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Wednesday, October 28, 2020

Jess Walter, author of The Cold Millions, on Writers on Writing, KUCI-FM

Novelist Jess Walter has never left his hometown—the Spokane Valley in eastern Washington—where his grandfather (also Jess Walter) landed in the 1930s as a train-hopping, itinerant worker. Inspired by the places around him, an old 1911 postcard, generational stories passed down, and the sense of history repeating, Walter has spun a sweeping saga whose themes of class, wealth, corruption, and public protests—all set more than a century ago—still ring true today.


Walter joins Marrie Stone to discuss The Cold Millions. He talks about how disparate ideas cling together like falling snowflakes and, by the time they land, create multidimensional stories. He talks about the moment when research becomes so ingrained that he’s able to make the leap into fiction without remembering what’s real and what’s invented. He talks about the shape of stories, how this novel looks like a river in his mind, with moments of rapid movement and other quiet periods of stillness. For historical fiction readers, Walter fans, and writers interested in craft, there’s something for everyone in Walter’s conversation.

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(Broadcast date: October 21, 2020)

(Record date: September 8, 2020)

Saturday, October 24, 2020

Jody Forrester & Lucie Britsch on Writers on Writing, KUCI-FM

Memoirist Jody Forrester, author of Guns Under the Bed and novelist Lucie Britsch, author of Sad Janet join Barbara DeMarco-Barrett to discuss the art, craft, and business of writing.


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(Broadcast date: September 30, 2020)

Wednesday, October 21, 2020

Novelist John Boyne on Writers on Writing, KUCI-FM

Novelist John Boyne, A Traveler at the Gates of Wisdom and Heart's Invisible Furies, joins Barbara DeMarco-Barrett to discuss the art, craft, and business of writing.


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(Broadcast date: September 16, 2020)

Saturday, October 17, 2020

Stepanie Kent & Logan Smalley, Co-Creators of "The Call Me Ishmael Phone Book," on Writers on Writing — KUCI-FM

While sharing a drink at a literary pub in New York, Steph Kent & Logan Smalley mused about their favorite first lines in novels. Settling on Moby Dick's notorious "Call Me Ishmael," they wondered what would happen if Ishmael had a phone number that book lovers could call. It didn't take long for Ishmael to have his own number. Voicemails began pouring in from around the country as callers shared their most memorable reading experiences, favorite titles, books that changed and shaped their lives, and even one special copy of Beloved that cost a friendship. 

Steph and Logan join Marrie Stone to talk about The Call Me Ishmael Phone Book, which includes not only their favorite voicemail messages about books and authors, but interviews with independent bookstores around the United States, literary museums, author grave sites, and so much more. They talk about how the idea began, and how it grew. They share some of their favorite stories, and how the project is still evolving.

They invite you to call Ishmael at (774) 325-0503 to share your own reading experiences or listen to the experiences of others. Visit their website for more information, or follow them on Instagram and Twitter.

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(Record date: October 12, 2020)

Wednesday, October 14, 2020

Short Story Author Susan Buttenwieser on Writers On Writing, KUCI-FM

Debut author Susan Buttenwieser joins Marrie Stone to talk about her collection, We Were Lucky With the Rain. Named one of Poets & Writers 5 Debut Authors Over 50, Susan shares fantastic advice for writers publishing without agents. She discusses how to seek out strategic literary journals for publication, the advantages of small presses (and Four Way Books in particular), and knowing when to let your work go.

She also provides insights into how to shape an effective short story, her revision process, her attraction to adolescent narrators, and much more.  

 Finally, Susan talks about her work in women's prisons, helping those silenced voices tell their stories.

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(Record date: October 8, 2020)

Sunday, October 11, 2020

Literary Thriller Co-Authors Smith Henderson & Jon Marc Smith on Writers on Writing, KUCI-FM

As Smith Henderson and Jon Marc Smith prove, not all novelists are loners. The two decided to collaborate while partaking of a few substances at Tim O'Brien's wedding back in the early 2000s. Fifteen years, one screenplay, and two books later their first novel, Make Them Cry, debuted in September.

