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Meat For Teacast

By Meat For Tea
The podcast from the folks who bring you Meat For Tea: The Valley Review. This quarterly publication of arts and literature has its very own audio companion. The Meat For Teacast features live recordings of spoken word and music, conversations with authors and other artists, and more!

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S3 E25 Daniel Hales
What a fun freeform chat we had with Daniel Hales, author, artist and musician (of Frost Heaves and Hales, Umbral and The Ambiguities.) We talk about music, writing, subtleties of submitting work to literary journals (and their themes/not themes) and more. He reads a couple of pieces of his work and plays a couple songs live for us as well. Do check this out!
August 01, 2022
S3 E24 Jason Mazzotta aka Jason Bourgeois
Elizabeth and Mark have a great chat with Jason Mazzotta about music, recording at home, writing, films, records, books, and a ton more. A fun, sprawling (as usual!) conversation. Grab a snack and tuck in! You can find more of his (and Beach Honey's) music here: & Instagram: @jasonbourgeoismusic & @beachhoneymusic And find more about his films here: Instagram: @thehypnosisclub And all about Rub Wrongways Records' releases (some as mentioned in this episode) here:
July 18, 2022
S3 E23 Patrick Scott
Elizabeth has a marvelous conversation with author Patrick Scott, discussing his book Unburied as well as writing methods and ideas, and in a twist, he turns the tables and "interviews" Elizabeth for a bit as well. He reads excerpts from his book, as well as a past short story contribution to Meat For Tea. Find out more at Twitter:  @patrickscottbo1 Instagram:  @patrickscottbooks and at Also, regarding the ways you can support womens' health - as we discuss in the intro - here are some links:
July 04, 2022
S3 E22 Maxim Furek
We have a lengthy conversation with Maxim W. Furek, author of Somebody Else's Dream - Dakota, The Buoys & "Timothy". It's a far ranging discussion from the song and the band that made it (in)famous), to the paranormal, and much more! Find his book and more here:
June 21, 2022
S3 E21: Elizabeth MacDuffie on the Better Left Unsaid Podcast!
Elizabeth was Zach Brinkman's guest on his excellent podcast Better Left Unsaid. Enjoy this excerpt, then go check out the full episode as well as all the other BLU episodes wherever you get your podcasts! "Zach is joined by Elizabeth Macduffie, Host of the Meat for Teacast and Co-founder and editor of Meat For Tea, The Valley Review. We dive into composition and make stops at sooooo many tangents along the way!   Listen to H Jon Benjamin's Jazz Album at   Find Meat For Tea at and submit your own stories at to be featured at   Submit your embarrassing stories at and follow us on our social media! Instagram: @bl_unsaid Twitter: @blunsaidpodcast"
May 30, 2022
S3 E20 Reid Messerschmidt
Writer and Creator of The Irrationally Exuberant Podcast, Reid Messerschmidt has a great and diverse chat with Elizabeth about, well, a lot of stuff. A whole lot of stuff. No kidding. Lots of stuff. Great Stuff. And Reid reads some of his works. A Do-Not-Miss! Find The Irrationally Exuberant here, or wherever you get your favorite podcasts.
May 16, 2022
S3 E19 Jacob Chapman
Elizabeth and writer, musician and physician Jacob Chapman have a great chat about writing, process, and music, as well as, well, a lot of things! He is a many-time contributor to Meat For Tea. Links mentioned in the podcast: His latest book Here Over Here Over Here: His band: Camel City Drivers: Khruangbin (The Universe Smiles Upon You is Jacob's favorite album of theirs):
May 02, 2022
S3 E18 Elizabeth MacDuffie and Mark Alan Miller on the Creative Peacemeal Podcast
Elizabeth and Mark were both guests recently on the excellent podcast Creative Peacemeal, hosted by Music Therapist, Musician and Podcaster Tammy Takaishi. We feature portions of each of their episodes on this episode, as well as a whole lot of Six Word Stories. To hear the entire episodes, please check them out wherever you get your favorite podcasts, or click the links below. For more on Creative Peacemeal, please go to  Tammy's website, where you can find all the episodes... Direct links to Mark's Episode and Elizabeth's Episode. "Well known, and up-and-coming guests—ranging from artists, actors, musicians, authors, illustrators, chefs, designers, and more—share starts, struggles, triumphs, and more in compelling, thought-provoking interviews. The show is sure to inspire, spark curiosity, and maybe even having you dust off that clarinet, pick up a paintbrush, start that novel, or anything else you can dream.You can find host, Tammy Takaishi, a Board Certified-Music Therapist, continuing the conversation about fine and creative arts, along with recipes from guests via her blog."
