• Welcome to the Sewanee Review Podcast. New episodes are posted monthly on the SR website. You can also listen and subscribe on Apple Podcasts and Spotify.

    Featured Episodes

    July 2, 2024

    Joy Priest

    In which Joy Priest maps a life made in letters.

    June 25, 2024

    Patricia Smith

    In which Patricia Smith writes against silence.

    May 16, 2024

    John Jeremiah Sullivan

    In which John Jeremiah Sullivan lays the golden egg.

    All Episodes

    July 2, 2024

    Joy Priest

    In which Joy Priest maps a life made in letters.

    June 25, 2024

    Patricia Smith

    In which Patricia Smith writes against silence.

    May 16, 2024

    John Jeremiah Sullivan

    In which John Jeremiah Sullivan lays the golden egg.

    April 4, 2024

    Justin Taylor

    In which Justin Taylor follows the breadcrumbs.

    March 7, 2024

    Sigrid Nunez

    In which Sigrid Nunez catalogues her literary present and past.

    February 1, 2024

    Elliot Ackerman

    In which Elliot Ackerman grapples with the military-industrial complex.

    November 16, 2023

    Gabrielle Bates

    In which Gabrielle Bates writes into the darkness.

    October 17, 2023

    Jennifer Habel and Chris Bachelder

    In which a day's work is never done.

    June 16, 2023

    Christopher Spaide

    In which Christopher Spaide waxes critical.

    May 25, 2023

    Garrett Hongo

    In which Garrett Hongo writes toward a better America.

    April 14, 2023

    CJ Hauser

    In which CJ Hauser writes to the heart.

    March 24, 2023

    Joanna Pearson

    In which Joanna Pearson does not fear the ghosts in the attic.

    March 3, 2023

    Matthew Baker

    In which Matthew Baker cherishes corporeal existence.

    January 13, 2023

    Jay Parini

    In which Jay Parini recounts the fictions and realities of his Borgesian adventure.

    November 11, 2022

    Kirmen Uribe

    In which Kirmen Uribe and his writing witness a changing world.

    October 28, 2022

    Alice McDermott

    In which Alice McDermott knows her way around a novel.

    September 16, 2022

    Gwen E. Kirby

    In which Gwen E. Kirby talks sexist tropes, angry women, and radioactive cockroaches.

    August 5, 2022

    Matthew Olzmann

    In which Matthew Olzmann casts his poems into the stars and into the sea.

    June 2, 2022

    Vievee Francis

    In which Vievee Francis looks toward the light.

    April 29, 2022

    Phillip B. Williams

    In which Phillip B. Williams writes with anger and preserves with love.

    March 25, 2022

    Michael Knight

    In which Michael Knight finds magic.

    February 11, 2022

    Brandon Taylor

    In which Brandon Taylor surveys his Hot Freud Summer.

    January 14, 2022

    Lauren Groff

    In which novelist Lauren Groff talks utopia, twelfth-century feminine desire, and the ghost of Hildegard von Bingen.

    December 10, 2021

    Elena Passarello

    In which Elena Passarello gives Aesop a run for his money.

    November 12, 2021

    Sidik Fofana

    In which editor-at-large Sidik Fofana discusses MFA culture, slow writing, and teaching high school, as well as his stories “The Okiedoke” and “The Rent Manual,” which were originally published in the Sewanee Review.

    October 22, 2021

    Danielle Evans

    In which Danielle Evans discusses characterological framework, the coincidence of unintentional motif, and the underpinnings of a successful short story.

    September 24, 2021

    Katie Kitamura

    In which editor-at-large Brandon Taylor interviews Katie Kitamura, author of A Separation and Intimacies. In this episode, Kitamura considers how her work explores the inner landscapes of the self.

    June 18, 2021

    Nikky Finney

    In which poet Nikky Finney begins with love.

    June 4, 2021

    Lisa Taddeo

    In which Lisa Taddeo, author of the New York Times bestseller Three Women and the novel Animal, talks about the mundane cruelty of male indifference, the deferral of female desire, and power dynamics in heterosexual relationships that elide female agency, favoring narratives of absolute victimhood.

