Episode 8: Best Scene Reports of 2015

Over the first 15 episodes, our scene reports have joined the conversation from bookstores, festivals, and libraries highlighting writing communities in such places as Chicago, Ann Arbor, and Citizen Lit’s own backyard in Knoxville, Tennessee. Enjoy these 2015 scene report highlights and we look forward to more scenes joining the conversation in 2016.  


About the Guests:

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 Poetry, American Poetry Review, Oxford 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.

Susan Rukeyser lives in the South but hails from New England and dreams of life in the Mojave. She was a Senior Book Buyer for the wholesaler Baker & Taylor before she left to devote herself to writing and mothering and caring for an assortment of rescued cats and dogs. For a while she owned a tiny used bookstore in New York’s Hudson Valley. It was there she found inspiration for what became Not On Fire, Only Dying, her debut novel. Find her at susanrukeyser.com.

Marlon James was born in Jamaica in 1970. His most recent novel, A Brief History of Seven Killings, won the 2015 Man Booker Prize. It was also a finalist for the National Book Critics Circle Award and won the OCM Bocas Prize for Caribbean Literature for fiction, the Anisfield-Wolf Book Award for fiction, and the Minnesota Book Award. It was also a New York Times Notable Book. James is also the author of The Book of Night Women, which won the 2010 Dayton Literary Peace Prize and the Minnesota Book Award, and was a finalist for the 2010 National Book Critics Circle Award in fiction and an NAACP Image Award. His first novel, John Crow’s Devil, was a finalist for the Los Angeles Times Book Prize for first fiction and the Commonwealth Writers’ Prize and was a New York Times Editors’ Choice. James lives in Minneapolis.


Music for today's show provided by: 

Undercover Vampire Policeman & Reappear | Chris Zabriskie CC BY 4.0

Before Dawn (Instrumental Album)Before Dawn II (Instrumental Album)Ryan LittleCC BY 4.0