This literary joyride through a Mexican drug cartel has a rich cast of characters—a compromised DEA agent, a bookish sicario, a cartel fugitive, crooked cops, CIA agents, former military operatives and more, each with fascinating backstories and motivations.

Smith Henderson (author of Fourth of July Creek) and Jon Marc Smith join Marrie Stone to talk about how the book came to be, the extensive research it required, the intricacies of how their collaboration works, why they had to throw the first draft of the novel away and begin again, the importance of routine, and so much more. They also share that mind-bending story of Tim O'Brien's wedding.

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(Record date: October 6, 2020)

Wednesday, October 07, 2020

Eric Weiner on Writers on Writing, KUCI-FM

To many of us, it might feel like the world has lost its way. The very nature of truth seems up for grabs. Eric Weiner returns readers to the teachings of both the ancient and modern philosophers. How do we know what we know? How do we get out of bed each morning? How should we fight? How do we cope? How can we show kindness? How to age and, finally, how to die.


Weiner, a former NPR foreign correspondent and prolific travel writer, joins Marrie Stone to talk about his latest book, The Socrates Express: In Search of LIfe Lessons from Dead Philosophers. They hash through philosophy, philosophers, and how old wisdom applies to your daily life and your writing life. Their conversation touches on stoicism, the nature of knowledge and wisdom, the benefits of aging, and how to remain creative in a noise-filled world. It’s also filled with insights for writers: the advantages of walking, the simplicity of making lists, the benefits of aging, and more.  

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(Broadcast date: October 7, 2020)

(Recording date: September 24, 2020)

Tuesday, September 29, 2020

Novelist Deborah Gaal on Writers on Writing, KUCI-FM

Deborah Gaal, author of The Dream Stitcher, joins Marrie Stone to talk about her latest novel, Synchronicities on the Avenue of the Saints. While watching a family member struggle with bipolar disorder after exhausting all remedies offered by western medicine, Gaal discovered another way to interpret the condition. This became the foundation for her second novel. 

She talks about the role of magical realism in her everyday life, and how she incorporates some mystical aspects into her own writing practice. Gaal also shares the process that went behind her decision to self publish, how her first novel went on to receive various awards and recognition, and how her background in corporate America, as well as the theater, informs her writing.

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(Recording date: September 29, 2020)

Wednesday, September 23, 2020

Caroline Leavitt on Writers on Writing, KUCI-FM

New York Times and USA Today bestselling author Caroline Leavitt, who has penned 12 published novels to date, joins Marrie Stone to talk about her latest, With or Without You. She also talks about the many important lessons she’s learned about writing along the way (often the hard way). 


Hear how “Humans of New York” inspires her characters’ looks, how her own demons creep into her novels, and why she invests so much time and energy in promoting the work of other writers. She also discusses the importance of John Truby's Anatomy of a Story and its impact on her work. Listeners can contact Marrie Stone to access Caroline's private worksheets for story structure and plotting their own novels. Visit Marrie's website for more information on how to contact her for those documents.


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(Broadcast date: September 23, 2020)

Friday, September 11, 2020

Novelist Ivy Pochoda, These Women, on Writers on Writing, KUCI-FM in Southern California

Ivy Pochoda, author of the novel, These Women, talks with Barbara DeMarco-Barrett about writing a serial killer novel from the victims' point of view. Ivy began as a literary fiction writer and her writing continues to be literary, but it's also categorized as crime fiction. She talks about that as well as the art, craft, and business of writing. 

(Broadcast date: Sept. 2, 2020)

Wednesday, September 09, 2020

Novelist Sue Miller on Writers on Writing, KUCI-FM

Sue Miller is the bestselling author of While I Was Gone (an Oprah Book Club selection), The Distinguished Guest, For Love, Family Pictures (nominated for a National Book Critics Circle Award), Inventing the Abbotts, and The Good Mother (a major motion picture starring Diane Keaton and Liam Neeson). She joins Marrie Stone to talk about her latest novel, Monogamy

Miller's skill at depicting marriage, domestic intimacies, grief, and loss are well known in the literary world. She talks about her inspirations, recurring themes across her novels, the role of memory and recovered memories in her work, and much more. She also provides significant craft advice for writers, including the benefits of writing her novels in longhand, how to work with minor characters, keeping deceased characters alive on the page, and much more.

