This Business Of Music & Poetry Podcast

This Business Of Music & Poetry Podcast

By Michael Amidei & Cliff Brooks
"This Business Of Music & Poetry Podcast" is all about how to make a real-world living from your creativity & passion. Hosted by Michael Amidei (author, poet, musician, & host of "World Poetry Open Mic", "The Michael Amidei Show") and Clifford Brooks (author, poet, founder of The Southern Collective Experience, and the host of "Dante's Old South" on NPR.)
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The Passion & Wit Of R.J. Jeffreys
In this episode, Clifford Brooks and Michael Amidei interview R.J. Jeffreys.  R.J. Jeffreys is a poet, writer, novelist, writing coach and mentor, celebrity ghostwriter, playwright, Executive Producer Digital Media for VIDA Voices & Views, and contributing editor and Senior Producer Radio Interviews Media for Tiferet Journal.  He is the host of The Write Step with RJ Jeffreys radio interview show.  Jeffreys’ poetry, prose and dramatic works have appeared in numerous publications, media outlets and websites such as Mass Poetry.org, 100 Thousand Poets for Change, Tiferet Journal, Saint Julian Press, Bareback Alchemy and the anthologies, The Darwin Murders, Tasteful Murders and Stories from a Holiday Heart, among others. R.J. is also a Best-of-the-Web Shorty Award nominee, a frequent guest speaker on national media outlets, and contributor for numerous publications, media outlets and websites.  Jeffreys' The Write Step blog is also featured by Networkedblogs.com as a top ten website for writing advice.
40:14
July 2, 2020
Surrender Your Gift (Interview with Casanova Green Pt. 2)
In this episode, Cliff Brooks and Michael Amidei interview pastor, professor, musician, and poet Casanova Green.  Casanova Green (https://www.cgcreate.online/) is a writer, singer/songwriter, educator, and pastor. He is a 2010 graduate of Ohio Northern University with a BA in Language Arts Education with a minor in voice and received an MFA in Creative Writing at the Etowah Valley Low-Residency MFA Program at Reinhardt University in 2018. Casanova is a member of the Southern Collective Experience and has been published in several publications including The Blue Mountain Review where he serves as a Contributing Editor, Raw Art Review, and Fredericksburg Literary and Art Review.  In 2019, he published a mini-chapbook entitled Whispers & Echoes and his first collection of poetry entitled Things I Wish I Could Tell You will be published in 2020. He has done extensive ministry work since the age of nine and has served as a worship leader and choir director for over twenty years. He released his first album, A Worshiper Mentality, in January 2016; his second, Songs from the Journey: Part I, in August 2019; and his third album, Songs from the Journey: Part II, in February 2020. He will release his fourth album, Songs from the Journey: Part 3, in 2020 Currently, he is the Owner of CGCreate, LLC and serves as the Lead Pastor of True Vision Christian Community headquartered in Lancaster, OH with a church plant in Barnwell, SC. He and his family reside in Lancaster.
52:44
June 18, 2020
Exploring Of The Creative Feminine
In this episode, Cliff Brooks and Michael Amidei interview author, artist, podcaster, and poet Eurydice Eve. Eurydice (https://eurydice.net/) has been a sex writer & archivist, a multi-modal scholar & sexual freedom activist for 25 years. Eurydice’s work is steeped in philosophy & history & dedicated to the generations of silenced women for whom she hopes to speak. 
37:20
June 4, 2020
The New Psalmist (Interview with Clay Matthews)
In this episode, Cliff Brooks and Michael Amidei interview poet Clay Matthews.  Clay Matthews (@ClayBMatthews on Twitter) has published poetry in journals such as the Southern Review, diode, Kenyon Review, Gulf Coast, and elsewhere. His most recent book, Shore, was published by Cooper Dillon Books. His other books are Superfecta, and Pretty, Rooster. He currently lives in Elizabethtown, KY and teaches at Elizabethtown Community & Technical College. A favorite quote from a review of Clay's work comes from MICHAEL MEYERHOFER of the Atticus Review, who said: "Reading his poems fills me with much the same awe that I imagine I’d feel if I chanced upon an 800-pound gorilla deftly folding origami cranes to give to children after carving an ice sculpture and overhauling a tractor engine in record time. So, yeah. I’m a fan."
