Episode 31.5: Daniel M. Shapiro reads "The Orange Menace"

In today’s microcast, some political poetry from Daniel M. Shapiro.


About the Guest:

Daniel M. Shapiro is the author of How the Potato Chip Was Invented (sunnyoutside press, 2013), a collection of celebrity-centered poems. His work has appeared in Word Riot; RHINO; Menacing Hedge; Forklift, Ohio, and elsewhere. His latest collection is called Heavy Metal Fairy Tales published by throwbackbooks.

Daniel is a poetry editor of Pittsburgh Poetry Review and interviews poets for his website, Little Myths.


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SUW vs Trump (Dead Kid Mix)SUW Remix Project | CC 4.0

Episode 31: Cathy Day

In today’s episode we talk literary citizenship and teaching with Cathy Day, the Assistant Chair of Operations in the Department of English at Ball State University.


About the Guest:

Cathy Day is the author of two books. Her most recent work is Comeback Season (Free Press, 2008), part memoir about life as a single woman and part sports story about the Indianapolis Colts Super Bowl season in 2006. Her first book was The Circus in Winter (Harcourt, 2004), a fictional history of her hometown. The Circus in Winter was a finalist for the GLCA New Writers Award, the Great Lakes Book Award, and the Story Prize, and is being adapted into a musical.

Her stories and essays have appeared most recently in Pank, Sports Illustrated, The Millions, North American Review, and Ninth Letter and elsewhere. Her essay, “Where Do You Want Me to Sit?” appeared in Power and Identity in the Creative Writing Classroom: The Authority Project. Ed. Anna Leahy, published by Multilingual Matters Ltd., one of the first books on creative writing pedagogy. Cathy has been the recipient of a Beatrice, Benjamin and Richard Bader Fellowship in the Visual Arts of the Theatre from Harvard University’s Houghton Library, a Tennessee Williams Scholarship from the Sewanee Writers’ Conference, a Bush Artist Fellowship, a New Jersey Arts Council Grant, and other university research grants. She’s held teaching positions at Minnesota State University-Mankato, The College of New Jersey, and the University of Pittsburgh.

Currently, she lives in Muncie, Indiana and teaches at Ball State University, where she’s currently serving as the Assistant Chair of Operations in the Department of English.


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Simplify | Little Glass Men | CC 4.0

Episode 30.5:

Today's short fiction piece “Idaho, or the Reverse of Gravity,” appeared in issue 13.2 of Redivider.


About the Guest:

Siân Griffiths lives in Ogden, UT, where she directs the creative writing program at Weber State University. Her work has appeared in the Georgia Review, Fifth Wednesday Journal, Quarterly West, Ninth Letter, and The Rumpus, among other publications. Her debut novel, Borrowed Horses (New Rivers Press), was a semi-finalists for the 2014 VCU Cabell First Novelist Award.  


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fading away | Fog Lake | CC 4.0




Episode 30: FOLD AWP Panel "Creating space for marginalized voices"

In today’s episode we share excerpts from the panel “Creating Space for Marginalized Voices” presented at the 2017 AWP Conference. The organizers of Canada's inaugural Festival of Literary Diversity in discussion with publishing professionals talk about how to promote and support a diverse lineup of authors, uncovering how targeted initiatives and intentional approaches can effectively address the diversity gaps in the publishing industry.

About the Guests:

Jael Richardson is the author of The Stone Thrower memoir and children's book based on her relationship with her father, legendary quarterback Chuck Ealey. Richardson lives in Brampton, Ontario where she serves as the artistic director for the Festival of Literary Diversity.

Léonicka Valcius is a Toronto-based publishing professional who advocates for inclusion and equity in Canadian literature. She is the chair of the FOLD Foundation and the founder of DiverseCanLit.

Kathleen Fraser is a Montreal-based production editor and the managing editor of Plenitude magazine, a queer literary digital publication.

Nailah King is a member of the Room editorial collective. She is also a writer, avid reader, and blogger. A UBC alumnae, she is currently working on completing a thus far untitled manuscript in prose fiction.

Bänoo Zan is a poet and poetry curator. Songs of Exile, is her collection of her poems. A second collection, Letters to My Father, is forthcoming. She is the founder of Shab-e She’r (Poetry Night), the most diverse poetry.


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Brooks | Kai Engle | CC 4.0


Episode 29.5: Lauren Samblanet reads "a crying woman"


In today’s microcast, we get a poem by Lauren Samblanet from A Shadow Map: An Anthology by Survivors of Sexual Assault published by Civil Coping Mechanisms. Released last week, A Shadow Map is edited by Joanna C. Valente and features poems and essays “born out of traumatizing and terrible experiences. CCM believes in providing a safe space within the literary community where we can not only talk about painful experiences and issues becomes ever more necessary considering the current political climate.” Contributors include Hillary Leftwich, Maggie Queeney, and Mila Jaroniec.


About the Guest:

lauren samblanet is a poet working on her MFA at Temple University. She is also a writer for thINKingDANCE. Her poems have been published in the Vassar Review, Walkabout, and Adanna, and a dance-radio collaboration with Skye Hughes was published on Colorado Public Radio’s website.


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I Am a Man Who Will Fight for Your Honor | Chris Zabriskie | CC 4.0