    May 14, 2021

    Ross Gay

    In which Ross Gay, poet of Be Holding; Against Which; Bringing the Shovel Down; and Catalog of Unabashed Gratitude, winner of the 2015 National Book Critics Circle Award and the 2016 Kingsley Tufts Poetry Award; and author of the New York Times Bestselling collection of essays The Book of Delights, discusses “Joy as the rightful subject of our literary concerns or inquiry.”

    April 23, 2021

    Caki Wilkinson

    In which Caki Wilkinson personifies hope and muses, “Hope is a character and things are not going well for her. I was thinking about Emily Dickinson, like what is the 2020 version of Emily Dickinson’s ‘Hope is the thing with feathers?’. Definitely not a bird.”

    January 22, 2021

    Rebecca Wolff

    In which Rebecca Wolff, poet and editor of Fence magazine, discusses the sparse structure of her writing life, her editorship of Fence, and the kinetic tension between stanzas and space on the page: “I think the space is just as present but maybe not more. It’s a place full of hope, it’s a place where I am hoping that the reader will allow themselves to make connections that I am not willing to make for them.”

    January 8, 2021

    Graham Barnhart

    In which Graham Barnhart, poet and US Army veteran, discusses the paradox of being an army medic—“You carry a rifle and an aid bag full of medical supplies to treat the people you’re potentially expected to shoot”; and the capacity of poetry to contain that paradox without limiting it: “How do I communicate what feels like a personal experience without ignoring the violence and oppression of the machine I’m a part of that allowed me to receive that experience, even providing medical care as a way of pursuing the war?”

    October 23, 2020

    Jennifer Habel

    In which the poet Jennifer Habel, author of The Book of Jane discusses the process of reexamining traditionally female forms of artistry and how that exercise animates her own craft.

    September 18, 2020

    Chris Bachelder

    In which editor Adam Ross interviews novelist Chris Bachelder about his thoughts on patient writing, and Bachelder reads an excerpt from his novel The Throwback Special.

    July 10, 2020

    Erin McGraw

    In which Erin McGraw, a former teacher at the University of Cincinnati and Ohio State as well as a prolific author with three novels and four collections of short stories, entreats aspiring writers: “Forgive yourself.”

    July 10, 2020

    Paul Muldoon

    In which Pulitzer prizewinning poet Paul Muldoon confronts himself. “Ok Paul get a grip. Face reality this is what you do, and it’s a perfectly reasonable thing to do,” says he. “It is as reasonable a thing to do as to be a philosopher or a psychiatrist or a pulmonary specialist. Just get over yourself. It’s not about you. You are a poet.”

    May 8, 2020

    Edgar Kunz & Anders Carlson-Wee

    In which poets Edgar Kunz, the author of Tap Out, and Anders Carlson-Wee, the author of The Low Passions, consider influence and camaraderie—the ways in which their friendship has shaped their writing practices and their first books.

    April 24, 2020

    Anna Lena Phillips Bell

    In which Anna Lena Phillips Bell—author of the poetry collection Ornament and editor of Ecotone—considers the ways poetry helps us map the natural world and how “art is not a frivolous pursuit.”

    April 10, 2020

    Margaret Renkl

    In which Margaret Renkl—the author of Late Migrations and a contributing writer for the New York Times—wonders if the arc of the universe still bends towards justice.

    March 20, 2020

    Stephanie Danler

    In which editor Adam Ross interviews bestselling author Stephanie Danler about her upcoming memoir Stray. In this episode, Danler discusses the differences between writing fiction and memoir and gives the listener a behind-the-scenes look into how a book gets refined in its final stages of editing

    February 14, 2020

    Melissa Febos

    In which Melissa Febos, author of Whip Smart and Abandon Me, dubs writing "psychological alchemy" and recites a poem by Mary Oliver.

    January 10, 2020

    Garth Greenwell

    In which editor Adam Ross interviews Garth Greenwell, the author of Cleanness and What Belongs to You. In this episode, Greenwell is crowned King of MFA Programs and decrees mandatory reading in a second language and deeply in translated works.

    December 20, 2019

    The Sewanee Review Podcast - Trailer

    In which Adam Ross, editor of the Sewanee Review, introduces the Sewanee Review Podcast for readers and storytellers.

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