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October 21, 2019 @ 12:01 am

Julie Buntin on Friendship

Today we’re bringing you an interview with writer and editor Julie Buntin, the author of a great friendship novel, Marlena, which was a finalist for the National Book Critics Circle’s John Leonard Prize, longlisted for The Center for Fiction’s First Novel Prize, and named a best book of the year by over a dozen outlets, including the Washington Post, NPR, and Kirkus Reviews. Y’all, it’s really good. Julie is from northern Michigan, and her writing has appeared in the AtlanticVogue, the New York Times Book Review, Guernica, and other publications. She has taught creative writing at New York University, Columbia University, and the Yale Writers’ Workshop, and is incoming asst prof in the Helen Zell Writers' Program at the University of Michigan, and a recent Ellen Levine Fund for Writers Award winner for her current novel-in-progress, and is editor-at-large for Catapult. You can find her at and on Twitter @juliebuntin.

We cover a lot of ground, serious and not-so-serious. From the impact of friendships and loss, to Golden Girls, Judy Blume, and Nicholas Cage, to the algorithm and how to run a writing workshop. We loved talking to Julie, and hope you enjoy listening.

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Find us on Instagram @marginallypodcast. Meghan's occasionally on Twitter @meghanembee, and Olivia’s @roamingolivia

Theme music is "It's Time" by Scaricá Ricascá 

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