WMFA

57 EpisodesProduced by Courtney Balestier

A podcast where writers talk writing.

57 Episodes | 2017 - 2019

Jane Alison

April 24th, 2019

44:53
Jane Alison

Jane Alison’s new book, Meander, Spiral, Explode, is out now from …

Minisode: Accepting Your Process

April 17th, 2019

7:41
Accepting Your Process

How do you feel about the way you get writing done?

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Summer Brennan

April 10th, 2019

49:40
Summer Brennan

Summer Brennan’s latest book, High Heel (buy from IndieBound), is out now from Bloomsbury’s Object Lessons series. Summer is a …

Minisode: Taking Yourself Seriously

April 3rd, 2019

5:50
Taking Yourself Seriously

It’s foundational to writing—and it’s not always easy.

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Morgan Parker

March 27th, 2019

46:47

Author photo by Rachel Eliza Griffiths.

Morgan Parker

Morgan Parker is the author of the poetry …

Minisode: Being a Student

March 20th, 2019

4:12
Being a Student

On always learning and the wisdom of beginner’s mind for writers.

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MFA Roundtable w. Erica Dawson & Leah Hampton

March 13th, 2019

1:29:12
MFA Roundtable w. Erica Dawson & Leah Hampton

Erica Dawson is the author of When Rap Spoke Straight to God, The Small Blades Hurt, and Big-Eyed …

Season 4 Teaser

February 13th, 2019

3:00
Coming up on WMFA …

More conversations. More minisodes. And some exciting announcements.

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Episode 39: Marlee Grace

December 19th, 2018

1:04:37

Author photo by Mae Stier.

Episode 39

Marlee Grace’s book How to Not Always Be Working is out now. …

Minisode: Jealousy

December 12th, 2018

12:57
Jealousy

Get curious about it.

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Thank you to WMFA patrons Megan …

Episode 38: Nicole Chung

December 5th, 2018

1:11:03

Author photo by Erica B. Tappis.

Minisode: Voices

November 28th, 2018

10:14
Voices

Hearing, heeding, and ignoring inner chatter.

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Minisode: Centeredness, or Surviving Creative Adolescence

November 14th, 2018

13:12
Centeredness, or Surviving Creative Adolescence

Getting to the place where you …

Episode 36: Liana Finck

November 7th, 2018

1:01:07

Author photo by Jorge Colombo.

Minisode: Writing as Relationship

October 31st, 2018

9:37
Writing as Relationship

What’s your relationship like?

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Minisode: Priorities

October 17th, 2018

8:30
Priorities

Are you showing up for yourself?

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Episode 34: Kat Gardiner

October 10th, 2018

1:12:58
Episode 34

Kat Gardiner’s debut collection of short fiction, Little Wonder, is …

Minisode: On Shame

October 3rd, 2018

10:38
On Shame

What keeps you from telling your story?

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Episode 33: Linda Kay Klein

September 26th, 2018

1:14:58

Author photo by Jami Saunders.

Episode 33

Linda Kay Klein’s first book, Pure: Inside the Evangelical …

Minisode: On Fear

September 19th, 2018

14:40
On Fear

Feeling it. Acknowledging it. Understanding it. Doing the work anyway.

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Episode 32: Erica Dawson

September 12th, 2018

1:00:45

Author photo by Kevin Kelii.

Episode 32

Erica Dawson is the author of When Rap Spoke Straight to God, a …

Episode 31: Margaret Wilkerson Sexton

July 25th, 2018

1:03:49

Author photo by Ben Krantz.

Episode 31

Born and raised in New Orleans, Margaret Wilkerson Sexton

Episode 30: Lisa Ko

July 11th, 2018

54:40
Episode 30

Lisa Ko is the author of The Leavers, a novel that won the 2016 PEN/Bellwether Prize for Socially Engaged Fiction and was a finalist for …

Episode 29: Robin MacArthur

June 27th, 2018

42:36
Episode 29

 

Robin MacArthur's debut novel, Heart Spring Mountain, was released in January. Robin lives on the hillside farm where she was born in …

Episode 28: Natalie Goldberg

June 13th, 2018

42:36

Author photo by Mitsue Nagese.

Episode 27: Silas House

May 30th, 2018

1:03:55

Author photo by Tasha Thomas.

Episode 27

Silas House is the nationally bestselling author of five …

Episode 26: Elizabeth Catte

May 16th, 2018

58:35
Episode 26

Elizabeth Catte is a historian and writer based in Staunton, Virginia. She is the author of What You Are Getting Wrong About Appalachia

Episode 25: Robert Gipe

May 2nd, 2018

1:10:43

Author photo by Meaghan Evans.