April 18, 2022
S3 E17 Nicola Thomis
In which Elizabeth has a lovely conversation with UK writer Nicola Thomis. Thomis was recently nominated for a Jasmine Award for her Nosings column in the most recent issue of Meat For Tea (V 15 I 4 - "Raw".) They talk about writing, perfume and perfume making, scent memory and a whole lot more. Seriously, tuck into this one!
April 04, 2022
S3 E16 Patreon Exclusive: a preview!
Going back to 2012, when Meat For Tea had exclusive CDs included in each issue, this conversation was recorded via Google Voice with Scratch Acid and The Jesus Lizard's David Yow. Yow is also an actor and visual artist, and contributed the front cover for the Camomile issue at that point. There were only 50 CDs made at that time, so this is a rarity from the archives. Please note that internet voice recording isn't as good as it kind of is today.
March 28, 2022
S3 E15 John Sheirer
In this episode, Elizabeth has a lengthy chat with author John Sheirer, author of the book Stumbling Through Adulthood: Linked Stories, where they discuss, amongst many things, the teaching of writing, some politics, and much more (including a mutual love of the Real Housewives franchise!) John Sheirer (pronounced “shy-er”) lives in Northampton, Massachusetts, with his wonderful wife, Betsy, and happy dog, Libby. He has taught writing and communications for 29 years at Asnuntuck Community College in Enfield, Connecticut, where he also serves as editor and faculty advisor for Freshwater Literary Journal  (submissions welcome). He writes a monthly column on current events for his hometown newspaper, the Daily Hampshire Gazette, and his books include memoir, fiction, poetry, educational materials, essays, political satire, and photography.
March 21, 2022
S3 E14 Jennifer Coates and Arad Evans of Heroes of Toolik
Elizabeth and Mark have a terrific chat with Arad Evans and Jennifer Coates of the band Heroes of Toolik. They talk about making music and art during the pandemic, their history, their other career lives, and more..! Heroes of Toolik will be appearing at the March 12, 2022 Meat For Tea Cirque (and therefore might show up in a future Meat For Teacast episode!) along with the band Pineapples. This episode features their songs Waiting, Cuincunx and Warm. The video mentioned for the song Waiting is here: Find more about Heroes of Toolik:
March 07, 2022
S3 E13 Patreon Exclusive: a preview!
Elizabeth and writer Tara Orzolek discuss the series Yellowjackets with a book-club-like perspective. The full episode can be heard by becoming a Patron over at By becoming a supporter, you'll get exclusive content like this, plus advance listens to other bonus Meat For Tea episodes, and will help support Meat For Tea: The Valley Review, the Meat For Teacast, and all we do, plus our eternal thanks!
February 27, 2022
S3 E12 Michael Washburn
Elizabeth has a great conversation with long-time Meat For Tea contributor, author Michael Washburn, covering philosophies on writing, exacting use of language, and much more! Check out Michael's books The Uprooted and Other Stories, When We're Grownups and Stranger, Stranger.
February 21, 2022
S3 E11 Matt Tarlecki of Abandoned Building Brewery
After years of collaboration on the Meat For Tea Cirques and other events like 100 Thousand Poets For Change, and Poems, Prose and Pints with Matt and his excellent brewery, Abandoned Building Brewery (aaaand! Let's dedicate this episode also to the superior staff at the brewery as well - you'll be hard pressed to find a better bunch of folks!) we thought it overdue to chat with him about his roots, how the brewery came to be, and more! Grab your favorite beverage (may I recommend their Cool Beans coffee stout, if that's your kind of thing - Mark) and tuck right in! Visit for more details! To revisit some episodes regarding Black History Month and Black Lives Matter discussions - and beyond - please check out S2 E12 with Kimaya Diggs, S1 E17 with Nicole Young and Kaliis Smith (with music from Pamela Means as well) S1 E16 with Khalif Neville, for starters!
