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Jeanna Kadlec is a writer, astrologer, former lingerie boutique owner, and recovering academic. Her writing has appeared in ELLE, NYLON, O the Oprah Magazine, Allure, Catapult, Literary Hub, Autostraddle, and more. A born and bred Midwesterner, she now lives in Brooklyn. Heretic is her first book. Recommended Reading: Home Bound by Vanessa Bee • Virology by Joseph Osmundson Learn more about your ad choices. Visit
Taffy Brodesser-Akner is a staff writer for The New York Times Magazine. She has also written for GQ, ESPN the Magazine, and many other publications. Fleishman Is in Trouble is her first novel. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit
Nick Drnaso was born in 1989 in Palos Hills, Illinois. His debut, Beverly, received the Los Angeles Times Book Prize for Best Graphic Novel. His followup, the graphic novel Sabrina, was a New York Times Notable Book of 2018 and received nominations for the Booker Prize, the Eisner Award, the LD and LaVerne Harrell Clark Fiction Prize, the Orwell Prize for Political Fiction, and the New York Public Library’s Young Lions Award. Sabrina has been published in fifteen countries. Drnaso lives in Chicago with his wife and their two cats. Recommended Reading: The Third Person by Emma Grove • Our Little Secret by Emily Carrington Learn more about your ad choices. Visit
This week on The Maris Review, Lydia Millet joins Maris Kreizman to discuss her new novel, Dinosaurs, out now from W.W. Norton. __________________________________ Lydia Millet is the author of A Children’s Bible, a finalist for the National Book Award and a New York Times Top 10 book of 2020, among other works of fiction. Her story collection Love in Infant Monkeys was a Pulitzer Prize finalist. She lives in Tucson, Arizona. Her latest novel is called Dinosaurs. Recommended Reading: Wild New World by Dan Flores • Kick the Latch by Kathryn Scanlan Learn more about your ad choices. Visit
George Saunders is the #1 New York Times bestselling author of eleven books, including A Swim in a Pond in the Rain; Lincoln in the Bardo, which won the Booker Prize; Congratulations, by the Way; Tenth of December, and The Braindead Megaphone. He teaches in the creative writing program at Syracuse University. His newest story collection is called Liberation Day. Recommended Reading: The Storm Is Here by Luke Mogelson The Book of Night Women by Marlon James Insurrections by Rion Amilcar Scott White Cat, Black Dog by Kelly Link Learn more about your ad choices. Visit
Episode 177: Ling Ma

Episode 177: Ling Ma


Ling Ma is a writer hailing from Fujian, Utah, and Kansas. She is the author of the novel Severance, which received the Kirkus Prize, a Whiting Award, the VCU Cabell First Novelist Award, and the New York Public Library Young Lions Fiction Award. She lives in Chicago with her family. Her story collection is called Bliss Montage. Recommended Reading: Skinship by Yoon Choi • Out There by Kate Folk Learn more about your ad choices. Visit
Namwali Serpell was born in Lusaka, Zambia, and lives in New York. Her debut novel, The Old Drift was named one of the 100 Notable Books of 2019 by the New York Times Book Review and one of Time magazine's 100 Must-Read Books of the Year. She is currently a professor of English at Harvard. Her new novel is called The Furrows. Recommended Reading: Born In Blackness by Howard French Asymmetry by Lisa Halliday Learn more about your ad choices. Visit
Jasmine Guillory is a New York Times bestselling author; her novels include The Wedding Date, the Reese's Book Club selection The Proposal, and By The Book. She is a frequent book contributor on The Today Show. She lives in Oakland, California. Her latest is called Drunk On Love. Recommended Reading: On the Rooftop by Margaret Wilkerson Sexton Partners In Crime by Alisha Rae Thank You For Listening by Julia Whelan Learn more about your ad choices. Visit
Bobby Finger is a writer and co-host of the popular celebrity and entertainment podcast, Who? Weekly. A Texas native, he lives in Brooklyn, New York. The Old Place is his debut novel. Recommended Reading: Perish by LaToya Watkins Easy Beauty by Chloe Cooper Jones Modern Baptists by James Wilcox Learn more about your ad choices. Visit
Episode 173: Rachel Aviv

