About Zoe Bossiere

As a podcast host for the New Book Network’s New Books in Literature channel, I interview many emerging writers about their upcoming nonfiction debuts. The goal of my channel is to reserve a space on the podcast for books by new writers, especially women, writers of color, queer-identifying writers, writers with disabilities, and other voices who need more attention called to the great work they do. My waitlist of authors is usually somewhat long, but if you or someone you know has a debut book of nonfiction (upcoming or published within the last 2 years) that would make a good candidate for an episode, send me a message. **Note that due to the number of books currently on my list, I am unable to consider self-published books for interviews at this time.** Contact me via my website, zoebossiere.com, or on Twitter @zoebossiere

Zoë Bossiere is a doctoral candidate at Ohio University, where she studies and teaches creative writing and rhetoric & composition. She is the managing editor of Brevity: A Journal of Concise Literary Nonfiction, and the co-editor of its anthology, The Best of Brevity (Rose Metal Press, 2020).

NBN Episodes hosted by Zoe:

Julia Ridley Smith, "The Sum of Trifles" (U Georgia Press, 2021)

February 4, 2022

The Sum of Trifles

Julia Ridley Smith
Hosted by Zoe Bossiere

We all live surrounded by objects: some practical, some personal, some handed down from family generations past. But though we interact with material …

Krys Malcolm Belc, "The Natural Mother of the Child: A Memoir of Nonbinary Parenthood" (Counterpoint, 2021)

July 5, 2021

The Natural Mother of the Child

Krys Malcolm Belc
Hosted by Zoe Bossiere

This year, transgender liberation is at the forefront of Pride Month discourse, with a staggering number of conservative, religious, and gender critic…

Danielle Geller, "Dog Flowers: A Memoir" (One World, 2021)

May 27, 2021

Dog Flowers

Danielle Geller
Hosted by Zoe Bossiere

Not long ago, the only resource for uncovering our familial pasts was to consult libraries and archives, combing old newspapers for birth announcement…

Ursula Pike, "An Indian Among Los Indígenas" (Heyday Books, 2021)

April 16, 2021

An Indian Among Los Indígenas

Ursula Pike
Hosted by Zoe Bossiere

The western travel narrative genre has a history long tied to voyeurism and conquest. A way to see the world—and its many unique people and places—thr…

Katherine E. Standefer, "Lightning Flowers:  My Journey to Uncover the Cost of Saving a Life" (Little, Brown Spark, 2020)

March 30, 2021

Lightning Flowers

Katherine E. Standefer
Hosted by Zoe Bossiere

As the push for a Universal Healthcare system in the United States becomes more and more popular among the American people, we’re beginning to have mo…

Bethany Maile, "Anything Will Be Easy After This: A Western Identity Crisis" (U Nebraska Press, 2020)

December 30, 2020

Anything Will Be Easy After This

Bethany Maile
Hosted by Zoe Bossiere

There is something quintessentially American about the idea of the west. Though the time of western expansion has long since passed, stories about cow…

Megan Harlan, "Mobile Home: A Memoir in Essays" (U Georgia Press, 2020)

November 13, 2020

Mobile Home

Megan Harlan
Hosted by Zoe Bossiere

Home is the place many of us have spent our days for the last eight months. During the pandemic, our homes have become our workplaces, our classrooms,…

Melissa Faliveno, "Tomboyland: Essays" (Topple Books and Little A, 2020)

August 14, 2020


Melissa Faliveno
Hosted by Zoe Bossiere

Writers often evoke the famous que sais-je (“What do I know?”) of Michel de Montaigne, father of the literary essay. Montaigne was known for his deepl…

Sonya Bilocerkowycz, "On Our Way Home from the Revolution: Reflections on Ukraine" (Mad Creek Books, 2019)

August 10, 2020

On Our Way Home from the Revolution

Sonya Bilocerkowycz
Hosted by Zoe Bossiere

It’s been a difficult year in America. From plague, to protests, to politics, there have never been so many lives at stake, nor so many questions abou…

