Singer-songwriter Shelby Earl and poet Leija Farr join Sherman and Jess at the Newcastle Country Club for a live performance. Sherman and Jess each read new works, Shelby plays some music, and Leija, the high school poet laureate of Seattle, stuns the crowd with beautiful poems.
Padgett Powell is on the show, where he talks about honesty, appropriate sequences of events and the spectrum of credulity. Jess and Sherman also read unpublished works. Jess shares part a new short story, while Sherman reads a series of six-word stories. Plus a listener question about taking classes as a professional.
Sherman and Jess are live at the Bumbershoot Festival in Seattle, Washington. Jess reads a new poem about the end of days, while Sherman reads a new poem about his mother’s recent death. Acclaimed singers Neko Case and Rachel Flotard also join the show, performing gorgeous music before sitting down to talk with Sherman and Jess about making records, troubles with mothers, and Sky Mall. Plus, questions from the audience.
Author Vendela Vida is interviewed, and has a lot to say about the influence of travel, writing in the second person, and book clubs. Sherman and Jess field a question from a writer in Los Angeles who is feeling the pressure while writing about thousands of years of ancestry, oppression and struggle. And there is discussion about the speculative memoirs of Dr. Alexie and other alternate timelines to their lives.
Pulitzer Prize winning author Richard Russo is interviewed. Sherman and Jess weigh in on Go Set a Watchman and answer a listener question from a guy who binge listens to the show while vacuuming his house in the buff.
Sherman and Jess talk about their mothers and the role grief plays in their work. Jess interviews Jordan Bass, executive editor at McSweeney’s.
Author Benjamin Percy explains how he structures his novels in an old darkroom, full of newspaper articles and bits of overheard conversations tacked on the wall, using scrolls of paper from a children’s art easel. Then Jess Walter interviews Kris Dinnison about her debut novel.
It’s the All Questions edition of A Tiny Sense of Accomplishment. Sherman and Jess answer questions from writers, teachers, and a journalist.
Sherman and Jess are live in their hometown of Spokane, Washington. They both read works in progress and welcome the band Bossame to the stage.
Sherman and Jess are (recorded) live at the Fitzgerald Theater in St. Paul, MN. Host Kerri Miller, a big fan of the show, prods the guys about things they’ve said on past episodes.
Singer/songwriter Haley Bonar performs a song she hasn’t played for any other humans. It’s really good. Also, our listener question asks: What, exactly, is poetry?
Sherman and Jess are back with an interview with acclaimed novelist Marlon James, whose most recent book is A Brief History of Seven Killings. The guys also talk about the pros and cons of reading their own audio books.
Sherman Alexie runs into Daniel Handler (a.k.a. Lemony Snicket) at a bookstore in Portland, and Jess Walter talks about his involvement (or sometimes lack of involvement) in the translation of his novels.
Jess Walter says goodbye to his favorite dog, Sherman Alexie reads an amazing unpublished short story, and they both take stock of the podcast 6 months in.
Sherman Alexie and Jess Walter present the first-ever live taping of the show. It features extended readings from both authors, advice for the audience, and a cab driver who really loves the Green Bay Packers.
Want to be a writer? Sherman Alexie and Jess Walter say you’ll have to give up one of two things. And most likely TV. Don’t forget to disable your wi-fi, too. We also hear from writers Melissa Febos and Jon Davis.
Jess Walter and Sherman Alexie continue their quest to become “the Car Talk of scribes” by answering another question from an aspiring writer. Then Jess interviews author Manuel Gonzales about writing, genre fiction, and Gonzales’ forthcoming novel.
Every A Tiny Sense of Accomplishment is about works in-progress, but these works could not be more in-progress. Hear very fresh writing from Sherman Alexie and Jess Walter. Then, the guys interview Spokane’s hip-hop orchestra Flying Spiders.
Sherman Alexie and Jess Walter read new works in progress, pick their favorite books and movies from 2014, and answer a delicate listener question.
Sherman and Jess read from other authors’ work, and welcome Sharma Shields to read from her upcoming novel, The Sasquatch Hunter’s Almanac. Plus, writers Shann Ray and Kevin Taylor join the hosts to talk trash and pretty jump shots.
Sherman and Jess read from their shortest short stories (six and 79 words, respectively) and welcome singer/songwriter/ATSOA theme composer Peter Himmelman.
Sherman and Jess read from some of their shortest stories in this episode, then discuss meeting and not meeting celebrities, culminating with Sherman on Kareem Abdul-Jabbar’s toilet. They also welcome musician Aaron Guest of the band Polecat and discuss their 3 favorite songs.
Actress/Novelist/Jazz singer Molly Ringwald joins Sherman Alexie and Jess Walter to talk about singing at the Carlyle, what writers wear to work, and her suspicion of people who say they love to write. Sherman and Jess also discuss the thrill and agony of submitting one’s work.
Sherman Alexie and Jess Walter talk rejection, depression, bipolar disorder, and art with graphic novelist Ellen Forney. Sherman also reads from Radioactive Love Song, the unreleased follow-up to his bestselling YA novel, The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian.
How can you write about people who aren’t like you? Should you even try? Sherman and Jess take this question head-on, and read from their attempts to do so. With special guest Erica Dawson.