Interviews (print and recorded) and readings (recorded) from my work.

A detailed written interview by Anya Achtenberg for Reader Views, with Tyler R. Tichelaar, on the making of the novel Blue Earth, at:


Podcast of interview of Anya Achtenberg with Susan Violante on InsideScoopLive, on issues related to the novel Blue Earth, at:


Podcast of interview of Anya Achtenberg by Melissa Rosati on —–BlogTalkRadio   including a reading from Blue Earth, at:


Radio interview of Anya Achtenberg by Lynette Reini-Grandell and Anya reading from Blue Earth, on Write On! Radio on KFAI radio in Minneapolis, Minnesota (8/21/12).

“Anya Achtenberg…will be talking about her new novel Blue Earth, a beautifully written book that weaves together inherited grief from many conflicts, including the Minnesota farm crisis of the 1980’s and the 1862 Dakota war. Jay Gabler of the Twin Cities Daily Planet says, “Blue Earth gives the James Michener treatment to a pivotal, and profoundly tragic, event in Minnesota History.”

For information and a link to the podcast:

To go directly to the podcast of the Blue Earth segment on Write On! Radio KFAI-FM:


September 15, 2012

Women’s Focus on KUNM-FM in Albuquerque, New Mexico

Discussing the novel Blue Earth with host Carol Boss

September 24, 2012

Santa Fe Radio Café on KSFR Radio in Santa Fe, NM

Discussing the novel Blue Earth with host Mary-Charlotte Domandi

(Scroll to September 24, 2012, 3rd podcast bar)


A recent interview with Melissa Rosati, first up below:

blogtalkradio:  Cuba: Artists & Activists Reveal Its Secrets and Future

Listen at the link below —

Anya Achtenberg leads professional research expeditions for writers, musicians, artists, and filmmakers interested in Cuban culture and/or developing potential joint projects with Cuban counterparts. Here’s a short report on this work.

blogtalkradio: The Art of Fiction as a Call to Personal Action (November 11, 2008)
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Anya discusses her creative writing process and reads short passages from her new novella, The Stories of Devil-Girl. She also discusses her current international workshop project, Writing for Social Change: Re-Dream a Just World. Listen and learn creativity tips for your writing and how to answer your personal calling to be the change you want to see in your community.

Inside Scoop Live (July 16, 2008)
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Reader Views
For an extensive discussion of Anya’s just published novella, The Stories of Devil-Girl, please see her interview with Tyler R. Tichelaar at Reader Views. The interview includes discussion of the use of the name Devil-Girl; as well as a look at the category of “Urban Fiction”; the way the book moves between poetry and prose, and autobiography and fiction; and the particular role the ancestral plays in this work.

Perspectives (June 26th, 2008)
Anya and Mervyn Taylor, her long time friend and colleague from The Young Adult Learning Academy in NYC (a now extinct, but ever alive school for drop-out youth born from the organizing efforts of the Harlem community), talk with poet and scholar Louis Reyes Rivera on his show “Perspective” on WBAI radio, June 26th, 2008. For other shows see the station’s website.
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Foreign Policy in Focus (September 21, 2007)
An excerpt of an interview that Ethelbert Miller did with me on my novel-in-progress, about a Cambodian woman born at the moment the U.S. bombing of Cambodia began in 1970. Part of the discussion hits on the oldie but goodie: how does a writer work with a character of a different ethnic or racial perspective?”

Authors Access (September 20, 2007)
An interview about my Writing For Social Change: Re-Dream a Just World Workshops.
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Morning Edition, KUNM Radio in Albuquerque, New Mexico, 89.9FM. (August 2007)
Anya converses with host Elaine Baumgartel about the intersection of writing, teaching, and activism.
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S.O.M.O.S. Writers on Radio, KRZA 88.7 FM. (August 2006)
Anya reads novel excerpts and talks with host Tania Casselle about how writers claim their stories.
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