Humorist Polly Frost on Writers Voices!


Polly Frost photo by Erik Kragh

Polly Frost and I chatted recently by phone to record an interview on her humor writing for the radio show Writers Voices. She was a gracious, knowledgeable and entertaining guest. The show airs tomorrow, Friday, May 11 at 1 PM CST and Monday, May 14 at 8 AM CST. Listen in on KRUU!

Polly’s humorous essays have been published in The New YorkerThe Atlantic, and The New York Times. Many of her essays have  been anthologized, including in two of The New Yorker’s “best of” collections.

“With One Eye Open,” a collection of her humorous essays, was published in 2010. In reaction to this book, Elle columnist and life advisor, E. Jean Carroll, called Polly “the Edith Wharton of her generation.”

Polly also writes satirical erotic horror. Her monologues in this genre were performed at Cornelia Street Cafe in NYC from 2003 to 2007. Polly’s married to Ray Sawhill. Together they co-wrote, directed and produced another theater project that also was produced  at Cornelia Street Cafe. Ray and Polly adapted her short story, “The Last Artist in New York City,” as a play. It was selected for “Best American Short Plays 2008-2009.”

Polly will be performing in the Englert Theatre Saturday, May 19th. She’ll visit Des Moines soon, as well. Check out her schedule. I’m sure she’ll put on a great show!

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