 2020

38:41

Matt Ortile is the managing editor of Catapult. His writing has been published by BuzzFeedIntoSelf, and Out, among others. He lives in Brooklyn.

Episode 58: Alexandra Petri

July 2nd, 2020

32:13

Alexandra Petri is an American humorist and newspaper columnist at the Washington Post. She lives in Washington DC. Nothing Is Wrong And Here Is Why …

Episode 57: Zaina Arafat

June 25th, 2020

27:37

Zaina Arafat is a Palestinian-American writer. Her stories and essays have appeared in publications including The New York Times, Granta, and more. …

Episode 56: Jayson Greene

June 18th, 2020

30:34

Jayson Greene is a music writer and the author of Once More We Saw Stars.

Recommended Reading:

The Memory Police by Yoko Ogawa


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Episode 55: Marie-Helene Bertino

June 11th, 2020

29:40

Marie-Helene Bertino is the author of 2 A.M. at the Cat's Pajamas and the story collection Safe as Houses. Her work has received The O. Henry Prize, …

Episode 54: Ishmael Beah

June 4th, 2020

25:19

Ishmael Beah is the Sierra Leonean and American author of the novel Radiance of Tomorrow and the memoir A Long Way Gone, which was a #1 New York Times bestseller and has been published in more than 40 languages. A …

Episode 53: Patrick Hoffman

May 28th, 2020

18:38

Patrick Hoffman is a writer and private investigator based in Brooklyn. His first novel, The White Van, was a finalist for the Crime Writers’ Association Ian Fleming Steel Dagger Award. His latest novel is called Clean …

Episode 52: Ivy Pochoda

May 21st, 2020

27:16

Ivy Pochoda is the author of The Art of Disappearing, Visitation Street, and Wonder Valley, a Los Angeles Times Book Prize finalist and winner of the Strand Critics Award. She lives in Los Angeles. Her latest novel is …

Episode 51; Susannah Cahalan

May 14th, 2020

23:52

Susannah Cahalan is the award-winning, New York Times bestselling author of Brain on Fire: My Month of Madness, a memoir about her struggle with a rare autoimmune disease of the brain. Her second and most recent book is …

Episode 50: Esmé Weijun Wang

May 7th, 2020

30:01

Esmé Weijun Wang is the author of The Border of Paradise. She received the Whiting Award in 2018 and was named one of Granta’s Best of Young American …

Episode 49: Amber Sparks

April 30th, 2020

28:31

Amber Sparks is the author of The Unfinished World, and her fiction and essays have appeared in American Short FictionParis ReviewTin HouseGranta, and elsewhere. She lives in Washington, DC, with her husband, …

Episode 48: Teddy Wayne

April 23rd, 2020

28:00

Teddy Wayne is the author of Loner, The Love Song of Jonny Valentine, and Kapitoil. He is the winner of a Whiting Writers' Award and an NEA Creative …

Episode 47: Laura Zigman

April 16th, 2020

23:39

Laura Zigman is the author of Animal Husbandry (which was made into the movie, Someone Like You, starring Hugh Jackman and Ashley Judd), Dating Big Bird, Piece of Work and Her. Her latest novel is called Separation …

Episode 46: Rebecca Solnit

April 9th, 2020

36:28

Rebecca Solnit is the author of more than 20 books, including A Field Guide to Getting Lost, The Faraway Nearby, and Wanderlust. She is also the …

Episode 45: Kevin Nguyen

April 2nd, 2020

33:43

Kevin Nguyen is the features editor at The Verge and was previously a senior editor at GQ. He lives in Brooklyn, New York. His debut novel is called New Waves

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Episode 44: Quan Barry

March 26th, 2020

30:10

Raised in the coastal town of Danvers, Massachusetts, QUAN BARRY is the author of the novel She Weeps Each Time You’re Born and of four books of …

Episode 43: Lidia Yuknavitch

March 19th, 2020

24:09

Lidia Yuknavitch is the nationally bestselling author of the novels The Book of Joan, The Small Backs of Children, and Dora: A Headcase, and of the …

Episode 42: Brandon Taylor

March 12th, 2020

27:41

Brandon Taylor is the senior editor of Electric Literature’s Recommended Reading and a staff writer at Lit Hub. He holds graduate degrees from the …

Episode 41: Rachel Vorona Cote

March 5th, 2020

41:40

Rachel Vorona Cote publishes frequently in such outlets as the New Republic, Longreads, Pitchfork, Rolling Stone, and Literary Hub. She was …

Episode 40: Alexis Coe

February 27th, 2020

35:57

Alexis Coe is the author of Alice + Freda Forever: A Murder in Memphis (soon to be a major motion picture). Coe has frequently appeared on CNN and the History Channel, and has contributed to The New York Times, The New …

