Episode 1: Robert James Russell with reading from Susan Rukeyser

In our debut episode we sit down with writer and publisher Robert James Russell to talk all things Midwest and Western. Plus, we get a scene report featuring a reading from Susan Rukeyser. 


About the Guests: 

Robert James Russell is the author of the novel Mesilla (Dock Street Press) and the chapbook Don't Ask Me to Spell It Out (WhiskeyPaper Press). He is the co-founder and Managing Editor of the literary journal Midwestern Gothic and the founder of the online literary journal CHEAP POP. You can find him online at robertjamesrussell.com or @robhollywood.

Susan Rukeyser lives in the South but hails from New England and dreams of life in the Mojave. She was a Senior Book Buyer for the wholesaler Baker & Taylor before she left to devote herself to writing and mothering and caring for an assortment of rescued cats and dogs. For a while she owned a tiny used bookstore in New York’s Hudson Valley. It was there she found inspiration for what became Not On Fire, Only Dying, her debut novel. Find her at susanrukeyser.com.


Music for this show provided by:

Dead Reckoning Instrumentals | The Builders And The Butchers | CC BY-NC 3.0

Undercover Vampire Policeman & Reappear Chris Zabriskie | CC BY 4.0

Capulet & The Rope River Blues Band The Rope River Blues Band | CC BY-NC-SA 3.0

songs about trees | alexander chernyshkov and marina poleukhina | CC BY-NC-ND 3.0