First Draft

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In writing, a first draft is where creativity flows, a story takes root and the voice of a writer emerges.  On Aspen Public Radio First Draft highlights the voices of writers as they discuss their work, their craft and the literary arts.  This weekly show hosted by Mitzi Rapkin will primarily feature fiction and non-fiction authors along with occasional poets, screenplay writers, playwrights and songwriters.  First Draft is a celebration of the 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.  In addition to interviews with authors, First Draft will feature readings, literary news and other special features.

First Draft - Sunil Yapa

Jan 18, 2016

Sunil Yapa holds a BA in economic geography from Penn State University, and received his MFA in Fiction from Hunter College in New York City in 2010, where he worked with two-time Booker Prize winning author Peter Carey, and the 2009 National Book Award winner (Let the Great World Spin) Colum McCann.

First Draft - Lauren Groff

Dec 28, 2015

  Lauren Groff is the author of the novel The Monsters of Templeton, shortlisted for the Orange Prize for New Writers, Delicate Edible Birds, a collection of stories, and Arcadia, a New York Times Notable Book, winner of the Medici Book Club Prize, and finalist for the L.A. Times Book Award.  Her latest novel is Fates and Furies, which was a finalist for the National Book Award.

 

First Draft - Geraldine Brooks

Dec 21, 2015

Australian-born Geraldine Brooks grew up in Sydney. She worked as a reporter for The Sydney Morning Herald and The Wall Street Journal, where she covered crises in the Mideast, Africa and the Balkans. She was awarded the Pulitzer Prize in fiction in 2006 for her second novel, March. Her  novels Caleb’s Crossing and People of the Book were  New York Times best sellers.

First Draft - Liam Callanan

Dec 7, 2015

  Liam is the author of The Cloud Atlas , All Saints and Listen. He serves in the English department of the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, and was previously its chair, as well as coordinator of its Ph.D. program in creative writing.

First Draft - Julia Fierro

Nov 30, 2015

  Julia Fierro is the author of the novels Cutting Teeth and the forthcoming The Gypsy Moth Summer.

First Draft - Michelle Brafman

Nov 23, 2015

Michelle Brafman is the author of Washing the Dead.  She earned an MA in fiction from Johns Hopkins University where she now teaches.  Her writing has appeared in Slate, The Washington Post, Tablet, Lilith Magazine and The Los Angeles Review of Books

First Draft - Vanessa Garcia

Nov 16, 2015
Tedeora Dakova

Vanessa was born in the Cuban satellite city of Miami, to Cuban parents.  

First Draft - Bonnie Jo Campbell

Nov 9, 2015

  Bonnie Jo Campbell grew up on a small Michigan farm with her mother and four siblings in a house her grandfather Herlihy built in the shape of an H. She learned to castrate small pigs, milk Jersey cows, and, when she was snowed in with chocolate, butter, and vanilla, to make remarkable chocolate candy. When she left home for the University of Chicago to study philosophy, her mother rented out her room. She has since hitchhiked across the U.S.

First Draft - Steven Schwartz

Nov 2, 2015

Steven Schwartz is the author of three story collections, To Leningrad in Winter, Lives of the Fathers, and Little Raw Souls, and two novels, Therapy and A Good Doctor’s Son.  His fiction has received the Nelson Algren Award, the Sherwood Anderson Prize, the Cohen Award from Ploughshares, the Colorado Book Award for the Novel, two O.

First Draft - Bill Clegg

Oct 26, 2015

Bill Clegg  is the author of two memoirs, Portrait of an Addict as A Young Man: A Memoir and Ninety Days. His novel, Did You Ever Have a Family, was long listed for the 2015 Man Booker Prize and the National Book Award.  Clegg is also a literary agent and owner of The Clegg Agency.

First Draft - Jesse Goolsby

Oct 12, 2015

  Jesse Goolsby is an Air Force officer and the author of the novel I’d Walk with My Friends If I Could Find Them . His fiction and essays have appeared widely, to include Narrative, The Kenyon Review, Epoch, The Literary Review, Salon, Alaska Quarterly Review, The Greensboro Review, and Redivider.

