Unbound Book Festival Podcast: An Interview with José Orduña

This week on The Missouri Review’s Soundbooth Podcast, audio intern Annie Thomas interviews author José Orduña. Orduña attended Columbia, Missouri’s Unbound Book Festival in April to speak about his first book, The Weight of Shadows: A Memoir of Immigration and Displacement, published in 2016. In his memoir, he analytically narrates his experience of gaining citizenship in the United States, as he was born in Córdoba, Veracruz, and moved to Chicago at two years old. In this Q&A, Orduña speaks of his experience at Unbound, common political misconceptions surrounding his memoir, and his style of teaching creative nonfiction at the University of Nevada-Las Vegas.

 

 

 

Unbound Book Festival Podcast: An Interview with Sarah Gambito

Last weekend Columbia, Missouri was buzzing with writers as the Unbound Book Festival took place. Listen as The Missouri Review’s intern Hannah Kauffman engages poet Sarah Gambito in a brief conversation about poetry, food, the experience of immigrants in America, and more.

Sarah Gambito is the author of the poetry collections Loves You (Persea Books), Delivered (Persea Books) and Matadora (Alice James Books). Her poems have appeared or are forthcoming in The Iowa Review, POETRY, Harvard Review, American Poetry Review, The New Republic and other journals. She holds degrees from The University of Virginia and The Literary Arts Program at Brown University. Her honors include the Barnes & Noble Writers for Writers Award from Poets and Writers, The Wai Look Award for Outstanding Service to the Arts from the Asian American Arts Alliance and grants and fellowships from The National Endowment for the Arts, The New York Foundation for the Arts and The MacDowell Colony. She is Associate Professor of English / Director of Creative Writing at Fordham University and co-founder of Kundiman, a non-profit organization serving writers and readers of Asian American literature. For more information about Sarah, please visit http://sarahgambito.com

UNBOUND Book Festival Podcast: An Interview With Heather Derr-Smith

This week on The Missouri Review’s Soundbooth Podcast we interview poet Heather Derr-Smith, who was recently in Columbia to participate in the Unbound Book Festival. Derr-Smith is the author of four books of poems: Each End of the World, The Bride Minaret, Tongue Screw, and Thrust. Poems from Thrust were previously featured in The Missouri Review, and the book won the 2016 Lexi Rudnitsky/Editor’s Choice Prize.

Interview conducted by TMR Audio Intern Kelsey Hurwitz.

UNBOUND Book Festival Podcast: An Interview With Allison Coffelt

In this week’s episode of The Missouri Review’s Soundbooth Podcast, we chat with former TMR intern and Missouri native Allison Coffelt. Allison was one of the featured authors at Columbia’s annual UNBOUND Book Festival in late April, where she contributed to a panel about women who have chosen to write about the global South. Here, we talk about Allison’s newest book-length work of creative nonfiction, Maps Are Lines We Draw–published earlier this year by Lanternfish Press–in which she “explores the culture and beauty of [Haiti] as well as its discomfiting realities.” Listen below to hear Allison describe the process of writing her book about Haiti, as well as read a few sections from Maps Are Lines We Draw.

Interview conducted by TMR Audio Editor Traci Cox and edited by Audio Intern Emily Standlee.