Episode 39: Ada Calhoun

February 20th, 2020

25:55

Ada Calhoun is the author of the memoir Wedding Toasts I’ll Never Give, named an Amazon Book of the Month and one of the top ten memoirs of 2017 by W magazine; and the history St. Marks Is Dead, one of the best books of …

Episode 38: R. Eric Thomas

February 13th, 2020

36:26

R. Eric Thomas is a senior staff writer at Elle online where he has written the daily pop culture and politics humor column “Eric Reads the News” …

Episode 37: Miranda Popkey

February 6th, 2020

38:16

Miranda Popkey has written for The New Republic, The New Yorker's Page-Turner blog, the Paris Review Daily, The Hairpin, The Awl, GQ, and New York magazine's The Cut. Her debut novel is called Topics of Conversation.

Episode 36: Kali Fajardo-Anstine

January 30th, 2020

20:50

Kali Fajardo-Anstine is from Denver, Colorado. Her fiction has appeared in The American Scholar, Boston Review, Bellevue Literary Review, The Idaho …

Episode 35: Garth Greenwell

January 23rd, 2020

38:49

Garth Greenwell is the author of What Belongs To You, which won the British Book Award for Debut of the Year and was long-listed for the National Book Award. His latest novel is called Cleanness.

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Episode 34: Steph Cha

January 16th, 2020

32:07

Steph Cha is the author of the Juniper Song crime trilogy. She’s an editor and critic whose work has appeared in the Los Angeles Times, USA Today, and The Los Angeles Review of Books. She lives in Los Angeles with her …

Episode 33: Leslie Jamison

January 9th, 2020

33:32

Leslie Jamison is the author of the NYT bestsellers The Recovering and The Empathy Exams, and the novel The Gin Closet. She’s a contributing writer for the NYT Magazine. She directs the graduate nonfiction program at …

Episode 32: Susan Orlean

December 19th, 2019

40:37

Susan Orlean has been a staff writer at The New Yorker since 1992. She is the author of seven books, including Rin Tin Tin, Saturday Night, and The Orchid Thief, which was made into the Academy Award–winning film

Episode 31: E. Jean Carroll

December 12th, 2019

14:59

E. Jean Carroll writes the ASK E. JEAN column in ELLE magazine. It is the longest, currently-running advice column in American publishing. Her new …

Episode 30: Susan Choi

December 5th, 2019

21:32

Susan Choi’s first novel, The Foreign Student, won the Asian-American Literary Award for fiction. Her second novel, American Woman, was a finalist …

Episode 29: Lane Moore

November 28th, 2019

34:25

Lane Moore is an award-winning comedian, writer, actor, and musician. The New York Times called her comedy show Tinder Live “ingenious.” Her comedy and her band, It Was Romance, have been praised from Pitchfork to Vogue

Episode 28: Deborah Levy

November 21st, 2019

24:31

Deborah Levy writes fiction, plays, and poetry. The author of highly praised novels, including Hot Milk and Swimming Home (both Man Booker Prize …

Episode 27: Kevin Wilson

November 14th, 2019

21:53

Kevin Wilson is the author of the New York Times best-selling novel The Family Fang (Ecco, 2012), Perfect Little World (Ecco, 2017), and Nothing to See Here (Ecco, 2019). His fiction has appeared in Ploughshares, Tin …

Episode 26: Cathleen Schine

November 7th, 2019

30:39

Cathleen Schine is the author of The New Yorkers and The Love Letter, among other novels. She has contributed to The New Yorker, The New York Review of Books, The New York Times Magazine, and The New York Times Book …

Episode 25: Lili Anolik

October 31st, 2019

36:27

Lili Anolik is a contributing editor at Vanity Fair. Her work has also appeared in Harper’s, Esquire, and The Believer. She is the author of

Episode 24: Jami Attenberg

October 24th, 2019

39:34

Jami Attenberg is the New York Times bestselling author of five novels, including The Middlesteins and Saint Mazie. She has contributed essays about sex, urban life, and food to The New York Times Magazine, The Wall …

Episode 23: John Hodgman

October 17th, 2019

51:36

John Hodgman is a writer, comedian, and actor. He is the author of The Areas of My Expertise, More Information Than You Require, That Is All, and

Episode 22: Shea Serrano

October 10th, 2019

30:17

Shea Serrano's most recent book, Basketball (And Other Things), was a #1 New York Times bestseller and selected by President Barack Obama as one of his favorite reads of the year. His previous book, The Rap Year Book, …

Episode 21: Kimberly King Parsons

October 3rd, 2019

28:39

Born in Lubbock, Texas, Kimberly King Parsons received her MFA from Columbia University. Her fiction has been published in The Paris Review, Best …

