Dan and Brigid hold it down this week as they interview acclaimed poet and children’s book author Lesléa Newman. They discuss her education with the Beats, how her writing helps her heal, and how the Jewish concept of tikkun olam informs her mission to give voice to the voiceless. Then, Dan and Brigid are joined by WTS Special Library Correspondent Lily Jenness to tear apart Forbes’s history of anti-library think pieces.
0:00- Hi, Hello, and Many Meetings
6:00- Interview with Lesléa
51:40- “I Carry My Mother” read by Lesléa Newman via the Jewish Women’s Archive
52:40- The Weird World of Library Hatred w/ Lily Jenness
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Outro music “Library Card” from Arthur
10:00- Interview With Dan Lopez
1:07:00- Brief Note On Harlan Ellison
1:08:49- Extreme Teen Writer’s Corner
1:27:00: Trigger Warning Discussion
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Lean and clean this week as Dan flies solo with an interview-only episode. No extra biz, no guff. Just our guests. And we’ve got a hell of a pair of guests this week. In our first dual interview, Dan spoke with legendary poet Mary Meriam and Canadian dancer-turned-poet Carolyn Boll, both from Lavender Press. We talk about everything from the Odyssey, to the state of poetry since Mary’s MFA years, to whether or not Dan is up on his lesbian history.
0:00- Hi’s, Hello’s, and Many Meetings
Boy, have we got an episode for you. Brigid and Dan do a deep dive into writing as bisexuals, the value of queer characters, and what still needs to be done on the representation front. Then, Dan talks with Tara Shea Burke, queer poet and editor for Sinister Wisdom, about the tight-rope act of erotic writing, her struggles with identity, and the power of the queer body in poetry. Finally, Brigid and Dan spotlight some of their favorite queer lit mags publishing today.
13:06- Pride Discussion
50:00- Interview with Tara Shea Burke
2:15:16- Queer Lit Mag Spotlight
In this episode: Dan nerds out over Balrogs, Celia is finally heard, and Brigid goes full librarian on us. Our main subject this week is the MFA. Long considered a “must have” to be a serious writer. But is that the case nowadays? We discuss our paths to, or away from, the MFA, as well as the many variations on the MFA. Also: An interview with Lily Jenness, a Bloomington based writer and librarian, plus our usual mix of news and publication opportunities.
0:48 – Introductions
2:00 – We hit 200 followers on twitter!
3:30 – MFA vs MA discussion
36:35 – Interview with Lily Jenness
71:00-New J.R.R Tolkien novel, “The Fall of Gondolin,” to be published in August
76:25- Millenials are saving libraries
83:13 – Publishing Opportunities
In this episode: Brigid yells about fanfiction, Dan forgets how to talk, and Celia rises from the grave. Plus: A discussion about Lonely Christopher and his…unique views on writing, an interview with crime writer and Miami PI Matt Ijac, and some great publishing opportunities from Tin House, Iron Horse, and more.
0:46 – Celia rises from the grave
2:50 – Publication updates
3:35 – Lonely Christopher rewrites The Shining, but it’s not fanfiction
33:03 – Interview with Matt Ijac
95:09 – Excerpt of Matt’s work
99:40 – Publishing Opportunities
111:02 – Recommended Reading
Good conversation about men in publishing as Brigid, Celia, and Dan discuss the recent revelations about the Shitty Men In Media list. Plus: an Ursula Le Guin tribute, the pitfalls of classifying science fiction, and Junot Diaz’s call for diverse bookshelves. Opportunities this week came from Pidgeonholes, Litro Magazine, Meow Meow Pow Pow, Sharkpack, and the Breakout 8 Writers Prize.
0:47- Hellos and Technical Difficulties
3:58- Update on Rejection Contest
5:26- Shitty Media Men
18:38- Ursula K LeGuin Tribute
51:40- Publishing Opportunities
The podcast gets a new face er…voice…er…two new voices as former guests Brigid Phillips and Celia Daniels join Dan as co-hosts. The three discuss the 2017 Bad Sex Awards In Fiction, our favorite writing newsletters, and an interesting way to make failure more fun. Plus: Audrey Hawkes discusses internships at Arizona State and the best route to success during NaNoWrimo.
