The Write Question The Write Question is a weekly literary program hosted by Lauren Korn that features authors from the American West—and beyond—including James Lee Burke, Kate Lebo, Anne Helen Petersen, Robert Wrigley, Jess Walter, Stephen Graham Jones, Barry Lopez, Hoa Nguyen, Maggie Shipstead, Elissa Washuta, and others.
The Write Question

The Write Question

From Montana Public Radio

The Write Question is a weekly literary program hosted by Lauren Korn that features authors from the American West—and beyond—including James Lee Burke, Kate Lebo, Anne Helen Petersen, Robert Wrigley, Jess Walter, Stephen Graham Jones, Barry Lopez, Hoa Nguyen, Maggie Shipstead, Elissa Washuta, and others.

Most Recent Episodes

TWQ Mini: Toni Jensen, UM's James and Lois Welch Distinguished Visiting Native American Wr...

In this mini episode of 'The Write Question,' host Lauren Korn speaks with Métis author Toni Jensen, author of 'Carry: A Memoir of Survival on Stolen Land' (Ballantine Books; Penguin Random House). Toni will be giving a reading in collaboration with the University of Montana's Creative Writing Program on April 12, 2024, at the Missoula Art Museum.

TWQ Mini: Toni Jensen, UM's James and Lois Welch Distinguished Visiting Native American Wr...

Learning to reconnect with banished softness: Tessa Hulls on feeding "the ghosts that stan...

This week on 'The Write Question,' host Lauren Korn speaks with Tessa Hulls about her graphic memoir, 'Feeding Ghosts' (MCD; Farrar, Straus & Giroux), the story of three generations of women in her family: her grandmother, Sun Yi; her mother, Rose; and Tessa herself.

Learning to reconnect with banished softness: Tessa Hulls on feeding "the ghosts that stan...

Carmen Maria Machado on form & genre, fairy tales & urban legends, lineage & representation

This week on 'The Write Question,' host Lauren Korn speaks with Carmen Maria Machado, the headlining author at the 2024 Get Lit! Festival in Spokane, Washington, which takes place April 11th-14th.

Carmen Maria Machado on form & genre, fairy tales & urban legends, lineage & representation

"It's hard to make human beings believe in things": Marie-Helene Bertino on belief, educat...

This week on 'The Write Question,' host Lauren Korn speaks with Marie-Helene Bertino, author of 'Beautyland,' a novel about the fragility and resilience of life on our Earth and in our universe.

"It's hard to make human beings believe in things": Marie-Helene Bertino on belief, educat...

TWQ Mini: Min Jin Lee on late-blooming, spending money, creating communities of care, and more!

For this mini episode of 'The Write Question,' host Lauren Korn speaks with National Book Award Finalist Min Jin Lee, author of the novels 'Pachinko' and 'Free Food for Millionaires.' Min Jin is also the editor of 'The Best American Short Stories' anthology for 2023 and will be traveling to Kalispell, Montana, for the Wachholz College Center's WCC Speaker Series on March 18, 2024.

TWQ Mini: Min Jin Lee on late-blooming, spending money, creating communities of care, and more!

Peddling bright colors: Michael Finkel investigates 'A True Story of Love, Crime, and a Da...

This week on 'The Write Question,' host Lauren Korn speaks with Michael Finkel, author of 'The Art Thief: A True Story of Love, Crime, and a Dangerous Obsession,' a true crime narrative that centers Stéphane Breitwieser, who carried out more than two hundred heists over nearly eight years—in museums and cathedrals all over Europe—and stole more than three hundred objects.

Peddling bright colors: Michael Finkel investigates 'A True Story of Love, Crime, and a Da...

The gold in them thar hills is a hush: Arnold "Smoke" Elser and Eva-Maria Maggi discuss Sm...

This week on 'The Write Question,' host Lauren Korn speaks with packers Arnold "Smoke" Elser and Eva-Maria Maggi, co-authors of 'Hush of the Land: A Lifetime in the Bob Marshall Wilderness.'

The gold in them thar hills is a hush: Arnold "Smoke" Elser and Eva-Maria Maggi discuss Sm...

TWQ Outtake: What did Smoke Elser teach Eva-Maria Maggi? "It's the hush of the land, really"

In a cutting room floor excerpt from this week's conversation with Arnold "Smoke" Elser and Eva-Maria Maggi, host Lauren Korn asks the two what they've learned from each other.

TWQ Outtake: What did Smoke Elser teach Eva-Maria Maggi? "It's the hush of the land, really"

TWQ encores conversation with Bryce Andrews in anticipation of event at Ravalli County Mus...

This week on 'The Write Question,' we're airing an encore: host Lauren Korn's conversation with Bryce Andrews, author of 'Holding Fire: A Reckoning with the American West' (Mariner Books, HarperCollins), now out in paperback!

TWQ encores conversation with Bryce Andrews in anticipation of event at Ravalli County Mus...

Elise Atchison's 'Crazy Mountain' explores community and commodity in a rapidly changing West

This week on 'The Write Question,' host Lauren Korn speaks with Elise Atchison about her award-winning debut novel, 'Crazy Mountain' (Sowilo Press).

Elise Atchison's 'Crazy Mountain' explores community and commodity in a rapidly changing West