In today's episode, Kali VanBaale joins us to talk about the ten-year journey to releasing her second book, The Good Divide. Then, the editors of Redivider join us to present the winner of their inaugural Blurred Genre contest, "The Town of Milkcarton Kids" by Ali Rachel Pearl.
About the Guests:
Kali VanBaale's debut novel, The Space Between, earned an American Book Award, the Independent Publisher’s silver medal for general fiction, and the Fred Bonnie Memorial First Novel Award. Her short stories and essays have appeared in Numéro Cinq,The Milo Review, Northwind Literary, Poets & Writers,The Writer and the anthologies Voices of Alzheimer's and A Cup of Comfort for Adoptive Families. Her second novel, The Good Divide, was published by Midwestern Gothic Press in 2016.
Her third novel, The Cure for Hopeless Causes, was awarded a State of Iowa Arts Council major artist grant and is currently represented by Marsal Lyon Literary Agency pending publication. In 2014 she was awarded the Great River Writer’s Retreat to begin work on a fourth novel.
Kali holds an MFA in creative writing from Vermont College of Fine Arts. She has been an assistant professor of writing and literature at Drake University and currently is a faculty member in the Lindenwood University MFA in Writing Program. Born and raised on a dairy farm in rural southern Iowa, she currently lives and writes on an acreage outside Des Moines with her husband, three children, and highly emotional dog.
Redivider is a nationally distributed journal of new art and literature produced by and representing the graduate students in the Writing, Literature, and Publishing program at Emerson College in Boston. Published twice a year, the journal welcomes art, fiction, nonfiction, and poetry submissions from new, emerging, and established artists and writers. Their mission is to showcase the very best previously unpublished art and literature; to actively engage the broader literary community, and to support and nurture that community in their pages and beyond; to welcome and serve historically underrepresented voices, including those marginalized due to class, gender, race, and sexuality; and, above all, to give good art and literature a good home.
Ali Rachel Pearl is currently a PhD candidate in the Department of English at the University of Southern California where she writes and teaches about Los Angeles, the desert, archival practices, intersectionality, and digital media. Her prose, book reviews, photos, digital experiments, and other works are forthcoming from or appear in Hyperrhiz, Hobart, Redivider, DIAGRAM, The New York Times, Pilot Light, and elsewhere. Most of the year she lives and teaches in Los Angeles where she also pursues her obsessions with street art, amateur photography, music, psychogeography, modern & contemporary art, performance, the desert, the desert, the desert, and repetition.
Ali is currently interested in exploring how digital media can disrupt power structures, how street art can intervene in city spaces, how objects and performances translate across the digital/analog divide (or linger in that divide), and how digital manipulations, inventions, and interventions can alter both received narratives and narratives we produce in creative and academic arenas.
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