Season 1

Episode 0: An Introduction to Hear-Tell. Why Narrative? Why Now?

Host and producer André Gallant and MFA narrative nonfiction director Valerie Boyd discuss the power of narrative in the inaugural episode of Hear-Tell.

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Read a transcript of the interview here.

Episode 1: Dorothy Lennon, "Coming Out"

2019 MFA graduate Dorothy Lennon reads from her essay “Coming Out,” about the author’s relationship with her mother, and how Lennon’s sexuality affected their family.

Lennon is a graduate of North Carolina A&T State University, New York University, and currently teaches theatre. She lives in Atlanta, where she is the founder of Dope Sista, an online publication highlighting the achievements of black women.

In the episode, Lennon discusses how a theatre background impacted her writing, as well as her journey to unlocking an authentic voice.

Read a transcript of the interview with Dorothy Lennon here.

Episode 2: Mark Shavin, "Unforgettable: Marriage, Memory and Madness in a Small Southern Town"

2018 graduate Mark Shavin reads a selection from his book-length manuscript “Unforgettable: Marriage, Memory and Madness in a Small Southern Town,” which is currently seeking a publisher.

The story follows Harold Riley, who lost his memory following brain surgery in 1971, and his wife, Elaine, as she tries to help Harold relearn how to live in the world.

A veteran reporter and TV broadcaster, Shavin lives in Atlanta and teaches journalism at Georgia State University.

In this episode, Shavin discusses his decades-long research into the Rileys’ story, why this particular story stuck with him over the years, and what the family’s openness taught him about being a good person.


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