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First Draft

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In writing, a first draft is where creativity flows, a story takes root and the voice of a writer emerges. First Draft highlights the voices of writers as they discuss their work, their craft and the literary arts. This weekly online show independently produced and hosted by Mitzi Rapkin will primarily feature fiction and non-fiction authors along with occasional poets, screenplay writers, playwrights and songwriters. 

First Draft is a celebration of writing and the individuals who are dedicated to bringing their carefully chosen words to print as well as the impact writers have on the world we live in. 

Jennifer duBois is the author of A Partial History of Lost Causes, Cartwheel, and The Spectators. The National Book Foundation named her one of its 5 Under 35 authors. Her writing has appeared in The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, Playboy, Lapham’s Quarterly, American Short Fiction, The Missouri Review, The Kenyon Review, Salon, Cosmopolitan, ZYZZYVA, and elsewhere. 

A native of western Massachusetts, duBois teaches in the MFA program at Texas State University.

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Emily Bernard was born and raised in Nashville, Tennessee. She holds a B. A. and Ph. D. in American Studies from Yale University. Her work has appeared in The American Scholar, The Boston Globe Magazine, Creative Nonfiction, Green Mountains Review, Oxtford American, Ploughshares, The New Republic, and theatlantic.com.  Her essay collection is called Black is the Body: Stories from My Grandmother's Time, My Mother's Time, and Mine.
 

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Michael Joseph

Christopher Castellani is the son of Italian immigrants and a native of Wilmington, Delaware. He currently lives in Boston, where he is the artistic director of Grub Street, the country’s largest and leading independent creative writing center. He is the author of the novels: A Kiss from Maddalena, The Saint of Lost Things, All This Talk of Love, and Leading Men.  He is also the author of The Art of Perspective: Who Tells the Story, a collection of essays on point of view in fiction.

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Laila Lalami was born in Rabat and educated in Morocco, Great Britain, and the United States. She is the author of the novels Hope and Other Dangerous Pursuits, Secret Son, The Moor’s Account, and The Other Americans.

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Tina Chang was raised in New York City. She is the first female to be named Poet Laureate of Brooklyn and is the author of the collections of poetry Hybrida, Of Gods & Strangers, and Half-Lit Houses.

She is also the co-editor of the W.W. Norton anthology Language for a New Century: Contemporary Poetry from the Middle East, Asia, and Beyond.

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Devi Laskar is the author of two poetry collections: Gas & Food, No Lodging and Anastasia Maps and the novel: The Atlas of Reds and Blues.  She lives in Northern California.


Rachel Howard is a writer of fiction, personal essays, memoir, and dance criticism.  Her memoir is called The Lost Night and her novel is called The Risk of Us.


Miriam Toews is the author of Women Talking, Summer of My Amazing Luck, A Boy of Good Breeding, A Complicated Kindness, All My Puny Sorrows, The Flying Troutmans, and Irma Voth, and one work of non-fiction, Swing Low: A Life.  She lives in Toronto.

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Joanne Ramos was born in the Philippines and moved to Wisconsin when she was six. She graduated with a BA from Princeton University. After working in investment banking and private-equity investing for several years, she became a staff writer at The Economist.  The Farm is her first book.

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Julian Gewirtz

Molly Dektar is from North Carolina and lives in Brooklyn. She received her MFA from Brooklyn College, where she was awarded the Himan Brown Award and the Brooklyn College Scholarship for Fiction. She is a graduate of Harvard College and was the recipient of the Louis Begley Fiction Prize. The Ash Family is her first novel.

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Erika Meitner was born and raised in Queens and Long Island, New York. She is the author of five books of poems: Inventory at the All-Night Drugstore, Ideal Cities, Makeshift Instructions for Vigilant Girls, Copia, and Holy Moly Carry Me

Meitner is currently an Associate Professor of English, and the Director of the MFA Program in Creative Writing and the undergraduate Creative Writing at Virginia Tech.

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Cara Robertson is the author of The Trial of Lizzie Borden. Cara Robertson is a lawyer whose writing has appeared in The Boston Globe, the Raleigh News and Observer, and the Yale Journal of Law and the Humanities. She was educated at Harvard, Oxford, and Stanford Law School.

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First Draft: David Means

Apr 8, 2019

David Means is the author of the novel, Hystopia, and several short story collections including Instructions for a Funeral, The Spot, and The Secret Goldfish.

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Susan Orlean is a staff writer at The New Yorker.  She is the author of several books of non-fcition including Rin Tin Tin, The Orchid Thief, and most recently The Library Book.

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First Draft: Sophie Mackintosh

Mar 18, 2019

Sophie Mackintosh was born in South Wales in 1988, and is currently based in London. Her fiction, essays and poetry have been published by Granta, The White Review, The New York Times and The Stinging Fly, among others. Her novel, The Water Cure was long-listed for the Man Booker Prize.

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First Draft : Eva Hagberg Fisher

Mar 18, 2019

Eva Hagberg Fisher’s writing has appeared in the New York TimesTin HouseWallpaper*Wired, and Dwell, among other places. She is the author of How to be Loved: A Memoir of Lifesaving Friendship and holds degrees in architecture from UC Berkeley and Princeton as well as a PhD in Visual and Narrative Culture from UC Berkeley.

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First Draft: Pam Houston

Mar 4, 2019
Mike Blakeman

Pam Houston is the author of the memoir, Deep Creek: Finding Hope In The High Country, as well as two novels, Contents May Have Shifted and Sight Hound, two collections of short stories, Cowboys Are My Weakness and Waltzing the Cat, and a collection of essays, A Little More About Me.

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First Draft: Katrin Schumann

Feb 25, 2019

 Katrin Schumann is the author of the novel The Forgotten Hours.  Her non-fiction titles include: The Secret Power of Middle Children and Mothers Need Time Outs, Too.

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First Draft : Valeria Luiselli

Feb 18, 2019
Diego Berruecos

Valeria Luiselli is an essayist, journalist, and fiction writer.  Her latest novel is called The Lost Children Archive.  Some of her other works include: Tell Me How it Ends: An Essay in 40 Questions, The Story of My Teeth, Sidewalks and Faces in the Crowd.

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First Draft: Madhuri Vijay

Feb 11, 2019

Madhuri Vijay was born in Bangalore. She is the recipient of a Pushcart Prize, and her writing has appeared in Best American Non-Required Reading, Narrative Magazine and Salon, among other publications. The Far Field is her first book.

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