The Spine began in 2015 as a Sunday night radio program on WHUP FM 104.7 in Hillsborough, North Carolina. In 2018, it became strictly a podcast. The episodes that originally aired on WHUP, episodes 1 - 39, are being edited for podcast listeners. Each episode of The Spine features an interview with a writer about their reading life — because every great writer began as, and is still, a serious reader. And they, more than most, have been changed by what they've read. We discuss neither their latest project nor writing process, nor do we ask for their book recommendations. What is revealed in each conversation is a writer's reading autobiography.
Creator and Host
In 2015, Gail pitched an idea for a weekly program to a community radio station in North Carolina, and they bought it. After moving to Hawaii in 2016, she left the station and turned The Spine into a podcast. Gail has degrees in philosophy and English literature, and in her spare time, she's a freelance writer.
Jonathan Russell Clark
Jonathan is a literary critic and the author of "An Oasis of Horror in a Desert of Boredom," (Fiction Advocate, January 2018), on Roberto Bolaño’s "2666." He and Gail met in 2016 when he was a guest on The Spine. Jonathan will soon have his own segment on the podcast called "On the Books." He can't wait to share it with you.