The Last Word

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

Past Episodes

  • 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.

  • 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.