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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)