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Episode 9: Olivia Wolfgang-Smith

You may remember Olivia Wolfgang-Smith’s essay “Warehouse” from the 16.1 issue of Fourth Genre, in which she talks about visiting New York’s Attica Correctional Facility. In this episode of Off the Page, we had the opportunity to sit down and chat with her about her writing process, her current work, and a couple other writerly topics. Wolfgang-Smith, who is mostly a fiction writer, earned her MFA at Florida State University and has been published in NInth Letter, Flyaway, The Common, and Necessary Fiction.

Episode 8: Marcia Aldrich

This time on “Off the Page,” we talked with Marcia Aldrich about how reading, editing, and teaching has influenced her writing. Marcia has dabbled in a lot when it comes to the world of creative nonfiction. Her essay “The Art of Being Born” was in the 2013 edition of Best American Essays, and her book A Companion to an Untold Story won the AWP award for Creative Nonfiction. Other publications you can find her work are Brevity, North American Review, and the Gettysburg Review.

We hope you enjoy this conversation about reading, teaching, and animals(!) and how those influence, inform, or inspire writing.

Episode 7: Julie Marie Wade

In our latest episode of Off the Page, we talked with author Julie Marie Wade, whose essay “Meditation 32” was published in issue 15.2 of Fourth Genre. Among other things, Julie is the author of Wishbone: A Memoir in Fractures, winner of the Lambda Literary Award in Lesbian Memoir, and is a member of the graduate faculty in creative writing at Florida International University in Miami.

We hope you enjoy listening to our conversation about teaching nonfiction and writing lyric essays, and our literary fan-girling as much as we did. Thanks for listening!

Episode 6: E. Eastman

You may remember E. Eastman’s essay “I Wear It as Often as I Dare” from issue 15.2 of Fourth Genre, in which he describes his search for a signature scent. In this episode of Off the Page, we sat down with the man behind the scent to discuss nonfiction, style, and literary crushes. Eastman received his MFA from the University of San Francisco, and won an Espy award for literature in 2005.

For optimum listening pleasure, we recommend enjoying episode 6 with the scent of your favorite perfume wafting in the air. Thanks for listening!

Episode 5: Leonora Smith

Off the Page is back with a brand new episode featuring our very own Leonora Smith! Smith is a reader for Fourth Genre, who also recently appeared in the journal with her “Writer as Reader” piece, “Locate Mercy,” from issue 16.1. Her work has traversed both poetry and prose and, in our conversation, we discuss how her poetic leanings inform her interpretations of the creative nonfiction she reads from FG, as well as how she approaches each genre in her own writing.

Thank you for listening, and enjoy episode five!

Episode 4: Kate Carroll de Gutes

Fourth Genre: Off the Page is back with the wonderful Kate Carroll de Gutes. Kate’s career began in journalism, before she found a home in the more creative efforts of nonfiction. Her work has appeared in the Los Angeles Review, Pank, Gertrude and others. Fourth Genre readers would know Kate for “And So You Begin Again for the First Time” from issue 14.2 as well as “What I Won’t Wear” and “What I Will Wear” from issue 16.1.

Our conversation with Kate discusses her work, specifically her essay in 14.2, alongside larger issues affecting the genre of creative nonfiction, such as truth versus fact.

Thank you for listening and enjoy episode four!

Note: After we stopped recording, Kate and I (Eric) continued our conversation about truth versus fact. She pointed out another difficulty often cited by her friend and mentor, Judith Kitchen — the fallibility of memory and that, as Kitchen says, the very act of remembering imposes a narrative order on the scaffold of facts on which one is building a story, thus shaping the truth.

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