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Aubrey Gordon joins Maris Kreizman to discuss her new book, “You Just Need to Lose Weight”: And 19 Other Myths About Fat People, out now from Beacon Press. Aubrey Gordon writes under the pseudonym of "Your Fat Friend," illuminating the experiences of fat people and urging greater compassion for people of all sizes. Her work has reached millions of readers and has been translated into nineteen languages. She is co-host of the Maintenance Phase podcast and a columnist with SELF magazine. She lives in the Northwest, where she works as a writer and organizer. Her new book is called "You Just Need to Lose Weight": And 19 Other Myths about Fat People. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit
This week on The Maris Review, Monica Heisey joins Maris Kreizman to discuss her debut novel, Really Good, Actually, out now from William Morrow. Monica Heisey is a comedian and writer from Toronto. She has been published in The New Yorker, The New York Times, Vogue, Elle, The Guardian, Glamour, New York magazine, and VICE, among others. She has written for television shows like Schitt’s Creek, Workin’ Moms, Baroness von Sketch Show, and more. She currently lives in London. Really Good, Actually is her first novel. Author photo credit: Harry Livingstone. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit
Episode 187: Dan Kois

Episode 187: Dan Kois


Dan Kois is a writer, editor, and podcaster at Slate, where his work has been nominated for two National Magazine Awards and a Writers Guild Award. He's the author of How to Be a Family, a memoir of parenting around the world; The World Only Spins Forward (with Isaac Butler), an oral history of Tony Kushner's Angels in America; and Facing Future, a book of music criticism and biography. He lives with his family in Arlington, Virginia. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit
Kashana Cauley is a former Midtown antitrust lawyer and Brooklyn resident. She is a writer for the Fox comedy The Great North, a contributing opinion writer for the New York Times, and a GQ contributor. She's written for The Daily Show with Trevor Noah and Pod Save America on HBO as well as The Atlantic, The New Yorker, Pitchfork, and Rolling Stone, and has published fiction in Esquire, Slate, Tin House, and The Chronicles of Now. She now lives in Los Angeles. Her first novel is called The Survivalists. Recommended Reading: Assembly by Natasha Brown Post-Traumatic by Chantal V. Johnson Learn more about your ad choices. Visit
This conversation was live from the Miami Book Fair. See more programming from this year's festival at Rivka Galchen is the recipient of a William Saroyan International Prize for Fiction and a Rona Jaffe Foundation Writers' Award, among other distinctions. She writes regularly for The New Yorker, whose editors selected her for their list of 20 Under 40 American fiction writers in 2010. Her debut novel Atmospheric Disturbances (2008) and her story collection American Innovations were both New York Times Best Books of the Year. She has received an MD from the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai. Galchen lives in New York City. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit
This week on The Maris Review, Evette Dionne joins Maris Kreizman to discuss her debut book, Weightless: Making Space for My Resilient Body and Soul, out now from Ecco Press. Evette Dionne is a journalist, an editor, and a pop-culture critic. She is the National Book Award-nominated author of Lifting as We Climb: Black Women’s Battle for the Ballot Box, a middle- grade nonfiction book about Black women suffragists. A graduate of Bennett College, Dionne is based in Denver, where she works as the executive editor of YES! Media. Her debut is called Weightless. Recommended Reading: Drunk on Love by Jasmine Guillory • The Undead Truth of Us by Britney S. Lewis • Nightcrawling by Leila Mottley Learn more about your ad choices. Visit
Heather Radke is an essayist, journalist, and contributing editor and reporter at Radiolab, the Peabody Award­-winning program from WNYC. She has written for publications including The Believer, Longreads, and The Paris Review, and she teaches at Columbia University's creative writing MFA Program. Before becoming a writer, Heather worked as a curator at the Jane Addams Hull-House Museum in Chicago. Book recommendations: The History of White People by Nell Irvin Painter Easy Beauty by Chloe Cooper Jones Let’s Talk About Love by Carl Wilson Learn more about your ad choices. Visit
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
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