37:53
May 21, 2020
Trauma Forged Into Art (Interview with Tianna G. Hansen)
In this episode, Cliff Brooks and Michael Amidei interview publisher and writer Tianna G. Hansen.  Tianna G. Hansen has been writing her whole life, with her first love as poetry. She has studied fiction and dabbles in creative nonfiction. Tianna founded Rhythm & Bones Press (rhythmnbone.com) where she works as the editor-in-chief turning trauma into art. Find her published work at creativetianna.com or follow her on Twitter @tiannag92. Social media links: Twitter: @tiannag92 // @RhythmBonesLit Facebook: @tiannaghansen // @rhythmboneslit
53:12
April 30, 2020
The Embrace Of Despair (Interview with Dr. Samantha Rose Hill)
In this episode, Cliff Brooks and Michael Amidei interview Dr. Samantha Rose Hill.  Dr. Hill (https://www.samantharosehill.com/)  received her doctorate in Political Science from the University of Massachusetts, Amherst in 2014. From 2013-2015, she conducted post-doctoral research at Heidelberg Universität and the Institut für Philosophie at the Goethe-Universität in Frankfurt am Main. She taught at the University of Massachusetts, Amherst, Amherst College, and is currently the Assistant Director of the Hannah Arendt Center for Politics and Humanities, Visiting Assistant Professor of Politics at Bard College and is Associate Faculty at the Brooklyn Institute for Social Research in New York City. She writes about Hannah Arendt, Critical Theory, the Frankfurt School, poetics, aesthetic theory, and the history of political thought. You can find her work in the Los Angeles Review of Books, Public Seminar, OpenDemocracy, Theory & Event, Contemporary Political Theory, The South Atlantic Quarterly, The Journal of the Hannah Arendt Center, and Amor Mundi, among other publications. She the author of two forthcoming books: Hannah Arendt (2021, Reaktion Books) and Hannah Arendt’s Poems.
49:26
April 16, 2020
Rhythm Hymns (Interview with Tyree Daye)
In this episode, Clifford Brooks and Michael Amidei interview poet Tyree Daye. Tyree Daye (http://www.tyree.work/) a poet from Youngsville, North Carolina, and a Teaching Assistant Professor at UNC-Chapel Hill. He is the author of two poetry collections River Hymns 2017 APR/Honickman First Book Prize winner and Cardinal forthcoming from Copper Canyon Press 2020. Daye is a Cave Canem fellow. Daye’s work has been published in Prairie Schooner, New York Times, Nashville Review. Daye won the 2019 Palm Beach Poetry Festival Langston Hughes Fellowship, 2019 Diana and Simon Raab Writer-In-Residence at UC Santa Barbara, and is a 2019 Kate Tufts Finalist. Daye most recently was awarded a 2019 Whiting Writers Award.
42:36
March 26, 2020
The Tender Words Of Zoe Fishman
In this episode, Clifford Brooks and Michael Amidei interview author Zoe Fishman.  Zoe Fishman (https://www.zoefishman.net/) the critically acclaimed author of Invisible As Air (Morrow, September '19), the bestselling Inheriting Edith, (Morrow, October ’16), Driving Lessons (Morrow, April ’14), Saving Ruth (Morrow, May ’12) and Balancing Acts (Harper, March ’10). Her books have been translated into Hebrew, German, Italian, Dutch and Polish and are also available in Audio and Large Print editions. She’s the recipient of a myriad of awards, including an AJC "10 Southern Books We Loved in 2019" selection, an IndieNext Pick, Target’s Breakout and Emerging Author Picks, a NY Post Pick, a Mom’s Choice Award and a Barnes & Noble Hot Read. Interviews and profiles of her have been featured on NBC’s “Atlanta & Co.” and FGTV, as well as in Publisher’s Weekly, Mobile Bay Magazine, The Atlanta Jewish Times and The Huffington Post. Her essays have been published in The New York Times' Modern Love column, as part of The Atlanta Journal Constitution's Personal Journey series and Modern Loss among others. Zoe worked in the New York publishing industry for thirteen years in the editorial department of Random House, the rights department of Simon & Schuster and later, as an agent for two boutique literary firms before moving to Atlanta in August of 2011 with her family. She is the Executive Director of The Decatur Writers Studio as well as an instructor. She is also an instructor in the Emory Continuing Education program. In the Spring of 2017, she was the Visiting Writer at SCAD Atlanta. She is currently working on her next novel.
