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In the Atelier

By Atelier26 Books
In the Atelier is a creativity podcast for writers and artists that explores the life of the imagination. Each installment brings you real talk about subjects like the highs and lows of making art, inspiring works of literature and cinema, and the value and valor of staying true to your own creative vision. Produced by the award-winning literary press Atelier26 Books and hosted by author, publisher, and teacher M. Allen Cunningham. You can help keep In the Atelier in production by becoming a regular supporter for as little as 99 cents a month. Thanks for listening!
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Art as War and Heresy
ART AS WAR & HERESY: Two books to console and inspire creative people. Mentioned in this episode: "The War of Art" by Steven Pressfield; "True & False: Heresy and Common Sense for the Actor" by David Mamet; "Art As Experience" by John Dewey; "What Resists Us Helps Us" by In the Atelier. Music: "My Own Back" by Katrina Stone; "Wild" and "Northern Saints" by Swirling Ship; "Arcade" by Generation Lost (All music used courtesy of the artists through a licensing agreement with Artlist) This episode reprised from the ITA archives.
10:15
September 23, 2020
A Good Way to Lose
A GOOD WAY TO LOSE: "Your application was not successful." These words don't always mean what we might think they do. Mentioned in this episode: application essay; statement of purpose; economic recession; layoffs. Music: "Burn" by Kut; "Hypernova" by Theevs; "See Me Fly (instrumental)" by Roza; "On the Way" by Ian Post (All music used by courtesy of the artists through a licensing agreement with Artlist.) This episode reprised from the ITA archives.
09:14
September 16, 2020
Measures of Success
MEASURES OF SUCCESS: How does a writer know whether or not they are "a Success"? Mentioned in this episode: Netflix; Dreamworks; Carnegie Hall; New York Times Bestseller list; midlist author; awkward party conversations; shelving at Barnes & Noble; being on Oprah. Music: "Ohio" by Low Light; "Second Smile" by LMOP; "Rising Up" by OFRIN; "Once and For All" by Ian Post (All music used courtesy of the artists through a licensing agreement with Artlist) Episode reprised from the ITA archives.
09:20
September 9, 2020
It Is Natural to Need Help
IT IS NATURAL TO NEED HELP: Once upon a time I relished the idea of “making it” on my own. I didn’t foresee the hazards. Mentioned in this episode: Being a lone wolf; acting versus writing; self-reliance; the rat race; grants and fellowships; Malcolm Gladwell; Gladwell's "Outliers"; Thornton Wilder; meritocracy; Alain de Botton; Botton's "Status Anxiety"; Andrew Carnegie; success myths; moral debts; editors Music: "Killing Time" by Stanley Gurvich; "Drift" by Be Still the Earth (All music used courtesy of the artists through a licensing agreement with Artlist) This episode reprised from the ITA Archives.
10:37
September 2, 2020
Atelier Special: Variations on a Beginning
ATELIER SPECIAL: VARIATIONS ON A BEGINNING -- Atelier Specials feature original creative content including essays, fiction, and excerpts. For today's inaugural Atelier Special: an autobiographical essay by M. Allen Cunningham, slightly abridged. "Variations on a Beginning" was originally published in The Timberline Review (issue 3, summer/fall 2016). You can read the complete essay HERE. Mentioned in this episode: Monterey Bay; guns; Edmond Jabes; selling for writers; narrative; secrets; Jacques Derrida; Italo Calvino; biblical story of Samuel; Zen Master Shunriyu Suzuki Roshi; Henry James. (All music used courtesy of the artists through a licensing agreement with Artlist)
17:05
August 26, 2020
What Would Leonard Cohen Do?
