Why We Write

By Lesley University

Interviews with award-winning authors from the Lesley University community and beyond. We cover a broad range of genres and topics, all related to books and the writing life.

  1. 1.
    Author Andrea Wang on Growing up Chinese-American in the Midwest
    39:25
  2. 2.
    Why we need to talk about mental health with YA author Cameron Kelly Rosenblum
    38:03
  3. 3.
    On the High Seas with Travel Writer Chaney Kwak
    27:02
  4. 4.
    National Poetry Month: 'The Translator' by Kevin Prufer
    6:49
  5. 5.
    National Poetry Month: 'As for the Heart' by Erin Belieu
    7:52
  6. 6.
    National Poetry Month: 'We Be Womxn' by U-Meleni Mhlaba-Adebo
    7:18
  7. 7.
    National Poetry Month: Cowboys & 'the Dread'
    5:36
  8. 8.
    The Shape of Poetry with Katya Zinn
    37:58
  1. 9.
    Writing Under Pressure: Creating During the Pandemic
    35:49
  2. 10.
    My Captain America: Remembering a comic book artist grandfather
    31:00
  3. 11.
    Boston poet Steven Cramer on writing, rewriting, and adaptation
    41:25
  4. 12.
    Conspiracy, Nixon and Watergate...for kids
    29:22
  5. 13.
    Graphic novelist Sophie Goldstein's 'Embarassment of Witches'
    33:05
  6. 14.
    Coming of age during the Vietnam War on 'Sybelia Drive'
    29:37
  7. 15.
    Children's book author and illustrator Julia Denos is 'Starcrossed'
    29:04
  8. 16.
    Debut poet Jennifer LeBlanc on myth and mysteries
    41:40
  9. 17.
    'Teaching While Black': a poet explores racism in the classroom
    35:00
  10. 18.
    Nigerian-American author debuts novel in verse
    26:02
  11. 19.
    Celebrating 30 Years of Commonthought Magazine
    30:24
  12. 20.
    'For Black Girls Only' explores transracial adoption, mental health & growing up
    28:58
  13. 21.
    Sit Down and Write
    30:14
  14. 22.
    Writing workshop with Jason Reynolds
    1:16:56
  15. 23.
    'My City of Dreams' explores a family torn apart by the Holocaust
    44:15
  16. 24.
    Writing Master Class: A.J. Verdelle on writing scenes
    58:46
  17. 25.
    A Syrian kid comes to Ohio in Jasmine Warga's 'Other Words for Home'
    40:19
  18. 26.
    The trials, tribulations and trauma of dating – with a dash of Michael Bublé
    47:44
  19. 27.
    Funny, fantastic and weird books with Laurie Foos
    41:47
  20. 28.
    Demon fighting teens and musical theater with Michelle Knudsen
    41:20
  21. 29.
    Singapore's 'Sarong Party Girls' with Cheryl Lu-Lien Tan
    41:24
  22. 30.
    Caribbean mermaids and evil spirits with 'Jumbies' author Tracey Baptiste
    53:45
  23. 31.
    The African-American ice skater who broke racial barriers
    36:07
  24. 32.
    A graphic memoir explores infertility with Sheila Alexander
    32:56
  25. 33.
    The sound of 'Silence' with Jane Brox
    41:20
  26. 34.
    Axie Oh's 'Rogue Heart'
    46:44
  27. 35.
    God, politics, and Middle America with Lyz Lenz
    40:35
  28. 36.
    Self-publishing, ghost hunting lesbians & Dolly Parton with Nicole Mello
    43:15
  29. 37.
    A memoir of family and the enduring impact of the Holocaust with Caroline Heller
    37:30
  30. 38.
    Strange Fruit and black history in comics with Joel Christian Gill
    42:57
  31. 39.
    Poet Richard Blanco learns 'How to Love a Country'
    43:21
  32. 40.
    YA author Sara Farizan is 'Here to Stay'
    42:14
  33. 41.
    Teaching teens to WRITE with Fabiola Decius
    34:14
  34. 42.
    Risky memoir writing with Janet Pocorobba
    40:05
  35. 43.
    Dreaming about Joan of Arc with YA author David Elliott
    44:25
  36. 44.
    Chasing poetry with Jess Rizkallah
    40:29
  37. 45.
    Making hard science easy for kids with Sara Levine
    32:23
  38. 46.
    Recommending kids books with The Classroom Bookshelf
    59:09
  39. 47.
    Enzo Silon Surin's poetry for the broken spaces
    42:04
  40. 48.
    'Watch Us Rise' author Renée Watson
    47:20
  41. 49.
    Honest history books for kids, monster trucks, and The Truth About Poop with Susan Goodman
    45:59
  42. 50.
    What An MFA in Creative Writing Can Do For You
    56:53

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