First Draft - George Hodgman

Oct 5, 2015

George Hodgman is the author of the memoir, Bettyville.  He has also worked as an editor at Simon and Schuster, Henry Holt, Houghton Mifflin and Vanity Fair.  He graduated from the University of Missouri with degrees in English and Magazine Journalism.  He lives in Missouri and New York.

First Draft - Elissa Schappell

Sep 28, 2015

Elissa Schappell is an American novelist, short story writer, editor and essayist. Her first book of fiction, Use Me a collection of ten linked short stories, was published in 2000 by William Morrow, and was runner up for the PEN/Hemingway Award. A second book of fiction, Blueprints for Building Better Girls, was published by Simon & Schuster in 2011. It was chosen as a "Best Book of the Year" by The San Francisco Chronicle, The Boston Globe, The Wall Street Journal.

First Draft - Jim Shepard

Sep 21, 2015

  Jim Shepard is the author of seven novels, including most recently The Book of Aron, and four story collections, including most recently the forthcoming You Think That’s Bad.   His third collection, Like You’d Understand, Anyway, was a finalist for the National Book Award and won The Story Prize.  Project X won the 2005 Library of Congress/Massachusetts Book Award for Fiction, as well as the ALEX Award from the American Library Association.  His short fiction has appeared in, among other magazines, Harper’sMcSweeney’sThe Paris

First Draft - Shulem Deen

Aug 24, 2015

  Shulem Deen is the author of All Who Go Do Not Return, a memoir about growing up in and then leaving the Hasidic Jewish world. He is also the founding editor of Unpious, an online journal for voices on the Hasidic fringe. His work has appeared in The New Republic, Salon, Tablet Magazine, The Jewish Daily Forward, and elsewhere. He serves as a board member at Footsteps, a New York City-based organization that offers assistance and support to those who have left the ultra-Orthodox Jewish community. He lives in Brooklyn, New York.

First Draft - Kirstin Valdez Quade

Aug 10, 2015
Maggie Shipstead

Kirstin Valdez Quade, author of Night at the Fiestas, received a “5 Under 35” award from the National Book Foundation as well as the Rona Jaffe Foundation Writer’s Award and the 2013 Narrative Prize. Her work has appeared in The New Yorker, Narrative, Guernica, The Southern Review, The Best American Short Stories, The O. Henry Prize Stories, and elsewhere. She has received fellowships from Yaddo and the MacDowell Colony, as well as a grant from the Elizabeth George Foundation.

First Draft - Amina Gautier

Jul 27, 2015

  Amina Gautier is the author of two short story collections: Now We Will Be Happy, which won the Prairie Schooner Book Prize and At-Risk, which won the Flannery O’Connor Award for Short Fiction. Gautier has published a record number of short stories. More than eighty-five of her short stories have been published.

First Draft - Skip Horack

Jul 20, 2015

Skip Horack is the author of The Other Joseph , as well as two previous books: the novel The Eden Hunter, which was a 2010 New York Times Editors’ Choice; and the story collection The Southern Cross, winner of the Bread Loaf Writers’ Conference 2008 Bakeless Fiction Prize. His work has appeared in Oxford American, Epoch, The Southern Review, Narrative Magazine, and elsewhere. He is a former Jones Lecturer at Stanford University, where he was also a Wallace Stegner Fellow.

First Draft - Leslie Jamison

Jul 6, 2015

Leslie Jamison was born in Washington DC and grew up in Los Angeles. Since then, she's lived in Iowa, Nicaragua, New Haven, and New York and worked as a baker, an office temp, an innkeeper, a tutor, and a medical actor. Every one of these was a world; they're still in her. Her novel is called The Gin Closet and her collection of essays is called The Empathy Exams. Leslie Jamison a columnist for the New York Times Book Review, and is currently finishing a doctoral dissertation at Yale about addiction narratives. www.lesliejamison.com

First Draft - Saeed Jones

Jun 29, 2015

Saeed Jones was born in Memphis, TN and raised in Lewisville, Texas. He received his MFA in Creative Writing at Rutgers University – Newark. He earned his bachelor’s degree at Western Kentucky University where he won the Jim Wayne Miller Award for Poetry. His collection Prelude to Bruise was a finalist for a National Book Critics Circle Award, one of NPR’s Best Books of 2014 and the winner of the 2015 Pen Literary Award for Poetry. Jones is also the literary editor for BuzzFeed.

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