The Write Question

Fiction
6:21 am
Wed January 28, 2015

Novel Goes Inside The Mind Of A Man With Alzheimer's

Laura Pritchett talks about and reads from Stars Go Blue, a novel in which a Colorado rancher and his wife deal with his diagnosis of Alzheimer's.

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Monday Poems
8:54 am
Mon January 26, 2015

"Winter Feeding

for Ralph

It must be the kind of work.
The hauling, the pitching,
the sour bale we heave aside,
the extra strength that takes.
It must be the crafty figuring—
Let's short tonight. Hell, we
spread extra last night.

What he would say to that,
the joke he would make.
The off-chance falling star
that caught him wide-eyed
on top of the stack. Wrassling
the froze-up end of a bale,
cutting and cutting twine
that won't let go The knife
that won't close right in fingers
clumsy with cold.

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Fiction
6:00 am
Wed January 21, 2015

Love, Lament, And Letters In A Montana Cabin

David Allan Cates talks about and reads from his latest novel, Tom Connor's Gift, about which Bryan Di Salvatore writes, "Coursing between anecdote and musing, this is a novel only grownups can understand. It is smart and ecstatic and it will break your goddamn heart."

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Memoir
7:16 pm
Mon January 12, 2015

Memoir Reveals Student's Struggles With Bipolar

Elissa Washuta talks about and reads from her memoir, My Body is a Book of Rules.

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Monday Poems
9:23 am
Mon January 12, 2015

"Sacrilege in Monterey"

Just down the street
From the Guilded Cage
Where James Dean married
Some guy in gold chiffon

The graffiti above the urinal
In the Bull's Eye
Tavern is quite explicit
As we piss away the day

"Sacred cow makes the best hamburger."

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Student Response
6:00 am
Fri January 9, 2015

The Significance Of Grain Silos

Coffee Creek, Montana: 2006
Credit Bill Allard / Bill Allard

For the last several years, Robert Stubblefield has invited me to talk about The Write Question with students in one of the classes he teaches at the University of Montana. We talk about specific The Write Question programs students have listened to. Then I answer questions about the process of reading, interviewing, and creating programs for radio and the Web.

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Nonfiction
6:00 am
Wed January 7, 2015

Gary Ferguson Writes Grief Into Beauty

Award-winning nature writer Gary Ferguson talks about and reads from his memoir The Carry Home: Lessons from the American Wilderness.

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Student Response
12:13 pm
Tue January 6, 2015

You Are The Color Of The World

Bill Allard, Montana: 1976
Credit Bill Allard / Bill Allard

For the last several years, Robert Stubblefield has invited me to talk about The Write Question with students in one of the classes he teaches at the University of Montana. We talk about specific The Write Question programs students have listened to. Then I answer questions about the process of reading, interviewing, and creating programs for radio and the Web.

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YA Fiction
6:06 am
Wed December 31, 2014

Pet Rat And Running Changes Teenager's Life

Rachel Toor talks about and reads from her YA novel On The Road To Find Out.

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Monday Poems
6:53 am
Mon December 29, 2014

"Frosted Marsh"

Marsh-grass like a bank creature, black-footed and salt-tipped. Twilight
in the water grown tinsel. You're drawn to them heavily, a clarity
stilled, waiting for the body to catch up. No more events, parties, no
more running ahead but here with the fever, with what is wrong. The
evenings will be long. You will be alone and scared. This familiar out-
of-season, not of harvest but of fast, thrift and reticence, faced with
the same flaws. Look, the ghosts are calling. Will you ignore them

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