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First Draft: A Dialogue on Writing is a weekly show featuring in-depth interviews with fiction, non-fiction, essay, and poetry writers. First Draft: A Dialogue on Writing highlights the voices of writers as they discuss their work, their craft, and the literary arts. This weekly show hosted by Mitzi Rapkin is a celebration of creative writing and the individuals who are dedicated to bringing their carefully chosen words to print as well as the impact writers have on the world we live in.

First Draft: A Dialogue on Writing Mitzi Rapkin

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    • 4.7 • 114 Ratings

First Draft: A Dialogue on Writing is a weekly show featuring in-depth interviews with fiction, non-fiction, essay, and poetry writers. First Draft: A Dialogue on Writing highlights the voices of writers as they discuss their work, their craft, and the literary arts. This weekly show hosted by Mitzi Rapkin is a celebration of creative writing and the individuals who are dedicated to bringing their carefully chosen words to print as well as the impact writers have on the world we live in.

    Jeffrey Yang

    Jeffrey Yang

    Jeffrey Yang is the author of four poetry collections including Hey, Marfa, winter of the Southwest Book Award, and and An Aquarium, winner of the PEN/Joyce Osterweil Award. He is the translator of Nobel Peace Prize Laureate Liu Xiaobo’s June Fourth Elegies and Su Shi’s East Slope. His new collection is called Line and Light.
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    • 51 min
    First Draft - Ada Limón (returns)

    First Draft - Ada Limón (returns)

    Ada Limón is the author of six books of poetry, including The Carrying, which won the National Book Critics Circle Award for Poetry. Limón is also the host of the critically-acclaimed poetry podcast, The Slowdown. Her new book of poems is called The Hurting Kind
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    • 1 hr
    First Draft - Jacinda Townsend

    First Draft - Jacinda Townsend

    Jacinda Townsend is the author of Saint Monkey which is set in 1950s Eastern Kentucky and won the Janet Heidinger Kafka Prize and the James Fenimore Cooper Prize for historical fiction. Saint Monkey was also the 2015 Honor Book of the Black Caucus of the American Library Association. Her second novel is called Mother Country.
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    • 57 min
    First Draft - Keith O'Brien

    First Draft - Keith O'Brien

    Keith O'Brien is the author of three books: Outside Shot, Fly Girls, and Paradise Falls. He has been a finalist for the PEN/ESPN Award for Literary Sportswriting, and contributed to National Public Radio. O’Brien’s radio stories have appeared on NPR’s All Things Considered, Morning Edition, and Weekend Edition, as well as Marketplace, Here & Now, Only a Game, and This American Life. He has also written for The New York Times, The New York Times Magazine, The Washington Post, USA Today, Politico, Slate, Esquire.com, and the Oxford American, among others.
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    • 1 hr 7 min
    Aimee Bender

    Aimee Bender

    Aimee Bender is the author of six books: The Girl in the Flammable Skirt, which was a NY Times Notable Book, An Invisible Sign of My Own, which was an L.A. Times pick of the year, Willful Creatures, which was nominated by The Believer as one of the best books of the year, The Particular Sadness of Lemon Cake, which won the SCIBA award for best fiction, and an Alex Award, The Color Master, a NY Times Notable book for 2013, and her latest novel, The Butterfly Lampshade, which came out in July 2020, and was longlisted for the PEN/Jean Stein Award. Her books have been translated into sixteen languages. She lives in Los Angeles with her family and teaches creative writing at USC.
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    • 50 min
    First Draft - Rebecca Kauffman

    First Draft - Rebecca Kauffman

    Rebecca Kauffman is the author of four novels including The Gunners, which received the Premio Tribuk dei Librai award in Italy, and Chorus.
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    • 51 min

Customer Reviews

4.7 out of 5
114 Ratings

114 Ratings

Jeffinsfca ,

Love this Podcast!

So well-done!

Stanley Phish ,

The Best of Literaria!

Saul Bellow said that the writer is merely “the reader moved to emulation,” and these conversations embody that energy and become works of art in themselves, as Mitzi Rapkin is an incisive, generous and unflinching reader. Do yourself a favor, and dive in!

malfoxley ,

Great show!

Mitzi, host of the First Draft: A Dialogue on Writing podcast, highlights all aspects of writing, fiction and more in this can’t miss podcast! The host and expert guests offer insightful advice and information that is helpful to anyone that listens!

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