If you’re a hardworking creative soul striving to continue doing the work of the expressive imagination, striving to honor an authentic vision that resists the forces of market optimization, you could do a lot worse than immerse yourself in Leonard Cohen’s corpus and give this question your consideration: What would Leonard do? Mentioned in this episode: Leonard Cohen; Cohen's "Hallelujah"; Songs of Leonard Cohen; Cohen's 1963 debut novel The Favorite Game; CBC Television; Cohen's novel Beautiful Losers; Cohen's performance style; Bob Dylan; Cohen's "Famous Blue Raincoat"; Zen; Mount Baldy; Leonard Cohen world tour; skipping at age 78; Cohen's album You Want It Darker; Cohen's album Thanks for the Dance; Feist; Beck; Damien Rice.
19:59
August 19, 2020
Atelier Visit: Writer Woody Skinner
ATELIER VISIT WITH WRITER WOODY SKINNER: Atelier Visits take you into the creative workspaces of artists we admire. We're asking writers, visual artists, musicians, and filmmakers to bring you right inside their respective ateliers and share a bit about their process, their creative preoccupations, whatever is on their minds lately. It's an opportunity to spend a little while with various brilliant people who are busy doing good imaginative, artistic work. They'll speak to us directly about what life and creativity is like for them. Woody Skinner's debut short story collection, A Thousand Distant Radios, was published by Atelier26 Books and was a semi-finalist for PEN America's  PEN/Bingham Prize for Debut Fiction. His work has won the Sherwood Anderson Fiction Award and appeared in Mid-American Review, The Carolina Quarterly, Hobart, Booth, Another Chicago Magazine, and elsewhere. Mentioned in this episode: chalkware cowboys; 1950s beer cans; cluttered desk-space; mid-century masculinity; Arkansas; Cincinnati, OH; Chicago, IL; objects and the imagination; Luke Geddes' novel Heart of Junk; Bess Winter's Machines of Another Era; Skinner's short story "The Knife Salesman"; writing in coffee shops; crust punks; scones; the value of corporate environments; the virtues of boredom. Music: "Winner" by Ofrin; "Tunnel Vision" and "Memories" by Stanley Gurvich; "Lost in the Future" by Swirling Ship (All music used courtesy of the artists through a licensing agreement with Artlist)
11:37
August 12, 2020
Time for Everything
TIME FOR EVERYTHING: In 1825, the great English essayist Charles Lamb wrote about his unexpected retirement and his struggles adapting to his sudden overabundance of time. In some ways, this could not be more relevant right now. Mentioned in this episode: Romantic Poets; John Keats; Percy Bysshe Shelley; William Wordsworth; Samuel Taylor Coleridge; Lamb's "The Superannuated Man"; East India Company; office life; drudgery; desk job; retirement; vacation time; leisure; depression; eternity; slowness; inactivity; thoughtfulness; freedom. Music: "Hands of Time" by Narrow Skies; "Fall" by ANBR; "Sails" by Rodello's Machine (All music used courtesy of the artists through a licensing agreement with Artlist) Episode reprised from the ITA Archives
14:10
August 5, 2020
Ghosts & Teachers
Inspiration is often an assertive act -- simply waiting around for it doesn't guarantee its arrival. Go forth and talk to ghosts. Mentioned in this episode: Concord, Massachusetts; public library; Henry David Thoreau; Sophia Thoreau; Thoreau's "Walking"; Ralph Waldo Emerson; Ticknor & Fields; John Guare; Thornton Wilder; Wilder's "Our Town"; William Wordsworth; Tintern Abbey; Prague; Rilke; Kafka; Glen Ellen, California; Jack London; London's "The Call of the Wild"; American Civil War; Walt Whitman; Whitman's "Crossing Brooklyn Ferry"  Music: "Family" by Josh Leake; "The Art of Loneliness" by ANBR; "La Stanza di Nelson 2" by Bottega Baltazar; "On the Trail" by Cameron Mackay (All music used by courtesy of the artists through a licensing agreement with Artlist) Reprised from the ITA Archives
13:04
July 29, 2020
Art Awakens Us
Thoughts about an inspiring film that will awaken you to your own senses. Mentioned in this episode: Rainer Maria Rilke; Rilke's Duino Elegies; art experiences; 2008 Academy Awards; The Diving Bell and the Butterfly; Jean Dominique Bauby; Julian Schnabel. Music: "Chasing the Sun" by Narrow Skies; "I'll Understand" by Roza (All music used by courtesy of the artists through a licensing agreement with Artlist.) Reprised from the ITA archives.
