A conversation with Asako Serizawa. Asako has ASAKO SERIZAWA was born in Japan and grew up in Singapore, Jakarta, and Tokyo. A graduate of Tufts University, Brown University, and Emerson College, she has received two O. Henry Prizes, a Pushcart Prize, a Rona Jaffe Foundation Writers’ Award, and a fiction fellowship from the Fine Arts Work Center in Provincetown. Her first book, INHERITORS, won the 2021 PEN/Open Book Award and The Story Prize Spotlight Award. It was also longlisted for the PEN/Robert W. Bingham Prize.
A conversation with John Phillip Santos; a writer, journalist, and documentary filmmaker from San Antonio, Texas. His two memoirs, Places Left Unfinished at the Time of Creation (a National Book Award Finalist) and The Farthest Home is in an Empire of Fire, together tell the ancestral stories of his mother and father’s families, an American origin story of the centuries-long migrations that emerged out of Spain, Mexico, and the lands that became South Texas. His book of poems is Songs Older Than Any Known Singer.
A conversation with Alexandra Fuller. Alexandra is a novelist, a journalist, and a memoirist whose most recent book, "Travel Light, Move Fast" was published in 2020. In this conversation we discuss her childhood in Rhodesia, racism, grief, loss, joy, and hope.
A conversation with Michael Kleber-Diggs. Michael Kleber-Diggs is a poet, essayist, and literary critic. His debut poetry collection, Worldly Things, won the Max Ritvo Poetry Prize and will be published by Milkweed Editions in June of this year and his essay "On the Complex Flavors of Black Joy," is included in "There's a Revolution Outside, My Love: Letters from a Crisis," edited by Tracy K. Smith and John Freeman. This is an important, if at times painful, discussion about race, community, and hope. I'm grateful to Michael for having it with me.
A conversation with Katie Peterson. Katie is a poet and directs the MFA Program in Creative Writing at UC Davis. Her most recent book is, "Life in a Field," and was selected for the 2020 Omnidawn Open Book Prize.
A conversation with the poet Laura Van Prooyen, the author of three collections of poetry including "Inkblot and Altar," "Our House Was on Fire," and the recently released "Frances of the Wider Field."
A conversation with Jason Myers. Jason is a poet, a minister, and the Editor-in-Chief of the EcoTheo Review.
A conversation with Allison Seay, author of the poetry collection "To See the Queen," and Associate for Religion and the Arts at St. Stephen's Episcopal Church, Richmond, VA.
A conversation with Daniel Slager, Publisher & CEO of Milkweed Editions, about the interplay between publishers, authors, and readers. We talk about independent bookstores and the impact of Amazon on the entire industry. I learned so much in this conversation about the independent publishing and book businesses. If you're at all interested in books, writers, publishers, or even the evolving nature of retailing in the era of Amazon, I think you'll get a lot from this episode.
A conversation with the artist and author David Allen Sibley. David is a giant in the world of birding and is perhaps best known for his eponymous "Sibley Guide to Birds." His most recent book is "What It's Like to Be a Bird."