The Last Word

Writers & Books staff member Chris Fanning interviews local readers, writers, and W&B Teaching Artists. 

Past Episodes

  • Scott Seifritz, creator of Rochester Spoken Word and co-host of Rochester Speak Easy Aired: Wednesday, January 15, 2020

    Scott Seifritz is a co-founder of Rochester Spoken Word, the goal of which is to help writers be heard. (Turns out a mic and amp go a long way.) He is a part-time playwright whose humorous play No Encore was performed at the 2017 24-Hour Plays for the Rochester Fringe Festival and whose comedy Denny Killington, Master Detective! was selected for the 2016 Rochester Regional Writers Showcase. For your chance to be heard, visit

  • Robin L. Flanigan, author of M is for Mindful Aired: Wednesday, December 11, 2019

    Robin L. Flanigan grew up among the red rocks of Sedona, Arizona, and launched a writing career in the early ‘90s while living in a Baltimore graveyard. She was a beat reporter for eleven years, winning several national awards, and now works as a freelance writer and editor. Her essays has been published in The Sun, Motherwell, and other literary magazines and anthologies. Her coffee-table book on the city of Rochester was published in 2009, and her children’s book, M is for Mindful, came out in November. 

  • Interview with Brian Wood, author of Joytime Killbox, a debut collection of short stories Aired: Wednesday, December 4, 2019

    Brian Wood is the author of Joytime Killbox (BOA, 2019). He has served as the Managing Editor of Reed Magazine and the Fiction Editor for POST. He holds an MFA in Creative Writing from San Jose State University, and his work earned him a Ludwig Scholarship for Excellence in Creative Writing, as well as the James Phelan Award for Short Fiction and Familiar Essays. He lives in Rochester, NY, where he is a writing instructor at Writers & Books and the co-host of the Two Month Review podcast produced by Open Letter Press.

  • Interview with Reenah Golden, writer, performer, and founder of the Avenue Blackbox Theatre Aired: Wednesday, November 20, 2019

    Reenah L. Golden, Founder/Artistic Director of the Avenue Blackbox Theatre is an award-winning artivist in Rochester, NY. For over 15 years Reenah has been using the power of performance and the Spoken Word publicly to affect social and political change and create new ways of thinking. She has received several local, national and international grants and awards for her work including an Edith Glick Shoolman Children’s Educational Foundation grant and Partners of the Americas Education and Culture travel grants.

  • Interview with writer, designer Tristan Tomaselli Aired: Wednesday, November 13, 2019

    Tristan Tomaselli is a science fiction writer and a member of the staff at Writers & Books.  He's studied at MCC, The College at Brockport, and The New College at Oxford University. He is currently working on a collection of short stories and a novella. He is also a self-taught graphic designer working in the field since 1993. His role as a designer was put on hold for almost a decade in response to growing dissatisfaction with the corporate culture that, by and large, controls the majority of design work.

  • Interview with author and teaching artist, Greg Gerard Aired: Wednesday, October 30, 2019

    Gregory Gerard's work has been published by Tiny LightsJonathan, Lake Affect, and more. His memoir, In Jupiter's Shadow, chronicles the sexual journey of a gay Catholic teen in the 1980s. Gerard lives with his husband (22 years calendarly; 6 years legally) in Rochester, NY. For more, stop by

  • David Seaburn, author of Gavin Goode Aired: Wednesday, October 23, 2019

    David B. Seaburn is a novelist. His most recent work, Parrot Talk (2017), placed second in fiction for the TAZ Author’s Awards (2017) and was short-listed for the Somerset Award in General Fiction (2018). His novel, Charlie No Face (2011), was a Finalist for the National Indie Excellence Award in General Fiction (2011). He also writes a blog for Psychology Today magazine entitled, Going Out Not Knowing. Seaburn is an instructor at Writers and Books in Rochester, NY. He is a retired marriage and family therapist, psychologist and minister.

  • Interview with CaTyra Polland: Writers Paradise Aired: Wednesday, October 9, 2019

    CaTyra Polland is a published author, entrepreneur, editor and instructor. She earned a M.A. (Criminal Justice) from SUNY Albany and B.A. from University at Buffalo (Sociology/Spanish). Her debut book, Professionalism, What’s That? and the workbook companion are available on Amazon (paperback or e-book). CaTyra is the Founder/CEO of Career Prep and Polland Enterprises, LLC. She is a 2018 Rochester Business Journal 40 Under 40 honoree and a Point of Light honoree. She founded Rochester On Deck, a LinkedIn interview series featuring local residents doing good in the community.

  • Chris's Linda Ronstadt Special Aired: Wednesday, October 9, 2019

    Linda Ronstadt
    You're No Good

    Linda Ronstadt
    Tumbling Dice

    Linda Ronstadt
    Tracks of My Tears

    Linda Ronstadt
    Heat Wave

    Linda Ronstadt
    Old Paint

    Linda Ronstadt
    Silver Threads and Golden Needles

    Linda Ronstadt
    When Will I Be Loved

    Linda Ronstadt
    Rock Me On the Water

  • The Last Word's Halloween Episode Aired: Wednesday, October 2, 2019

    Season Of The Witch

    October Country, Ray Bradbury

    The Band
    King Harvest (Has Surely Come)

    Frankenstein, Mary Shelley

    Sam The Sham & The Pharaohs
    Lil' Red Riding Hood

    The Haunting of Hill House, Shirley Jackson

    Dusty Springfield