Radio Free AWP

Radio Free AWP

Radio Free AWP coincided with the annual conference, February 2-6, 2011, of the Association of Writers & Writing Programs, which supports more than “34,000 writers at over 500 member colleges & universities and 100 writers' conferences & centers.” In 2011 the conference was held in Washington, DC, home of Inside Higher Ed, and some 8,000 creative writers and teachers attended more than 350 readings, lectures, panels, and book signings, as well as a bookfair with 500 publishers represented.

Radio Free AWP was conceived, organized and curated by Inside Higher Ed's Oronte Churm, who wanted to use the opportunity to connect writers and readers, wherever they are. It’s true pirate radio, internet-style, with some of Churm's literary friends and friends-of-friends generously donating their words and time for your listening pleasure. The readings and discussions archived here range widely, from a short story recorded professionally in the studio of some guy named Ira who evidently has an interest in American lives, to a self-produced audio essay recorded on location in Africa, to what sounds like a writer who's broken into your kitchen late at night to drink your bourbon and pet your dog, and when you discover him there he tells you a crazy-funny tale about the Russian mob stealing a river.

Enjoy, and thank you for listening!

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PROGRAMS

January 31, 2011
January 30, 2011
Lee Gutkind, “godfather” of the creative nonfiction movement, talks here with his son, Sam, who’s 19, on their memoir Truckin' With Sam: A Father and Son, the Mick and the Dyl, Rockin' and Rollin', on the Road (SUNY Press, 2010).
January 30, 2011
Editor Lee Gutkind, Managing Editor Hattie Fletcher, and Associate Editor Stephen Knezovich of Creative Nonfiction offer an invaluable inside look at the background of the magazine, the fundamental differences between magazines and literary journals, genre, finding a niche, audience, and much more.

Archive

January 30, 2011
Amy Hassinger (The Priest’s Madonna) and Fred Arroyo (The Region of Lost Names) introduce Lewis Hyde's The Gift and discuss its cult status among writers.
January 29, 2011
Etgar Keret, writer (Missing Kissinger, The Girl on the Fridge) and filmmaker (Jellyfish, winner of the Caméra d’Or at Cannes and Best Director Award of the French Artists and Writers’ Guild), was born in Tel Aviv in 1967 and is the most popular writer among Israel’s young generation. In 2010, Keret was honored in France with the decoration of Chevalier de l`Ordre des Arts et des Lettres. His books have been published abroad in 29 languages in 34 countries.
January 29, 2011
Xu Xi, finalist for the inaugural Man Asian Literary Prize for her novel Habit of a Foreign Sky, discusses the book with her editor, Anna Sherman, at the Asia Society New York, November 8, 2010.
January 29, 2011
Xu Xi, finalist for the inaugural Man Asian Literary Prize, reads here from her novel Habit of a Foreign Sky at the Asia Society New York, November 8, 2010.
January 29, 2011
Roy Kesey reads from his novel, Pacazo (Dzanc Books), the story of an American historian who teaches English at a small university in Piura, on the desert coast of Peru.

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