February 07, 2022
S3 E10 Miranda Brown and Brian Marchese
We sure had a great time talking with Miranda Brown and Brian Marchese for this episode! Miranda is a singer, songwriter and multi-instrumentalist who has not only her own recordings and performances in her dossier, but has played with many luminaries like AC Newman, The New Pornographers, Ryan Adams, Crooked Fences, The Lonesome Brothers, Eric Bachman, David Dondero, The Space Elevators, and Oh No Oh My. Brian also is a multi-instrumentalist, known widely for his drumming and, aside from his own solo project Sitting Next To Brian, is or has been a part of many great bands like The Fawns, School For The Dead, Gentle Hen, Lo-Fine, Goldwater, The Figments, The Mal Thursday Quintet, Our Wicked Hearts, and many more, and has played on records by such cool folks like Mark Mulcahy and Haunt. There's so much covered in here - it's a long one (but worth it!) - including sharing some memories and cool stories of their musical careers, and a lot more outside of just music. Songs featured during the conversation: Glacier - "Snow" Our Wicked Hearts - "I Should Go" Pineapples - "Early Waters" The Fawns - "Sun" Miranda Brown and band - "The Get Around"
January 25, 2022
S3 E9 Gerald Yelle and Richard Wayne Horton
We get together with these two superb writers to talk, well, writing! And hear some of their works - including a piece from each that the other admires. Gerald Yelle and Richard Horton are two of Meat For Tea's most loyal contributors - and participants in the live release parties (the Cirques) and are featured in several of our episodes going back to Cirques past, so do seek those out as well! And stay tuned to the end for some new 6 word stories from the folks over on the Meat For Teacast Facebook page. Special co-host again, Sebastian!
January 10, 2022
S3 E8 Le Cirque de Noël
We go back to the December 2019 Meat For Tea release show Le Cirque de Noël, with featured readers David P. Miller, Dina Friedman, Peter Urkowitz, Jacob Chapman, Gerald Yelle and Richard Wayne Horton. But wait! Stick around for music from the bands that evening, December Boy and The Feldons. (For more of the December Boy set, please also check out S1 E11!)   December Boy: The Feldons:
December 27, 2021
S3 E7 Les Cirque des Fantômes Étranges
Another visit to the Meat For Tea release party archives! This takes us back to 2019, September, and the Les Cirque des Fantômes Étranges party! Spoken word galore from Nina Rossi, Kim Keough, Richard Wayne Horton, Gerald Yelle, Jacob Chapman, Carolyn Cushing, Seth Cable and Ernest Brute! And musical selections from that night from Strange Hours and Walking Ghosts. Special guest on this episode, Sebastian Miller, helping us host. #irrationallyexuberant
December 14, 2021
S3 E6 Le Cirque aux Pommes
Another trip back to one of the Meat For Tea release parties - the Cirques - but not too far back... From September 2021, we bring you all the live recordings from that evening - the spoken word with Michael Favala Goldman, Gerald Yelle, Jacob Chapman and Richard Wayne Horton, and live music from Angry Baby and Editrix! And a bonus - the introduction segment was recorded live on location over Thanksgiving, so we have special guests!
November 28, 2021
S3 E5 Susan O'Neill and Mark Budman
Welcome back! Or thanks for joining us if you're new here! This episode, Elizabeth has an extensive conversation with authors, editors, publishers (and so much more!) Susan O'Neill and Mark Budman, who are, among other things, were co-publishers of Vestal Review. Their current work is the upcoming Short, Vigorous Roots anthology ( or go to Ooligan Press at ) of flash fiction from immigrant and migrant writers. But the talk goes far and wide! For more information, please go to and 
November 14, 2021
S3 E4 Sarah McCartney
Episode 51! Happy 51! Elizabeth has a great conversation with Sarah McCartney, perfumer, writer, yoga instructor, youtube creator, musician... well, we could go on and on. A great chat with a wide range from the olfactory to the political, and well beyond. Find out more about Sarah at, @scenthusiasm_ltd on Instagram, http:// and look for her book The Perfume Companion, written with Samantha Scriven; we suggest or ordering it through your local independent bookstore.  Also check out and !
November 01, 2021
S3 E3 100,000 Poets, Artists and Musicians for Change 2021, Meat For Tea edition.
