Yemassee Podcast, Episode 12


In episode twelve, your hosts Justin Brouckaert and Chris Koslowski interview Elise Blackwell, author of Hunger, The Unnatural History of Cypress Parish, Grub, and An Unfinished Score. Elise’s latest novel, The Lower Quarter, has been praised by Jenny McPhee as “a bedazzling southern noir,” and by Emily St. John Mandel as “[Blackwell’s] best novel yet: a mesmerizing story of art, resilience, and life after catastrophe.” Elise teaches in the creative writing program at the University of South Carolina and is just a joy to talk with.

We also briefly touch on novel writing in general and lend our thoughts on the MFA degree.

Coming to you from the Thomas Cooper Was a Bad Bad Man Library at the University of South Carolina, after more technical difficulties than we can count, it’s the Yemassee Podcast. We promise. We’ll never leave you again.

Special thanks to our sound engineer Matt Mossman, and to Primm & Propellor for our new bumper music. |
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