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Why We Write brings you conversations with authors from the Lesley community about books, writing, and the writing life. Our two seasons feature dozens of episodes with alumni, faculty, and visiting authors who share the inspiration behind their work while offering insight into their writing processes. We cover just about every genre, from poetry to sci-fi to memoir and young adult.
National Poetry Month
We love poetry and we love our Lesley poets, so every week in April (aka National Poetry Month) we've invited one Lesley author onto the show to share a poem and why they wrote it — all in 10 minutes or less.
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Why We Write: Season 3
Cowboys and 'the dread'
'As for the Heart'
'We Be Womxn'
Nigerian-American author debuts novel in verse
Debut poet Jennifer LeBlanc on myth and mysteries
'Teaching While Black'
Author, illustrator Julia Denos is 'Starcrossed'
Coming of age during the Vietnam War in 'Sybelia Drive'
Sophie Goldstein's 'Embarrassment of Witches'
Conspiracy, Nixon and Watergate...for kids
Boston poet Steven Cramer on writing, rewriting and adaptation
My Captain America
Writing Under Pressure: Creating During the Pandemic
Why We Write: Season 2
An ice skater who broke racial barriers. Singapore's sarong party girls. God, politics, and middle America. These are just some of the topics from Why We Write's Season 2.
Writing Master Class with A.J. Verdelle
God, politics, and Middle America with Lyz Lenz
The sound of 'Silence' with Jane Brox
Demon fighting teens and musical theater
Axie Oh's 'Rogue Heart'
Singapore's 'Sarong Party Girls'
Graphic memoir explores infertility
An ice skater who broke racial barriers
Caribbean mermaids and evil spirits
Debut memoir discusses trauma and 21st-century dating
Funny, fantastic and weird books
A Syrian kid moves to Ohio in 'Other Words for Home'
Middle grade novel explores adoption, racism, mental illness
Memoir explores a family torn apart by the Holocaust
30 Years of Commonthought
Why We Write: Season 1
Writing books for kids who don't read. Searching for the real Shakespeare. And forgotten black history. These are just some of the topics we explored in Why We Write's first season.