Join us for this Zoom event in celebration of 10 years of Spoken word performances from Gayle Brandeis, Linda Kraus, D. Dina Friedman, Kristin Bock, Jessamyn Smyth, Marissa Perez, and featured reader Tommy Twilite. Recorded and streamed live on September 25, 2021. As this was a live Zoom event, the audio quality varies wildly. With apologies, we still hope you enjoy the excellent content contained therein! See S1 E20 for Elizabeth's chat with 100TPFC's co-founder Michael Rothenberg, S3 E2 for our conversation with Jessamyn Smyth, S2 E24 for our time with Massachusetts 2021-2023 Beat Poet Laureate Tommy Twilite, and S1 E24 for Elizabeth's talk with Gayle Brandeis for more!
October 18, 2021
S3 E2 Jessamyn Smyth
Buckle up! We have a super chat with writer, professor, all-around-terrific-person Jessamyn Smyth, discussing her new book, philosophies on writing and reading and much, much more. She reads from her new book, Gilgamesh Wilderness as well - you get to hear it here first! You can find out more about Jessamyn at Look for her new book, out soon on Saddle Road Press, wherever fine books can be found (hint: ask your local bookstore to order it for you if they don't carry it!) Go to for more information as well.
October 05, 2021
S3 E1 David Solheim and Barbara Laman
Welcome to the season three premiere episode! It's a doozy of a conversation that Elizabeth had with her former professor and his excellent wife, both excellent writers and contributors to Meat For Tea, as well as publishers and published authors in their own right. Lots of excellent reading of theirs and others' works, as well as a wide ranging conversation of many things political, philosophical, geographical and much much more! David was the North Dakota Statehood Centennial Poet and is an Emeritus Associate Poet Laureate of North Dakota, and an Emeritus Professor at Dickinson State University in North Dakota. Barbara is also an Emeritus Professor of English at DSU. Grab a snack and settle in! Be sure to visit
September 20, 2021
S2 E25 Jane Yolen and Peter Tacy
The season two finale - and what a finale it is! We had a terrific chat with poets, writers - and musicians! - Jane Yolen and Peter Tacy. They read several new poems, some to be in the upcoming issue of Meat For Tea, a couple in previous issues, and more! Tuck in and enjoy our conversation with these two brilliant folks. Find out more at: 
August 15, 2021
S2 E24 Thomas Clark aka Tommy Twilite
In our penultimate episode for season 2, we have - in our own Meat For Teacast dining room studio - a great meeting with Thomas Clark, aka Tommy Twilite. Poet, musician, former fireman, 2021 Massachusetts Beat Poet Laureate and so much more. Join us for a lovely chat filled with all sorts of topics and some of his poetry and music - all recorded live under the Three Elephants™ here at Meat For Tea central (replete with passing traffic sounds and other noises - hey! - it's our home, it's hot out so we opened windows and got up to refresh our beverages :) )  Be sure to join us next episode for the season finale - but don't worry, we'll be back with season three before you can blink. Find more about Thomas and the Florence Poets Society at Episode thumbnail photo credit: F. Alex Johnson. (Look HIM up too!)
August 01, 2021
S2 E23 Candace Curran and Nina Rossi
We have a great chat with writers, artists and musicians Candace Curran and Nina Rossi. They regale us with some live spoken word performances as well. Also featuring music from She Said! This was another internet conversation, so there are some glitches, so you know. The first 10 minutes or so of our audio was somehow also strangely corrupted, so during that time, both sides of the conversation were VOIP audio only. Technology!
July 18, 2021
S2 E22 Joshua Michael Stewart
We have a great chat with writer and musician Joshua Michael Stewart. He reads several of his poems, discusses some of the methods he's used, and a lot more. Also, we feature four pieces of his music! In Joshua's words: ""Jig for Jim" is an original composition from my first album, "Ghost in the Room." "Brother..." & "Nobody's Business" are old traditional songs (public domain) that will be on my upcoming album "Bitches Banjo" released July 20, 2021 and "Baby Won't You Please Come Home" is also a traditional song on the upcoming album, but this version is an alternate take that won't be on the album." Learn more about Joshua at
July 04, 2021
S2 E21 Cirque du Pamplemousse
Going back to Saturday, June 8, 2013, we have some readers and music featured in that night's release party. Spoken Word from Elizabeth MacDuffie, David P. Miller, Camille Meyer and Stephanie Baird, and music from HugFace (Curious Buddies) and Kim Gordon and Bill Nace's project Body/Head. A splendid time is guaranteed for all!