10:42
July 22, 2020
Defending the Imagination
As a person is, so they see. One day the English mystic, poet, and painter William Blake sat down to pen a lively document in defense of the imagination, the inventively eccentric, the artistic spirit.  Mentioned in this episode: William Blake; Reverend John Trusler; unorthodoxy; Visions of Eternity; Moses; Solomon; Aesop; Homer; Plato; John Keats; Blake's "The Tyger"; Alfred Kazin; living on a dollar a day.  (All music used courtesy of the artists through a licensing agreement with Artlist) This episode is reprised from the ITA archives.
11:42
July 15, 2020
Your Mind Must Not Perspire
"Do not tread on the heels of your experience," says Henry David Thoreau in this journal entry from July 23, 1851. "Be impressed without making a minute of it." This is an episode from Thoreau's Leaves, our atmospheric podcast devoted to Thoreau's journal (www.thoreausleaves.com). Set out with Henry and see if you can muse again. Tree swallow sounds by Martin St. Michel, XC179722. Accessible at www.xeno-canto.org/179722 Music: "Ever I Wander" by Jameson Nathan Jones; "Tranquil" by Danny Pinder (All music used courtesy of the artists through a licensing agreement with Artlist) 
10:14
July 8, 2020
Atelier Visit: Writer Harriet Scott Chessman
Atelier Visits take you into the creative workspaces of artists we admire. We're asking writers, visual artists, musicians, and filmmakers to bring you right inside their respective ateliers and share a bit about their process, their creative preoccupations, whatever is on their minds lately. It's an opportunity to spend a little while with various brilliant people who are busy doing good imaginative, artistic work. They'll speak to us directly about what life and creativity is like for them. Harriet Scott Chessman has published two novels with Atelier26 Books: The Beauty of Ordinary Things and Someone Not Really Her Mother. Her latest novel is The Lost Sketchbook of Edgar Degas. She wrote the libretto for the opera My Lai. Mentioned in this episode: A room of one's own; woodland vistas; spareness and light; Ikea desks; poetry; haiku; breath; writing librettos; opera; My Lai; The Tempest; justice; the writer's connection to -- and contribution to -- the world. Music: "Ballerina" by Yehezkel Raz;  "Ever I Wander" by Jameson Nathan Jones; "Afternoon Mist" by Yehezkel Raz (All music used courtesy of the artists through a licensing agreement with Artlist)
13:32
July 1, 2020
4 Ways to Unleash New Ideas
It's our task not only to produce something when our ideas start to flow, but to keep ideas flowing in the first place. Mentioned in this episode: Henry James; notebooks; Ralph Waldo Emerson; weekly planners; Kazuo Ishiguro; Ernest Hemingway; Hemingway's A Moveable Feast; inspiration; two-headed lions; Joseph Campbell. Music: (All music used courtesy of the artists through a licensing agreement with Artlist)
11:12
June 24, 2020
Atelier Visit: Writer Amy Lee Lillard
This inaugural installment of our new series, Atelier Visits, features award-winning fiction writer Amy Lee Lillard at home in Des Moines, Iowa. Lillard's debut book, the kick-ass short story collection Dig Me Out, is coming from Atelier26 Books next year. Mentioned in this episode: election seasons; rad Raygun tees; living on your own; old houses; bats; feral cats; maintenance calls; rainbow fire; working from home; Broads and Books podcast; Sleater Kinney; Bikini Kill; Nine Inch Nails; Trent Reznor; Iggy Pop; profane cross-stitch; owning your creative identity.  Music: "Wellington Joke" by Manos Mars; "Du Da" by Ian Post; "Broken Radios" by Stanley Gurvich; "Start Over" by Skygaze; "Just Right" by Generation Lost (All music used courtesy of the artists through a licensing agreement with Artlist)
13:07
June 17, 2020
The Attempt Is All
Success and failure are never cut and dried. Mentioned in this episode: Ralph Waldo Emerson; film editor Walter Murch; "The Conversations" by Michael Ondaatje and Walter Murch; Thomas Edison; Rilke; Paul Zweig.  Music:  "Escape" by Theevs; "Alter Ego" by LUMINAR; "When I Get There" by Maya Isac  (All music used by courtesy of the artists through a licensing agreement with Artlist) Episode reprised from the ITA archives.
