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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January 31, 2011

Recent programs

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 28, 2011
From the recording sessions for the audio book of The Tunnel. Courtesy of Dalkey Archive Press.
January 28, 2011
Brevity editor Dinty W. Moore discusses portrayal of characters in a brief essay by John Griswold that was first published in Brevity then listed as notable in the Best American Nonrequired Reading 2009, ed. Dave Eggers.
January 27, 2011
Editor Jodee Stanley of Ninth Letter discusses with Creative Writing and Art & Design Faculty at the University of Illinois the collaborative nature of producing the award-winning literary journal.
January 26, 2011
Poet and writing program administrator Steve Davenport talks about poetry and lyrics—and co-writes a song or two—with indie musician Bruce “Bruiser” Rummenie.  

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