Levine has just published a short story collection, The Man Who Gave Away His Organ : Love and Obsession at Midlife and joins Suzanne Lang in conversation. Before turning to fiction and poetry, Richard Michael Levine was a magazine writer and editor for many years, publishing feature articles in Harper’s, Esquire, the New York Times Magazine, New York, Rolling Stone and many others. He also taught magazine journalism at the University of California at Berkeley. His non-fiction book Bad Blood: A Family Murder in Marin County, published by Random House and NAL, was a bestseller. He has published poetry in several literary magazines.
Acclaimed poet Lucille Lang Day was last on A Novel Idea
when she published the improbable and remarkable story of her life Married at Fourteen : A True Story
. She’s got a couple of new poetry volumes out, Dreaming of Sunflowers: Museum Poems, and Becoming an Ancestor
. Rebellious and willful as a teenager, Lucy first married at age 14 and gave birth at 15. Between the ages of 14 and 17, she did not attend school. Nevertheless, Lucy rent on to receive her M.A. in English and M.F.A. in creative writing at San Francisco State University, and her B.A. in biological sciences, M.A. in zoology, and Ph.D. in science/mathematics education at Berkeley. A sensitive and perceptive writer, Lucy and Suzanne talk about, among other things, their common ancestor, Baron von Lang.