13:26
June 10, 2020
Going Strong While Getting By
There are many reasons -- so many reasons -- for a rubbery deadline. Onward!  Mentioned in this episode: The Journal of Jules Renard  Music: "Siren (instrumental)" and "Sugar (instrumental)" by Katrina Stone  (All music used by courtesy of the artists through a licensing agreement with Artlist.) Episode reprised from the ITA archives.
07:02
June 3, 2020
Soul School
The English poet John Keats died unknown to the world at age twenty-five. The odds were against him from the start. Today his poetic mastery is often cited as being second only to Shakespeare. In this episode we look at a letter Keats wrote in 1819, in which he called the world "the vale of Soul-Making."  Mentioned in this episode: John Keats; Shakespeare; Christianity; Rilke Music: "Another Green World" by Loyla; "Papyrus" by Kyle Preston; "Ballo in Casa Capuleti" by Bottega Baltazar. (All music used by courtesy of the artists through a licensing agreement with Artlist.) Episode reprised from the ITA archives.
08:36
May 27, 2020
Why Stories Matter
Thoughts about the questions our most enduring stories ask and the effects these stories achieve.  Mentioned in this episode: Wendell Berry; Northern California; Mount Diablo; The Green Age of Asher Witherow; John Steinbeck; Steinbeck's East of Eden; Salinas, California; regionalism; cynical critics; Nobel Prize; Book of Genesis; Barry Lopez; mythology; Wallace Stegner; Stegner's "The Sense of Place"; Carl Jung; Harold Bloom; Bloom's "Anxiety of Influence." Music: "Unplanned Run" by Stanley Gurvich; "Fall" by ANBR; "King of Mandol" by Swirling Ship (All music used courtesy of the artists through a licensing agreement with Artlist)
11:27
May 20, 2020
Watch Out for Wisdom
In matters of art, wisdom is rarely conventional.  Mentioned in this episode: Anthony Minghella; American movies; screenplays; three-act structure; Hollywood; formulas; plot; revision; Agnes Jaoui; Ingmar Bergman; Nicole Holofcener; Noah Baumbach; Wim Wenders; Minghella's "The English Patient"; Henry James; B.S.-detector; self-reliance; New York Times; William T. Vollman; movie deal.   Music: "SnowJah" by Peter Spacey; "Homemade Apple Pie" by Jamie Bathgate; "Likes" by Swirling Ship  (All music used courtesy of the artists through a licensing agreement with Artlist)
09:42
May 13, 2020
Art As War and Heresy
Two books to console and inspire creative people. Mentioned in this episode: "The War of Art" by Steven Pressfield; "True & False: Heresy and Common Sense for the Actor" by David Mamet; "Art As Experience" by John Dewey; "What Resists Us Helps Us" by In the Atelier. Music: "My Own Back" by Katrina Stone; "Wild" and "Northern Saints" by Swirling Ship; "Arcade" by Generation Lost (All music used courtesy of the artists through a licensing agreement with Artlist)
09:37
May 6, 2020
Time for Everything
In 1825, the great English essayist Charles Lamb wrote about his unexpected retirement and his struggles adapting to his sudden overabundance of time. In some ways, this could not be more relevant right now. Mentioned in this episode: Romantic Poets; John Keats; Percy Bysshe Shelley; William Wordsworth; Samuel Taylor Coleridge; Lamb's "The Superannuated Man"; East India Company; office life; drudgery; desk job; retirement; vacation time; leisure; depression; eternity; slowness; inactivity; thoughtfulness; freedom. Music: "Hands of Time" by Narrow Skies; "Fall" by ANBR; "Sails" by Rodello's Machine (All music used courtesy of the artists through a licensing agreement with Artlist)
14:10
April 29, 2020
Incredibly Shrinking Selves
Being "oneself" could mean any number of things. That's a scary -- and inspiring -- thought.  Mentioned in this episode: Throwing your back out; Nicolas Cage; Michael Caine; "The Weather Man" (2005 film).  Music: "A Look Out" by Assaf Ayalon; "Depth Perception" by Sean Solo; "The Beauty of Your Life" by Rodello's Machine  (All music used by courtesy of the artists through a licensing agreement with Artlist) Episode reprised from the ITA archives.
