Mon, Dec 11, 2023

Episode 8: Lydia Conklin


In this month's episode of More Friends, Tryn Collins chats with writer and cartoonist Lydia Conklin. At the time of the episode's recording, Lydia's collection of short stories Rainbow Rainbow was about to be released, and had recently been named one of the "Twenty-one most anticipated books of 2022" by Time Magazine. Lydia visited us on the Island this summer and read selections from Rainbow Rainbow in a program co-presented by and hosted at the Fishers Island Library, and we are excited to hear Lydia and Tryn dig into the gritty details of writing and publishing this powerful and intimate collection of stories. Please listen and share!

Our Guest


Lydia Conklin (14) has received a Stegner Fellowship, four Pushcart Prizes, a Rona Jaffe Foundation Writer’s Award, a Creative Writing Fulbright in Poland, a grant from the Elizabeth George Foundation, work-study and tuition scholarships from Bread Loaf, and fellowships from MacDowell, Yaddo, Emory University, Hedgebrook, Djerassi, the James Merrill House, and elsewhere. Their fiction has appeared in The Paris Review, One Story, McSweeney’s, American Short Fiction,and VQR. They have drawn cartoons for The New Yorker and Narrative Magazine, and graphic fiction for The Believer, Lenny Letter, and the Steppenwolf Theater in Chicago. They’ve served as the Helen Zell Visiting Professor at the University of Michigan and are currently an Assistant Professor of Fiction at Vanderbilt University. Their story collection, Rainbow Rainbow, was longlisted for the PEN/Robert W. Bingham Award and The Story Prize.