SWC Series with TK Podcast


In a series of conversations recorded at the Sewanee Writers’ Conference, James Scott sits down with SWC faculty and visiting editors and agents.


SWC 09: M.O. Walsh & Liz Van Hoose

James Scott speaks with M.O. Walsh (The Big Door Prize), who gives a writing tip James has used ever since, then chats about writing a novel you like, and being under the influence of John Prine. Plus, independent editor and member of the collective 5E Editors, Liz Van Hoose.


SWC 08: Katie Kitamura & Danielle Valore Evans

James Scott speaks with SWC fiction faculty Katie Kitamura about pushing back on expectations, writing things you don’t think you can, having your best reader in your own house, and the ghosts of edits past. Plus, author The Sewanee Review Editor-at-Large Danielle Evans.


SWC 07: Rachel Bonds & Sean McIntyre

James Scott speaks with playwright and SWC fellow and scholar Rachel Bonds about finding her voice in a one-act, using jealousy as a job coach, being on the writing treadmill, and recognizing the struggles of those close to us. Plus, actor and Performing Prose co-founder Sean McIntyre.


SWC 06: Tim O’Brien & Speer Morgan

Our series with TK Podcast continues with James Scott speaking with Tim O’Brien, who tells James about winning the National Book Award, writing THE THINGS THEY CARRIED while on a break from another book, not leaving a sentence until it’s finished, being a father, knowing death, and recognizing the maybeness of it all. Plus, Missouri Review editor Speer Morgan.


SWC 05: Marilyn Nelson & Michael Wiegers

The second summer of conversations recorded at the Sewanee Writers’ Conference begins with James speaking with Marilyn Nelson, who has written poetry in many forms and for many audiences. Marilyn tells James about her fears of being pigeonholed as well as her love of musicality, embodying voices, and finding a way forward. Plus, Copper Canyon Executive Editor Michael Wiegers.


SWC 04: Christine Schutt & Emily Nemens

James Scott speaks with fiction faculty member Christine Schutt about her career from FLORIDA to her latest, PURE HOLLYWOOD. They cover a lot of books, and a lot of ground, from nerves about reading to insecurity about writing, in an honest and illuminating conversation. James Scott also chats with Emily Nemens, editor of the PARIS REVIEW.


SWC 03: Randall Kenan & Anna Lena Phillips Bell

James Scott speaks with fiction faculty member Randall Kenan about the books that made Randall feel less alone when he was young, the art of writing about food, and the legacy of James Baldwin. James Scott also chats with Anna Lena Phillips Bell, editor at ECOTONE MAGAZINE.


SWC 02: Dan O’Brien, Beth Blickers, & Emily Shain

James Scott speaks with playwriting faculty member Dan O’Brien, theatre agent Beth Blickers, and actor Emily Shain. They discuss what draws them to work, how the written word earns its space, and the great value of surprise.


SWC 01: Maurice Manning & George David Clark

James Scott sits down with poetry faculty member Maurice Manning and editor-in-chief of 32 POEMS Magazine George David Clark. Maurice Manning talks about his latest collection, ONE MAN’S DARK, as well as a beautiful story about Claudia Emerson, challenging himself with each book, and how his poetry has changed.


Music courtesy of Bea Troxel from her album, THE WAY THAT IT FEELS.