Episode 173: Rachel Aviv


Rachel Aviv is a staff writer at The New Yorker, where she writes about medicine, education, criminal justice, and other subjects. In 2022, she won a National Magazine Award for Profile Writing. A 2019 national fellow at New America, she received a Whiting Creative Nonfiction Grant to support her work on this book, Strangers To Ourselves. She lives in Brooklyn, New York. Recommended Reading: “Wants” by Grace Paley Stoner by John Williams Madness and Modernism by Louis Sass Learn more about your ad choices. Visit
Nona Willis Aronowitz is the sex and love columnist for Teen Vogue. Her work has been published in The New York Times, The Cut, Elle, Vice, The Washington Post, and Playboy, among many others. She is the coauthor of Girldrive: Criss-Crossing America, Redefining Feminism. She is also the editor of an award-winning anthology of her mother Ellen Willis’s rock criticism, called Out of the Vinyl Deeps, as well as a comprehensive collection of Willis’s work, The Essential Ellen Willis, which won the National Book Critics Circle Award for Criticism. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit
Miriam Parker is the associate publisher of Ecco and the author of The Shortest Way Home and Room and Board. She has an MFA in creative writing from UNC Wilmington and a BA in English from Columbia University. She lives in Brooklyn with her husband, daughter, and spaniel, Leopold Bloom. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit
Megan Giddings is an assistant professor at the University of Minnesota. Her first novel, Lakewood, was one of New York Magazine's top ten books of 2020, an NPR Best Book of 2020, a Michigan Notable book for 2021, a finalist for two NAACP Image Awards, and was a finalist for an L.A. Times Book Prize. Her second novel is called Women Could Fly.  Recommended Reading: Be Holding by Ross Gay  Crooked Hallelujah by Kelli Jo Ford Jackal by Erin E. Adams Learn more about your ad choices. Visit
Steven W. Thrasher, PHD holds the inaugural Daniel H. Renberg chair at Northwestern University’s Medill School, the first journalism professorship in the world created to focus on LGBTQ research. He is also a faculty member of Northwestern’s Institute of Sexual and Gender Minority Health and Wellbeing. A columnist for Scientific American, his writing has been widely published by The New York Times, The Nation, The Atlantic, Journal of American History, BuzzFeed News, Esquire, and New York. In 2019, Out magazine named him one of the 100 most influential and impactful people of the year, and the Ford Foundation awarded him a grant for Creativity and Free Expression. An alumnus of media jobs with Saturday Night Live, the HBO film The Laramie Project, and the NPR StoryCorps project, Dr. Thrasher has also been a staff writer for The Village Voice and a columnist for The Guardian. He holds a PhD in American Studies and divides his time between Chicago and New York. The Viral Underclass is his first book. Recommended Reading: The Prophets by Robert Jones • Heavy by Kiese Laymon • Leave the World Behind by Rumaan Alam • The Women’s House of Detention by Hugh Ryan • Under the Skin by Linda Villarosa • On Critical Race Theory by Victor Ray Learn more about your ad choices. Visit
Elaine Castillo, named one of "30 of the Planet's Most Exciting Young People" by the Financial Times, was born and raised in the Bay Area. Her debut novel, America Is Not the Heart, was a finalist for numerous prizes including the Elle Big Book Award, the Center for Fiction Prize, and the Aspen Words Literary Prize. Her new essay collection is called How To Read Now and I barely know where to start. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit
Episode 167: CJ Hauser

Episode 167: CJ Hauser


CJ Hauser teaches creative writing at Colgate University. She is the author of two novels, Family of Origin and The From-Aways. In 2019 she published "The Crane Wife" in The Paris Review, which reached more than a million readers all over the world. The Crane Wife, the book version, is her first work of nonfiction. Recommended Reading: Nightcrawling by Leila Mottley The Summer Book by Tove Jansson Shit Cassandra Saw by Gwen Kirby Learn more about your ad choices. Visit
Ada Limón is the author of The Hurting Kind, as well as five other collections of poems. These include, most recently, The Carrying, and Bright Dead Things. She’s a recipient of a Guggenheim Fellowship, and her work has appeared in the New Yorker, the New York Times, and American Poetry Review, among others. She is the new host of American Public Media's weekday poetry podcast The Slowdown. Born and raised in California, she now lives in Lexington, Kentucky. Recommended Reading: Extracting the Stone of Madness by Alejandra Pizarnik All the Flowers Kneeling by Paul Tran The Renunciations by Donika Kelly Customs by Solmaz Sharif Learn more about your ad choices. Visit
Isaac Fitzgerald appears frequently on The Today Show and is the author of the bestselling children's book How to Be a Pirate as well as the co-author of Pen & Ink and Knives & Ink (winner of an IACP Award). His writing has appeared in the New York Times, the Guardian, the Best American Nonrequired Reading, and numerous other publications. He lives in Brooklyn. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit
Elisa Albert is the author of After Birth, The Book of Dahlia, the short story collection How This Night Is Different, and the editor of the anthology Freud's Blind Spot. She lives with her family in upstate New York. Her latest novel is called Human Blues Learn more about your ad choices. Visit
TOMI OBARO is an editor at BuzzFeed News. She lives in Brooklyn. Her debut novel is called Dele Weds Destiny. Recommended Reading: Nervous Conditions by Tsitsi Dangarembga If an Egyptian Cannot Speak English by Noor Naga The Sex Lives of African Women by Nana Darkoa Sekyiamah Learn more about your ad choices. Visit
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