June 20, 2021
S2 E20 Elizabeth Macduffie with Matt Latham on the Pick A Disc Podcast: A Tribe Called Quest - Low End Theory
In this special episode, we're honored to be able to "re-broadcast" (is that "re-podcast"?!) Elizabeth's outing on the Pick A Disc podcast with Matt Latham. They discuss A Tribe Called Quest's "Low End Theory" album and more..! Please do check out Matt's podcast and also everything else on the We Made This podcast network. Cool folks over there!
June 06, 2021
S2 E19 Jenna and Jeff Lloyd
We have a conversation with musicians and artists Jenna and Jeff Lloyd regarding music, local Northampton area notable figures, and much much more. Some of their musical projects are Beasthampton, The Urojets, Easthampton Savings Band and Tal Vez. And we have a couple musical treats from them as well. Their music can be found at and and on Facebook at and
May 23, 2021
S2 E18 John Yamrus
In this episode, Elizabeth has a great talk with writer John Yamrus. Lots discussed! Listen to find out... Here's the link to Brüush, our sponsor for this episode. You can find the discount code in the break.
May 09, 2021
S2 E17 Le Guerrier Cirque
Going back to the December 14, 2013 cirque, we have readings from that snowy night from Gerald Yelle and Tom Pappalardo, and performances from Azuza Inkh and Problem With Dragons.
April 25, 2021
S2 E16 David P. Miller
We have a great talk with poet, musician, retired librarian, and multi-disciplined theater veteran David P. Miller. Featuring a rare 1975 recording of Radio Piece #2, performed live by David and Andy MacKenzie on WMUA. You can find more on David's written work at, and of course at
April 11, 2021
S2 E15 Ernest Brute and Object Echo
In this episode we feature a conversation with Ernest Brute and Object Echo, and feature some of their audio works of music, spoken word and sound collage. Find their releases at and more information at and
March 28, 2021
S2 E14 Cirque du Fou
This time we revisit the Cirque du Fou release event for the Tête de Veau issue from December 5, 2015. Recorded live at Sonelab, we have readings from contributors Stephanie Baird, Ernest Brute, Jefferson Navicki, Michael Goldman, Eleanor Lane, Gerald Yelle and Richard Wayne Horton. Plus our lovely musical guests The Fawns and Easthampton Savings Band, who ROCKED that night. Check out Stephanie's works at, too.
March 15, 2021
S2 E13 Lesa Bezo and Henning Ohlenbusch
Here we are with a great and diverse chat with Lesa Bezo and Henning Ohlenbusch. Extraordinary musicians and lovely people! Featuring music from some of the bands they're in: The Fawns, Gentle Hen, School For the Dead and some solo Henning material. Do stick around! We talk about TV shows, too...
March 01, 2021
S2 E12 Kimaya Diggs
Our guest is the talented and lovely Kimaya Diggs. Musician, artist, writer, teacher and so much more. Listen and learn how we all got to know each other and a lot more. Including several songs from her solo album Breastfed!
February 14, 2021
S2 E11 Michael Goldman and James Steinberg
In which we have a great conversation with translator, poet, author and musician Michael Goldman and illustrator, designer and musician James Steinberg. And we are treated to three great pieces from the jazz sextet Now's The Time, of which they are both members. Now's the time to listen to this latest and fresh episode.
January 31, 2021
S2 E10 Cirque du Gougéres
A trip back to 12/13/2014 and the Cirque du Gougéres. Featuring readings from Gerald Yelle, Elizabeth MacDuffe and Kurt Zellen. Great live performances by Lord Russ and Wishbone Zoe! You'll want to stay to the end.
January 17, 2021
S2 E9 Lord Russ and Perry Carter
In which we have a lively conversation with Russell (Lord Russ) Brooks and Perry Carter. We chat about music, art, life, and a lot of other things along the way. And crack ourselves up quite mightily. Also featured are four tracks from several of Lord Russ' musical projects.
January 03, 2021
S2 E8 Le Anniverserie Nueviéme Cirque
For this episode, we go back to the 9th Anniversary Cirque of March, 2015, "Le Anniverserie Nueviéme Cirque." Featuring readings by Ernest Brute, Dan Hales and David P. Miller and our very own Elizabeth MacDuffie. Musical guests Trinary System round out this excellent show. (Fans of Roger Clark Miller take note!)