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(Broadcast date: September 9, 2020)

Tuesday, September 01, 2020

Poet and Essayist Sebastian Matthews on Writers on Writing, KUCI-FM

In 2011, Sebastian Matthews and his family were in a devastating car accident. When Sebastian emerged from his recovery, several years later, the world had changed around him. Not only was he navigating the trauma of his accident, but the trauma his nation was now suffering. 

Beyond Repair: Living in a Fractured State is a series of essays that attempt to make sense of Sebastian's experience living in the south as a white, liberal, middle-aged, middle income man in Trump's America. Sebastian confronts race, class, privilege, fatherhood, and his personal struggles with trauma and terror.

Sebastian's recommended writing exercise: Take a walk in a new neighborhood in your town/city. Take it slow, engage people, stop in a shop (even in these pandemic days). Then, when you get back to your own home, sit down and write about the experience. Try to capture what you saw, what you felt, and how your encounters played out. 

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(Recording Date: August 21, 2020)

Saturday, August 29, 2020

Novelist Scott Spencer

Scott Spencer, author of An Ocean Without a Shore, discusses his new book, and the art, craft, and business of writing, with host Barbara DeMarco-Barrett.

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(Broadcast date: Aug. 19, 2020)

Musical intro/outro by Travis Barrett. Find him on Spotify.

Wednesday, August 26, 2020

A Panel Discussion of "Alone Together: Love, Grief, & Comfort in the Time of Covid-19" on Writers on Writing, KUCI-FM

When the pandemic hit last March, Jennifer Haupt asked herself what she could do in its face to help her literary community. She put out a call to artists—essayists, poets, and authors—asking them to contribute their impressions. Seventy-six people answered her call and Alone Together: Love, Grief, & Comfort in the Time of Covid-19 was born. The artists contributed their work, and all proceeds of the book sales go to benefit BINC (Book Industry Charitable Foundation).


Editor and contributor Jennifer Haupt joins Marrie Stone, along with contributors Amber Flame, Robin Black, and Roberto Lovato, to talk about the collection. They discuss not only their own struggles to make artistic sense of this time, but their struggles with being artists of color and how their various backgrounds contributed to their work.


What emerges is a frank and sensitive discussion of race, class, and privilege in the time of Covid. 

As a bonus, we're asking writers to contribute their favorite writing prompts and exercises. The following were recommended by this panel:

Robin Black: I like to ask students who their characters are when they aren't in the story being written, when they aren't doing the things the author needs them to do. I'll ask them to write a few pages of some other event in the character's life, incorporating "out of character" facts about them; a couple of neurotic habits the character has; unusual hobbies they might have, and so on  - characteristics that expand the humanity of the character beyond the most stringent needs of the story. I am big these days into going beyond the idea of "necessity" in fiction - especially short fiction - and going for generosity instead. 

Flame:  I’ve been guiding groups with ekphrastic writing - looking or watching another piece of art and then using reaction/responses as a prompt. It’s a good way to get out of your head and personal experience while being in communion with other art forms.


Roberto Lovato: My main prompt is the conscious, daily reminder of my commitment to what I'm writing, its integrity, my need to sing and whatever virtuosity I can bring.

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 (Broadcast date: August 26, 2020)

Friday, August 14, 2020

Margot Livesey on Writers on Writing, KUCI-FM

Novelist Margot Livesey joins Marrie Stone to talk about her latest, The Boy in the Field. She discusses the draw of writing a coming-of-age novel at this point in her career, her play with police procedurals, her personal connection to her character's quest to find his family of origin, and how she tackled those various points of view. She also talks about how characters off stage, and other minor characters, can motivate action and accelerate plot. This, and so much more, in the conversation.

