All Write Already!
By Willy Nast and Karen Shimmin
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A completely unpretentious literary podcast! Each episode, we start by discussing some writing/publishing news, then we bring in a guest writer to read their work, and finally we spend some time picking their brains about their writing. If you're a writer, hopefully you can hear a great story and take away a few pieces of advice. If you're not a writer, that's okay - we just want to put on a fun, entertaining show. New episodes on the second and fourth Wednesday of every month.
||ExplicitEpisode 53: Lindsay Hunter, Plus Shakespeare Gets A Facelift||Lindsay Hunter, is the co-founder and co-host of the groundbreaking Quickies! reading series, a monthly event that focused on flash fiction. Her first book, Daddy’s, a collection of flash fiction, was published in 2010 by featherproof books,||10/29/2015||Free||View in iTunes|
||ExplicitEpisode 52 – Christine Sneed, Plus Where The Hell Have We Been?||After our (longer than anticipated) hiatus, we’re finally, finally back with a brand new episode! Christine Sneed was one of our earliest guests (way back on Episode 9) and we were so pleased to have her back for a conversation about her new novel,||10/14/2015||Free||View in iTunes|
||ExplicitEpisode 51 – Amina Gautier, Hulkamaniac||Today we’re making All Write Already! history with our first return guest! Amina Gautier won the Flannery O’Connor Award for Short Fiction for her debut story collection At-Risk. Her work has appeared in numerous literary journals,||3/18/2015||Free||View in iTunes|
||ExplicitEpisode 50 – Cristina Henríquez, Plus What’s the Price of a Writing Career?||It’s our 50th episode! We’re celebrating by talking to Cristina Henríquez, author of the story collection Come Together, Fall Apart, which was a New York Times Editors’ Choice selection, and the novels The Book of Unknown Americans and The W||3/4/2015||Free||View in iTunes|
||ExplicitEpisode 49 – Jac Jemc, Plus Old Writing and New Regrets||Jac Jemc’s first story collection A Different Bed Every Time is newly out from Dzanc Books. Her novel My Only Wife was a finalist for the PEN/Robert W. Bingham Prize for Debut Fiction and winner of the Paula Anderson Book Award.||1/14/2015||Free||View in iTunes|
||ExplicitAWA Bonus! 2014 Chicago Humanities Festival Recap!||The 25th Chicago Humanities Festival is now over! We saw so many things that made us smarter. After we saw the things that made us smarter, we cornered the presenters and performers and asked them to talk to us some more. On this bonus feature,||12/23/2014||Free||View in iTunes|
||ExplicitEpisode 48 – Leslie Jamison, Plus The Most Notable Twitter Rant of 2014||Today’s guest, Leslie Jamison is the author of a novel, The Gin Closet, which was a finalist for the Los Angeles Times First Fiction Prize, and an essay collection, The Empathy Exams, which was a New York Times Best Seller.||12/10/2014||Free||View in iTunes|
||ExplicitEpisode 47 – Rebecca Coffey, Plus How To Waste Time On The Internet||Today’s guest, Rebecca Coffey, is a novelist, science journalist, and humorist. She contributes regularly to Scientific American and Discover magazines. She blogs on assorted subjects including sexuality, relationships, social media,||11/25/2014||Free||View in iTunes|
||ExplicitEpisode 46 – Laila Lalami, Plus What Good Are Genres?||Today’s guest Laila Lalami was born and raised in Morocco. She is the author of the short story collection Hope and Other Dangerous Pursuits, which was a finalist for the Oregon Book Award, and the novel Secret Son,||11/12/2014||Free||View in iTunes|
||ExplicitEpisode 45 – Eula Biss, Plus The 2014 Chicago Humanities Festival||Eula Biss is the author of three books: On Immunity: An Inoculation, Notes from No Man’s Land: American Essays, winner of the National Book Critics Circle Award for criticism, and The Balloonists. Her essays have appeared in The Believer and Harper’s||10/15/2014||Free||View in iTunes|
||ExplicitEpisode 44 – Peggy Shinner, Plus “Non-Bro” Misogyny||Today’s guest, Peggy Shinner is the author of You Feel So Mortal / Essays on the Body (University of Chicago Press, April 2014). Her work has appeared in BOMB, The Southern Review, Colorado Review, TriQuarterly, Fourth Genre, Bloom,||10/9/2014||Free||View in iTunes|
||ExplicitEpisode 43 – James Klise, Plus Millennials Really Do Read||We’re back from summer break! We’re tanned and ready to get back to a fall full of new podcasts. Okay, so maybe we’re not tanned, but we can’t think of a better way to kick off fall than with today’s guest, James Klise.||9/24/2014||Free||View in iTunes|