48:29
February 13, 2020
Bone Chalk & Prison (Interview with Jim Reese)
In this episode, Cliff Brooks and Michael Amidei interview Jim Reese. Jim Reese ( www.jimreese.org ) Jim Reese is Associate Professor of English and Director of the Great Plains Writers’ Tour at Mount Marty College in Yankton, South Dakota. Reese’s poetry and prose have been widely published, and he has performed readings at venues throughout the country, including the Library of Congress and San Quentin Prison. Reese’s awards include First Place in the 2018 Allen Ginsberg Poetry Awards, a 2018 Distinguished Achievement Award from Mount Marty College, and a Distinguished Public Service Award in recognition of his exemplary dedication and contributions to the Education Department at Federal Prison Camp Yankton. His books include These Trespasses (The Backwaters Press, 2005), ghost on 3rd (New York Quarterly Books, 2010), and Really Happy! (New York Quarterly Books, 2014). A fourth collection, Dancing Room Only, is forthcoming by New York Quarterly Books in 2020. His first book of nonfiction, Bone Chalk, will be published by Stephen F. Austin State University Press in 2019.
52:47
January 30, 2020
New Year, Who Dis?
In this episode, Cliff Brooks and Michael Amidei discuss how they plan for each new year. 
1:03:31
January 23, 2020
The Poetry Of Accelerated Particles... (Interview with Jeffery Skinner)
In this episode, Cliff Brooks and Michael Amidei interview Jeffery Skinner.  http://jeffreyskinner.net/ Poet, playwright, and essayist Jeffrey Skinner was awarded a 2014 Guggenheim Fellowship in Poetry. Skinner’s Guggenheim project involves a conflation of contemporary physics, poetry, and theology.  He served as the June, 2015 Artist in Residence at the CERN particle accelerator in Geneva, Switzerland.  In 2015 he was awarded one of eight American Academy of Arts & Letters Awards, for exceptional accomplishment in writing. His most recent prose book, The 6.5 Practices of Moderately Successful Poets, was published to wide attention and acclaim, including a full page positive review in the Sunday New York Times Book Review.  His most recent collection of poems, Glaciology, was chosen in 2012 as winner in the Crab Orchard Open Poetry Competition, and published by Southern Illinois University press in Fall, 2013. Skinner has published five previous collections: Late Stars (Wesleyan University Press), A Guide to Forgetting (a winner in the 1987 National Poetry series, chosen by Tess Gallagher, published by Graywolf Press), The Company of Heaven (Pitt Poetry Series), Gender Studies, (Miami University Press), and Salt Water Amnesia (Ausable Press).  He has edited two anthologies, Last Call: Poems of Alcoholism, Addiction, and Deliverance; and Passing the Word: Poets and Their Mentors.  His numerous chapbooks include Salt Mother, Animal Dad, which was chosen by C.K. Williams for the New York City Center for Book Arts Poetry Competition in 2005.  Over the years Skinner’s poems have appeared in most of the country’s premier literary magazines, including The New Yorker, The Atlantic, The Nation, The American Poetry Review, Poetry, FENCE, Bomb, DoubleTake, and The Georgia, Iowa, and Paris Reviews. Also a playwright, Skinner’s play Down Range had a successful run at Theatre 3 in New York City in the Spring of 2009, and another in Chicago in 2014.  His play Dream On had its premier production in February of 2007, by the Cardboard Box Collaborative Theatre in Philadelphia.  Other of Skinner’s plays have been finalists in the Eugene O’Neill Theater Conference competition, and winners in various play contests. Skinner’s writing has gathered grants, fellowships, and awards from such sources as the National Endowment for the Arts (1986, & 2006), the Ingram Merrill Foundation, the Howard Foundation, and the state arts agencies of Connecticut, Delaware, and Kentucky.  He has been awarded residencies at Yaddo, McDowell, Vermont Studios, and the Fine Arts Center in Provincetown.  His work has been featured numerous times on National Public Radio.  In 2002 Skinner served as Poet-in-Residence at the James Merrill House in Stonington, Connecticut. He is President of the Board of Directors, and Editorial Consultant, for Sarabande Books, a literary publishing house he cofounded with his wife, poet Sarah Gorham.  He teaches creative writing and English at The University of Louisville.
