• Writer-to-Writer


The festival’s new Writer to Writer series features two writers who are fans of each other’s work.
The series was spawned from the mind of Zoetic Press’s Lise Quintana.

Ep. 1 – Writer to Writer: Esi Edugyan and Tayari Jones

Esi Edugyan and Tayari Jones, moderated by Caille Millner

These novelists have received considerable praise, including a top ten nod from the New York Times and an Oprah’s Book Club pick. Edugyan’s magical realism explores slavery and freedom, and Jones depicts a modern marriage wrenched apart by a discriminatory American justice system. With the support of the Consulate General of Canada, San Francisco/Silicon Valley, She Writes Press and Zoetic Press.

Ep. 2 – Writer to Writer: John Freeman and Geir Gulliksen

Geir Gulliksen and John Freeman

Two bestselling authors who are also top editors and critics come together to discuss their writing, the editing process, the state of the publishing industry in the U.S. and Europe, and translation. Geir Gulliksen is among Norway’s leading novelists; his latest is “The Story of a Marriage,” a searing novel about a man who attempts to empathetically understand his wife’s infidelity. John Freeman is one of today’s preeminent literary critics who also publishes literary nonfiction, much of it focused passionately on social justice issues, as well as poetry.

Ep. 3 – Writer to Writer: Ishmael Reed and Morgan Parker

Morgan Parker and Ishmael Reed, moderated by Ismail Muhammad

Join this cross-generational conversation between two dynamic Black American writers and cultural critics exploring the history and future of the American literary landscape. The legendary Ishmael Reed, Macarthur Genius Fellow, founder of the Before Columbus Foundation, and author of over 30 books including his newest “Conjugating Hindi,” sits down with rising literary star Morgan Parker, a National Endowment for the Arts Fellow, Pushcart Prize winner, and author of the new poetry collection “Magical Negro.” Sponsored by Zoetic Press.

Ep. 4 – Writer to Writer: Joyce Carol Oates and André Alexis

André Alexis and Joyce Carol Oates, moderated by Lise Quintana

Winner of the prestigious Windham-Campbell prize for his body of work, Trinidad-born and Ottawa-raised André Alexis sits down with National Book Award and National Humanities Medal winner, and author of over 40 novels, Joyce Carol Oates. The pair will discuss genre-bending, world-building and their shared obsession with storytelling. With the support of the Consulate General of Canada, San Francisco/ Silicon Valley and Zoetic Press.

Ep. 5 – Writer to Writer: Lacy Johnson and Carmen Maria Machado

Lacy Johnson and Carmen Maria Machado, moderated by Lise Quintana

Carmen Maria Machado, National Book Award finalist and author of “Her Body and Other Parties” and the forthcoming memoir “In the Dream House,” sits down with Lacy Johnson, author of “The Other Side” and “The Reckonings,” which was hailed by The Millions as “a collection that converses with itself and the reader, asking us to question our beliefs and our roles in a system that perpetuates violence.” The two discuss how they navigate their way through the thorny narrative terrain of abuse, discovering agency and power in the process. Sponsored by Zoetic Press; also with the support of Women Lit members.