The Last Word

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

Past Episodes

  • 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

  • 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.

  • Interview with Javi Mason Aired: Wednesday, April 3, 2019

    Louis J. Mason (also known as Javi) is a self-published author, poet, storyteller, teacher, and lightworker. In 2016, they published the political science-fiction novel, The One Taken from the Sea of Stars under the pen name Octavia Davis.  They are currently working on the second installment.

  • A Chris & Dan Episode Aired: Wednesday, March 20, 2019

    A silly stroll through Chris & Dan's music choices 

  • Interview with Rollie Adams Aired: Wednesday, March 20, 2019

    George Rollie Adams is a writer, educator, historian, and storyteller. He grew up in southern Arkansas and taught there for a time after college. He holds two degrees in social science education from Louisiana Tech University and a doctorate in American history from the University of Arizona. His undergraduate studies included English as a second major.

  • Interview with July Westhale Aired: Wednesday, March 6, 2019

    July Westhale is the author of Trailer Trash (2016 Kore Press Book Award), The Cavalcade (Finishing Line Press), and Occasionally Accurate Science (Nomadic Press). Her most recent poetry can be found in The National Poetry Review, Prairie Schooner, Tupelo Quarterly, RHINO, phoebe, burntdistrict, Eleven Eleven, 580 Split, Lunch Ticket, and Quarterly West. Her essays have been nominated for Best American Essays, as well as the Pushcart prize.

  • Interview with Nancy Steinkamp Aired: Wednesday, February 27, 2019

    Nancy Steinkamp, MS, CTRS is a certified journal writing instructor, who has studied with the Center for Journal Therapy and the Therapeutic Writing Institute. She began writing at age 10 and her personal journal has been with her through all of life’s peaks and valleys, including her work as a recreation therapist with people of diverse backgrounds. Nancy was a 2018 Listen to Your Mother cast member performing her piece Do You Wanna Sleep Over? about being an older mom.