Writers’ Block: 020 – Grant Hier, Julia Walton, and Jonathan Alexander

 

Writers’ Block Live! is here for your ears! We’ve been recording a live version Writers’ Block about once a month at the 1888 Center in Orange, California. This means get ready for a whole slew of live interviews, dropping in-between the in-depth conversations you’re used to! And some of your favorite guest show up again!

We recorded the very first Writers’ Block Live! September 2017, and Mike was joined by the award-winning poet (and return guest) Grant Hier, YA-author and friend of the show Julia Walton, author of the critical memoir Creep,  Jonathan Alexander.

Grant Hier was named recipient of PRIZE AMERICANA for his book Untended Garden (The Poetry Press, 2015), which was also nominated for both an AMERICAN BOOK AWARD and the KATE TUFTS DISCOVERY AWARD.  He was winner of the NANCY DEW TAYLOR PRIZE for Literary Excellence in Poetry (2014) and the KICK PRIZE for poetry (2013). Several of his pieces have been nominated for a PUSHCART PRIZE. He is a Professor of English at Laguna College of Art + Design where he teaches creative writing in the BFA and MFA programs. Find more Grant!

Julia Walton has spent the majority of her professional life in captivity behind 6 ft. cubicle walls. Her enclosure was comfortable and open to visitors during regular business hours. She was given adequate food, a soft nest, and plenty of insurance policies to pass the time. Yet still, she longed for freedom. Now, she lives in Huntington Beach, CA with her husband and daughter where she can usually be coaxed out of hiding with tea, Crunchies, and Haribo gummy bears. She received an MFA in Creative Writing from Chapman University. Her debut YA novel, WORDS ON BATHROOM WALLS, was released from Random House BFYR in July 2017. You can buy it here!

Jonathan Alexander is Chancellor’s Professor of English at UC Irvine, where he is director of the Center for Excellence in Writing and Communication. He is the author, co-author, or editor of 13 books, including Writing Youth: Young Adult Fiction as Literacy Sponsorship (2016) and the newly released critical memoir, Creep: A Life, a Theory, an Apology. Read his work over at LARB!

 


 

Writers’ Block is a bi-weekly podcast that highlights the work of writers, poets, scientists, musicians, and more to find the story behind the pieces. Host Mike Gravagno digs into his guests work the same way he digs into pie, voraciously and without pretension, because you don’t have to be high-falutin to enjoy talking about art. Writers’ Block is a joint venture from YourPopFilter.com and Anastamos, Chapman University’s Interdisciplinary Graduate Journal, and is available wherever you get your podcasts..