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First Draft: A Dialogue on Writing is a weekly show featuring in-depth interviews with fiction, non-fiction, essay, and poetry writers. First Draft: A Dialogue on Writing highlights the voices of writers as they discuss their work, their craft, and the literary arts. This weekly show hosted by Mitzi Rapkin is a celebration of creative writing and the individuals who are dedicated to bringing their carefully chosen words to print as well as the impact writers have on the world we live in.

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First Draft: A Dialogue on Writing is a weekly show featuring in-depth interviews with fiction, non-fiction, essay, and poetry writers. First Draft: A Dialogue on Writing highlights the voices of writers as they discuss their work, their craft, and the literary arts. This weekly show hosted by Mitzi Rapkin is a celebration of creative writing and the individuals who are dedicated to bringing their carefully chosen words to print as well as the impact writers have on the world we live in.

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54 Ratings
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Invigorating and intelligent

By Rachel J. Walker - Oct 06 2019
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Mitzi does an incredible job getting to the heart of her interviewee’s craft, likely because she is a writer herself. This is an elucidating podcast that’s become my go to whenever I’m stumped in my own writing, looking for inspiration, or are simply curious about a book or author.

Worth listening to for Readers and Writers

By Mark Tom - Nov 11 2015
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Wonderful that this is now available on iTunes! Dive in and try it…you will be hooked.

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54 Ratings
Average Ratings
47
4
0
0
3

Invigorating and intelligent

By Rachel J. Walker - Oct 06 2019
Read more
Mitzi does an incredible job getting to the heart of her interviewee’s craft, likely because she is a writer herself. This is an elucidating podcast that’s become my go to whenever I’m stumped in my own writing, looking for inspiration, or are simply curious about a book or author.

Worth listening to for Readers and Writers

By Mark Tom - Nov 11 2015
Read more
Wonderful that this is now available on iTunes! Dive in and try it…you will be hooked.
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First Draft: A Dialogue on Writing

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First Draft: A Dialogue on Writing is a weekly show featuring in-depth interviews with fiction, non-fiction, essay, and poetry writers. First Draft: A Dialogue on Writing highlights the voices of writers as they discuss their work, their craft, and the literary arts. This weekly show hosted by Mitzi Rapkin is a celebration of creative writing and the individuals who are dedicated to bringing their carefully chosen words to print as well as the impact writers have on the world we live in.

Rank #1: First Draft - Chuck Palahniuk

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Chuck Palahniuk is the author of novels, novellas, graphic novels, journalism, essays, and even a coloring book.  He is best known for his 1996 novel Fight Club.  His new novel is called Adjustment Day.

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Jul 23 2018

34mins

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Rank #2: First Draft - Dani Shapiro

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Dani Shapiro is the bestselling author of the memoirs Still WritingDevotion, and Slow Motion, and five novels including Black & White and Family History. Her work has appeared in The New Yorker, Granta, Tin House, One Story, Elle, The New York Times Book Review, the op-ed pages of The New York Times, The Los Angeles Times, and has been broadcast on “This American Life”.  Her newest memoir is called Hourglass

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Jun 19 2017

36mins

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Rank #3: First Draft - Jennifer Egan

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Jennifer Egan is the author of several novels and a short story collection. Her book, A Visit From the Goon Squad, won the 2011 Pulitzer Prize, the National Book Critics Circle Award, and the Los Angeles Times book prize. Also a journalist, she has written frequently in the New York Times Magazine. Her newest novel is Manhattan Beach.

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Dec 11 2017

31mins

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Rank #4: First Draft - Karen Russell

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Karen Russell won the 2012 and the 2018 National Magazine Award for fiction, and her first novel, Swamplandia! was a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize, winner of the New York Public Library Young Lions Award, and one of The New York Times’ Ten Best Books of 2011. Her short story collections include Vampires in the Lemon Grove, St. Lucy’s Home for Girls Raised by Wolves, and Orange World.

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Aug 05 2019

43mins

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Rank #5: First Draft - Ann Patchett

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Ann Patchett is the author of six novels, The Patron Saint of Liars, Taft, The Magician’s Assistant, Bel Canto, Run, and State of Wonder. She was the editor of Best American Short Stories, 2006, and has written three books of nonfiction, Truth & Beauty, about her friendship with the writer, Lucy Grealy, What now? an expansion of her graduation address at Sarah Lawrence College, and, most recently, This is the Story of a Happy Marriage, a collection of essays that examines the theme of commitment.