08:59
April 22, 2020
It Is Natural to Need Help
Once upon a time I relished the idea of “making it” on my own. I didn’t foresee the hazards. Mentioned in this episode: Being a lone wolf; acting versus writing; self-reliance; the rat race; grants and fellowships; Malcolm Gladwell; Gladwell's "Outliers"; Thornton Wilder; meritocracy; Alain de Botton; Botton's "Status Anxiety"; Andrew Carnegie; success myths; moral debts; editors Music: "Killing Time" by Stanley Gurvich; "Drift" by Be Still the Earth (All music used courtesy of the artists through a licensing agreement with Artlist)
09:42
April 15, 2020
Measures of Success
How does a writer know whether or not they are "a Success"? Mentioned in this episode: Netflix; Dreamworks; Carnegie Hall; New York Times Bestseller list; midlist author; awkward party conversations; shelving at Barnes & Noble; being on Oprah Music: "Ohio" by Low Light; "Second Smile" by LMOP; "Rising Up" by OFRIN; "Once and For All" by Ian Post (All music used courtesy of the artists through a licensing agreement with Artlist) 
08:42
April 8, 2020
The Future Is Worth Expecting
For some consolation in this time of crisis and beyond, we're introducing a new podcast: https://anchor.fm/thoreausleaves Bluebird sounds by Richard E. Webster, XC502284. Accessible at www.xeno-canto.org/502284 Music: "Nesting" by Evolv; "Walking in Forests" by Ben Winwood (All music used courtesy of the artists through a licensing agreement with Artlist) 
09:03
April 1, 2020
The World According to Tharp
"There's a difference," writes Twyla Tharp, "between a work's beginning and starting to work." This episode shares thoughts on Tharp's book The Creative Habit. (All music used by courtesy of the artists through a licensing agreement with Artlist.)
07:41
March 25, 2020
Defending the Imagination in 1799
As a person is, so they see. In 1799 the English mystic, poet, and painter William Blake sat down to pen a lively document in defense of the imagination, the inventively eccentric, the artistic spirit. Mentioned in this episode: William Blake; Reverend John Trusler; unorthodoxy; Visions of Eternity; Moses; Solomon; Aesop; Homer; Plato; John Keats; Blake's "The Tyger"; Alfred Kazin; living on a dollar a day. Music: (All music used courtesy of the artists through a licensing agreement with Artlist)
11:42
March 18, 2020
Four Ways to Unleash New Ideas
It's our task not only to produce something when our ideas start to flow, but to keep ideas flowing in the first place. Mentioned in this episode: Henry James; notebooks; Ralph Waldo Emerson; weekly planners; Kazuo Ishiguro; Ernest Hemingway; Hemingway's A Moveable Feast; inspiration; two-headed lions; Joseph Campbell. Music: (All music used courtesy of the artists through a licensing agreement with Artlist)
11:12
March 11, 2020
The Barn of Fortune
Thoughts on happiness, the freedom to make art, and why the costs of some financial benefits are way too high.  Mentioned in this episode: making a living; Bay Area housing; overpriced apartments Music:  (All music used by courtesy of the artists through a licensing agreement with Artlist)
10:32
March 4, 2020
Soul School
The English poet John Keats died unknown to the world at age twenty-five. The odds were against him from the start. Today his poetic mastery is often cited as being second only to Shakespeare. In this episode we look at a letter Keats wrote in 1819, in which he called the world "the vale of Soul-Making." Mentioned in this episode: John Keats; Shakespeare; Christianity; Rilke Music: "Another Green World" by Loyla; "Papyrus" by Kyle Preston; "Ballo in Casa Capuleti" by Bottega Baltazar. (All music used by courtesy of the artists through a licensing agreement with Artlist.) 