Episode 25

Robert Gipe is the author of two illustrated novels, Weedeater

Episode 24: Karan Mahajan

April 18th, 2018

52:41
Episode 24

Karan Mahajan is the author of Family Planning, a finalist for the International Dylan Thomas Prize, and The Association of Small Bombs, …

Episode 23: Leni Zumas

April 4th, 2018

1:23:18

Author photo by Sophia Shalmiyev.

Episode 23

Leni Zumas is the author, most recently, of the novel Red …

Episode 22: Jamie Quatro

March 21st, 2018

50:38

Author photo by Stephen Alvarez.

Episode 22

Jamie Quatro is the author of the novel Fire Sermon. Her …

Episode 20: Joanna Scutts

November 22nd, 2017

56:05

Author photo by Sarah Klock.

Episode 20

Joanna Scutts is the inaugural Andrew W. Mellon Foundation …

Episode 19: Celeste Ng

November 8th, 2017

59:51

Author photo by Kevin Day Photography.

Episode 19

Celeste Ng's new novel, Little Fires Everywhere, is …

Episode 18: Zinzi Clemmons

October 25th, 2017

1:00:23

Author photo by Nina Subin.

Episode 18

Zinzi Clemmons was raised in Philadelphia by a South African …

Episode 17: Carmen Maria Machado

October 11th, 2017

55:03

Author photo by Tom Storm Photography.

Episode 17

Carmen Maria Machado is the author of Her Body and …

Episode 16: Matthew Newton

September 27th, 2017

57:40
Episode 16

Matthew Newton is the author of Shopping Mall, out now in Bloomsbury Press’s Object Lessons series, and the Director of Publishing at …

Episode 15: Nick Riggle

September 13th, 2017

46:27
Episode 15

Nick Riggle is a writer, skater and philosophy professor. His first book—On Being Awesome: A Unified Theory of How Not to Suck—comes out …

Special Episode: Readings by Glenn Taylor, Jeremy B. Jones & Rebecca Gayle Howell

August 30th, 2017

1:05:23

Season two starts in September. In the meantime, enjoy these three wonderful readings, recorded live at the Appalachian Writers' Workshop at the …

Season Two Announcement

August 16th, 2017

1:24
Coming soon... 

WMFA will be back in September with all new episodes featuring thoughtful, talented writers of all genres—and we have a couple tiny …

Episode 13: Rachel Khong

July 19th, 2017

52:34

Author photo by Andria Lo.

Episode 12: Hanif Abdurraqib

July 5th, 2017

1:00:44
Episode 12

Hanif Abdurraqib is a poet, essayist, and cultural critic from …

Episode 11: Julie Buntin and Gabe Habash

June 21st, 2017

1:06:29

Julie Buntin author photo by Nina Subin.

Episode 10: Garth Greenwell

June 7th, 2017

1:02:40

Author photo by Max Freeman.

Episode 10

Garth Greenwell is the author of What Belongs to You, which won …

Episode 9: Yesenia Montilla

May 24th, 2017

49:42

Author photo by Ana Leiva.

Episode 9

Yesenia Montilla is a New York City poet with Afro-Caribbean …

Episode 8: Jack Cheng

May 10th, 2017

56:59

Author photo by Wesley Verhoeve.

Episode 8

Jack Cheng writes contemporary fiction for young readers. …

Episode 7: Esmé Weijun Wang

April 26th, 2017

52:18

Author photo by Kristin Cofer.

Episode 7:

Esmé Weijun Wang is the author of The Border of Paradise: A …

Episode 6: Jason Diamond

April 12th, 2017

45:18
Episode 6

Jason Diamond is the author of the memoir Searching for John Hughes. …

BONUS Mini Episode: Talking Class + Art with Rebecca Gayle Howell

April 5th, 2017

10:43

Author photo by Matt White.

In this bonus mini episode, we discuss class and art—and the attitudes …

Episode 5: Rebecca Gayle Howell

March 29th, 2017

1:00:19

Author photo by Matt White.

Rebecca Gayle Howell

Rebecca Gayle Howell is the author of American …

Episode 4: Tanwi Nandini Islam

March 15th, 2017

44:08

Author photo by Scott Dunn.

Episode 4

Tanwi Nandini Islam is the author of Bright Lines (Penguin 2015), …

Episode 3: Juan Vidal

March 1st, 2017

44:41

Author photo by Anthony Anderson. 

Episode 3

Juan Vidal is a writer and critic for NPR. His work has …

Episode 2: Taylor Larsen

February 15th, 2017

34:11

Author photo by Sylvie Rosokoff.

Episode 1: Emily St. John Mandel

February 1st, 2017

55:58

Author photo by Dese'Rae L. Stage

Episode 1

Emily St. John Mandel is the author of four novels, most …

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