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Nov 21 2015

29mins

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Rank #6: First Draft - Joshua Ferris

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Joshua Ferris is the bestselling author of three novels, Then We Came to the End,  The Unnamed and To Rise Again at a Decent Hour. He was a finalist for the National Book Award, winner of the Barnes and Noble Discover Award and the PEN/Hemingway Award, and was named one of The New Yorker’s “20 Under 40”writers in 2010. His fiction has appeared in The New Yorker, Granta, Tin House, and Best American Short Stories. He lives in New York.

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Jun 20 2016

30mins

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Rank #7: First Draft - Meg Wolitzer

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Meg Wolitzer is the New York Times–bestselling author of The Interestings, The Uncoupling, The Ten-Year Nap, The Position, The Wife, and Sleepwalking. She is also the author of the young adult novel Belzhar. Wolitzer lives in New York City.

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May 27 2019

28mins

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Rank #8: First Draft - Carmen Maria Machado

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Carmen Maria Machado's debut short story collection, Her Body and Other Parties, was a finalist for the National Book Award and the winner of the Bard Fiction Prize.

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Nov 20 2017

33mins

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Rank #9: First Draft - Esmé Weijun Wang

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Esmé Weijun Wang is the author of The Border of Paradise and The Collected Schizophrenias.

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Feb 04 2019

37mins

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Rank #10: First Draft - Leif Enger

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Leif Enger was raised in Osakis, Minnesota, and worked as a reporter and producer for Minnesota Public Radio for nearly twenty years.  His newest novel is called Virgil Wander.

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Dec 10 2018

40mins

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Rank #11: First Draft - Elizabeth Strout

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Elizabeth Strout was born in Portland, Maine, and grew up in small towns in Maine and New Hampshire. Her novels include Amy and Isabelle, Olive Kitteridge, Abide With Me, and The Burgess Boys. This interview was recorded in 2013.

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Feb 05 2018

31mins

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Rank #12: First Draft - Jenny Offill

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Jenny Offill is the author of Dept. of Speculation.

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Mar 05 2018

30mins

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Rank #13: First Draft - Anna Quindlen

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Anna Quindlen is a novelist and journalist whose work has appeared on fiction, nonfiction, and self-help bestseller lists. She is the author of nine novels: Object Lessons, One True Thing, Black and Blue, Blessings, Rise and Shine, Every Last One, Still Life with Bread CrumbsMiller’s Valley, and Alternate Side. Her memoir Lots of Candles, Plenty of Cake, published in 2012, was a #1 New York Times bestseller. Her book A Short Guide to a Happy Life has sold more than a million copies. While a columnist at The New York Times she won the Pulitzer Prize and published two collections, Living Out Loud and Thinking Out Loud. Her Newsweek columns were collected in Loud and Clear.

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Apr 09 2018

39mins

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Rank #14: First Draft - Curtis Sittenfeld

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Curtis Sittenfeld is the bestselling author of five novels: PrepThe Man of My DreamsAmerican WifeSisterland, and Eligible. Her first story collection is called You Think It, I’ll Say It.

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Apr 30 2018

35mins

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Rank #15: First Draft - Dana Spiotta

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Dana Spiotta is the author of four novels: Innocents and Others, published by Scribner in 2016; Stone Arabia (2011), which was a National Book Critics Circle Award Finalist in fiction; Eat the Document(2006), which was a finalist for the National Book Award and a recipient of the Rosenthal Foundation Award from the American Academy of Arts and Letters; and Lightning Field (2001). Spiotta was a Guggenheim Fellow, a New York Foundation for the Arts Fellow, and won the 2008-9 Rome Prize from the American Academy in Rome. She lives in Syracuse with her daughter Agnes and teaches in the Syracuse University MFA program.

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May 23 2016

33mins

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Rank #16: First Draft - Petina Gappah

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Petina Gappah is an award-winning Zimbabwean author. Her novels include Out of Darkness, Shining Light and The Book of Memory.  She has also written two short story collections and also writes journalism. She has a law degree and worked as an international trade lawyer. She lives in Harare.

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Oct 21 2019

48mins

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Rank #17: First Draft - Laura van den Berg

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Laura van den Berg was raised in Florida and earned her M.F.A. at Emerson College.  Her books include Find Me, The Isle of Youth, and What the World Will Look Like When All the Water Leaves Us.

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Sep 18 2017

29mins

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Rank #18: First Draft - Bernice McFadden

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Bernice McFadden is the author of nine critically acclaimed novels including Sugar, Loving Donovan, Nowhere Is a Place, The Warmest December, Gathering of Waters (a New York Times Editors’ Choice and one of the 100 Notable Books of 2012), Glorious, and The Book of Harlan (winner of a 2017 American Book Award and the NAACP Image Award for Outstanding Literary Work, Fiction). She is a four-time Hurston/Wright Legacy Award finalist, as well as the recipient of three awards from the BCALA. Praise Song for the Butterflies is her latest novel.

