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The Write Question

Thursdays 7 p.m. - 7:30 p.m.

The Write Question is a weekly literary program that features authors from the western United States, including James Lee Burke, Maile Meloy, Thomas McGuane, Kim Barnes, Robert Wrigley, Jess Walter, Pam Houston, Barry Lopez, and hundreds of others.

The Write Question is hosted by Lauren Korn and produced by Peter Hoag. Executive producer, Michael Marsolek; studio engineer, Beth Anne Austein. The music in some programs was written and performed by John Floridis.

Lee Nye portraits on the wall of Charlie B's bar in Missoula, previously called Eddie's Club.
Aaron Teasdale

“Without the portraits, the bar was just another place”: Celebrating ‘A Corner of Space and Time’ with Jean Belangie-Nye, Ben Ferencz, and Aaron Teasdale

Take a dive down Missoula’s memory lane! This week, Lauren chats with Jean Belangie-Nye, Ben Ferencz, and Aaron Teasdale, the creators behind A Corner of Space and Time: Lee Nye's Eddie's Club Portraits, a book of photography and stories celebrating beloved photographer and bartender Lee Nye, as well as the men and women who became his subjects—and his friends.

What does it mean to want it all? In the first of this two-part conversation, Andrea Abi-Karam and Kay Gabriel, the editors of We Want It All: An Anthology of Radical Trans Poetics, discuss poetry’s role in political movement, the anthology’s collective language, and its many threads of abundant desire.

In the second part of this two-part conversation, they'll discuss poetry’s role in policy-making, the purpose of stating one’s desires, and the publishing industry’s fetishization of trans narratives.

This week on The Write Question, Shakespeare scholar Gretchen E. Minton dives into, well, Shakespeare! The Montana State University professor chats about her newest book, Shakespeare in Montana: Big Sky Country’s Love Affair with the World's Most Famous Writer, and about nostalgia, surprise, and climate change.

This week on The Write Question, poet and scholar Heather Cahoon talks about the ways her poetry and tribal policy intersect and how her new book of poetry, Horsefly Dress, addresses issues of suffering, danger, and — ultimately — transformation.

Kerri Arsenault's Mill Town is a book of narrative non-fiction, investigative memoir, and cultural criticism that illuminates the rise and collapse of the working-class, the hazards of loving and leaving home, and the ambiguous nature of toxics and disease with the central question: Who or what are we willing to sacrifice for our own survival?

The Cold Millions is something of a hybrid text—fiction, yes, but also history. Combining imaginative storytelling with the lives of real, historical figures, Jess Walter has written a captivating story of Spokane, Washington, a place-based history of the region’s labor movements and of the free speech riots in the Pacific Northwest at the turn of the twentieth century.

In the second of their two-part conversation, host Lauren Korn and author and cultural critic Anne Helen Petersen continue their chat about Anne’s newest book, Can't Even: How Millennials Became the Burnout Generation, from research methodology and mutual aid to hope in the time of COVID.

'Elegy for the Disappeared,' By Forrest Gander

Dec 17, 2020

This week for Honor, Hope and Healing Week, listen to host Lauren Korn read “Elegy for the Disappeared,” by Forrest Gander, which was written in collaboration with Kay Rosen (see “Phantom Limb”). The poem was originally published with the Shelter in Poems initiative on poets.org.

Sue Sinclair
Courtesy Sue Sinclair

This week for Honor, Hope and Healing Week, listen to host Lauren Korn read "Hey Nonny Nonny," by Canadian poet Sue Sinclair.

This week for Honor, Hope and Healing Week, listen to host Lauren Korn read "Winter Field," by former University of Montana professor Joanna Klink. This poem was published both in the Boston Review and in her collection, Circadian, out from Penguin Poets.

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