What started out as a streaming audio show at Wired in 2000 morphed into this little program in my tiny corner of the Internet.

Author and publisher Brad King hosts The Downtown Writers Jam Podcast, this hour-long, one-on-one interview program where authors discuss the horrible choices they made in life that led them down the road to writing. Sometimes there is whiskey. Oftentimes there is cursing. But always entertaining. (My friends wouldn’t lie to me, right?)

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Episode 58: Andrew Altschul: If you’re a fan of the show, you’ve heard Brad talk about the MFA versus kludge writer divide. Today, it comes to the Jam! Author Andrew Altschul stopped by to talk about his latest book, The Gringa. In between their shared love of dogs and the outdoors, they slipped into that oh-so-writerly debate. Sidle on up to the bar for an insider conversation on what it means to be a writer.

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About Andrew Altschul

Andrew Altschul is the author of the novels The Gringa, Deus Ex Machina, and Lady Lazarus. His work has appeared in Esquire, McSweeney’s, PloughsharesFenceOne Story, and anthologies including Best American Nonrequired Reading, Best New American Voices, and O. Henry Prize Stories.

A former Wallace Stegner Fellow and Jones Lecturer at Stanford, he has received fellowships from the Rockefeller Foundation Bellagio Center, the Fundación Valparaíso, and the Ucross Foundation. Altschul was the founding Books Editor of The Rumpus and is currently a contributing editor of the literary magazine ZYZZYVA.

He lives with his wife and son in Fort Collins, CO, and directs the Creative Writing program at Colorado State University.

You can also find him on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram.


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