M. Allen Cunningham



Audio dispatches by M. Allen Cunningham, author of the novels THE GREEN AGE OF ASHER WITHEROW, LOST SON, and PERPETUA'S KIN.www.MAllenCunningham.com


  • M Allen Cunningham Reads from His New Book Q&A

    19/04/2021 Duración: 21min

    Cunningham describes his book Q&A and then reads three short sections (which happen to feature a few "F-bombs", FYI). Inspired by true events, bold in the forms with which it evokes an agitated, media-soaked half century in America, Q&A urgently reimagines the misunderstood quiz show scandals in light of our own time, as a moment of cultural reckoning whose reverberations we feel all around us today: in reality television, TV politics, the triumph of incoherence, and the pandemic problem of how to be real in a world of screen-induced self-deception.This reading was performed via Zoom. View the video at: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1B57vdvR_XU.www.MAllenCunningham.com

  • Loon Checkers - from Thoreau's Leaves: the Thoreau Podcast

    18/11/2020 Duración: 07min

    Have you heard THOREAU'S LEAVES? Produced and hosted by M. Allen Cunningham, it's an immersive, atmospheric podcast dedicated to the celebrated and lesser-known works of Henry David Thoreau, one of America's greatest voices. Here's a sample episode for your enjoyment: "Loon Checkers" (subscribe at anchor.fm/thoreausleaves, or wherever you get your podcasts).More info at:www.thoreausleaves.com

  • M. Allen Cunningham Presents PERPETUA'S KIN at Powell's Books

    14/08/2020 Duración: 59min

    During this event at the fabled Powell's Books in Portland, Oregon, Cunningham discusses his fourth novel PERPETUA'S KIN. A sweeping story of five generations in one American family, PERPETUA'S KIN spans much of North America, from the 1820s in Iowa to the American south during the Civil War to World War II San Francisco. In a structured presentation, Cunningham describes the story's origins, his research, the themes and characters, the influence of Shakespeare's Hamlet, and why this novel was 11 years in the making. He also reads short selections from the book. The event includes an audience Q&A. It was recorded on a rainy night in November 2018.

  • In the Atelier: Measures of Success

    12/08/2020 Duración: 08min

    Have you heard IN THE ATELIER, the creativity podcast produced and hosted by M. Allen Cunningham? Here's a sample episode for your enjoyment: "Measures of Success" (subscribe at anchor.fm/in-the-atelier, or wherever you get your podcasts).In this Episode:How does a writer know whether or not they are "a Success"?Mentioned in this episode: Netflix; Dreamworks; Carnegie Hall; New York Times Bestseller list; midlist author; awkward party conversations; shelving at Barnes & Noble; being on OprahMusic: "Ohio" by Low Light; "Second Smile" by LMOP; "Rising Up" by OFRIN; "Once and For All" by Ian Post(All music used courtesy of the artists through a licensing agreement with Artlist)

  • Variations on a Beginning

    09/08/2020 Duración: 15min

    Cunningham's autobiographical essay, with musical accompaniment and slightly abridged."Variations on a Beginning" was originally published in complete form in The Timberline Review, Issue No. 3 (summer/fall 2016). You can read the full essay here: https://medium.com/@M_A_Cunningham/variations-on-a-beginning-685d3b1cd7e5

  • M. Allen Cunningham Lectures on Mrs. Dalloway for Creative Writers

    14/05/2020 Duración: 45min

    Posted May 14, 2020, the 95th anniversary of the publication of Virginia Woolf's Mrs. Dalloway: M. Allen Cunningham's lecture on Woolf's great novel, originally delivered to Creative Writing students at Portland State University.

  • The Artist of Kouroo

    29/10/2019 Duración: 03min

    A reading from WALDEN by Henry David Thoreau (with musical accompaniment: "Sails" by Rodello's Machine)


    24/10/2019 Duración: 10min

    A reading from PARTISANS: A Lost Work by G.P. Leedhttp://www.atelier26books.com/partisans.html

  • The Waves by Virginia Woolf

    16/10/2019 Duración: 03min

    A reading from Virginia Woolf's THE WAVES, with music. (Bach Cello Suite No. 6 in D Major, Sarabande)

  • Three Paragraphs by Annie Dillard

    04/10/2019 Duración: 02min

    A reading from Annie Dillard's memoir An American ChildhoodMusic: "The Fire" by Imogen Heap

  • Right Click

    27/09/2019 Duración: 04min

    Please prove you are not a robot - Say "OK, Google" - Everyone's watching - Your identity is not confirmed - Click here to agree to our terms and conditions - Right click.(Music: J.S. Bach, Missa brevis in A)

  • Perpetua's Kin: The Harvest Taught Him

    06/12/2017 Duración: 09min

    M. Allen Cunningham reads from his novel PERPETUA'S KIN (coming 2018). www.MAllenCunningham.com

  • In Ludwig's Room

    21/08/2017 Duración: 08min

    A visit to Ludwig van Beethoven's rooms in Vienna, a mere 209 years after the composer steps out.(Music: http://apple.co/2fXhXky)