||ExplicitEpisode 42 – Sum Sum Summertime Reading & Writing Review||We’re taking a summer break from our usual format to talk about what we’ve been reading on the beach (or, in Willy’s case, what he’s been reading everywhere but the beach). Karen has been busting through a summer reading list that includes Roxane||7/31/2014||Free||View in iTunes|
||ExplicitEpisode 41 – Another Essay Fiesta For Your Ears||Summer has us in the mood to take a break from our usual format, so today we’re bringing you three stories from the other show we spend our time working on: Essay Fiesta! Regular listeners have heard us talk about Essay Fiesta,||7/9/2014||Free||View in iTunes|
||ExplicitEpisode 40 – Miles Harvey on How Long Will I Cry?||Today’s guest, Miles Harvey, had so many great things to say that we decided to skip our usual top-of-show bantering in order to bring you an extended interview. Miles is the editor of a recently published oral-history collection, How Long Will I||6/26/2014||Free||View in iTunes|
||ExplicitEpisode 39 – Johanna Stein, Plus Printers Row Lit Fest||Today’s guest, Johanna Stein, is a writer, producer, director, and actor. Johanna’s work has appeared on Comedy Central, Nickelodeon, PBS, CBS, HBO, The Oxygen Network, VH-1, The Disney Channel, and all across the World Wide Internets,||6/12/2014||Free||View in iTunes|
||ExplicitEpisode 38 – Jeff Miller, Plus YA Gets Green-Washed||Today’s guest, Jeff Miller is an expert-level jaywalker from Kent, Ohio, and is a top scorer in coffee drinking. Jeff regularly performs at live lit events all over Chicago. His first novel, The Nerdy Dozen, will be out in June.||5/29/2014||Free||View in iTunes|
||ExplicitEpisode 37 – Angela Narciso Torres, Plus You’re Really Not That Busy||Angela Narciso Torres’s first book of poetry, Blood Orange, won the 2013 Willow Books Literature Award for Poetry. Recent work appears in Cimarron Review, Colorado Review, and Cream City Review. A graduate of Warren Wilson MFA Program for Writers and t||5/15/2014||Free||View in iTunes|
||ExplicitEpisode 5 – Samantha Irby, Plus The Secrets of Successful Blogs||For today’s show, we’re reaching into archives again to bring you an interview with Samantha Irby. When we talked to Sam, it was way back in 2012, and she had only recently started working on her book. That book became Meaty,||4/23/2014||Free||View in iTunes|
||ExplicitEpisode 36 – Kate Harding, Plus Our Best Worst Writing Advice||Today’s guest Kate Harding is a co-author of The Book of Jezebel and Lessons from the Fat-O-Sphere and author of the forthcoming Asking For It: The Alarming Rise of Rape Culture–And What We Can Do About It. As a freelance writer,||4/9/2014||Free||View in iTunes|
||ExplicitEpisode 4 – David Stuart MacLean, Plus To NaNoWriMo or Not to NaNoWriMo?||For today’s show, we’re reaching into the archives to bring you an interview with David Stuart MacLean. When we talked to David, it was way back in 2012 and his book wasn’t coming out until January 2014. Now it’s March and the book is out.||3/26/2014||Free||View in iTunes|
||ExplicitEpisode 35 – AWA! at AWP 2014||On today’s show, we’re talking all things AWP. Each year, the Association of Writers and Writing Programs holds its annual literary conference–the largest in North America–to celebrate authors, teachers, students, writing programs, literary cente||3/12/2014||Free||View in iTunes|
||ExplicitEpisode 34 – Ben Tanzer, Plus the Costs of Writing a Novel||Ben Tanzer is the author of the books My Father’s House, You Can Make Him Like You, So Different Now, Orphans and Lost in Space, among others. Ben serves as Director of Publicity and Content Strategy at Curbside Splendor and can be found online at T||2/26/2014||Free||View in iTunes|
||ExplicitEpisode 33 – Gina Frangello, Plus Should You Do What You Love?||Today’s guest, Gina Frangello is the author of three books of fiction: A Life in Men (Algonquin 2014), which has been a book club selection for NYLON magazine, The Rumpus and The Nervous Breakdown; Slut Lullabies (Emergency Press 2010),||2/5/2014||Free||View in iTunes|
||ExplicitEpisode 32 – Megan Stielstra is Still Very, Very Cool||We got carried away talking to today’s guest, Megan Stielstra. No, really. We could not stop asking questions. So we’ve decided to forgo our typical blabbing to bring you an extended interview. Stielstra’s personal essay collection, Once I Was C||1/22/2014||Free||View in iTunes|