Episode 20: Shelly Oria

September 26th, 2019

31:07

Shelly Oria is the author of New York 1, Tel Aviv 0 (Farrar, Straus and Giroux, 2014), which earned nominations for a Lambda Literary Award and the Edmund White Award for Debut Fiction, among other honors. She …

Episode 19: Josh Gondelman

September 19th, 2019

40:37

Josh Gondelman is a comedian and writer who has earned two Peabody Awards, three Emmys, and two WGA Awards for his work on Last Week Tonight with John Oliver. He is currently a writer/producer for Desus & Mero. His …

Episode 18: Sarah Weinman

September 12th, 2019

41:31

Sarah Weinman is the author of The Real Lolita. She’s the editor of Women Crime Writers: Eight Suspense Novels of the 1940s & 50s (Library of …

Episode 17: Kristen Arnett

September 5th, 2019

38:37

Kristen Arnett is a queer fiction and essay writer. She won the 2017 Coil Book Award for her debut short fiction collection, Felt in the Jaw, and was …

Episode 16: R.O. Kwon

August 29th, 2019

22:20

R. O. Kwon is a National Endowment for the Arts Literature Fellow. The Incendiaries is her first novel, and it was named a best book of the year by over 40 publications. Kwon's writing is published in the New York Times

Episode 15: Oyinkan Braithwaite

August 22nd, 2019

22:21

Oyinkan Braithwaite is a graduate of Creative Writing and Law from Kingston University. She is the author of My Sister, the Serial Killer, which won the 2019 LA Times Award for Best Crime Thriller, the 2019 Morning News …

Episode 14: Lyz Lenz

August 15th, 2019

31:39

Lyz Lenz’s writing has appeared in the Huffington Post, The Washington Post, The New York Times, Pacific Standard, and others. Her book God Land was published Indiana University Press. Her second book Belabored, is due …

Episode 13: Taffy Brodesser-Akner

August 8th, 2019

36:55

Taffy Brodesser-Akner is a staff writer for The New York Times Magazine. She has also written for GQ, ESPN the Magazine, and many other publications. Fleishman Is in Trouble is her first novel.

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Episode 12: Linda Holmes

August 1st, 2019

35:02

Linda Holmes is a pop culture correspondent for National Public Radio and the host of the podcast Pop Culture Happy Hour. Evvie Drake Starts Over is …

Episode 11: Laura Lippman

July 25th, 2019

45:40

Laura Lippman is a New York Times bestselling novelist who has won more than twenty awards for her fiction, including the Edgar Award. Since her debut in 1997, she has published twenty-one novels, a novella, a …

Episode 10: Marcy Dermansky

July 18th, 2019

21:27

Marcy Dermansky is the author of the critically acclaimed novels The Red Car, Bad Marie and Twins. Very Nice is her latest novel.

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Episode 9: Julia Phillips

July 11th, 2019

36:11

Julia Phillips is a Fulbright fellow whose writing has appeared in Glimmer Train, The Atlantic, Slate, and The Moscow Times. Disappearing Earth is …

Episode 8: Lauren Mechling

June 27th, 2019

34:14

Lauren Mechling has written for The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, Slate, The New Yorker online, and Vogue, where she writes a book column. …

Episode 7: Mona Awad

June 20th, 2019

28:31

Mona Awad is the author of 13 Ways of Looking at a Fat Girl, a finalist for the Scotiabank Giller Prize that won the Colorado Book Award, the Amazon …

Episode 6: Anna Merlan

June 13th, 2019

30:59

Anna Merlan is a New Mexico-born, New York-based journalist, specializing in politics, crime, religion, subcultures, conspiracy theories, and women’s …

Episode 5: Nicole Dennis-Benn

June 6th, 2019

21:00

Nicole Dennis-Benn is a Lambda Literary Award winner and New York Foundation for the Arts Artist Fellowship recipient. She's also a finalist for the …

Episode 4: Ryan Chapman

May 23rd, 2019

30:01

This week on the Maris Review, Maris talks to Ryan Chapman, the author of Riots I Have Known. The two discuss the influences on the book, writing from a transgressive voice and the fictive distance between the author …

Episode 3: Juliet Grames

May 16th, 2019

29:18

This week on the Maris Review, Maris talks to Juliet Grames, the author of The Seven or Eight Deaths of Stella Fortuna. The two discuss the personal …

Episode 2: Erin Somers

May 9th, 2019

29:59

This week on the Maris Review, Maris talks to Erin Somers, the author of Stay Up with Hugo Best. The two discuss researching a book without any insider knowledge of late-night television, the timing of the #MeToo …

Episode 1: Mira Jacob

May 1st, 2019

37:51

Welcome to The Maris Review. Our very first guest is Mira Jacob, the author of Good Talk. We talk about the creation of the book, her family …

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