December 21, 2020
S2 E7 Pandemic Pause Update
In this bite-size episode, we talk about the upcoming magazine release and it's corresponding (virtual) release party, and share a couple ways you can support what we do! We'll be back to our regular format on the next episode. In the meantime, find us on Facebook, where you can get a link to the December 12 release show Le cirque de la tour de Croquembouche ( ) and the Meat For Tea and Meat For Teacast pages. ( , ) Also, links mentioned in the episode to support us are (click the Support button) and if you like the theme and background music of the show, check out . Cheers!
December 07, 2020
S2 E6 Roger Clark Miller
Roger Clark Miller joins Elizabeth and Mark in conversation. Roger is known for his work in the bands Mission of Burma, Alloy Orchestra, Birdsongs of the Mesozoic, and Trinary System, as well as for his visual art and the surrealist games events he hosts. Join us for an diverse and lively conversation about all of that and more - including some music by Trinary System and his own one-man guitar ensemble.
November 22, 2020
S2 E5 Paul Richmond
In this episode, Elizabeth has a great conversation about the arts, including independent publishing and having events in the time of Covid-19. Her guest is 2019-2020 National Beat Poet Laureate Paul Richmond, of Human Error Publishing and the band Do It Now, among many of his excellent credentials. Listen to their chat and check out some of Do It Now's work as well. And afterward, check out and
November 09, 2020
S2 E4 Le Cirque des Feuilles Sales
We're back with another visit to the Cirques, with the music and spoken word from Le Cirque des Feuilles Sales, September 10, 2016. Recorded live at Sonelab, it features readings from Candace Curran, Richard Horton, Tom Crean, Lea Banks, Kathryn Higgins, Jim Whitten and Adam Grabowski. And a firey set of tunes from Hot Dirt and The Leafies You Gave Me.
October 25, 2020
S2 E3 Jeremy and Rebecca Macomber-Dubs
In episode three of our second season, we have a great conversation with musician and writer Jeremy Macomber-Dubs, and are also joined by his wife and bandmate Rebecca in the band Bunnies. And perhaps a bonus surprise as well. You'll have to stay tuned to find out..!
October 11, 2020
S2 E2 Dan Whitley
The second episode of season two of The Meat For Teacast! We are happy to have Dan Whitley. A rock star from a rock star family, and also family to us. Check out some of his thoughts and recollections, and also his excellent music. To follow the latter, go to and and check out his work. The savvy of you will also find his experimental record, mentioned in this episode. We know we will!
September 28, 2020
S2 E1 á la Mémoire de Philip: Un Cirque Virtuel
Welcome to Season 2! We're starting right off with selections from Meat for Tea presents á la Mémoire de Philip: Un Cirque Virtuel. Our twenty-first episode features readings from Gerald Yelle, Richard Wayne Horton, Jan Maher, and David P. Miller. Musical readings from Seth Cable and Ernest Brute and Object Echo, and music from Bigger Stars, Beach Honey and Original Cowards.  Once you've enjoyed this, when you're ready to sit down with some charcuterie and a nice beverage, you can dive deeper by viewing the whole Cirque at 
September 13, 2020
S1 E20 Michael Rothenberg
The twentieth episode of the Meat For Teacast, and the season one finale! Join Elizabeth in conversation with Michael Rothenberg, writer, artist, and co-founder of 100,000 Poets, Artists and Musicians for Change. And hear the world premiere of a track from his new album Dystopic Relapse, with the track "Incarceration of the Orange Bartender." (Longineu Parsons-trumpet. Michael Bakan-drums and percussion. Brian Hall-double bass. Tribal Records.
August 16, 2020
S1 E19 Jamie Berger
The nineteenth episode of the Meat For Teacast. Elizabeth has an in-depth conversation with Jamie Berger, host of 15 Minutes: A Podcast About Fame. He also reads his piece Itch Itch Itch, which was published in a recent issue of Meat For Tea: The Valley Review. (For the attentive listener, yes, Elizabeth's microphone track has some occasional glitches, which we did our best to mitigate.)
August 03, 2020
S1 E18 Le Cirque de la Bete de Givre
The eighteenth episode of the Meat For Teacast. We again return to recordings from the Meat For Tea Cirques. This episode features recordings from Le Cirque de la Bete de Givre on Saturday, June 2, 2018, an event celebrating the release of the “Lotus Blossom” issue of Meat for Tea.  Recorded live at Sonelab in Easthampton, MA. We have spoken word by Elizabeth MacDuffie (reading a work by Eliza Strauss Jenkins), Michael Goldman, Gerald Yelle, Theo Greenblatt, Richard Horton and Peter Urkowitz, with great music from Frost Heaves and Hales and Beasthampton.
