Posts by Mike Gravagno

WRITERS’ BLOCK EPISODE 18: ANNA LEAHY

amleahy.com

Anna Leahy is a poet, nonfiction writer, and professor. She is the author of the nonfiction book Tumor, and co-author of Conversing with Cancer, Generation Space, and What We Talk about When We Talk about Creative Writing. Her poetry collections are Aperture and Constituents of Matter. Her essays won the top prizes from Ninth Letter…

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WRITERS’ BLOCK EPISODE 17: EMILY BEAVER

Emily Beaver is a triple threat: writing poetry, fiction, and nonfiction. Emily is obsessed with people. She handles this by writing about them, and has done so ever since the age of eight. Since then she’s gone on to be published in various magazines and collections, including Chicken Soup for the Soul: The Cancer Book, and…

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WRITERS’ BLOCK EPISODE 16: RICHARD BAUSCH

Writers’ Block returns from winter hiatus with a master storyteller–Richard Bausch. Richard is a novelist and short story writer with twelve novels, eight short story collections and a volume of poetry and prose under his belt. He has won two National Magazine Awards, a Guggenheim Fellowship, and a Lila-Wallace Reader’s Digest Fund Writer’s Award, the…

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WRITERS’ BLOCK EPISODE 15: CAROLYN FORCHE

Carolyn Forche

Mike got to sit down with Chapman Presidential Fellow and living legend  Carolyn Forche! Carolyn Forche is a poet, editor, translator, human rights activist, professor, and all around badass. Her poetry collections include Blue Hour, The Angel of History, The Country Between Us, Gathering the Tribes, and the forthcoming, In the Lateness of the World.…

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WRITERS’ BLOCK EPISODE 14: GENEVIEVE KAPLAN

Genevieve Kaplan

The final poet in the Fall 2017 Tabula Poetica visiting poet series (and TAB contributor), Genevieve Kaplan dropped by the studio at Chapman University to talk about her journey from undergrad to PhD in Poetry. She discusses her continued exploration of poetry in unexpected forms and places, and why she drives to write outside her…

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TRAILER TRASH

TRAILER TRASH In which we review the films opening this weekend, just based on the trailer, to 100 percent accuracy. MURDER ON THE ORIENT EXPRESS REJECTED TAGLINE: If it’s an inanimate object, you CAN still use that word! REVIEW: Kenneth Branagh directs himself as the greatest detective of all time up against a murderer’s row…

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WRITERS’ BLOCK EPISODE 13: GRANT HIER

Untended Garden

Grant Hier sits down with Mike to talk the intricacies and difficulties of writing a poem a day for seven straight months, the way his editing process has changed over the years, and why he believes in “show don’t preach.” After a great time at Writers Block Live! Presented by Anastamos, the two decided they needed…

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WRITERS’ BLOCK EPISODE 12: Ada Limón

Continuing guests from Chapman University’s Tabula Poetica reading series, Ada Limón stops by Writers’ Block to read from her collection Bright Dead Things, as well as sneak peeks of her upcoming book. She and Mike talk about reoccurring themes in her work, what it means for a poem to know that it’s a poem, and the…

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WRITERS’ BLOCK EPISODE 11: KATIE MANNING

Poet Katie Manning dropped by Chapman University for the Tabula Poetica reading series, and Mike got to speak with her before her poetry talk! She reads from her full-length collection Tasty Other as well as from her four chapbooks! The two talk about research in poetry, what happens when your identity changes in your adult…

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