Margot also contributes this writing prompt to spark your creativity:

One of my jobs, during my brief career as a deputy supermarket manager, was to apprehend shoplifters. I was hopeless at this, in part because most shoplifters were teenagers or senior citizens, and they often stole trivial items.  

So your character, not necessarily an employee of the shop, notices someone—a friend? a stranger?—shoplifting something: a wedge of cheese, a pack of Kleenex.  Write what happens next.

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 (Broadcast date: August 12, 2020)

Wednesday, August 05, 2020

Novelist Ottessa Moshfegh, Death in Her Hands

Ottessa Moshfegh, author of the new novel, Death in Her Hands, joins Barbara DeMarco-Barrett to discuss the art, craft, and business of writing.

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(Broadcast date: August 5, 2020)

The intro and outro music is by Travis Barrett. Find more of his work on Spotify!

Tuesday, August 04, 2020

Lucie Britsch, author of the novel SAD JANET

British novelist Lucie Britsch, author of Sad Janet, talks about writing her debut novel with Barbara DeMarco-Barrett. 

(Recorded in July 2020)

Thursday, July 30, 2020

Megha Majumdar on Writers on Writing, KUCI-FM

Megha Mejumdar joins Marrie Stone to talk about her debut novel, A Burning. Set in modern day India and told from three distinct points of view, the novel tackles complicated issues of class, justice, the power of social media, and so much more.

Megha talks about her childhood, growing up in India. She also shares her experiences as both writer and editor (she's an associate editor at Catapult). She stresses the importance of keeping creative work private, how to render whole lives with small suggestions and telling scenes, and how these characters' explicit desires made it easier to know them.

As an added bonus, we're asking writers to offer up their favorite writing prompt or exercise. Megha suggests: Write a short story (or poem, or essay, or.....) which includes both something that makes you angry and something that brings you joy. 

Follow Megha on Twitter @MeghaMaj / Instagram @megha.maj.

(Broadcast date: July 29, 2020)

Wednesday, July 22, 2020

Poet Kim Dower on KUCI-FM

Poet and former West Hollywood Poet Laureate Kim Dower, author Sleeping on Tyrone Power's Grave, and three other books of poetry, returns to the show to talk with Barbara DeMarco-Barrett about the art, craft, and business of writing poetry.
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 (Broadcast date: July 21, 2020)

Monday, July 20, 2020

Crossing Borders with Barbara DeMarco-Barrett, Lisa Brackman, Kathy Krevat

This is our first straight-to-podcast show. Crossing Borders, published by Down and Out books and sponsored by Sisters in Crime, San Diego Chapter, includes my story, "Pool Fishing," and a story by guest Kathy Krevat. Joining us is one of the anthology's editors, Lisa Brackman. We'll discuss the anthology, read from our stories, and talk about the art, craft, and business of crime writing.

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(Recording date: July 17, 2020)

Thursday, July 16, 2020

Debra Jo Immergut on Writers on Writing, KUCI-FM

Novelist and short story writer Debra Jo Immergut joins Marrie Stone to talk about her latest book, You Again. Debra shares her path in and out of writing, the advantages of age, and what life experiences brought to bear on her fiction. She also has wonderful advice for writers, including the importance of a strong premise, how to plot, research, the long art of revision, and much more.

As an added bonus, authors are now asked to provide a favorite writing prompt or exercise. Debra suggests, without thinking too much, quickly jot a list of 10 memories. Ten sentences should begin with "I remember . . . ." Choose one, write the story, but allow it to take a turn into the supernatural. Good luck!

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(Broadcast date: July 15, 2020)

Friday, July 10, 2020

Heather Young on Writers on Writing, KUCI-FM

Heather Young, author of The Distant Dead, talks with Barbara DeMarco-Barrett about the art, craft, and business of writing a crime novel.

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 (Broadcast date: July 8, 2020)

Friday, July 03, 2020

Poet Jane Hirshfield on Writers on Writing

Jane Hirshfield talks with Barbara DeMarco-Barrett about her new volume of poetry, Ledger.

