Tag Archives: AWM Author Talks

Let Them Inform Each Other

Keah Brown on Activism and the Writing Process By Keah Brown Writing is my first love. Long before I was ever sure I could make a career out of it; I could be found on my bedroom floor writing out bad songs and poetry that felt like strokes of genius at the time but read […]

In Their Own Words: Deborah Blum

In Their Own Words: Deborah Blum

Deborah Blum is a Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist who currently serves as director of the Knight Science Journalism Program at MIT, and publisher of the award-winning Undark magazine. Her most recent book, The Poison Squad, tells the dramatic true story of how food was made safe in the United States in the early 1900s, led by the single-minded […]

In Their Own Words: Karl Marlantes

In Their Own Words: Karl Marlantes

Karl Marlantes is the author of the Vietnam War novel Matterhorn, which has been hailed as a modern classic of war literature. His follow-up to that acclaimed debut novel is the family epic Deep River, from Grove Atlantic, which the Washington Post called, “an engrossing and commanding historical epic about one immigrant family’s shifting fortunes.” […]

J. Michael Straczynski: How to Have a Career in Writing

For four decades, J. Michael Straczynski has been telling stories in a variety of formats — from television to comics to film and more. But there is one story he has never told — until now: his own life story. In his new memoir, Becoming Superman, Straczynski does just that, detailing how the power of […]

In Their Own Words: R.O. Kwon

R.O. Kwon’s debut novel The Incendiaries was named one of the best books of the year by more than 40 publications including NPR, The Atlantic, LitHub, PBS Books, and more. The Incendiaries is a powerful, darkly glittering novel about violence, love, faith, and loss, as a young Korean American woman at an elite American university is […]

Q&A with Jasmine Guillory, author of The Wedding Party

In Their Own Words: Jasmine Guillory

Jasmine Guillory is the bestselling author of The Wedding Date and The Proposal and her newest novel The Wedding Party is available now. She will be right here in Chicago at the American Writers Museum July 24 to chat about the new book, which Bustle called “the perfect summer book.” Real Simple also says, “If you want a juicy, modern […]

Elliot Ackerman: Places and Names

In Their Own Words: Elliot Ackerman

On July 17, 2019 we welcomed Marine veteran and accomplished writer Elliot Ackerman at the American Writers Museum. Ackerman served five tours of duty in Iraq and Afghanistan, where he received the Silver Star, the Bronze Star for Valor, and the Purple Heart. Following that, he has gone on to have a stellar writing career, […]

Never A Lovely So Real by Colin Asher

In Their Own Words: Colin Asher

“Yet once you’ve come to be part of this particular patch, you’ll never love another. Like loving a woman with a broken nose, you may well find lovelier lovelies. But never a lovely so real.” —Nelson Algren, “Chicago: City on the Make” The above quote from Nelson Algren’s classic “Chicago: City on the Make” is […]

Tanaya Winder at the American Writers Museum on May 9

Tanaya’s Writing Tips

Tanaya Winder is an author, singer/songwriter, poet, motivational speaker and educator who comes from an intertribal lineage of Southern Ute, Pyramid Lake Paiute, Diné, and Duckwater Shoshone Nations where she is an enrolled citizen. She blends storytelling, singing, and spoken word to teach about different expressions of love (self love, intimate love, social love, community […]

Frank Waln

In Their Own Words: Frank Waln

On May 9, 2019 we welcomed Lakota hip-hop artist/producer/audio engineer Frank Waln as part of our Singers & Songwriters series along with poet/songwriter/spoken word artist Tanaya Winder, who comes from an intertribal lineage of Southern Ute, Pyramid Lake Paiute, Diné, and Duckwater Shoshone Nations where she is an enrolled citizen. The two performed their work […]