||ExplicitEpisode 31 – Gary Shteyngart, Plus Reliving Old Resolutions||Today’s guest, Gary Shteyngart, was born in Leningrad in 1972 and came to the United States seven years later. He is the author of the novels Super Sad True Love Story, which won the Bollinger Everyman Wodehouse Prize and was selected as one of the be||1/8/2014||Free||View in iTunes|
||ExplicitEpisode 30 – An Essay Fiesta For Your Ears||Since the fourth Wednesday of December is Christmas Day – and since we know that having to listen to the sound of Willy’s voice would totally ruin Christmas for you and your loved ones – we thought we’d give you an early present,||12/18/2013||Free||View in iTunes|
||ExplicitEpisode 29 – Susan Orlean, Plus Our Favorite Gifts for Writers||Today we’re bringing you our conversation with Susan Orlean. We called up Susan to ask her about her pile of 800 index cards, why Twitter is her favorite unproductive distraction, and the dwindling access to editorial input in the world of new media.||12/11/2013||Free||View in iTunes|
||ExplicitEpisode 28 – Daniel Handler, Plus The Top 10 Top 10 Lists of 2013||Today’s guest, Daniel Handler, is the author of the novels The Basic Eight, Watch Your Mouth, Adverbs, and recently, Why We Broke Up, which was awarded a Printz Honor. Under the name Lemony Snicket he has penned all the novels in the international||11/27/2013||Free||View in iTunes|
||ExplicitEpisode 27 – Delia Ephron, Plus Amazon Gets in on the Lit Mag Game||Today’s guest, Delia Ephron, is a bestselling author and screenwriter. Her movies include The Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants, You’ve Got Mail, Hanging Up (based on her novel), and Michael. She has written novels for adults and teenagers,||11/13/2013||Free||View in iTunes|
||ExplicitAWA Bonus! Behind the Scenes at the Chicago Humanities Festival||The 24th Chicago Humanities Festival is now in full-swing! We sat down with CHF Artistic Director Matti Bunzl to talk about the never-ending quest to put on a great festival, the story behind this year’s theme,||11/2/2013||Free||View in iTunes|
||ExplicitEpisode 26 – Junot Díaz, Plus The Chicago Humanities Festival||Subscribe: iTunes | Stitcher | RSS Today’s guest, Junot Díaz, was born in the Dominican Republic, raised in New Jersey and is the author of The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao, which won the 2008 Pulitzer Prize and the National Book Critics Circle A||10/23/2013||Free||View in iTunes|
||ExplicitEpisode 25 – Arnie Bernstein, Plus Charles Bukowski Sells Scotch||Subscribe: iTunes | Stitcher | RSS Today’s guest, Arnie Bernstein, is a nonfiction writer based in Chicago. His latest work Swastika Nation: Fritz Kuhn and the Rise and Fall of the German American Bund (St. Martin’s Press),||10/9/2013||Free||View in iTunes|
||ExplicitEpisode 24 – Kathleen Rooney, Plus Banned Books Week||Subscribe: iTunes | Stitcher | RSS Today’s guest, Kathleen Rooney, is a founding editor of Rose Metal Press, a nonprofit publisher of literary work in hybrid genres, and a founding member of Poems While You Wait,||9/25/2013||Free||View in iTunes|
||ExplicitEpisode 23 – Ian Belknap Brings Us the Head of James Franco||Subscribe: iTunes | Stitcher | RSS For Episode 23, we’ve decided to forgo our typical opening chit-chat (because no one actually wants to hear that much of Willy’s voice) to give you an extended interview with Ian Belknap,||9/11/2013||Free||View in iTunes|
||ExplicitEpisode 22 – Wesley Chu, Plus Don’t Ask What I’m Writing||Subscribe: iTunes | Stitcher | RSS Today’s guest, Wesley Chu, is the author of The Lives of Tao and the upcoming sequel, The Deaths of Tao (to be released on October 29). Chu was born in Taiwan and emigrated to Chicago when he was just a pup.||8/28/2013||Free||View in iTunes|
||ExplicitEpisode 21 – Dana Norris, Plus The 10,000 Greatest Secrets To Becoming A Super Famous Writer||Subscribe: iTunes | Stitcher | RSS Today’s guest Dana Norris is the founder and host of Story Club, a monthly open mic for stories. She once went on a lot of internet dates and she writes about those mistakes for the website Role Reboot.||8/14/2013||Free||View in iTunes|
||ExplicitEpisode 20 – M. Molly Backes, Plus Where Have All the English Majors Gone?||Subscribe: iTunes | Stitcher | RSS M. Molly Backes is the author of the young adult novel The Princesses of Iowa (Candlewick Press, May 2012). She lives in Chicago with her retired racing greyhound, Zia, and teaches creative writing at StoryStudio Chic.||6/26/2013||Free||View in iTunes|