08:36
February 26, 2020
What Resists Us Helps Us
Imposed limitation can galvanize the imagination. So here's to "salutary antagonisms!" Mentioned in this episode: Ethan Canin; Canin's "Emperor of the Air"; Canin's short story, "Accountant"; Annie Proulx; John Dewey; Dewey's "Art As Experience" (1934); Katherine Anne Porter; Samuel Taylor Coleridge; Wallace Stegner's "Crossing to Safety" Music: "Puddles" by Stanley Gurvitch; "Continent" by ANBR; "Sparkle" by Maya Isac; "Vuelta al Sol" by Tomas Novoa; "Befun" by Befun (All music used by courtesy of the artists through a licensing agreement with Artlist)
12:59
February 19, 2020
Art Awakens Us
Thoughts about an inspiring film that will awaken you to your own senses. Music: "Chasing the Sun" by Narrow Skies; "I'll Understand" by Roza (All music used by courtesy of the artists through a licensing agreement with Artlist.)
10:42
February 12, 2020
The Attempt is All
Success and failure are never cut and dried. Mentioned in this episode: Ralph Waldo Emerson; film editor Walter Murch; "The Conversations" by Michael Ondaatje and Walter Murch; Thomas Edison; Rilke; Paul Zweig. Music:  "Escape" by Theevs; "Alter Ego" by LUMINAR; "When I Get There" by Maya Isac (All music used by courtesy of the artists through a licensing agreement with Artlist)
13:25
February 5, 2020
Ghosts and Teachers
Inspiration is often an assertive act, and pilgrimage is one way to harness it. Mentioned in this episode: Concord, Massachusetts; public library; Henry David Thoreau; Sophia Thoreau; Thoreau's "Walking"; Ralph Waldo Emerson; Ticknor & Fields; John Guare; Thornton Wilder; Wilder's "Our Town"; William Wordsworth; Tintern Abbey; Prague; Rilke; Kafka; Glen Ellen, California; Jack London; London's "The Call of the Wild"; American Civil War; Walt Whitman; Whitman's "Crossing Brooklyn Ferry"  Music: "Family" by Josh Leake; "The Art of Loneliness" by ANBR; "La Stanza di Nelson 2" by Bottega Baltazar; "On the Trail" by Cameron Mackay (All music used by courtesy of the artists through a licensing agreement with Artlist)
13:04
January 29, 2020
Working Without Working
What really takes discipline? Not working. Mentioned in this episode: W.H. Auden; Saul Bellow; Joan Didion; E.M. Forster's "Aspects of the Novel"; Annie Dillard; Dillard's "A Writing Life"; Ernest Hemingway; Hemingway's "A Moveable Feast"; Andre Dubus; Henry James; T.S. Eliot; Zadie Smith; Smith's "Changing My Mind" Music: "Possible Light" by Ziv Moran; "Spain" by Dan Pundak; "Fragments" by Borrtex; "Mindplay (instrumental)" by Roza; "The World Inside" by Rodello's Machine (All music used by courtesy of the artists through a licensing agreement with Artlist)
13:41
January 22, 2020
A Good Way to Lose
"Your application was not successful." These words don't always mean what we might think they do. Mentioned in this episode: application essay; statement of purpose; economic recession; layoffs Music: "Burn" by Kut; "Hypernova" by Theevs; "See Me Fly (instrumental)" by Roza; "On the Way" by Ian Post (All music used by courtesy of the artists through a licensing agreement with Artlist.)
