The Last Word

Writers & Books staff member Chris Fanning, occasionally joined by other staffers, talk books, writing, words, and literature. Topics range from the local literary scene to universal themes and subjects. We also usually play two rock n roll songs...

Past Episodes

  • Interview with Kim Morse Aired: Wednesday, June 12, 2019

    Kim is a 2009 graduate from Nazareth College (Rochester, NY) in English literature, a 2014 graduate from the University of Rochester (also Rochester, NY) in linguistics, and a 2018 graduate of the Appalachian Trail (Georgia to Maine). Previously, Kim worked as an editor with the Community College Research Center, a center dedicated to research on all aspects of education. When not hiking, Kim enjoys weightlifting, spending time with her cats, and thinking about hiking.

  • Interview with author David Seaburn Aired: Wednesday, June 5, 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 Stacy Freed Aired: Wednesday, May 29, 2019

    Stacey Freed holds an MFA from George Mason University and is an award-winning writer for national trade and consumer print and online publications including USA Today and Better Homes & Gardens publications and AARP’s Livable Communities. She was the managing editor for B’nai B’rith’s magazine, and for ten years she was a senior editor for Hanley Wood’s Remodeling magazine. She has had her own freelance writing business since 2013.

  • Interview with Tracy Cretelle Aired: Wednesday, May 22, 2019

    Tracy Cretelle is a teacher, a coach for English Language Learners, a poet, a grant writer, a ghost writer, an editor, and a puppetry teacher. She has a B.S. in English from Brockport and an M.E. from Nazareth in TESOL (teacher of English as a second language). She has traveled to Russia to teach English. Her writing has been published in The Sodus Sun, Nazareth College Consortium TESOL Journal and she was the ghostwriter for the Ebook Unsung Heroes by Dominic. She best enjoys helping young people learn English through creative writing.

  • SummerWrite Preview Aired: Wednesday, May 15, 2019

    SummerWrite coordinators Katherine Varga & Clara O'Connor join host Chris Fanning to talk about upcoming camps happening this summer at Writers & Books during SummerWrite

  • Interview with Joanne Brokaw Aired: Wednesday, May 15, 2019

    Improvisor, columnist, and award-winning freelance writer Joanne Brokaw is the author of “What The Dog Said,” a collection of her newspaper columns. A memoir about her improv journey, tentatively titled "Suddenly Stardust" will be available this spring (both from WordCrafts Press). She leads improv workshops for kids and adults, performs regularly at Focus Theater with her improv team Larceny Seance, and is half of the comedy improv duo, A Happy Accident, which performed nightly at the 2018 Rochester Fringe Festival.

  • CosmoCon Part 2 - Nina Alvarez, Holley H. Hill, and Ron Searls Aired: Wednesday, May 8, 2019

    Cosmographia Books will host CosmoCon, a 3-day literary event on May 15, 16, and 18, 2019 at Writers & Books

  • CosmoCon Part 1 - Nina Alvarez & Elizabeth Bodien Aired: Wednesday, May 1, 2019

    Cosmographia Books will host CosmoCon, a 3-day literary event on May 15, 16, and 18, 2019 at Writers & Books

  • Interview with Anaïs Salibian Aired: Wednesday, April 24, 2019

    Anaïs Salibian has a Master’s degree in English literature and a Certification in Secondary Education and has taught high school English and Drama for five years. She has taught writing classes at Writers & Books since 1989. Her published works are all creative nonfiction. She is currently teaching classes on memoir, essay, and crafting sentences. She integrates story writing with journaling and poetry exercises to expand and deepen insight and healing. In 2004, she received Writers & Books Teacher of Adults Award for the Creation and Appreciation of Literature.

  • Interview with Laura Rock Gaughan Aired: Wednesday, April 17, 2019

    Laura Rock Gaughan’s first book, a short fiction collection called Motherish, was published in 2018. Her award-winning fiction and essays have appeared in literary journals and anthologies in Canada, Ireland, and the United States. Born in California and raised in Naples, NY, she now lives in Lakefield, Ontario, Canada with her husband and four children.