Molly Backes

Molly and Alfie in their Tulsa Artist Fellowship office

Molly and Alfie in their Tulsa Artist Fellowship office

In the 15th episode of Truer Words, we talk with Molly Backes about fellowship programs, writing in the midwest, and her Twitter-famous dog, Alfie.

Molly is the author of THE PRINCESSES OF IOWA and a 2019 Tulsa Artists fellow.

Find Molly on Twitter: @mollybackes. Her website is mollybackes.com.

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Show Notes:

Books, authors, movies, TV, specials, and other media or institutions mentioned include:

Alliance of Artist Communities

Books are Magic

Little Manhattan

Tirzah Price

Rural YA

School segregation in NYC in the New York Times

George Kaiser Family Foundation

Tulsa art article in the New York Times

Wisconsin art fellowship

Cornell College fellowship

Route 66 Museum

Molly’s Route 66 Adventure by Dottie Raymer

Ragdale Foundation residency for artists

The Time-Traveler’s Wife by Audrey Niffenegger

Bird by Bird by Anne Lamott

“Anybody who has survived his childhood has enough information about life to last him the rest of his days.”- Flannery O’Conner, from Mysteries and Manners: Occasional Prose

Iowa almond milk tweet story

Field of Dreams

Iowa Writers’ Workshop


Candlewick Press

The Animators by Kayla Rae Whitaker

Alex Awards for adult books with YA crossover appeal

Linda Holmes

Molly’s Route 66 Adventure

Molly’s Route 66 Adventure

Molly visits Tulsa

Molly visits Tulsa

Molly arrives in Oklahoma

Molly arrives in Oklahoma

Kathryn Benson