57:24
December 26, 2019
Get It On The Page! (A Louisiana Poet Laureate Speaks)
In this episode, Cliff Brooks and Michael Amidei interview poet Jack Bedell.  Jack B. Bedell (http://www.jackbbedell.com/) is Professor of English and Coordinator of Creative Writing at Southeastern Louisiana University where he also edits ​​Louisiana Literature and directs the Louisiana Literature Press. His latest collections are Elliptic (Yellow Flag Press, 2016), Revenant (Blue Horse Press, 2016), and No Brother, This Storm (Mercer University Press, 2018). His work has appeared in the Southern Review, Radar Poetry, The Fourth River, Terrain.org, Construction, Grist, Sugar House, Shenandoah, Pidgeonholes, Cotton Xenomorph and other journals. Bedell is the recipient of the Louisiana Endowment for the Humanities Individual Achievement in the Humanities Award and the Governor’s Award for Artistic Achievement. He was appointed by Governor John Bel Edwards to serve as Louisiana Poet Laureate, 2017-2019.
55:28
December 12, 2019
A New York Literary Agent Speaks...
In this episode, Clifford Brooks and Michael Amidei interview literary agent and editor, Alicia Brooks.  Alicia Brooks ( http://www.jvnla.com/) began her career over twenty years ago in book publishing as an editorial assistant at Penguin USA. She worked her way up to an assistant editor position at Nan A. Talese/Doubleday where she worked with noteworthy authors, including Margaret Atwood, Pat Conroy, and Ian McEwan. Alicia then became an editor at Picador/St. Martin's Press where she edited over 39 hardcover titles and several trade paper original titles, including Noelle Howey's Dress Codes: Of Three Girlhoods--My Mother's, My Father's, and Mine, Nega Mezlekia's award-winning Notes from the Hyena's Belly, and Ben Brantley's New York Times Book of Broadway. As an agent at the Jean V. Naggar Literary Agency, she is looking for Memoir, Narrative Nonfiction, Self-Help, Pop Culture, Literary Fiction, Commercial Fiction, YA Fiction, Mystery/Crime, and Historical Fiction. Alicia is a graduate of Wellesley College with a B.A. in English and Philosophy and has a Master's Degree in the Teaching of English from Columbia University.
1:01:16
November 27, 2019
The Dance Of Poetry (Interview with Melissa Studdard)
In this episode, Clifford Brooks and Michael Amidei interview poet and author Melissa Studdard. https://melissastuddard.com/ Melissa Studdard is the author of four books, including the poetry collection I Ate the Cosmos for Breakfast and the young adult novel Six Weeks to Yehidah. Her short writings have appeared in a wide variety of journals, magazines, blogs, and anthologies, such as The New York Times, Poetry, Psychology Today, The Guardian, New Ohio Review, Harvard Review, Bettering American Poetry, and Poets & Writers. A short film of the title poem from Studdard’s I Ate the Cosmos for Breakfast (by Dan Sickles of Moxie Pictures for Motionpoems) was an official selection for the Trinidad and Tobago Film Festival and the Minneapolis St. Paul International Film Festival, as well as winner of the REEL Poetry Festival Audience Choice Award. Other poems of hers have been made into car magnets, telepoem booth recordings, and Houston City Banners. Her awards include the Forward National Literature Award, the International Book Award, the Kathak Literary Award, the Poiesis Award of Honor International, the Readers’ Favorite Award, and two Pinnacle Book Achievement Awards. As well, her books have been listed in Cutthroat: A Journal of the Arts’ Best Books of the Year, January Magazine’s Best Children’s Books of the Year, Bustle’s “8 Feminist Poems To Inspire You When The World Is Just Too Much,” and Amazon’s Most Gifted Books. As well, she has recently been in residency at the Centrum in Port Townsend, and The Hermitage Artist Retreat in Manasota Key, where she was poet in residence. In addition to writing, Studdard serves as the executive producer and host of VIDA Voices & Views for VIDA: Women in Literary Arts and on the TUPP Advisory Council as a Walt Whitman Project Planning Associate. As well, she is a past president of the Associated Writing Program’s Women’s Caucus. She received her MFA from Sarah Lawrence college and is a professor for the Lone Star College System.