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Oct 01 2018

44mins

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Rank #19: First Draft: Alan Lightman

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Alan Lightman is the author of six novels, including Einstein’s Dreams, which was an international best seller and The Diagnosis, a finalist for the National Book Award. He is also the author of two collections of essays and several books on science. A theoretical physicist as well as a writer, he has served on the faculties of Harvard and MIT, where he was the first person to receive a dual faculty appointment in science and the humanities. He lives in the Boston area.

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Nov 09 2015

29mins

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Rank #20: First Draft - Susan Orlean

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Susan Orlean is a staff writer at The New Yorker and her books include Rin Tin Tin, The Orchid Thief, and The Library Book, among others.

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Apr 01 2019

41mins

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First Draft - Ethan Rutherford

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Ethan Rutherford is the author of The Peripatetic Coffin and Other Stories, which was a finalist for the Los Angeles Times Art Seidenbaum Award for First Fiction, a finalist for the John Leonard Award, received honorable mention for the PEN/Hemingway Award, was a Barnes & Noble Discover Great New Writers selection, and was the winner of a Minnesota Book Award. Rutherford received his MFA in Creative Writing from the University of Minnesota and now teaches Creative Writing at Trinity College. 

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Jan 27 2020

32mins

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First Draft - Isabel Allende

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Isabel Allende is the author of more than 23 works of fiction and non-fiction including The House of Spirits, Eva Luna, Of Love and Shadows, and Ripper.  She has sold more than 74 million books, which have been translated into 40 languages. Allende devotes much of her time to human rights causes and after her daughter Paula died, she established a charitable foundation in her honor, which delivers care to girls and women around the world.

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Jan 20 2020

32mins

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First Draft - Walter Mosley

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Walter Mosley is a fiction, non-fiction, and screenplay writer. He has written more than 50 books, including the bestselling mystery series featuring detective Easy Rawlins. His latest book is called Elements of Fiction.

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Jan 13 2020

37mins

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First Draft - Jeannie Vanasco

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Jeannie Vanasco is the author of the memoirs Things We Didn't Talk About When I Was a Girl and The Glass Eye. Her writing has appeared in The Believer, the New York Times Modern Love, NewYorker.com and elsewhere. She lives in Baltimore and is an assistant professor of English at Towson University. 

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Jan 06 2020

49mins

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First Draft - Adrienne Brodeur

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Adrienne Brodeur is the author of the memoir, Wild Game: My Mother, Her Lover and Me.  Brodeur founded the fiction magazine, Zoetrope: All-Story, with filmmaker Francis Ford Coppola, where she served as editor in chief from 1996-2002.  In 2005, she became an editor at Harcourt.  She is now the Executive Director of Aspen Words, a literary arts nonprofit and program of the Aspen Institute.  

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Dec 30 2019

48mins

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First Draft - Etgar Keret

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Etgar Keret is an Israeli writer of fiction, non-fiction, television and film whose work has appeared in The New York Times, Le Monde, The New Yorker, The Guardian, The Paris Review and Zoetrope, among others, and over 40 short movies have been based on his stories, one of which won the American MTV Prize. His feature film Wristcutters also won several international awards.  His short story collection Fly Already won the Sapir Prize for Literature in Israel.  Some of his other titles include The Seven Good Years, Suddenly, a Knock on the Door, Four Stories, and A Girl on the Fridge.  Keret's books have been published in 42 languages in 45 countries.

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Dec 23 2019

59mins

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First Draft- David Quammen

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David Quammen writes fiction and non-fiction with a focus on science and the natural world. He has written more than ten books. His newest book is called The Tangled Tree: A Radical New History of Life.  He is a contributing writer for National Geographic.

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Dec 16 2019

49mins

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First Draft - Deborah Levy

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Deborah Levy was born in South Africa and moved to England at the age of nine, where she studied contemporary arts at Dartington College of Arts. In 1989, she published her first collection of short stories, Ophelia and the Great Idea, and a second, Black Vodka, in 2013. Two of her novels, Swimming Home and Hot Milk, were shortlisted for the Booker prize; her latest, The Man Who Saw Everything, was long listed for the Booker prize. She is a playwright, fiction writer, and memoirist. Her new memoir is called The Cost of Living.

