The Last Word

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

Past Episodes

  • "Smudge Stick" Preview: Interview with Almeta Whitis, Gary Dewitt Marshall, and Niema Neteri Atkins Aired: Wednesday, July 10, 2019

    Almeta Whitis is a storyteller, actress, poet, writer and teaching artist who has taught elementary, middle and high school in NYS and Arizona. A former assistant professor of Theater at SUNY Brockport, in 1997, she received their “Distinguished Scholar Public Service Award”. In 1995, Phi Delta Kappa awarded her “Lay Educator of the Year” by unanimous decision. As Chair of ALLOFUS Art Workshop’s Dance Department, a MAG and UR outreach program, she expanded a Saturday class of eight children to a year-round program serving over 450 children and adults.

  • Chris Fanning Aired: Thursday, June 27, 2019
  • Chris Fanning's Summer Playlist Part 1 Aired: Wednesday, June 26, 2019



    The Velvet Underground - Sweet Jane
    The Rascals - I've Been Lonely Too Long
    The Box Tops - Cry Like A Baby
    Silver - Wham Bam Shang-A-Lang
    Foster The People - Sit Next To Me
    Claude Debussy - Clair de Lune, L 32
    Al Green - How Can You Mend a Broken Heart?
    The Kinks - Waterloo Sunset
    Janis Joplin - Kozmic Blues
    America - Ventura Highway
    Supergrass - Alright
    Nina Simone - I Shall Be Released
    Electric Light Orchestra - Hold On Tight To Your Dreams

  • Interview with Julie Donofrio Aired: Wednesday, June 19, 2019

    Julie Donofrio has been making people laugh for years, sometimes on purpose. She’s writes as a comedian and as a humor columnist for Rochester Woman Online (as Julie Dee). Julie has also worked as an improv actor, and has done stand-up, improv, and sketch comedy everywhere from New York City comedy clubs to the beverage tent at the Monroe County Fair.

  • Summer Workshops at Writers & Books Aired: Wednesday, June 19, 2019

    Writers & Books staff members Chris Fanning and Dan Herd discuss upcoming workshops and events happening this summer. 

  • 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.

  • 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.