1:05:22
November 14, 2019
Wealth Building As Creatives (Interview w/ Chris Lazarus)
In this episode, Cliff Brooks and Michael Amidei interview podcaster and real estate guru Chris Lazarus.  Chris Lazarus's portfolio includes small-scale boutique property management, property listing, and advertising services, buyer assistance, personal coaching and consulting.  In my spare time, I host the re:Think Real Estate Podcast about the real estate space and a new show called Portraits of Atlanta aimed at showcasing local people and their impact on our community.
51:04
October 17, 2019
How To Gain Power & Resilience From Childhood Trauma (Interview with Robert Gwaltney)
In this episode, Cliff Brooks and Michael Amidei interview author Robert Gwaltney.  Robert Gwaltney, a graduate of Florida State University, resides in Atlanta Georgia where he is active in the local literary community and an associate member of the Southern Collective Experience.  His short story, “The Deep Down”, was recently published in The Signal Mountain Review.  A recipient of an Atlanta Writers Club award for flash fiction, he was also selected as a top ten finalist for publication by First Page, an international literary magazine.  Robert just completed writing his first novel THE CICADA TREE.  An excerpt from this novel will be published in the October 2019 issue of The Blue Mountain Review and the December 2019 issue of The Dead Mule School of Southern Literature.  Alongside his writing, Robert also serves as Vice President with Easterseals North Georgia, Children Services Inc., a non-profit supporting children and families during the most critical time in a child’s development.
51:44
October 3, 2019
West Coast Country (Interview with Debbie Hennessey)
In this episode, Clifford Brooks and Michael Amidei interview musician Debbie Hennessey.  Debbie Hennessey was named AC40 Female Artist of the Year by New Music Weekly as well as charting a Top 20 Hit on NMW’s AC40 Charts. Her songs and music videos have aired on USA and UHD Networks, and TV shows Extra, The Next GAC Star, and The Moment. She has been named a multiple Finalist in the Great American Song Contest and multi-Semi-Finalist in the Song of the Year Contest, as well as multiple Honorable Mentions from the Billboard World Song Contest and West Coast Songwriters Contest. Her songs have been included on compilation CDs including CMT's New Music Collection, GoGirls MusicFest, Songsalive!, Beautiful-Women on the Move, among others and named Best Vocalist of the Month by SingerUniverse. Debbie is a writer for Studio 51 Music, Pacifica Music and others providing original songs for their film and tv music libraries. She is a voting member of the NARAS/GRAMMYS, a writer/publisher member of ASCAP, as well as a member of AIMP, NARIP, and SONA. Debbie's three full-length cds and seven singles are all available through many music outlets including iTunes, CDBaby, and Amazon, or by calling 1-800-BUY-MY-CD. Mainsite: http://www.debbiehennessey.com "Whisky Corn" (music video)  Editorial: https://entertainmenteditorial.com
1:15:52
September 19, 2019
The Keepers Of Calliope (Interview with Shawn Crawford)
In this episode, Cliff Brooks and Michael Amidei interview Shawn Crawford, the force behind the publishing company "The Calliope Group" and "Calliope Crashes".  Shawn Crawford lives in Tulsa, Oklahoma, surrounded by the Woody Guthrie and Bob Dylan archives, the Cain’s Ballroom, and the spirit of Leon Russell. He left academics to make some real coin in the nonprofit sector. He just launched a publishing joint, The Calliope Group, and edits the site Calliope Crashes. Born in Kansas, his mother is named Dorothy. No he’s not joking, yes he’s seen a tornado, and no people in Kansas do not grow up in a world devoid of color. The Calliope Group: www.thecalliopegroup.com Calliope Crashes: www.calliopecrashes.com
53:13
September 5, 2019
The Rough Magic Of Cornelius Eady
In this episode, Clifford Brooks and Michael Amidei interview poet, playwright, musician, and professor Cornelius Eady.  Music featured in this episode: "The Pickle King" by The Cornelius Eady Trio "Bree" by The Cornelius Eady Trio Cornelius Eady is the author of several books of poetry, including the critically acclaimed Hardheaded Weather, which was nominated for an NAACP Image Award, Victims of the Latest Dance Craze,winner of the 1985 Lamont Prize from the Academy of American Poets, The Gathering of My Name,which was nominated for the 1992 Pulitzer Prize, and his most recent collection The War Against the Obvious. With poet Toi Derricote, Eady is cofounder of Cave Canem, a national organization for African American poetry and poets. He is the recipient of an NEA Fellowship in Literature, a John Simon Guggenheim Fellowship in Poetry, a Rockefeller Foundation Fellowship to Bellagio, Italy, and The Prairie Schooner Strousse Award.  You can find him at:  https://blueflowerarts.com/artist/cornelius-eady/ 