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(Broadcast date: June 24, 2020)

Intro and outro music by Travis Barrett. Find more of his work on Spotify and YouTube.

Wednesday, July 01, 2020

David James Poissant on Writers on Writing, KUCI-FM

Short story author and novelist David James Poissant joins Marrie Stone to talk about his latest book, Lake Life, which will be released on July 7, 2020.

Jamie shares how a story from his collection, The Heaven of Animals, evolved into this novel; how chapter 11 eventually became chapter 1; tackling challenging points of view (and those characters he feels unqualified to tackle); the importance of place and setting; and so much more.

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(Broadcast date: July 1, 2020)

Wednesday, June 17, 2020

Comedy TV Writer & Essayist Kari Lizer on "Writers on Writing," KUCI-FM

Actor, writer, and producer Kari Lizer joins Marrie Stone to talk about her hilarious collection, Aren't You Forgetting Someone: Essays From My Mid-Life Revenge. Kari was the co-executive producer of Will & Grace, and the creator of the CBS sitcom, The New Adventures of Old Christine. She talks about how writing for television and screenplays helped her in this essay collection, her path into writing, the importance of the revision process, the use of humor during dark days, the difference between an anecdote and an essay, and so much more.

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(Broadcast date: June 17, 2020)

Monday, June 08, 2020

Lydia Millet on Writers on Writing, KUCI-FM

Lydia Millet joins Marrie Stone for the hour to talk about her latest novel, A Children's Bible. She talks about how she conquered her plot problems, managing a big cast of characters, how the novel spoke to the quarantine into which it was released, and much more.

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(Broadcast date: June 3, 2020)

Sunday, May 31, 2020

Courtney Maum on Writers on Writing

Courtney Maum, author of Before and After the Book Deal: A Writer's Guide to Finishing, Publishing, Promoting, and Surviving Your First Book (Catapult), talks with Barbara DeMarco-Barrett about the art, craft, and business of writing.

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(Broadcast date: May 27, 2020)

Monday, May 25, 2020

Gish Jen on Writers on Writing, KUCI-FM

Gish Jen, author of The Resisters, joins Marrie Stone for the hour to talk baseball, knitting, artificial intelligence, and the role of the fiction writer in today's world. She shares her wit, her wisdom, and writing advice.

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(Broadcast date: May 20, 2020)

Tuesday, May 19, 2020

Novelist S.M. Hulse, Eden Mine

Novelist S.M. Hulse, author of Eden Mine, joins Barbara DeMarco-Barrett to talk about the art, craft, and business of writing--and why she uses initials instead of her first name.

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(Broadcast date: May 11, 2020)

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Wednesday, May 06, 2020

Carolyn Forché on Writers on Writing, KUCI-FM

Poet, teacher, and activist Carolyn Forché has witnessed, thought about, and put into poetry some of the most devastating events of 20th-century world history. An articulate defender of her own aims as well as the larger goals of poetry, Forché is perhaps best known for coining the term “poetry of witness.” Her memoir about her time in El Salvador, What You Have Heard Is True, was a finalist for the 2019 National Book Award in nonfiction.

Carolyn joins Marrie Stone to talk about In the Lateness of the World, her fifth collection of poetry, and the first collection in nearly two decades. She discusses the importance of poetry during times of political and social strife, the role of the witness, as well as many other important insights into poetry’s role and the process by which she creates work.
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Wednesday, April 29, 2020

Elizabeth Wetmore on Writers on Writing, KUCI-FM

Debut novelist Elizabeth Wetmore joins Marrie Stone for the hour to talk about her novel, Valentine. On the morning after Valentine's Day, 1976, a 14-year old Hispanic girl turns up on the doorstep of a ranch house outside Odessa, Texas after being brutally raped in the oilfields. What follows is the portrait of a Texas oil town—with all its complexity, racism, and heartbreak—as told by seven of the town's women.

