Creative Writing Podcasts

March 2014: Greg Rodgers

MFA candidate Greg Rodgers reads his essay "Storytelling in the Midwest," which appears as part of the Where We're At feature in the Fall/Winter 2013-14 issue of Ninth Letter.

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February 2014: Audrey Petty

Creative Writing professor Audrey Petty reads from her book High Rise Stories: Voices from Chicago Public Housing. High Rise Stories was published in fall 2013 as part of McSweeney's Voices of Witness series.. Listen

September 2013: Jensen Beach

UIUC English Department faculty member Jensen Beach reads from his forthcoming story collection Swallowed by the Cold. Listen

March 2013: Sean MacIntyre

MFA candidate and Ninth Letter staffer Sean MacIntyre reads his short essay "Drumbeats," about his encounger with Occupy Chicago. "Drumbeats" appears in Ninth Letter vol. 9, no. 2. Listen

February 2013: Janice N. Harrington

Professor Janice N. Harrington reads from her new children's book Busy-Busy Little Chick, forthcoming in February from Farrar, Straus & Giroux. Listen

December 2012: Michael Madonick

Professor Michael Madonick reads "American Kestral," from his new poetry collection, Bulrushes. Bulrushes is forthcoming in early spring from The Backwaters Press. Listen

November 2012: Ninth Letter's Angela Hine

MFA candidate in poetry and Ninth Letter staffer Angela Hine reads "Out There," her essay reflecting on In Cold Blood from a Kansas native's perspective. "Out There" appears in the Spring/Summer 2012 edition of Ninth Letter. Listen

October 2012: Ninth Letter's Laura Adamczyk

MFA candidate in fiction and Ninth Letter staffer Laura Adamczyk reads her essay on growing up in the Midwest, "Of Fossils (Softball) and Catfish: Or, the Essay Is in the Ground," which appears in the Spring/Summer 2012 edition of Ninth Letter. Listen

September 2012: Alma Gottlieb and Philip Graham

Professors Alma Gottlieb (Anthropology) and Philip Graham (Creative Writing) read from their newly published memoir Braided Worlds. Listen

May 2012: Sidney Sheehan

Creative Writing major Sidney Sheehan was awarded the 2012 John L. Rainey Prize in Fiction, the first place award for fiction in the Undergraduate Creative Writing Awards. This year's judge was Susan Power. For more information about the Undergraduate Awards, visit the Undergraduate Awards page. In this month's podcast, Sidney reads from her award-winning story "Rock." Listen


May 2012: Kelsey Wiora

English major Kelsey Wiora was awarded the 2012 Folger Adam, Jr. Prize in Poetry, the first place award for poetry in the Undergraduate Creative Writing Awards. This year's judge was Maxine Scates. More information about the Undergraduate Writing Awards can be found on the Undergraduate Awards page. Here, Kelsey reads her award-winning poem "Diving a Gainer." Listen


April 2012: Eric Tanyavutti

Eric Tanyavutti, MFA Candidate in Fiction, has won first place for fiction in the 2012 Graduate Writing Awards. This year's judge was Joseph Skibell. More information about the Graduate Writing Awards can be found on the Graduate Awards page. Here, Eric reads an excerpt from the opening passages of his award-winning story "Brothers." Listen


April 2012: Sara Gelston

Sara Gelston, MFA Candidate in Poetry, has won first place for poetry in the 2012 Graduate Writing Awards. This year's judge was Tyehimba Jess. More information about the Graduate Writing Awards can be found on the Graduate Awards page. Here, Sara reads the poem "The Root Cellar," a selection from her award-winning work. Listen


March 2012: LeAnne Howe

Professor LeAnne Howe reads an excerpt from her novel in progress, "Memoir of a Choctaw in the Arab Revolts." Creative Writing graduate student Natalie Mesnard gives the introduction. Listen


February 2012: Luminarium and Braided Worlds

Professor Alex Shakar reads from his recently released novel Luminarium (Soho Press, 2011) and Professor Philip Graham reads from his forthcoming memoir, co-authored with Alma Gottlieb, Braided Worlds (Univ. of Chicago Press, Fall 2012). Creative Writing graduate students Laura Adamczyk and Michael Don give introductions. Listen


January 2012: Janice N. Harrington and Ninth Letter

Professor Janice Harrington reads from her latest poetry collection The Hands of Strangers, and assistant editors Sara Gelston and Max Somers read poems by Laura Lee Washburn and Roger Reeves from the latest issue of Ninth Letter. Listen

From the earliest days of the influential literary magazine Accent in 1940 to the award-winning literary and design work being done now by Ninth Letter, Creative Writing has flourished at the University of Illinois. Here we present monthly podcasts about Creative Writing, the program and the people who make it such a vibrant undergraduate major.


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