Montana Public Radio

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.

What does ‘autobiography’ mean to poet Allison Cobb? What action(s) should readers consider after reading Plastic: An Autobiography? What do desire, joy, and grief have to do with the plastic industry? Listen now to find out!

This week, join Lauren Korn in a conversation with poet Raymond Antrobus, whose collection The Perseverance examines his D/deaf experience alongside meditations on loss, grief, education and language — both spoken and signed.

Are you more of a Stevie Nicks or a Christine McVie? Join host Lauren Korn (Christine McVie) and essayist Elissa Washuta (Stevie Nicks) as they conjure a conversation about pop culture parallelism and about maintaining control over one’s narrative—as well as being mindful of how and when others choose to share their own narratives, knowledge, and spiritual practices. Dive into these topics—and more!—on this week’s episode of The Write Question.

What is a divinatory poetics? Can texts be haunted? This week, Toronto-based poet Hoa Nguyen dives into the narratives that prompted and sit within her new book of poetry, A Thousand Times You Lose Your Treasure.

Host Lauren Korn chats with Hoa about the aftermath of the Atlanta shootings, the motorcycle troupe Hoa’s mother was a part of in the 1950s and ’60s, the many ways a text can haunt, and more!

How and when do you divest yourself from an artist? What does it mean that we were all born under a different moon? This week, join host Lauren Korn and poet, essayist, and cultural critic Hanif Abdurraqib in a conversation about his 2021 must-read, A Little Devil in America: Notes in Praise of Black Performance.

This week on The Write Question, it’s a Lauren takeover! Host Lauren Korn chats with debut novelist Lauren Oyler during a conversation that centers social media: identity performance, vulnerability, feelings like pain, envy, and jealousy, and what it would mean to give up their own social media accounts.

This week, join Lauren in a conversation with Colorado-based poet and scholar Khadijah Queen, author of Anodyne. Their conversation covers a lot, from imagining change, our dying planet and “confessional” poetry to the ethics of care — plus much, much more!

This week, Lauren is in conversation with novelist Jamie Harrison, author of The Center of Everything. Their conversation meanders through family mythologies; her father is renowned Montana poet and writer Jim Harrison. Jamie ruminates on her lure to water — particularly to the Yellowstone River in Livingston, Montana — and the slippery nature of memory.

Host Lauren Korn and poet-essayist Paisley Rekdal, author of Appropriate: A Provocation, dive into the nuances of cultural appropriation in literature. What is the difference between depicting a character unlike one’s self and appropriating their culture and identity? What is the difference between one’s politics and one’s ethics? They explore these topics and more, this week on The Write Question.

This week, journalist-turned-novelist Gwen Florio talks about being a part of a welcoming community of mystery and crime writers, about utilizing silence in her writing (and seeking it out during the pandemic), about how gender operates in her newest novel, and more!

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