Elizabeth talks about the book's origins, bringing this town to life, and the fully realized and complicated women who won't leave your mind well after the book is done. She also shares writing wisdom she accumulated both from life, working a long series of various jobs, as well as from her professors at the Iowa Writers Workshop. She talks about the big questions—writing from the POV of other cultures and the importance of asking for help. She also discusses the smaller stylistic decisions: not using quotations marks, choosing tense and POV, and keeping notebooks. There's so much wisdom and inspiration in this hour.

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 (Broadcast date: April 29, 2020)

Thursday, April 16, 2020

Randy Kraft on Writers on Writing, KUCI-FM

Randy Kraft joins Marrie Stone to talk about her latest short story collection, Rational Women. She talks about how she's staying productive during these unprecedented times, her pandemic reading list, and the biggest changes to her writing life in the past weeks.

Randy also shares a number of fantastic insights into constructing a compelling short story, including the difference between a situation and a story, the importance of understanding place, her thoughts about white writers tackling racial issues, and much more.

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 (Broadcast date: April 15, 2020)

Sunday, April 12, 2020

Novelist Jill Ciment

Novelist Jill Ciment, author of The Body in Question and Heroic Measures (made into the film, Five Flights Up, with Morgan Freeman and Diane Keaton) talks with Barbara DeMarco-Barrett about the art, craft, and business of writing.

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(Broadcast date: March 11, 2020)

Musical intro and outro by Travis Barrett. Find him on Spotify.

Thursday, March 26, 2020

Colette Sartor on Writers on Writing, KUCI-FM

Colette Sartor, author of the short story collection, Once Removed (University of Georgia Press) talks about the art, craft, and business of writing with host Barbara DeMarco-Barrett.

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Intro and outro by Travis Barrett. Find more by him on Spotify and YouTube.

(Broadcast date: March 11, 2020)

Sunday, March 22, 2020

Ann Napolitano on Writers on Writing, KUCI-FM

Novelist and Associate Editor of One Story literary magazine Ann Napolitano joins Marrie Stone to talk about her latest novel, Dear Edward. Ann talks about the importance of each writer paying attention to their unique perspective on the world, how an illness in her college years helped her find her story, how working as an editor aids her writing, her new approach to novel writing, and how Dear Edward came about.

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(Broadcast date: March 18, 2020)

Thursday, March 05, 2020

Colum McCann on Writers on Writing, KUCI-FM

Colum McCann's latest, Apeirogon, is inspired by the real-life relationship between two men — Bassam Aramin (a Palestinian) and Rami Elhanan (an Israeli)—both of whom lost young daughters in the Middle East conflict. Part nonfiction, part imagination, the book weaves history, science, music, art, nature, and politics to bring depth and complexity to these characters' lives and their girls' deaths.
McCann joins Marrie Stone to talk about the novel, its complex structure, how he uses subconscious associations to create texture and depth, his literary obsessions, using real life people to spin his fiction, and much more.
(Broadcast date: March 4, 2020)

Tuesday, March 03, 2020

Memoirist Christina Adams on Writers on Writing, KUCI-FM

Memoirist Christina Adams talks with host Barbara DeMarco-Barrett about her new memoir, Camel Crazy, published by New World Library. They discuss camel milk, autism, and the art, craft, and business of writing.

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 (Broadcast date: Feb. 26, 2020

Friday, February 28, 2020

Jenny Offill & Lily King on Writers on Writing, KUCI-FM

Novelists Jenny Offill, author of Weather, and Lily King, author of Writers & Lovers talk with host Barbara DeMarco-Barrett about the art, craft, and business of writing.

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(Broadcast date: Feb. 12, 2020)

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Saturday, February 22, 2020

Alexis Schaitkin on Writers on Writing, KUCI-FM

Debut novelist Alexis Schaitkin joins Marrie Stone for the full hour to talk about Saint X.

Alexis unveils the inspiration behind the story, and how her curiosity about tourism and the tension between tourists and locals drives her characters. She shares her exhaustive research process, her insights into writing from the perspective of other cultures, and finding culturally sensitive readers. Alexis also reveals former professor Deborah Eisenberg's lens through which she evaluates effective writing, as well as a unique twist on the old writing adage about "killing your darlings." It's a rich hour full of wonderful insights.

