The Last Word

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

Past Episodes

  • 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.

  • Interview with David Seaburn Aired: Wednesday, February 20, 2019
  • Interview with Alex Sanchez Aired: Wednesday, February 13, 2019

    Join Chris Fanning as he interviews author and W&B instructor Alex Sanchez 


  • Interview with Maddy Feldman Aired: Wednesday, February 6, 2019
  • Interview with Didrik Soderstrom & Matt Frost Aired: Thursday, January 31, 2019

    Last Word producer Chris Fanning interviews Didrik Soderstrom & Matt Frost of the Hnossa Project. 

  • Interview with Jane Sutter Aired: Wednesday, January 23, 2019

    Join Chris Fanning as he interviews W&B instructor Jane Sutter.

  • Amy Collins Interview Aired: Wednesday, January 16, 2019
  • Interview with Instructor Scott Seifritz Aired: Wednesday, January 9, 2019

    The Last Word producer Chris Fanning interviews Scott Seifritz.


    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 Fest and whose comedy Denny Killington, Master Detective! was selected for the 2016 Rochester Regional Writers Showcase. For your chance to be heard, visit

  • December 12: Literary Facts Aired: Wednesday, December 12, 2018