0:00- Introductions & New Directions
27:43- Interview with Audrey Hawkes
1:06:25- News and Rejection Contest
1:12:31- Publishing Opportunities
Listen…IF YOU DARE! Nearly two hours of spine-tingling content as I have my first ever DOUBLE episode! In this episode “Brain Eating” Brent Armour from HelloHorror talks about indie horror presses, editing the wild west of online submissions, and the pitfalls of a labor of love.”Dracula” D. Alexander Ward, horror author and Bram Stoker award nominee. tells me about editing the new anthology “Shadows Over Main Street Volume 2,” how he makes time to write, and why Lovecraftian Horror is so damn popular. Also: An H.P Lovecraft Spotlight, Amazon’s New Bestselling Horror, and publishing opportunities for poets and prose writers! And at the end? A spooky scary surprise!
In the second installment of our special series on horror writing, I interview Editor and Horror fan Scott Silk about his work at Tales to Terrify, one of the most popular audio horror journals publishing today. Also: Goodreads’s Top 10 Favorite Horror Anthologies, Man Booker News, and publishing opportunities with Chicago Literati, Lycan Valley Publishing, and Not A Cult!
02:15- 5 Spooky Podcasts You Need To Listen To
8:28- Shameless Plugging
10:16- Interview with Scott Silk
44:30- Literary News
56:56- Publication Opportunities
Welcome to the first episode of our Horror month! All through October I’ll be featuring guests from the spookier side of writing. Kicking us off this week is Erin al-Mehairi, who manages publicity and marketing for Sinister Grin Press, as well as working as an editor. She happens to write her own horror as well! Also: Amazon Horror Bestsellers, Nobel News, and some some amazing publishing opportunities from Puritan, Crystal Lake Press, and more!
2:56- Personal Update
5:30 Horror Overview & Top 5 Horror Movies For Writers
17:17- Interview with Erin al-Mehairi
1:19:00- Amazon.com Horror Bestsellers
Special episode this week with some tips for writers who want to be inspired but haven’t gotten that spark yet. Also: The Man Booker Prize shortlist, the NYT Fiction Bestsellers, and some upcoming opportunities for writers!
This week, I talk with ghostwriter and podcaster Sarah Rhea Werner about writing, podcasting, and the realities we face when pursuing a creative career. Also: News, the Small Press Distribution Fiction Bestsellers, and upcoming publishing opportunities for poets and prose writers.
2:15- Personal Update
4:50- Interview with Sarah Rhea Werner
38:38- Literary News
51:25- Publisher Spotlight
Fantastic episode this week as I talk with Bronx poet Sasha Smith, who had a rather nontraditional journey to writing. We discuss identity, the power of being seen, and her work invigorating the Bronx creative scene. Plus: News, Poetry Bestsellers, and some publishing opportunities for poets and mystery writers!
1:07- Personal Update
1:47- Patreon Update
3:15- Guide to Finding A Writing Group
11:22- Interview With Sasha Smith
47:36- The News!
56:00- Publisher Spotlight
We take a dip into professional development this week with a lively discussion about internships. I give you some tips I’ve picked up to help you make the most of your internship search, and experienced writer and editor Brigid Phillips gives us her take on the life of a creative intern. Also: The Hugo Awards, The New York Times YA Bestsellers List, and some upcoming publishing opportunities for writers!
:00- Personal Update
1:53- Internship Overview
10:17- Interview with Brigid Phillips
43:26- News & Hugo Awards
51:36- Publisher Spotlight
In this episode: A Discussion of Art and Music with singer-songwriter Kacie Swierk. We talk about her journey to both writing and music, her life as an artist, and her new album “This is Water.” Then: Tips and Tricks for Book Tours and Independent Promotion, NYT Hardcover Fiction Bestsellers, Literary News, and a rundown of journals and contests accepting submissions!
1:00- Correction: Kacie is studying for a unique degree in Commercial Music from IU, not an English BA as I noted in the episode
1:23- Personal Update
2:10- Tips and Tricks for Book Tours
10:40- Excerpt from “Bonfire Blues” used with artist’s permission
11:33- Interview with Kacie Swierk
51:40- Literary News
52:25- H.D Retrospective]
64:00- Publishing Spotlight
In this episode I interview journalist, author, and fashionista Sanya Ali on how her career goals have been shaped by her dual disciplines, as well as the way identity influences our writing life. Also: An overview of Creative Nonfiction, the NYT Nonfiction Bestsellers, news in the world of nonfiction and memoir, and upcoming opportunities for writers of nonfiction!
0:47- Personal Update
2:28- Creative Nonfiction: A Primer
12:05- Interview with Sanya Ali
32:59- The News!
36:00- NYT Bestsellers, July 10
42:00- Nonfiction Contests and Journals