WMFA

WMFA

www.wmfapodcast.com/episodes
A podcast where writers talk writing.
19: Celeste Ng
Nov 8 • 59 min
Courtney and Celeste Ng—author of Little Fires Everywhere and Everything I Never Told You—do a deep dive into process: what makes a good beginning, finding the voice, reverse outlining and more. They also discuss writing about identity and the other, and…
18: Zinzi Clemmons
Oct 25 • 60 min
What We Lose author Zinzi Clemmons on writing grief, experimental literature and the author who changed her life.
17: Carmen Maria Machado
Oct 11 • 55 min
Carmen Maria Machado’s debut short story collection, Her Body and Other Parties, is short-listed for the National Book Award. She joins Courtney to talk about how short stories are like algebra (in a good way), processing life through narrative, and why…
16: Matthew Newton
Sep 27 • 57 min
Matthew Newton—author of Shopping Mall, part of Bloomsbury’s Object Lessons series—talks with Courtney about the mall’s place in our culture and his life, balancing memoir and reportage, and the question to ask before starting your next project.
15: Nick Riggle
Sep 13 • 46 min
Season two is here! Nick Riggle—skater, philosopher and author of the new book On Being Awesome—talks about his theory of awesomeness, how hard it is to write clearly, and how some of his favorite projects have been reactions to creative dissatisfaction.
Special Episode: Readings by Glenn Taylor, Jeremy B. Jones & Rebecca Gayle Howell
Aug 30 • 65 min
I had an incredible experience at my first Appalachian Writers’ Workshop this summer, and I’m excited to bring you three readings recorded live at AWW: novelist Glenn Taylor, nonfiction writer Jeremy B. Jones and poet Rebecca Gayle Howell. WMFA is back…
Season Two Announcement
Aug 16 • 1 min
Here’s what’s coming up for WMFA—and how you can help.
14: Jennifer Haigh
Aug 2 • 62 min
Jennifer Haigh’s novel Heat and Light won a 2017 Literature Award from the American Academy of Arts and Letters. She and Courtney discuss writing about Appalachia, how writing a novel is an exercise in empathy, and why no one knows where her writing…
13: Rachel Khong
Jul 19 • 52 min
Rachel Khong is a writer and former Lucky Peach editor whose debut novel, Goodbye, Vitamin, was just released by Henry Holt. She and Courtney discuss Rachel’s fascination with memory, when to go to grad school and the weird world of ambient sound…
12: Hanif Abdurraqib
Jul 5 • 60 min
Hanif Abdurraqib is a poet, essayist, and cultural critic whose work bridges personal experience and popular culture, covering everything from Ric Flair to the erasure of memory. He and Courtney discuss the deeper meanings of pop culture, writing as a…
11: Julie Buntin and Gabe Habash
Jun 21 • 66 min
Married writers Julie Buntin and Gabe Habash have both just released their debut novels, Julie’s Marlena and Gabe’s Stephen Florida. We talk about how they created these works, what drew them to their protagonists, and what it’s like to live with another…
10: Garth Greenwell
Jun 7 • 62 min
Garth Greenwell, author of What Belongs to You, discusses being a poet novelist, the language of desire, and why he writes first drafts by hand.
9: Yesenia Montilla
May 24 • 49 min
New York-born Afro-Caribbean poet Yesenia Montilla talks about writing the immigrant and the American experience, walking around with your two-weeks’ notice in your pocket, and why poetry is like a puzzle.
8: Jack Cheng
May 10 • 56 min
The author of See You in the Cosmos, a middle-grade novel, talks about editing our own narratives, presenting complex issues to kids, and how he raised $24,000 on Kickstarter to publish his first book.
7: Esmé Weijun Wang
Apr 26 • 52 min
Esmé Weijun Wang, author of The Border of Paradise: A Novel, discusses writing with limitations, career “up-leveling,” and that time she tossed an entire novel draft.
6: Jason Diamond
Apr 12 • 45 min
Jason Diamond, author of the memoir Searching for John Hughes, discusses the helpfulness of failure, visiting famous authors’ graves and analyzing your past.
BONUS Mini Episode: Talking Class + Art with Rebecca Gayle Howell
Apr 5 • 10 min
In this bonus mini episode, we discuss class and art—and the attitudes about both that we bring to creative work—with last week’s guest, Rebecca Gayle Howell.
5: Rebecca Gayle Howell
Mar 29 • 60 min
Rebecca Gayle Howell is on this week’s episode to discuss the art of listening, writing and faith, and creation as resistance.
4: Tanwi Nandini Islam
Mar 15 • 44 min
This week, we talk to Tanwi Nandini Islam, author of Bright Lines, about exfoliating fear from your mind, giving yourself permission, and claiming your authority as a voice of your culture.
3: Juan Vidal
Mar 1 • 44 min
This week, we talk to Juan Vidal, author of the forthcoming book Rap Dads, about being a creative loner who loves collaboration, using music to tap into the subconscious, and never giving up on the ideas that move you.
2: Taylor Larsen
Feb 15 • 34 min
This week, we talk to author Taylor Larsen about writing without ego, engaging with your characters, and the surreal experience of debut authorship.
1: Emily St. John Mandel
Feb 1 • 55 min
Before the huge success of Station Eleven—which was a finalist for the National Book Award and the PEN/Faulkner Award and won the 2015 Arthur C. Clarke Award and the Toronto Book Award—Emily St. John Mandel wrote three novels published with small presses.…