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Behind the Prose explores and illuminates the craft of writing and its process through interviews with emerging and established writers. The podcast is released weekly and hosted by Keysha Whitaker. Visit behindtheprose.com for upcoming guests, news, and essays on writing. Listen. Learn. Write.

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What writing advice can one mine from a two-hour interview with prolific essayist, author, and professor Philip Lopate? If you read the July 2018 issue of The Writer, you learned about Lopate's overall approach and philosophy in "Playing on... more

You might recognize the title of this podcast if you picked up the July 2018 issue of The Writer. In it, you'll find my article on my former grad school writing teacher Phillip Lopate. I interviewed Lopate last December about his career and in the... more

In April 2017, I invited author and engineer Nick Arvin to the school where I work. Over two days, he gave several talks on writing, and I recorded one of them: ?Nick Arvin and The Short Story.? In this episode, I'm giving you that recording!... more

Welcome to this special episode of Behind the Prose. Special, because I bet you didn't think it was coming! More special, because it features former guest, literary historical fiction writer and fellow New School Creative Writing MFA Grad Scott... more

Today's episode is brought to you by: coincidence. It's how I met both of these great writers. Last year, I covered Bob Brody's essay panel at the American Society of Journalists and Authors for The Writer Magazine. His book Playing... more

Hey Prosers, I know. I know. Let's not talk about that lil' missing in action thing. The important thing is that I'm here now and so are you! This episode features a humor writer that I discovered earlier this year on McSweeney's. Adam Rotstein... more

In this episode, I talk to Geeta Kothari, an English professor and author of the new short story collection I Brake For Moose, out now on Braddock Avenue Books.

In this episode, we're venturing into the land of humor. I discovered actress, singer, and writer Gilli Messer during my daily reading. I loved her piece on McSweeney's: "Young Couple Shares Vows Amidst State Sponsored Chaos."... more

I met Alyssa Sorresso at the Creative Nonfiction Writer's Conference in 2015 (not 2014 as I think I said in the podcast). Alyssa's essay had just been published in Creative Nonfiction, and she approached me after the magazine's founder and... more

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