Category: Podcasts

Bob Shacochis

Bob Shacochis’s first collection of stories, Easy in the Islands, won the National Book Award for First Fiction, and his second collection, The Next New World, was awarded the Prix de Rome from the Academy of Arts and Letters. He is also the author of the novel Swimming in the Volcano, a finalist for the National Book Award, and The Immaculate Invasion, a work…

Rodney Jones

Rodney Jones, born in Alabama and educated at the University of Alabama and the University of North Carolina at Greensboro, has published widely in leading magazines, in The Oxford Book of Contemporary American Poetry, and in eight editions of The Best American Poetry. His books include Imaginary Logic (2011); Salvation Blues: 100 Poems, 1985-2005, which won the Kingsley Tufts Prize…

Richard Lyons

Richard Lyons is the author of three books of poetry, Fleur Carnivore (The Word Works 2006), Hours of the Cardinal (University of South Carolina Press 2000), and These Modern Nights (University of Missouri Press 1988). A former winner of the Peter I.B. Lavan Younger Poets Award from the Academy of American Poets, Lyons received a B.A. from the University of Massachusetts, an M.F.A. from…

Russell Franklin

Russ Franklin was a Wallace Stegner fellow and Truman Capote fellow at Stanford University. He attended FSU on a Kingsbury fellowship and received his Ph.D. in 2001.  He is the author of the novel Cosmic Hotel. Listen to him read with Josephine Yu here: Franklin has degrees in math, physics, and literature, and his work has appeared in Oxford American,…

Josephine Yu

Josephine Yu is the author of Prayer Book of the Anxious (Elixir P, 2016), winner of the Judge’s Prize of the 15th Annual Elixir Press Poetry Awards. Her poems have appeared in journals such as Ploughshares, The Southern Review, TriQuarterly, and Crab Orchard Review, as well as the anthology Old Flame: From the First 10 Years of 32 Poems Magazine.…

Monica Youn

Monica Youn is the author of Blackacre (Graywolf Press, 2016); Barter (Graywolf Press, 2003); and Ignatz (Four Way Books, 2010), which was a finalist for the National Book Award. Listen to her read here: Her poems have appeared in numerous journals and anthologies, including the New Yorker, the Paris Review, and the New York Times Magazine, and she has been awarded fellowships…

Robert Olen Butler

Robert Olen Butler has published sixteen novels—The Alleys of Eden, Sun Dogs, Countrymen of Bones, On Distant Ground, Wabash, The Deuce, They Whisper, The Deep Green Sea, Mr. Spaceman, Fair Warning, Hell, A Small Hotel, The Hot Country, The Star of Istanbul, The Empire of Night, Perfume River—and six volumes of short fiction—Tabloid Dreams, Had a Good Time, Severance, Intercourse,…

D.A. Powell

Born in Albany, Georgia, D.A. Powell earned an MA at Sonoma State University and an MFA at the Iowa Writers’ Workshop. His first three collections of poetry, Tea, (1998), Lunch (2000), and Cocktails (2004), are considered by some to be a trilogy on the AIDS epidemic. Listen to him read here: Lunch was a finalist for the National Poetry Series,…

Tana Welch

Tana Jean Welch is a poet and scholar of contemporary American poetry. She received her Ph.D. in Literature from Florida State University in 2013, specializing in American poetry and poetics, multiethnic literature, posthumanism, new materialism, and gender theory. Listen to her read here: Welch is currently Assistant Professor at the Florida State University College of Medicine where she teaches courses…

Dana Levin

Poet Dana Levin grew up in California’s Mojave Desert and earned a BA from Pitzer College and an MA from New York University. Levin’s collections of poetry include In the Surgical Theatre (1999), Wedding Day (2005), Sky Burial(2011), and Banana Palace(2016). Listen to her read with Meg Kearney here: Levin’s free-verse, image-driven poems grapple with the legacies of both Confessionalism and…