Late Night Library

Amy Leach’s Things That Are

Welcome to Late Night Debut! This month we feature Amy Leach’s Things That Are, a collection of essays that chronicles the bizarre beauty of the natural world, from sea cucumbers to red giants. “Reading these essays was like watching a National Geographic special written by alchemical poets,” wrote The Rumpus. Complete with woodcut-inspired illustrations by Nate Christopherson, this collection rouses memories of a wide-eyed and childlike appreciation for nature, except with the insight and eloquence of the talented Amy Leach.

Act 1: Host Paul Martone covers controversial and entertaining book stories in the news
Act 2: Co-hosts Carter Sickels and Alexis Smith discuss Amy’s debut
Act 3: Managing editor Candace Opper talks with Amy about the genesis of her collection, writing about science, and the symbiosis between music and writing.

It was hard for me to let the book go because I had been working on it for quite a while and would have kept working on it, probably forever, except it got published. For me, the main experience with publishing the book is that I can’t revise it anymore.

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About Amy Leach:

Amy Leach’s work has been published in A Public Space, Tin House, Orion, the Los Angeles Review, and many others. She has been recognized with the Whiting Writers’ Award, Best American Essays selections, a Rona Jaffe Foundation Award, and a Pushcart Prize. She plays bluegrass, teaches English, and lives in Montana. Things That Are is her first book.

About our co-hosts:

Sickels_Carter_5-29-13Carter Sickels is the author of the novel The Evening Hour, a Finalist for the 2013 Oregon Book Award, the Lambda Literary Debut Fiction Award, and the Publishing Triangle Edmund White Debut Fiction Award. Carter is the recipient of a 2013 artistic grant from the Regional Arts & Culture Council, and winner of the 2013 Lambda Literary EmergingWriter Award. Carter has taught creative writing classes for IPRC, Hugo House, and Gotham Writers’ Workshop. He is currently Visiting Faculty for West Virginia Wesleyan’s Low Res MFA Program. Carter lives in Portland, Oregon.

Smith_Alexis_5-29-13Alexis M. Smith grew up in Soldotna, Alaska, and Seattle, Washington. She received an MFA in creative writing from Goddard College. Her debut novel, Glaciers (Tin House, 2012), was a finalist for the Ken Kesey Award for Fiction. Glaciers has been translated into Spanish and Italian, and a U.K. edition will be published in July 2013. She lives in Portland, Oregon.


Thanks for listening, and most of all, for reading.


Posted on: May 31, 2013 · Homepage, Late Night Debut, Podcasts ·Tags: , , .

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