Chlesea Bieiker

Writing saves lives—the lives of readers and also the lives of writers. In this week’s episode we’re treated to guest Chelsea Bieker’s refreshing take on loving her own writing, how coming from a family of forgetters made her a writer, and why she chose to write her novel Godshot as a novel rather than a memoir when much of it centers on true events of Chelsea’s life. This week’s episode is an interview between Brooke and Chelsea as part of the Bay Area Book Festival’s WOMEN LIT series. Grant will be back next week.


Chelsea Bieker is the recipient of a 2018 Rona Jaffe Writer’s Award. She is the author of the novel Godshot and the story collection Cowboys and Angels. Her work has been published or is forthcoming in Granta, McSweeney’s Quarterly, Catapult, Joyland, The Cincinnati Review, The Normal School, No Tokens and others. Her work has been supported by the MacDowell Colony and the Tin House Writer’s Workshop. She holds a BS in journalism from Cal Poly San Luis Obispo, and an MFA in creative writing from Portland State. She has taught since 2011.


Today’s episode comes to you from the collaboration we have with the Bay Area Book Festival and Women Lit. Please take a moment to check out the terrific programming through their #UNBOUND series, launched in response to the festival having to be canceled this year due to COVID-19:

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