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49 Episodes | 2017 - 2018

Episode 39: Marlee Grace

December 19th, 2018


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


Episode 38: Nicole Chung

December 5th, 2018


Author photo by Erica B. Tappis.

Minisode: Voices

November 28th, 2018


Episode 37: Heather Havrilesky

November 21st, 2018


Author photo by Willy Somma.

Minisode: Centeredness, or Surviving Creative Adolescence

November 14th, 2018

Centeredness, or Surviving Creative Adolescence

Getting to the place where you …

Episode 36: Liana Finck

November 7th, 2018


Author photo by Jorge Colombo.

Minisode: Writing as Relationship

October 31st, 2018


Episode 35: Wayétu Moore

October 24th, 2018


Author photo by Yoni Levy.

Minisode: Priorities

October 17th, 2018


Episode 34: Kat Gardiner

October 10th, 2018

Episode 34

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

Minisode: On Shame

October 3rd, 2018


Episode 33: Linda Kay Klein

September 26th, 2018


Author photo by Jami Saunders.

Episode 33

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

Minisode: On Fear

September 19th, 2018


Episode 32: Erica Dawson

September 12th, 2018


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


Episode 30: Lisa Ko

July 11th, 2018

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

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


Author photo by Mitsue Nagese.

Episode 27: Silas House

May 30th, 2018


Author photo by Tasha Thomas.

Episode 27

Silas House is the nationally bestselling author of five …

Episode 26: Elizabeth Catte

May 16th, 2018

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


Author photo by Meaghan Evans.

Episode 25

Robert Gipe is the author of two illustrated novels, Weedeater

Episode 24: Karan Mahajan

April 18th, 2018

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


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


Author photo by Stephen Alvarez.

Episode 22

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

Episode 21: Keep the Channel Open + WMFA

December 6th, 2017


Self-portrait by Mike Sakasegawa.

Episode 20: Joanna Scutts

November 22nd, 2017


Author photo by Sarah Klock.

Episode 20

Joanna Scutts is the inaugural Andrew W. Mellon Foundation …

Episode 19: Celeste Ng

November 8th, 2017


Author photo by Kevin Day Photography.

Episode 19

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

Episode 18: Zinzi Clemmons

October 25th, 2017


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


Episode 16: Matthew Newton

September 27th, 2017

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

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


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

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 14: Jennifer Haigh

August 2nd, 2017


Author photo by Rob Arnold.

Episode 13: Rachel Khong

July 19th, 2017


Author photo by Andria Lo.

Episode 12: Hanif Abdurraqib

July 5th, 2017

Episode 12

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

Episode 11: Julie Buntin and Gabe Habash

June 21st, 2017


Julie Buntin author photo by Nina Subin.

Episode 10: Garth Greenwell

June 7th, 2017


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


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


Author photo by Wesley Verhoeve.

Episode 8

Jack Cheng writes contemporary fiction for young readers. …

Episode 7: Esmé Weijun Wang

April 26th, 2017


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

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


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


Episode 4: Tanwi Nandini Islam

March 15th, 2017


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


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


Author photo by Sylvie Rosokoff.

Episode 1: Emily St. John Mandel

February 1st, 2017

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