Active Voice Podcast

The Active Voice: Writers Respond Podcast is a forum for exploration and discussion with writers and artists on the role and responsibility of storytellers in these times of societal, environmental, and cultural change and upheaval. Recent years have brought tectonic shifts on a global scale, from inequalities magnified by the COVID-19 pandemic to the centuries-long struggle for justice for black and brown people in this country. 49 Writers board member Katie Bausler and guests examine the vital role writers play in illuminating the challenges before us.

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AVP 16: Emily Wall, Poet and Professor of English and Creative Writing

Emily Wall is a poet and professor of English and Creative writing at the University of Alaska Southeast. Our conversation was recorded on a mild …

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AVP 15: Kathryn H. Ross, Writer, Author of “Black Was Not a Label”

Kathryn H. Ross on her journey confronting racism as a young, black woman after a relatively discrimination-free childhood, and her debut essay and poetry collection, …

AVP 14: Vered Mares, Writers Block Bookstore and Cafe’

In 2018, Vered Mares and partners opened the Writer’s Block bookstore and café’ in Anchorage, Alaska. It quickly became a vital gathering space for writers …

AVP 13: Bathsheba DeMuth, Environmental Historian

Environmental Historian and author Bathsheba DeMuth explores the past to better understand the present. As the COVID-19 pandemic settles in for the foreseeable future, the …

AVP 12: Jackie Venson, Songwriter and Guitar Ripper

Tired of division, strife and the feeling that half the country just doesn’t get it? Want more joy in your life? In the world? Then …

AVP 11: Susan Orlean

Susan Orlean is best known for her books The Orchid Thief, Saturday Night, Rin Tin Tin, and most recently, The Library Book, published in October, …

AVP 10: Annie Boochever

Author Annie Boochever on Fighter in Velvet Gloves: Alaska Civil Rights Hero Elizabeth Peratrovich. Boochever collaborated with this story of Elizabeth Peratrovich’s life for young …

AVP 09: Pam Houston

When not spending time in endangered and beautiful places or teaching writing, Pam Houston lives with horses, goats and dogs in her cherished home of almost 30 …

AVP 08: Joanna Lilly

Beauty-of fauna, flora and most of all-place is part of everything she writes, says Joanna Lilley. The author of a short story collection and two books …

AVP 07: Andromeda Romano Lax

49 Writers co-founder and author Andromeda Romano Lax has published her fourth novel, Plum Rains. Andromeda lives for a while in the places where her …

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