Episode 20: Tania Runyan and Chris Smith

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Host Jen Pollock Michel kicks off 2021 with a thoughtful and timely discussion of the reading life, and the connections between one’s sense of place and mental wellness. The poet Tania Runyan joins Jen and Chris for this conversation.

Tania Runyan is the author of many poetry collections: What Will Soon Take Place, Second Sky, A Thousand Vessels, Simple Weight and Delicious Air, which was awarded Book of the Year by the Conference on Christianity and Literature in 2007.  She’s also written the guides, How to Read a Poem, How to Write a Poem, and How to Write a College Application Essay. When she is not writing, Tania plays fiddle and mandolin, drives her kids to appointments, and gets lost in her Midwestern garden.

C. Christopher Smith is the Founding Editor of The Englewood Review of Books and the author of a number of books, including most recently How the Body of Christ Talks, published by Brazos in 2019.

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