Sarah Fawn Montgomery, "Quite Mad: An American Pharma Memoir" (Mad Creek Books, 2018)

February 24, 2020

Quite Mad

Sarah Fawn Montgomery
Hosted by Zoe Bossiere

If you live in America, chances are good you’ve heard the term “mental health crisis” bandied about in the media. While true that anxiety, depression,…

Steven Moore, "The Longer We Were There: A Memoir of a Part-Time Solider" (U Georgia Press, 2019)

November 7, 2019

The Longer We Were There

Steven Moore
Hosted by Zoe Bossiere

Popular public conception of war has a long and problematic history, with its origins in ancient texts like The Art of War to bestselling books like T…

Sophia Shalmiyev, "Mother Winter: A Memoir" (Simon and Schuster, 2019)

July 10, 2019

Mother Winter

Sophia Shalmiyev
Hosted by Zoe Bossiere

The story of where we come from is such an important aspect of our personal sense of self, the forefront of many conversations about national identity…

Reema Zaman, "I Am Yours: A Shared Memoir" (Amberjack, 2019)

June 21, 2019

I Am Yours

Reema Zaman
Hosted by Zoe Bossiere

Since its inception in 2017, the viral #MeToo movement has called more cultural attention to abusive behavior, creating a much-needed public space for…

Kelly J. Beard, "An Imperfect Rapture" (Zone 3 Press, 2018)

April 15, 2019

An Imperfect Rapture

Kelly J. Beard
Hosted by Zoe Bossiere

Many of you listening to this now probably recall growing up in a household of faith. You may have fond memories of the familiar rituals, the holidays…

Micah McCrary, "Island in the City" (U Nebraska Press, 2018)

February 8, 2019

Island in the City

Micah McCrary
Hosted by Zoe Bossiere

If you read a lot of nonfiction, you may be familiar with what some call the “memoir quandary”—the complaint that memoir and autobiography are too nar…

Erica Trabold, "Five Plots" (Seneca Review Books, 2018)

December 17, 2018

Five Plots

Erica Trabold
Hosted by Zoe Bossiere

When you picture the midwestern United States, what do you see? For those who live on either coast, the phrase “flyover country,” might come to mind. …

Rachel Z. Arndt, "Beyond Measure" (Sarabande Books, 2018)

October 12, 2018

Beyond Measure

Rachel Z. Arndt
Hosted by Zoe Bossiere

Our world today is full of algorithms and metrics designed to help us keep up, to keep track, to keep going. New devices, such as the smartwatch, now …

Tessa Fontaine, "The Electric Woman: A Memoir in Death-Defying Acts" (FSG, 2018)

August 27, 2018

The Electric Woman

Tessa Fontaine
Hosted by Zoe Bossiere

Who doesn’t remember their first trip to the county fair? The greasy hotdogs and popcorn and cotton candy. The lights and sounds of the seemingly endl…

Kelly Sundberg, "Goodbye, Sweet Girl: A Story of Domestic Abuse and Survival" (Harper, 2018)

July 3, 2018

Goodbye, Sweet Girl

Kelly Sundberg
Hosted by Zoe Bossiere

If you’ve read the news or been on the internet at all this year, you’ve probably come across the hashtag #MeToo, the rallying cry of a movement aimed…

David Wanczyk, "Beep: Inside the Unseen World of Baseball for the Blind" (Swallow Press, 2018)

May 3, 2018


David Wanczyk
Hosted by Zoe Bossiere

We all know baseball as one of America’s fondest pastimes, but did you know there’s a version of the sport designed specifically for the blind? It’s c…

Thomas Mira y Lopez, "The Book of Resting Places: A Personal History of Where We Lay the Dead" (Counterpoint Press, 2017)

February 28, 2018

The Book of Resting Places

Thomas Mira y Lopez
Hosted by Zoe Bossiere

We've all participated in the rituals of the dead at some time or another in our lives, going to funerals and wakes, visiting loved ones in cemeteries…