1:06:16
August 22, 2019
Autism Speaks (Interview w/ Kimberly Dick)
In this episode, Clifford Brooks and Michael Amidei interview Executive Director of Autism Speaks Georgia and Tennessee, Kimberly Dick.  Kimberly Dick, Executive Director of Autism Speaks Georgia and Tennessee has been involved with the organization for over 10 years. Kimberly became involved shortly after her son, Caleb’s diagnosis as a walk volunteer eventually as the Walk Now For Autism Speaks Chair in 2011. Since then, Kimberly has helped the state of Georgia & Tennessee through corporate relationships, awareness, resources, and assistance in passing state & federal  legislation. She has also developed a strong local board of directors making Autism Speaks Georgia the 13th Chapter at Autism Speaks. Kimberly lives in Atlanta with her husband Brad, their two children Caleb and Zoe and their dog, Griffin. www.AutismSpeaks.org Neil Degrasse Tyson Talks About Dyslexia and Autism
49:27
August 2, 2019
How (And Why) To Get A Publisher (Interview with Andrew J. Wilt)
In this episode, Michael Amidei and Clifford Brooks interview Andrew J. Wilt, the publisher of 11:11 Press.   Andrew J. Wilt, Publisher ( www.1111press.com )​ Andrew has been working professionally in writing for over a decade. He was the founder & editor of Cohesion, the first alternative zine at Grand Valley State University. While attending the University of Washington in Seattle, he was accepted to Sustainable Evolution Inc.’s business analyst apprenticeship program where he studied change management and knowledge sharing within organizations. Throughout the program, Andrew wrote about his experiences transitioning from being a full-time student to a full-time employee. He is the author of Age of Agility: The New Tools for Career Success, which is currently being used as a textbook in universities, nonprofits, and Fortune 500 companies. 11:11 Press is a combination of his passion and purpose: writing, business, providing opportunities to artists, and fostering engagement in the arts. Andrew is currently the Director of Apprenticeship at Mechanical Systems Inc. 
1:23:53
July 19, 2019
The Singing Pastoral Poet (Interview w/ Casanova Green)
In this episode, Cliff Brooks and Michael Amidei interview the dynamic Casanova Green. Casanova Green is a writer, singer/songwriter, educator, and pastor. He is a 2010 graduate of Ohio Northern University with a BA in Language Arts Education with minor in voice and received an MFA in Creative Writing at the Etowah Valley Low-Residency MFA Program at Reinhardt University in 2018. Casanova is a member of the Southern Collective Experience and has been published in several publications including The Blue Mountain Review, Raw Art Review, and Fredericksburg Literary and Art Review. He has done extensive ministry work since the age of nine and has served as a worship leader and choir director for twenty years. He released his first album, A Worshiper Mentality, in January 2016 and is currently working on his second and third albums, Songs from the Journey Parts I and II, which will be released in 2019 and 2020. Currently, he serves as the Lead Pastor of True Vision Christian Community based in Lancaster, OH where he and his family reside. Links to Casanova Green: https://www.cgcreate.online/ His IndieGoGo Campaign: https://www.indiegogo.com/projects/launcing-cgcreate-and-the-next-cd?fbclid=IwAR3yRIFWtfWEQx5Dn02jli-YXo17bzOVHtJL8qr98ACBi-iaDBl4Z8PzPxQ#/
1:10:37
July 4, 2019
Confessions Of A Crime Author (Interview with Roger Johns)
In this episode, Clifford Brooks and Michael Amidei interview Roger Johns.  Roger Johns is the author of  River Rising (2017) and River of Secrets (2018) Wallace Hartman Mysteries from St. Martin’s Press/Minotaur Books. He is s a former corporate lawyer and retired college professor, He is the 2018 Georgia Author of the Year (Detective ▪ Mystery Category), a 2018 Killer Nashville Readers’ Choice Award nominee, and a finalist for the 2018 Silver Falchion Award for best police procedural. His articles and interviews on writing and the writing life have appeared in Career Author, Criminal Element, Killer Nashville Articles, and the Southern Literary Review. Roger belongs to the Atlanta Writers Club, Sisters in Crime, Mystery Writers of America, and International Thriller Writers. Along with four other crime fiction writers, he co-authors the MurderBooks blog at www.murder-books.com. 
