The Write Question is a weekly literary program hosted by Lauren Korn that features authors from the American West—and beyond—including James Lee Burke, Kate Lebo, Anne Helen Petersen, Robert Wrigley, Jess Walter, Stephen Graham Jones, Hoa Nguyen, Maggie Shipstead, Elissa Washuta, and others.
‘And Then She Fell’: Alicia Elliott on motherhood, horror, and storytelling
This week on ‘The Write Question,’ host Lauren Korn speaks with with Alicia Elliott, an established writer of non-fiction, about her debut novel, ‘And Then She Fell’ (Dutton Books, 2023).
‘Tolstoy Killed Anna Karenina’: Dara Barrois/Dixon on the responsibilities and consequences of art-making
This week on ‘The Write Question,’ Lauren speaks with poet Dara Barrois/Dixon (née Dara Wier) about the ethics of art-making and how her latest book of poetry, ‘Tolstoy Killed Anna Karenina’ (Wave Poetry), both elucidates and confounds those ethics—particularly as it’s read alongside Barrois/Dixon’s essay titled almost identically, “Why Tolstoy Killed Anna Karenina” (Action, Spectacle).
Christine Byl’s debut novel ‘Lookout’ centers community, resists western stereotypes
This week on ‘The Write Question,’ Lauren speaks with Healy, Alaska-based writer Christine Byl about her debut novel, ‘Lookout’ (Deep Vellum Publishing), which tells the story of the Kinzlers, a complex working-class family firmly rooted in northwestern Montana.
‘This is Wildfire’: Nick Mott and Justin Angle follow award-winning podcast with “first of its kind” guide
In Lauren’s conversation with podcasters and authors Nick Mott and Justin Angle, the three talk about the nuances of wildfire: ‘This is Wildfire: How to Protect Yourself, Your Home, and Your Community in the Age of Heat’ (Bloomsbury Publishing) “offers everything you need to know about fire in one useful volume.”
Encore: The many layers of Charmaine Wilkerson’s ‘Black Cake’
This week during ‘The Write Question,’ Lauren returns to her 2022 conversation with Charmaine Wilkerson, author of ‘Black Cake,’ the story of a mother, a woman, whose traumas and histories she hid from her children—children who, after her death, are forced to confront their mother’s past, as well as their own identities in light of such shocking revelations.
Encore: ‘On a Benediction of Wind’: The quiet nature of Charles Finn’s poetry
This week on ‘The Write Question,’ Lauren returns to her conversation with poet Charles Finn about his collaborative collection, ‘On a Benediction of Wind: Poems and Photographs from the American West,’ a collection of free verse and prose poems, paired with a black-and-white landscape photographs from the Pacific Northwest and the American Southwest taken by photographer Barbara Michelman.