Welcome to The Write Question, a program that explores the world of writing and publishing in the Western United States. Today's guest is Mitch Wieland.
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Wieland is the author of two novels, Willy Slater's Lane and God's Dogs: A Novel in Stories. His short fiction has been published in such venues as Southern Review, Kenyon Review, TriQuarterly, Yale Review, Shenandoah, and Sewanee Review.
Wieland teaches in the M.F.A. program at Boise State University, where is is founding editor of the Idaho Review. He is the recipient of a Christopher Isherwood Fellowship and two literature fellowships from the Idaho Commission on the Arts. He is presently working on a novel set in Tokyo, Japan, where he taught English for four years before earning his M.F.A. from the University of Alabama.
All ten stories in God's Dogs were published first in literary journals. The first story in the book, "The Bones of Hagerman," was one of 18 stories selected for reprint in Best of the West 2009, and appeared alongside stories from Annie Proulx, Joyce Carol Oates, and Louise Erdrich. Another story from the book made their top 28 "Other Notable Westerns Stories for the Year." The website New West named the book as one the "Best Books in the West" for 2009.
Link to a review of God's Dogs on the Fiction Writer's Review Web site, written by Tyler McMahon.
A review of God's Dogs, plus more information about Mitch Wieland, written by Christian Winn of the Boise Weekly.
Read an interview with TWQ producer Chérie Newman on the Humanities Montana Web site.
The Write Question is produced by Chérie Newman.
Executive producer, Michael Marsolek.
Special thanks to Lisa Simon, David Moore, Barbara Theroux, and Kim Anderson.
This program is supported in part by Humanities Montana, enriching intellectual, cultural, and civic life for all Montanans. And by the Montana Cultural Trust.
This program included music by Springhill and Aaron Minnick.
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