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Dec 09 2019

44mins

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First Draft - Leslie Jamison

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Leslie Jamison writes fiction, non-fiction, and memoir. Her works include The Empathy Exams, The Gin Closet, The Recovering, and Make it Scream, Make it Burn. She teaches at Columbia University's MFA program concentrating on non-fiction. 

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Dec 02 2019

51mins

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First Draft - Amitav Ghosh

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Amitav Ghosh is the author of nine novels, including Gun Island and the Ibis Trilogy, Sea of Poppies, River of Smoke, and Flood of Fire. He is also the author of six books of non-fiction. He was born on Calcutta and lives in Brooklyn and Goa, India.

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Nov 25 2019

47mins

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First Draft - Nick Flynn

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Nick Flynn is the author of twelve books including the memoir Another Bullshit Night in Suck City and most recently the poetry collection, I Will Destroy You.

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Nov 18 2019

43mins

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First Draft - Kimi Eisele

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Kimi Eisele is the author of the debut novel The Lightest Object in the Universe. She is a multidisciplinary artist based in Tucson, Arizona. She also works for the Southwest Folklife Alliance as a writer and editor.

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Nov 11 2019

46mins

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First Draft - Alexandra Fuller

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Alexandra Fuller is the author of novels, memoirs, non-fiction, essays, and journalism. Her latest memoir is Travel Light, Move Fast, which focuses on the life and death of her father, an Englishman who settled in Africa. Fuller was born in England, grew up in Zimbabwe, and now lives in Wyoming.

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Nov 04 2019

38mins

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First Draft - Terry Tempest Williams

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Terry Tempest Williams has written and edited over 20 books, including the essay collection Erosion, Refuge, and The Open Space of Democracy. Her work focuses on the natural world and the intersection between the environment and personal and national politics, spirituality, and family. She teaches at the Harvard Divinity School and lives in rural Utah.

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Oct 28 2019

50mins

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First Draft - Petina Gappah

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Petina Gappah is an award-winning Zimbabwean author. Her novels include Out of Darkness, Shining Light and The Book of Memory.  She has also written two short story collections and also writes journalism. She has a law degree and worked as an international trade lawyer. She lives in Harare.

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Oct 21 2019

48mins

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First Draft - Alix Ohlin

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Alix Ohlin is the author of the novels Dual Citizens and Inside, which was a finalist for the Scotiabank Giller Prize and the Rogers Writers' Trust Fiction Prize.  She lives in Vancouver and is the chair of the Creative Writing Program at University of British Columbia.

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Oct 14 2019

48mins

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First Draft - Nathaniel Popkin

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Nathaniel Popkin is the author of three books of non-fiction and the novels, The Year of the Return, Everything is Borrowed, and Lion and Leopard.  He also co-edited the anthology Who Will Speak for America?, which he also spoke about with co-editor Stephanie Feldman on First Draft.

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Oct 07 2019

47mins

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First Draft - Téa Obreht

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Téa Obreht is the author of the novels Inland and The Tiger’s Wife.  Her work has been anthologized in The Best American Short Stories and The Best American Non-Required Reading, and has appeared in The New Yorker, Harper's, and The Atlantic, among many others.  She was born in the former Yugoslavia and now lives and teaches in New York.

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Sep 30 2019

51mins

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First Draft - Caitlin Horrocks

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Caitlin Horrocks is the author of the novel The Vexations and the short story collection This is Not Your City.  She is on the advisory board of the Kenyon Review and teaches fiction at Grand Valley State University and the MFA Program for Writers at Warren Wilson College.  Subscribe to First Draft.

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Sep 23 2019

43mins

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First Draft - Helen Phillips

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Helen Phillips, author of The Need, has written five books, including the short story collections Some Possible Solutions and And Yet They Were Happy and the novel The Beautiful Bureaucrat. Her work has been featured on Selected Shorts, at the Brooklyn Museum, and in the Atlantic Monthly, the New York Times, and Tin House, among others. She is an associate professor at Brooklyn College.

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Sep 16 2019

45mins

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iTunes Ratings

54 Ratings
Average Ratings
47
4
0
0
3

Invigorating and intelligent

By Rachel J. Walker - Oct 06 2019
Read more
Mitzi does an incredible job getting to the heart of her interviewee’s craft, likely because she is a writer herself. This is an elucidating podcast that’s become my go to whenever I’m stumped in my own writing, looking for inspiration, or are simply curious about a book or author.

Worth listening to for Readers and Writers

By Mark Tom - Nov 11 2015
Read more
Wonderful that this is now available on iTunes! Dive in and try it…you will be hooked.