Maya Angelou

2014-7-24 LNLA

Welcome to Late Night Love Affair. This month, Candace and Sarah discuss Maya Angelou’s Just Give Me a Cool Drink of Water ‘fore I Diiie. Topics of conversation include: how poetry intimidates us, Dirty Dancing, the need for white space, Gone With The Wind, writers accepting they are people, AC/DC, and the case against exclamation … continue reading »

Famous First Words


“When I was a kid growing up, I wasn’t overwhelmed by thoughts of the death camp,” Art Spiegelman once explained in an interview. “It just entered into the mix, just like I suppose a child of an alcoholic doesn’t think of anything specifically unusual about a parent that passes out at 6 p.m. It didn’t … continue reading »

Sarah Menkedick

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Welcome to Late Night Conversation. This episode features guest-host Candace Opper in conversation with Sarah Menkedick, founding editor of Vela, an online magazine of nonfiction writing inspired by travel and written by women. Candace and Sarah discuss the genesis and development of Vela Magazine, fostering women writers’ voices (specifically in a venue sans male writers), the … continue reading »

Nathan Deuel

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Writer Nathan Deuel and his wife, NPR correspondent Kelly McEvers, were living in Saudi Arabia on journalist visas when their daughter Loretta was born in 2008. Shortly thereafter, Kelly accepted a new post as NPR’s Baghdad bureau chief. Nathan and Loretta relocated to Istanbul while Kelly moved to Iraq to report on the Arab Spring … continue reading »

Slam Poetry

Aileen shares her thoughts on slam poetry and tries to figure out why it’s unpopular among some literary types. Portland Poetry Slam: SlamFind, a mobile app for finding slam locations: Slam Nation, a documentary about slam poetry: Button Poetry: Poetry Observed: Subscribe to our YouTube channel for updates!  

Dog-Eared and Dispatched

Dog-Eared and Dispatched: July 20, 2014

It’s been quite the week this week, and the literary world keeps on spinning. In this week’s rundown of book culture, we look back on the life of Nadine Gordimer; we also consider the Apple and the Amazon, and how the two relate to ebooks. There are plenty of footnotes to round things out, with … continue reading »