50:20
June 20, 2019
The Noetic Professor (Interview with Luke Johnson)
In this episode, Brooks & Amidei interview Luke Johnson, founder of Noetic (www.Noetic.Online), which aims to create an expansive audio-lecture library on the great and sometimes neglected works of philosophy in a unique and powerful social media platform. Noetic www.Noetic.Online Justin Johnson (Music) www.JustinJohnsonLive.com
1:03:00
June 6, 2019
Interview With Cameron Dezen Hammon
In this episode, Clifford Brooks and Michael Amidei interview Cameron Dezen Hammon.  Cameron Dezen Hammon’s writing has appeared in Ecotone, The Rumpus, The Literary Review, The Butter, NYLON, Them, The Houston Chronicle, and elsewhere. Her essay “Infirmary Music” was named a notable in The Best American Essays 2017, and she is a contributor to The Kiss: Intimacies from Writers (W.W. Norton), My Caesarean: Twenty Mothers on the Experience of Birth by C-Section and After (The Experiment) and Common Prayer: Reflections on Episcopal Worship (Wipf & Stock). She is co-founder of The Slant reading series, host of The Ish podcast, and her debut book This Is My Body: A Memoir of Religious and Romantic Obsession is forthcoming from Lookout Books on October 22, 2019.  www.CameronDezenHammon.com Music provided by Justin Johnson (www.JustinJohnsonLive.com)
50:54
May 23, 2019
How To Go Super Viral & Earn Your Luck (Interview with Jackie K Cooper)
In this episode, Clifford Brooks and Michael Amidei interview Jackie K Cooper (author and entertainment critic). Throughout Jackie's incredible stories, we learn about his work ethic, his passion, commitment, and what it's like to be endorsed by the biggest YouTuber on the planet. 
55:01
May 9, 2019
Creativity & Health
In this episode, Clifford Brooks and Michael Amidei discuss the role that health plays in their creative work. They share thoughts and experiences. offering thoughts that you might consider for your own poetry and music career. 
52:22
April 25, 2019
The Road To Originality
In this episode, Clifford Brooks and Michael Amidei discuss their creative influences, habits, and how to develop an original voice in your writing and your music. 
45:50
April 11, 2019
The Power Of Live Events
In this episode, Michael Amidei and Clifford Brooks discuss the power of live events and their ability to transform your creative career in music, writing, and poetry. 
56:20
March 28, 2019
Building A Business Around Your Art
In this episode, Clifford Brooks & Michael Amidei discuss taking your creative work and building a business (aka money making) model around it.  Music by Justin Johnson( www.JustinJohnsonLive.com ) Michael Amidei ( www.MichaelAmidei.com & www.WorldPoetryOpenMic.net ) Clifford Brooks ( www.CliffBrooks.com &  www.SouthernCollectiveExperience.com )
59:08
March 4, 2019
Meet Brooks & Amidei
The introductory episode of "This Business Of Music & Poetry" featuring Michael Amidei (poet, author, musician, host of "The Michael Amidei Show" & "World Poetry Open Mic") and Clifford Brooks (poet, author, founder of The Southern Collective Experience) give a context and mission to the podcast; helping you take your creative passion and turn it into a real-world living. Music by Justin Johnson ( www.JustinJohnsonLive.com ) Michael Amidei ( www.MichaelAmidei.com & www.WorldPoetryOpenMic.net ) Clifford Brooks ( www.CliffBrooks.com & www.SouthernCollectiveExperience.com )
36:06
March 4, 2019