So, we started the new year with me as the guest. Which didn’t result in trading places because I still had to run the board, but Ed Battistella and Bobby Arellano were wonderful hosts, asking me questions about my new book, how I started writing and broader questions. We had a good time, which matters most.
So, have a listen. And use the comment section below to tell me what you think. And don’t forget. If you’re in the Ashland region, come to the book release event at Bloomsbury Books on Main Street in Ashland.
Our November show was pre-recorded since it falls on the Friday after Thanksgiving. Our guest was Bobby Arellano, author of the Edgar-finalist Havana Lunar and forthcoming Havana Libre (Akashic Books, December 2017). His other books include Curse The Names, Don Dimaio of La Plata, and Fast Eddie, King of the Bees, all published by Akashic Books. He teaches at Southern Oregon University and is an Oregon Literary Fellow, and a Rockefeller Foundation Fellow.
Our August guest was retired journalist Paul Fattig. Born in Kerby, Oregon, Paul wrote for many of the newspapers in Southern Oregon and beyond. In 2001, Paul and his wife Maureen bought a burnt out shell of a cabin along Sterling Creek, about 10 miles from Jacksonville. Once retired, Paul told the story of renovating that shell and turning it into a family home. That story became the book Up Sterling Creek Without A Paddle. In our interview, Paul talks about writing, the challenges involved in renovation, and his new project about two uncles who became draft evaders in World War I.
For the month of July, Ed Battistella and I interviewed poet Amy Miller. She is the author of nine poetry and nonfiction chapbooks, including Botanica (2012), Tea Before Questions (2010) and Beautiful/Brutal (2009).
She has taught workshops on writing and publishing for the Jack London Writers’ Conference, Oregon State Poetry Association, California Writers’ Club, and San Francisco State University. She was a co-founder of the Piccolo Poetry Series, the largest poetry open mike on the San Francisco Peninsula, and currently works as the publications project manager for the Oregon Shakespeare Festival.
Her new book The Trouble with New England Girls will come out in July 2018.
Our June guest was Victor Lodato, a novelist, playwright, and poet. His first novel, Mathilda Savitch, was called “a Salingeresque wonder” by The New York Times and was on the “Best Book” lists of The Christian Science Monitor, Booklist, and The Globe and Mail. Mathilda Savitch won the PEN USA Award for Fiction and the Barnes & Noble Discover Prize.
Victor’s second novel, Edgar and Lucy, was published in March by (St. Martin’s Press). Lena Dunham calls Edgar and Lucy “profoundly spiritual and hilariously specific,” and Sophie McManus lauds the “tender, funny, living immediacy of its characters.”
Victor is a Guggenheim Fellow and the recipient of fellowships from The National Endowment for the Arts, The Princess Grace Foundation, The Camargo Foundation in France, and The Bogliasco Foundation in Italy. His work has been published in The New Yorker, The New York Times, Granta, and Best American Short Stories. A recent essay was published in the “Modern Love” column of The New York Times.