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Conversations with Writers

Host Charles Ruas in conversation with contemporary writers and poets, continuing a stream of intelligent discussion dating back to his legendary days at WBAI Pacifica Radio in New York in the seventies. Ruas is the author of Conversations with American Writers, a Fulbright scholar, and a distinguished French translator. His writing has frequently appeared in both ARTNews and Art in America. His other Clocktower-produced program is Historic Audio From the Archives of Charles Ruas and is one of the most brilliant and extensive collections of historic audio in our archive. 

NB: Clocktower Radio was launched by MoMA/PS1 in 2004 as the Web's first art radio station. It has been independent since 2009 and is licensed to host content created under PS1 management. Programs produced prior to 2011 may refer to our earlier URLs and station IDs, including,, and Art International Radio. For the complete history of Clocktower Radio, read our Mission & History section.


Susan Howe, Spontaneous Particulars
Doron Weber, Immortal Bird
Klaus Kertess
David Evanier on Tony Bennett
Tom Shachtman, About Eric Hoffer
Juris Jurjevics, Red Flags
Eileen Myles
Juris Jurjevics
Susan Willis
Dave King
Vestal McIntyre
Eleni Sikelianos
Pascale Casanova
Barbara Goldsmith
Jean Nathan on Dare Wright
Mary Dearborn and Karole P.B. Vail
Ron Padgett
Anne Waldman, Laura Flanders and Carol Brightman
Christopher Mason
Patrick McGrath
Lily Tuck
Robin Robertson
Lawrence Osborne
Wang Ping
Jessica Hagedorn
Anne Waldman
A.S. Byatt
Walter Abish
Edwidge Danticat
David Shipler
Fanny Howe