This episode features writers who are not attending the AWP Conference and Bookfair this year: Brendan Lorber, Elizabeth Costello, Hillary Leftwich, Jesi Bender, Jessie Janeshek, Micah Zevin, and Michael Martone.
Brendan Lorber is the author of If this is paradise why are we still driving? He’s also written several chapbooks, most recently Unfixed Elegy and Other Poems. He’s had work in the American Poetry Review, Fence, McSweeney’s, and elsewhere. Brendan Lorber lives in Brooklyn, NY.
Elizabeth Costello writes arts criticism and other nonfiction, poetry, and fiction.
Hillary Leftwich is the author of Ghosts Are Just Strangers Who Know How To Knock. She is poetry and prose editor for Heavy Feather Review and organizes/hosts At the Inkwell Denver. Her writing appears in Entropy, The Missouri Review, Hobart, SmokeLong Quarterly, NANO Fiction, and elsewhere.
Jessie Janeshek is the author of MADCAP, The Shaky Phase, and Invisible Mink. Her chapbooks include Spanish Donkey/Pear of Anguish, Rah-Rah Nostalgia, Supernoir, Auto-Harlow, Channel U, and Hardscape. With Jesse Graves, she co-edited the literary anthology Outscape: Writings on Fences and Frontiers.
Micah Zevin is a poet, writer, and librarian. He curates the Risk of Discovery Reading Series.
Michael Martone is a professor of creative writing in the Department of English at the University of Alabama. He is the author of many books, among them Brooding, The Moon over Wapakoneta, The Blue Guide to Indiana, Four for a Quarter, and Michael Martone. He lives in Tuscaloosa, Alabama.
John Madera is the author of Nervosities (Anti-Oedipus Press, 2024). His other fiction is published in Conjunctions, Salt Hill, The &Now Awards 2: The Best Innovative Writing, and many other journals. His nonfiction is published in American Book Review, Bookforum, The Review of Contemporary Fiction, Rain Taxi: Review of Books, The Believer, The Brooklyn Rail, and many other venues. Recipient of an M.F.A. in Literary Arts from Brown University, New York State Council on the Arts awardee John Madera lives in New York City, Rhizomatic and manages and edits Big Other.