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(Broadcast date: February 19, 2020)

Tuesday, February 11, 2020

Freelance Journalist & Foreign Correspondent William Wheeler on Writers on Writing, KUCI-FM

Foreign correspondent and filmmaker William Wheeler is the author of State of War: MS-13 and El Salvador’s World of Violence. He’s also the producer of the Showtime documentary “The Trade” and the Emmy nominated film, “Who Shot the Sheriff,” about the Cold War assassination attempt on Bob Marley.

Bill joins Marrie Stone for the full hour to talk about his reporting on MS-13 and the life of a journalist in general. He shares his insights on putting together a compelling, well-researched, and impartial story, the future of journalism, how the industry has changed, and more.

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(Broadcast date: February 5, 2020)

Friday, February 07, 2020

Literary agent Danielle Svetcov and crime writer Matt Coyle

Literary agent, Danielle Svetcov, also author of Parked, and crime writer Matt Coyle, author of Lost Tomorrows, talk with Barbara DeMarco-Barrett about agenting and writing.

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 (Broadcast date: Jan. 15, 2020)

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Thursday, January 30, 2020

Alexander Weinstein on Writers on Writing, KUCI-FM

Alexander Weinstein, author of the 2016 dystopian short story collection Children of the New World, returns to talk with Marrie Stone about his latest collection, Universal Love.

In the near-distant future—one where technology has taken the next predictable steps—characters reckon with what it means to love, to kill, to be intimate, and to be human in an age when they're wholly invested in inhabiting a digital world. Fans of Black Mirror will love this collection.

In addition to sharing the inspiration and backstories behind many of the pieces, Alexander shares mounds of writing wisdom and advice.

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(Broadcast date: January 29, 2020)

Thursday, January 23, 2020

Julie Zuckerman and Annalee Newitz on Writers on Writing, KUCI-FM

Short story author Julie Zuckerman, author of The Book of Jeremiah, joins Marrie Stone to share her novel in stories. Julie talks about drawing inspiration and structure from Elizabeth Strout's Olive Kittridge, how she structured the collection and the stories within, working with a small press (Press 53), and how a simple writing prompt unlocked Jeremiah Gerstler's complex character.

In the second half, Annalee Newitz joins to talk about their latest novel, The Future of Another Timeline. They talk about how their science background feeds their fiction, what fiction can accomplish that nonfiction cannot, dealing with the complexities of time travel, and much more.

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(Broadcast date: January 22, 2020)

Sunday, January 12, 2020

Alix Kates Shulman on Writers on Writing, KUCI-FM

Nearly 50 years after it first shocked readers nationwide, Alix Kates Shulman's, Memoirs of an Ex-Prom Queen is still being hailed as a feminist classic. Inspired by the iconic protest of the 1968 Miss America Pageant, and called by the Oxford Companion to Women's Writing "the first important novel to emerge from the Women's Liberation Movement," the 1972 book continues to hit home with its comic portrayal of growing up female in a man's world in white middle-class pre-feminist America. The book was re-released last year. At 87, Alix is still writing, speaking, and taking her message to the streets.

Alix talks about writing those daring sex scenes, her own terrifying illegal abortion, how fiction can change minds, and the slow but effective changes brought about by wave after wave of the women's movement.

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(Broadcast date: January 8, 2020)

Thursday, January 02, 2020

Poet Michael Miller on Writers on Writing, KUCI-FM

Poet Michael Miller joins Marrie Stone for an hour of poetry and reflection on New Year's morning. He talks about his retrospective collection, Tea and Subtitles: Selected Poems 1999-2019, many addressing beginnings, endings, and New Year's Day itself.

Michael discusses his life-long love of the form, how journalism aids his poetry, assembling the writer's toolbox, and the many poets who he recommends as accessible and necessary reads.

Michael will appear at the LA Times Festival of Books on the poetry stage in April.

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 (Broadcast date: January 1, 2020)