Why We Write is an interview-style podcast that takes a look at our diverse and award-winning community of writers — from alumni and professors to visiting authors. Each episode takes a deep dive into the work, habits, inspiration and motivation of our guests, who write for the page, the stage, and every age. Join us as we take a look at what it really means to be a published author in the 21st century.
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Why We Write Episodes
God, politics, and Middle America with Lyz Lenz
Axie Oh's 'Rogue Heart'
Bestselling YA author & love junkie
Women, History, and The Weight of Ink with Rachel Kadish
Searching for the real Shakespeare
Writing books for kids who don't read books
From the page to the stage
Scott Loring Sanders on Surviving Jersey
What an MFA in Creative Writing Can Do For You
Monster trucks and The Truth About Poop
Watch Us Rise author Renée Watson
Poetry for the broken spaces
Recommending kids books
Making hard science easy
Chasing poetry with Jess Rizkallah
Dreaming about Joan of Arc
Risky memoir writing
Teaching teens to WRITE
Sara Farizan is 'Here to Stay'
Poet Richard Blanco on 'How to Love a Country'
A memoir of family and the Holocaust
Strange Fruit and forgotten black history
Self-publishing, ghost hunting lesbians, and Dolly Parton
More podcasts featuring the Lesley community
Here is a selection of recent shows to give you a taste of the fascinating topics our professors and graduates are working on.
It’s not a secret that technology is moving so fast it’s hard to keep up, especially design education. In the last few decades the way we think about design has dramatically changed so how are students keeping up? AIGA Boston's The Boston Designcast talks to Associate Professor Heather Shaw about design education, where it's been and where it's headed.
On a number of occasions, College of Art and Design faculty Sophie Barbasch has used Craigslist to ask strangers personal questions. On this podcast, she talks about turning those answers into artwork and the moral complications.
Bestselling author and MFA in Creative Writing professor Tracy Baptiste talks with NPR’s Lulu Garcia-Navarro about her Caribbean folk tale-inspired novels for middle grade readers.
Veteran journalist and Associate Professor Donna Halper speaks about her discovery of the band Rush during her disc jockey days, as well as her religion and long career in radio.
NPR’s Terry Gross interviews couples therapist and Lesley alumna Esther Perel ’82, whose book “The State of Affairs” looks at marriage and infidelity. Perel also has a popular podcast “Where Should We Begin.”
Alumna Sydney Chaffee ’07 has traveled the globe in recent months as the National Teacher of the Year. On this broadcast, she discusses her teaching “epiphany,” social justice, and her experiences in the classroom.
Following the release of three award-winning young adult novels last year, Jason Reynolds appeared on many podcasts. The MFA in Creative Writing faculty member talks about being part of the Marvel universe, discusses James Baldwin’s “The Fire Next Time” on Book Riot’s Recommended, talks about poetry in his page-turner “Long Way Down” on the Barnes and Noble Podcast, and speaks about becoming a reader with Gayle King on CBS.
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