Episode 2: Kaylie Jones with a Reading from Marcus Wicker

In this week’s program we sit down with novelist Kaylie Jones to talk about The Anger Meridian (Akashic Books) and Kaylie Jones Books. Plus, we get a scene report from the 2015 Pygmalion Festival, featuring new poetry by Marcus Wicker.



About the Guests:

Kaylie Jones’ latest novel, The Anger Meridian, was published in July 2015. She is the author of the acclaimed memoir, Lies My Mother Never Told Me (2009). Her novels include A Soldier’s Daughter Never Cries, which was released as a Merchant Ivory Film in 1998; Celeste Ascending (2001); and Speak Now (2004). She has written numerous book reviews and articles for The Los Angeles TimesThe New York TimesThe Paris ReviewThe Washington PostSalonWOWHuffington PostConfrontation Magazine, and others. She is the editor of the anthology Long Island Noir (2012).

Kaylie has been teaching for more than 25 years, including at Southampton College’s MFA Program in Writing, and in the low residency MFA Program in Creative Writing at Wilkes University. She co-chairs the James Jones First Novel Fellowship, which awards $10,000 yearly to an unpublished first novel. Her latest endeavor is her imprint with Akashic Books, Kaylie Jones Books, a writer’s collective in which the authors play a fundamental part in their own publishing process.

Marcus Wicker is the author of Maybe the Saddest Thing (Harper Perennial), a National Poetry Series selection. Wicker's awards include a Ruth Lilly Fellowship, Pushcart Prize, as well as fellowships from Cave Canem, and The Fine Arts Work Center. His work has appeared in PoetryAmerican Poetry ReviewOxford American, and many other magazines. Marcus is assistant professor of English at University of Southern Indiana and poetry editor of Southern Indiana Review. He serves as director of the New Harmony Writers Workshop.


Music for this show provided by:

Chill Beats EP | Tyler Twombly | CC BY 4.0

Free Beats Sel. 3 | Black Ant | CC BY 3.0

Directionless EPSomething Elated, & Slam Funk | Broke For Free | CC BY 3.0

Behind Your Window Kai Engel | CC BY 4.0

This Killer’s Hand | Neuhues