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‘AMANDA PARADISE’: Doing the hard work with CAConrad


What do you get when you flood your body with the field recordings of recently extinct animals? This week during The Write Question, CAConrad, author of AMANDA PARADISE: Resurrect Extinct Vibration (Wave Books), talks with Lauren about their writing processes: the (soma)tic poetry rituals that result in poetry that shimmers, surprises, and sears.

About CA:

CAConrad has been working with the ancient technologies of poetry and ritual since 1975. They are the author of AMANDA PARADISE: Resurrect Extinct Vibration (Wave Books, 2021). Other titles include While Standing in Line for Death and Ecodeviance. The Book of Frank is now available in 9 different languages. They received a Creative Capital grant, a Pew Fellowship, a Lambda Literary Award, and a Believer Magazine Book Award. They teach at Columbia University in New York City and Sandberg Art Institute in Amsterdam. Please visit their website.

CAConrad recommends:

A Thousand Times You Lose Your Treasure by Hoa Nguyen (Wave Books)

Plastic: An Autobiography and Green-Wood by Allison Cobb (Nightboat Books)

Lauren Korn recommends (a lot!):

A Beautiful Marsupial Afternoon and While Standing in Line for Death by CAConrad (Wave Books)

The Martyrology by bpNichol (Coach House Books)

Hannah Weiner’s Open House by Hannah Weiner (Kenning Editions)

Mercury by Ariana Reines (Fence Books)

My Vocabulary Did This to Me: The Collected Poetry of Jack Spicer edited by Peter Gizzi and Kevin Killian (Wesleyan University Press)

A Thousand Times You Lose Your Treasure and Violet Energy Ingots by Hoa Nguyen (Wave Books)

The Book of Feral Flora by Amanda Ackerman (Les Figues Press)

The Write Question team is Lauren Korn, host and co-producer; Peter Hoag, co-producer and editor; and Tom Berich, sound engineer.

The Write Question logo and brand (2022) was designed by Molly Russell. You can see more of her work at and on Instagram @iamthemollruss. Our music was written and recorded by John Floridis.

Funding for The Write Question comes from Humanities Montana; members of Montana Public Radio; and from the Greater Montana Foundation—encouraging communication on issues, trends, and values of importance to Montanans.

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Lauren R. Korn holds an M.A. in poetry from the University of New Brunswick, where she was the recipient of the Tom Riesterer Memorial Prize and the Angela Ludan Levine Memorial Book Prize. A former bookseller and the former Director of the Montana Book Festival, she is now the host of Montana Public Radio’s literature-based radio program and podcast, ‘The Write Question.’
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