Forlornly staring at your iTunes library every Thursday morning, missing Serial? Tired of Serial, Serial, SERIAL already and annoyed that I’m invoking it in this intro? Literati: as you may or may not be aware, there are many, many podcast niches, and they don’t always overlap. (On a recent episode of the business podcast StartUp, the host—who used to work alongside Serial’s host—was surprised to discover that a significant group of his own listeners had never even heard of Serial.) Lucky for us, one of these niches is podcasts for and about writing. Below, some of the best literary podcasts out there. A Tiny Sense of Accomplishment Jess Walter and Sherman Alexie have been friends for years, sharing work and talking about basketball. On their truly excellent podcast, A Tiny Sense of Accomplishment, which launched in August, they do both plus interviews. The guests address “work” from a wide range of perspectives—singer/songwriter Peter Himmelman discusses his artistic process in this great conversation, while Alexie’s wife’s friend Polly’s current major task is convalescing from back surgery. Alexie and Walter discuss their own work, too, and the best part is that they read aloud early drafts of their fiction and poetry. The insights are incredible, and while of course their work is usually pretty excellent, it’s sometimes rough—a reminder for any writer that this stuff doesn’t pop out fully-formed, for anyone. Longform Podcast The Longform Podcast features some of the most well-researched interviews anywhere—on par, I’d say, with Fresh Air. (Close, anyway.) The guests are longform nonfiction writers, with a couple of podcasters thrown in there. No fiction here, but the writers, pretty much without fail, approach their craft with intense creativity and skill. A few favorites: the episodes with essayist Meghan Daum, New York Times Magazine staff writer Susan Dominus, Grantland staff writer Wesley Morris, New York magazine writers Jessica Pressler and Dan P. Lee, and New Yorker staff writer Ariel Levy. Selected Shorts On the Selected Shorts podcast, listen to recordings of live events in which actors read/perform short stories. (Not to brag, but I saw this one, with Lorrie Moore and Sherman Alexie, and It. Was. Amazing.) Only the most recent back episodes are available, so subscribe in iTunes for a weekly installment going forward. The Greenlight Bookstore Radio Hour The Greenlight Bookstore Radio Hour, out of its namesake Greenlight Bookstore in Fort Greene, Brooklyn, features authors in conversation with each other. Sometimes nonfiction writers interview novelists; other times it’s fiction-on-fiction. In a favorite episode, Rebecca Mead, New Yorker staff writer and author of My Life in Middlemarch, interviews Elizabeth Gilbert about her novel The Signature of All Things. New Yorker Fiction Podcast On each episode of the New Yorker’s Fiction Podcast, a writer who’s been published in the magazine selects a favorite story by another writer to read and discuss. (See all New Yorker podcasts here, or the Fiction Podcast on iTunes here.) Writers are not always the liveliest readers of their own work, but reading fiction they admire deeply is a whole different ballgame. Slate’s Audio Book Club If you’re looking for a book club you can enter and exit at will, and don’t actually have to participate in at all, Slate’s Audio Book Club is for you. A range of Slate critics get together to parse and debate books new and old. Spoilers are guaranteed, so don’t listen until you’ve read. Books and Authors On the Books and Authors podcast, Cary Barbor, who has a background in arts radio, interviews a range of (mostly fiction) writers, including Roxane Gay, Emily St. John Mandel, Ben Dolnick, and Celeste Ng. Poem of the Day The Poetry Foundation’s Poem of the Day podcast is just that: a poem, usually read by the poet, every day. They’re often just a minute or two long—perfect for a new daily ritual. 28 Responses Fitzcarraldo January 22, 2015 No The Writer’s Almanac by Garrison Keilor? It’s an american treasure/hero of public radio giving the literary and historical notes for the day and then reading a poem. It’s the best five-minute daily podcast in existence. Reply Leanne Dyck January 22, 2015 To add to this excellent list, two podcasts from the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation (or C.B.C.) The Next Chapter (http://www.cbc.ca/radio/thenextchapter/miriam-toews-alison-pick-and-angie-abdou-1.2912559) Host Shelagh Rogers interviews (mainly) Canadian authors Writers and Company (http://www.cbc.ca/radio/writersandcompany/peter-carey-interview-1.2912448?autoplay=true) Interviews with national and international authors Reply Ben Furnish January 22, 2015 Thanks for this list! I would add the weekly podcast of New Letters on the Air, a syndicated radio program hosted by Angela Elam, http://www.newletters.org. Reply Dan January 22, 2015 So Many Damn