Melissa Chadburn Reads From Her Essay “The Throwaways”
On Storybound, Our Radio-Theater Podcast
Storybound is a radio theater program designed for the podcast age. Hosted by Jude Brewer and with original music composed for each episode, the podcast features the voices of today’s literary icons reading their essays, poems, and fiction.
In this week’s episode, Melissa Chadburn reads from her essay “The Throwaways,” backed by an original Storybound remix with sound design and arrangement by Jude Brewer.
Melissa Chadburn’s writing has appeared in the Los Angeles Times, New York Times Book Review, New York Review of Books, Longreads, the Paris Review online, and dozens other places. Her essay on food insecurity was published in Best American Food Writing 2019. She’s done extensive reporting on the child welfare system and appears in the Netflix docuseries The Trials of Gabriel Fernandez. Her debut novel, A Tiny Upward Shove, is forthcoming with Farrar, Straus, & Giroux. She is a Ph.D. candidate at USC’s Creative Writing Program. Melissa is a worker, lover, and, through her own work and literary citizenship, strives to upend economic violence.
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