08:36
January 15, 2020
Surrendering to Process
Artist Andy Goldsworthy strives to know and understand stone -- and that's no straightforward task. Mentioned in this episode: "Rivers and Tides" (2001 documentary film). Music: "Hand in the Jar" by Rodello's Machine (used by courtesy of the artist through a licensing agreement with Artlist)
09:07
January 8, 2020
Incredibly Shrinking Selves
Being "oneself" could mean any number of things. That's a scary -- and inspiring -- thought. Mentioned in this episode: Throwing your back out; Nicolas Cage; Michael Caine; "The Weather Man" (2005 film). Music: "A Look Out" by Assaf Ayalon; "Depth Perception" by Sean Solo; "The Beauty of Your Life" by Rodello's Machine (All music used by courtesy of the artists through a licensing agreement with Artlist)
09:00
January 1, 2020
Opportunity & Inspiration
A famous author's invitation leads to a lesson about opportunity and the unexpected forms inspiration can take. Mentioned in this episode: Denis Johnson; Johnson's "Jesus' Son"; Johnson's "Tree of Smoke"; National Book Award. Music: "Anthem of a Quirky Hipster" by Rex Banner; "Lemonade" by Shtriker Big Band; "The Beat of the Land" by Assaf Ayalon (All music used by courtesy of the artists through a licensing agreement with Artlist)
12:03
January 1, 2020
What Am I Doing With My Life?
Two kinds of doubt and how to use them. Mentioned in this episode: John Gardner; Gardner's "On Becoming a Novelist"; gap analysis; Henry James; James's "The Middle Years"; James's notebooks; Cynthia Ozick; prayer; intuition. Music: "Moonlight Call" by Racoon Racoon; "Purple Maze" by Lalinea; "Released" by Royal Nature; "Guide Your Wild Eyes" by Giants and Pilgrims (All music used by courtesy of the artists through a licensing agreement with Artlist)
09:25
January 1, 2020
Going Strong While Getting By (Bonus Installment)
There are many reasons -- so many reasons -- for a rubbery deadline. Onward! Mentioned in this episode: The Journal of Jules Renard Music: "Siren (instrumental)" and "Sugar (instrumental)" by Katrina Stone (All music used by courtesy of the artists through a licensing agreement with Artlist.)
07:02
December 18, 2019
In the Absence of Yes
Thoughts on a subject all too familiar to every writer: rejection. Believing in the worth of what you've produced is no easy thing. And deserving work is all too often passed over in sluice tides of manila envelopes. All that matters is what you're committed to.  In the Atelier, a new weekly podcast premiering January 2020, is a place for occasional thoughts on literature, writing, and the life of the imagination. Each artfully crafted episode brings you reflections and real talk about subjects like the nature of creativity, the highs and lows of making art, inspiring works of literature and cinema, and the value and valor of staying true to your own creative vision. Produced by the award-winning literary press Atelier26 Books and hosted by author, publisher, and teacher M. Allen Cunningham. Eager to hear more? Get exclusive early access to seven episodes with a tax-deductible donation to the Atelier26 Books 2020 Campaign.  Mentioned in this episode: Wallace Stegner; New York Times; Henry James; Andre Dubus; Gustave Flaubert Music in this episode: "Door Knob" by Egon Stone; "Petrolchimica2" by Bottega Baltazar; "Rising Up" by OFRIN; "Seventh March" by C3NC (All music used by courtesy of the artists through a licensing agreement with Artlist)
15:04
November 28, 2019