Books is another damn fine book podcast for readers. Reply Liz Furl January 22, 2015 I would also add Write for your Life! Amazing podcast about writing: 5by5.tv/wfyl Reply L.A. January 22, 2015 Also highly recommend OTHER PPL with Brad Listi. It’s like WTF with Marc Maron but specific to writing/writers. Reply Cooper January 22, 2015 Late Night Library’s podcasts are probably my favorite. They talk casually with authors, but also bring on publishers, agents, and other interesting people in book culture. Unique and informative without being stuffy. Reply Kevin January 23, 2015 Great list. I second Other People with Brad Listi, and would also add Book Fight. It’s two writers talking about books while meandering through hilarious digressions. Reply A. Rabbit May 20, 2015 Agreed. Also, A Writer’s Life. I think it’s a podcast too. I listen online though, when I should be writing. http://Awlshow.com Reply Brita January 23, 2015 The Philly Free Library records its author event series for a podcast – a great boon to people who live outside of the typical book tour circuit. Some events are interviews, while others are straight-up readings (with Q&A). http://libwww.freelibrary.org/podcast/ Reply Book News Roundup: January 23, 2015 | The Top Shelf January 23, 2015 […] Now that Serial is over, here are 8 literary podcasts to listen to. […] Reply Josh S. January 23, 2015 Can’t believe this list doesn’t include Book Fight! It’s one of the only book podcasts out there that doesn’t take itself too seriously and bore me to tears. Reply Joseph Dante January 25, 2015 No Other People or Literary Disco? Tsk, tsk. Reply Constant stimuli, Sherman Alexie & Feb/March classes | Wayward Writers January 28, 2015 […] Electric Literature posted this rundown on great literary podcasts, many of which I already knew about. Writers Alexie and Jess Walter’s “A Tiny Sense of […] Reply The List List #139 January 30, 2015 […] at Electric Lit, 8 Excellent Literary Podcasts For Your Morning Commute […] Reply Friday Culture Watch: To Read, To Listen, To Make, To Do. | Bookminded January 30, 2015 […] Listen. Lamenting the loss of Thursday morning Serial updates in your podcast folder? Check out these eight literary podcasts selected by Electric Literature guaranteed to fill the void. There are several that I hadn’t heard of (like The Greenlight […] Reply FRIDAY GOOD READS | THE EXQUISITES OF ART , LIFE , LITERATURE AND MUSIC February 6, 2015 […] of the best literary podcasts out […] Reply friday links | THE GOLD STANDARD February 6, 2015 […] 8 literary podcasts for your commute. […] Reply One Night Stanzas » Blog Archive » Procrastination Station #140 February 27, 2015 […] Fancy a new literary podcast to listen to? […] Reply Around the internets: February edition | LetterbranchLetterbranch February 27, 2015 […] • Some great writers at this conference. • This is a neat way to find new authors. • Going for the jugular. • Is Lady Mary a sociopath? (Nothing to do with writing, this one just made me laugh.) • Loved this piece. • This site always has fun desktop images, but these are some of my favorites. • Do you listen to any of these? […] Reply Crunchy April 18, 2015 This list is supposed to cover “some of the best literary podcasts out there”? I see lists like these all the time. Most of the writers involved know better than to omit KCRW’s ‘Bookworm’ with Michael Silverblatt. Reply » Eight Excellent Literary Podcasts for Your Morning Commute | writer vs pen April 20, 2015 […] via » Eight Excellent Literary Podcasts for Your Morning Commute. […] Reply Margaret Brown April 20, 2015 And here’s the new Shelf Media Podcast, featuring interviews with authors Matt Bell and Amy Schutzer: http://www.shelfmediagroup.com/pages/podcast.html Reply Eight Excellent Literary Podcasts for Your Morning Commute | WiseNotes April 22, 2015 […] via » Eight Excellent Literary Podcasts for Your Morning Commute. […] Reply Books & Reading Around the Web June 11, 2015 […] slowly jumping on the podcast bandwagon, but these 8 literary podcasts might just push me over the […] Reply Charlie June 29, 2015 Shameless plug for my podcast “Serial Dater,” http://www.serialdaterpodcast.com. It’s a literary non-fiction memoir podcast that’s 50% Sedaris, 45% Dan Savage, and 5% Sarah Koenig. Check it out! Reply Syllabus – That's Life February 5, 2016 […] http://electricliterature.com/eight-excellent-literary-podcasts-for-your-morning-commute/ […] Reply Six @ Six: Bookish Links, Every Tuesday | Curious Iguana March 1, 2016 […] cleaning my room, and podcasts about books are some of my favorites. Electric Literature compiled Eight Excellent Literary Podcasts for Your Morning Commute. Here are a few of my favorites, too: Lit Up and Reading Lives and The […] Reply Leave a Reply Cancel Reply Your email address will not be published.CommentName* Email* Website Notify me of follow-up comments by email. Notify me of new posts by email.