||ExplicitEpisode 19 – Printers Row Recap!||Subscribe: iTunes | Stitcher | RSS Did you miss out on last weekend’s Printers Row Lit Fest in Chicago? Don’t despair! We’ve got you covered. What is Printers Row? Well, it’s the largest free outdoor (and indoor) literary event in the Midwest,||6/12/2013||Free||View in iTunes|
||ExplicitEpisode 18 – Rebecca Makkai, Plus A Fanbase Gets Furious||Rebecca Makkai’s first novel, The Borrower, was a Booklist Top Ten Debut, an Indie Next pick, an O Magazine selection, and one of Chicago Magazine‘s choices for best fiction of 2011. Her short fiction was chosen for The Best American Short Stori||5/22/2013||Free||View in iTunes|
||ExplicitEpisode 17: Samuel Park, Plus Willy and Karen Whine About Writing||On episode 17, we welcome Samuel Park, the author of This Burns My Heart, which was chosen as a best book of the year by Kirkus Reviews, Amazon, BookPage, and NPR.org. It was also one of the Today Show’s “Favorite Things” and a People magazine “G||5/8/2013||Free||View in iTunes|
||ExplicitEpisode 16: J.W. Basilo, Plus Your Brain On Paper Vs. Screen||Our guest, J.W. Basilo, is a guy who never learned how to shut up. He is also a writer, performer, playwright, comedian, musician, and educator from Chicago whose work is equal parts poignant and perverse, hilarious and heart-wrenching.||4/24/2013||Free||View in iTunes|
||ExplicitEpisode 15 – Amina Gautier, Plus The View From The Slush Pile||Today’s guest, Amina Gautier, is the winner of the Flannery O’Connor Award for Short Fiction for her short story collection At-Risk. More than seventy-five of her stories have been published, appearing in Antioch Review, Best African American Ficti||4/10/2013||Free||View in iTunes|
||ExplicitEpisode 14 – James Finn Garner, Plus James Finn Garner||On this episode, we’re skipping our typical banter (because who cares what Karen thinks?) and giving you an extended interview with satirist James Finn Garner. James had a lot of great insights to share about the publishing industry and self-publishing||3/27/2013||Free||View in iTunes|
||ExplicitEpisode 13 – Keith Ecker, Plus The Return of Short Story Collections||Today’s guest is Keith Ecker! Keith is a creator of Essay Fiesta and Guts & Glory, two of Chicago’s most well-known Live Lit events. He has performed his writing throughout Chicago at such shows as The Printers Row Lit Fest,||3/13/2013||Free||View in iTunes|
||ExplicitEpisode 12 – Patricia Ann McNair, Plus Your E-Reader Is Reading You||Today’s guest, Patricia Ann McNair, has lived 98 percent of her life in the Midwest. She’s managed a gas station, sold pots and pans door to door, tended bar and breaded mushrooms, worked on the trading floor of the Chicago Mercantile Exchange and tau||2/27/2013||Free||View in iTunes|
||ExplicitEpisode 11 – Jen Bosworth, Plus Stephen King Un-Publishes His Novel||Jen Bosworth is a performer and writer from Evanston, Illinois. She is currently planning a tour for her one woman show Why Not Me, which had its first run in November-December 2012 at Stage 773 in Chicago.||2/13/2013||Free||View in iTunes|
||ExplicitEpisode 10 – Randy Richardson, Plus the Return of the Indie Bookstore||Our guest today is attorney and award-winning journalist Randy Richardson. Randy serves as president of the 400-member Chicago Writers Association. His most recent novel, Cheeseland, was chosen as a 2011 Evie Fiction Finalist.||1/23/2013||Free||View in iTunes|
||ExplicitEpisode 9 – Christine Sneed, Plus Our Writing Resolutions||Our guest today is the very prolific Christine Sneed. Christine’s first book, Portraits of a Few of the People I’ve Made Cry, won AWP’s 2009 Grace Paley Prize, was nominated for a Los Angeles Times Book Prize in first fiction.||1/9/2013||Free||View in iTunes|
||ExplicitEpisode 8 – Completely Unpretentious Holiday Spectacular!||We’re ditching our usual format today to bring you holiday-themed stories from two of our favorite guests, Shannon Cason and Stephen Markley. Shannon Cason is the Moth Chicago Grandslam Champion. You can find him at live lit events all over Chicago (ch.||12/23/2012||Free||View in iTunes|
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Just found this podcast and I listed to all of the episodes in two days. The content is great and I found your topics so interesting and vital for an inexperienced writer. Many thanks!
Ok, so full disclosure, these are friends of mine, which means I already know how great this podcast is going to be. Like the format and the commentary, loved the story, and looking forward to hearing more!
I love the idea of this show. It's well executed and the hosts definitely show off their knowledge! The synonym pun in the title is clever as well.