Write America: A Reading for Our Country


Byrd's Books is proud to be the new home of Write America!

Write America is a new author series created by writer Roger Rosenblatt, featuring award-winning, nationally-renowned authors, and new and emerging writers, in readings and conversation each week about how books and art might bridge the deep divisions in our nation. Conversations will be streamed on Byrd's Books' Crowdcast channel. Writers including Rita Dove, Major Jackson, Alice McDermott, Vijay Seshadri, Garry Trudeau, Francine Prose, Alan Alda, Amy Hempel, Tyehimba Jess, Natalie Diaz, Paul Auster, Juan Felipe Herrera, Billy Collins and many more will come together for these virtual events. Attendance is free.

The series launched October 2021. View the full schedule of conversations below. Registration will be open very soon for all events, many events are added daily, and the calendar is likely to adjust a bit. Stay tuned.

Whenever possible, signed copies of the writers' books will be available to purchase. 

Write America Mission Statement: 

We are each other's
We are each other's
we are each other’s
magnitude and bond.

Write America is an organization of writers concerned about the divisions  in our country that  have evidenced themselves and deepened over the past few years. We see a torn America these days, jeopardizing basic principles of justice, freedom, fair play, and equality.

These principles are important to writers, felt passionately if shown indirectly. They undergird our poems, novels, essays, memoirs, every form by which we attempt to reach out to our human family through grace and precision of language and the quiet power of art. A writer’s words are a tacit call for people to gather round and discover or rediscover their common thoughts and feelings and their connections to one another. Whatever its subject, writing is at heart a moral force, what Stanley Kunitz called “the testing of existence at its highest pitch.” Writing makes justice desirable, evil intelligible, grief endurable, and love possible.

In this project, then, we have  come together to read our work in the interests of life's nobler values. Normally, in the course of our profession, we keep our distance. We create, publish, and say with Chaucer, 'go little book,'  to a remote receiving world. With our readings for Write America we will try to bridge  that distance in a gesture of bonding. The nation is injured. We hope to contribute to its healing.

Episode #    Date:                                                           

38       11/29       Amy Hempel, Jim Shepard, and W. Todd Kaneko

SPECIAL EVENT Wednesday, December 1st: Roger Rosenblatt in conversation with Academy Award-winning lyricist Alan Bergman

39       12/6         Jennifer Chang, David Lynn and Edward Zwick                                    

40       12/13       Juan Felipe Herrera and David Tomas Martinez

SPECIAL EVENT Tuesday, December 14th: Richard Ford and Bruce Weber honor EL.Doctorow.

BREAK for the holidays                                                                                                                     

41       1/3/22           Sequoia Nagamatsu, Karla Brundage and Lance Morrow

SPECIAL EVENT: Wednesday January 5th: Al Gore in Conversation with Roger Rosenblatt

42       1/10/22         Francine Prose, LaTanya McQueen and David Remnick

43       1/17 /22        Susan Shreve and Thomas Becker

44       SPECIAL EVENT: Monday January 24th: Garry Trudeau and Jules Feiffer- in conversation about the art of cartooning

45      1/31/22          Miranda Beeson, Emily Bernard and Kurt Andersen

46       2/7/22           Elizabeth Hawes Weinstock and Vijay Seshadri

SPECIAL EVENT  Wednesday, February 9th Billy Collins and Robert Reeves honor Frank McCourt

47       2/14/22         Tyehimba Jess, Molly Gaudry and Marie Howe

48       2/21/22         Arthur Sze,  Alice McDermott and Henry Louis Gates                                 

49       2/28/22         Grace Schulman and Samyak Shertok                            

50       3/7/22           Robert Reeves, Jill McCorkle and Magdalene Brandeis                                      

51       3/14/22         Jamaal May, Michelle Whittaker and Lindsay Adkins                                    

52       3/21/22         Ken Auletta, George Colt and Susan Isaacs

53       3/28/22         Jillian LaRussa and Roger Rosenblatt                            

54       4/4/22           Carmen Smith and Dan Halpern

55       4/11/22         Anne Fadiman and Lou Ann Walker

56       4/18/22         Meg Wolitzer and Delia Ephron                                       

57       4/25/22         Jim and Deb Fallows

More episodes to follow.......



30      10/4         Linda Pastan, Tennessee Reed and Frank Langella

31      10/11       Emma Walton Hamilton and Hilma Wolitzer

32       10/18       Paul Harding and Subhashini Kaligotla

SPECIAL EVENT Wednesday, October 20th: Roger Rosenblatt in coversation with Norman Lear

33       10/25       Nick Flynn,  Pablo Medina  and Gail Mazur  (Gail Mazur will be re-scheduled into 2022)

34       11/1         Carl Phillips, Kai Coggin and Lloyd Schwartz

35       11/8         Major Jackson, Lee Herrick and Frank Bidart

36       11/15       Paul Muldoon, Paisley Rekdal and Shane McCrae     

37       11/22       Russell Banks and Ishmael Angaluuk Hope 

More on the genesis of Write AmericaWrite America on PBS and Write America Making an Impact

Past Write America episodes from Book Revue HERE                          

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