July 18, 2020
S1 E17 Nicole Young and Kaliis Smith, Pamela Means
The seventeenth episode of the Meat For Teacast. Nicole Young and Kaliis Smith join Elizabeth in an excellent conversation about many things, mostly focusing on black voices and black lives in the world and our culture, ranging from the political to the artistic. Featured throughout is the excellent music of Pamela Means. You can learn more about them at the following links: and by googling Kaliis Smith and her bands Ex-Temper, The Brass and Soul Magnets. As has been the case with recent episodes, portions are recorded via the internet, so sound quality varies from time to time.
July 05, 2020
S1 E16 Khalif Neville
The sixteenth episode of the Meat For Teacast. Elizabeth has a conversation with Khalif Neville, son of Charles Neville of the Neville brothers. He tells a couple of his dad's stories from his life, and has a lengthy and thoughtful discussion of racism in culture and music. This episode features music from his last full-length recording which features his father on saxophone on several tracks, as well as some music from former Meat For Tea intern and all-around amazing talent Kimaya Diggs. Please follow the links below to find out more about Khalif and Kimaya and their music! (All music on this podcast used with explicit permission of the artists.)
June 20, 2020
S1 E15 Cirque du Fleurs
The fifteenth episode of the Meat For Teacast. Another return to recordings from the Meat For Tea Cirques. This episode features recordings from Cirque du Fleurs on Saturday, June 6, 2015. Recorded live at Sonelab in Easthampton, MA. We have spoken word by Elizabeth MacDuffie (reading a work by Michael Meyerhofer), Richard Wayne Horton, Michael Goldman, Jonathan Caws-Elwitt, Lea Banks, and Connolly Ryan, and some songs from Mystics Anonymous and The Claudia Malibu. ((Note, I mention The Black Voices Collective in the podcast - it is actually the Black Visions Collective. Sincere apologies. -Mark))
June 07, 2020
S1 E14 Gayle Brandeis
The fourteenth episode of the Meat For Teacast. Elizabeth MacDuffie has a conversation with author and poet Gayle Brandeis, discussing her most recent collection Many Restless Concerns, among other topics related to her work and writing. And the Meat For Teacast co-host features two selections from his band Out Out's most recent EP "White Lily".  See and for more information.
May 23, 2020
S1 E13 Le Cirque de Millefeuilles
The thirteenth episode of the Meat For Teacast. Returning to our explorations of recordings from the Meat For Tea Cirques. This episode features recordings from Le Cirque de Millefeuilles on Saturday, March 10, 2018. We have spoken word by Andrew Varnon, Richard Wayne Horton, Michael Washburn, Peter Urkowitz and Jim Infantino, and some musical selections from Gentle Hen and Beach Honey.
May 10, 2020
S1 E12 Tommy Twilite and Kaliis Smith, Ex-Temper
The twelfth episode of the Meat For Teacast. We have a conversation with Tommy Twilite, a writer, songwriter and member of Florence Poets Society, and Kaliis Smith, DJ and musician with Ex-Temper, Soul Magnets and The Brass, among other bands, Talking about culture, creativity and business during Covid-19. This conversation is the third part in our series regarding arts, culture and commerce during the pandemic, and related to  the Purple Flame project. Additionally, we have Tommy Twilight reading some of his work and performing two songs, and Ex-Temper (Kaliis, Lynn Simonds, Kate Dowd and Dana Wilde) with two songs recorded at Le Cirque du Duc Blanc Mince, March, 2016. Our conversation was recorded remotely, so audio quality may suffer - so you know.
April 29, 2020
S1 E11 Jean-Pierre Pasche and Vincent Corsello, December Boy
The eleventh episode of the Meat For Teacast. We have a conversation with Jean-Pierre Pasche of Big Red Frame and Elusie Gallery and Vincent Corsello of Corsello Butcheria, discussing culture and business during Covid-19. This conversation is a continuation as well of Episode 10 and the Purple Flame project. Additionally, we have December Boy from the December 2019 Les Cirque de Noël, four songs recorded live! Please visit for more information as well. Note: as the conversation was recorded remotely, sound quality reflects that!
April 12, 2020
S1 E10 Josh Suchoza and Jason Montgomery
The tenth episode of the Meat For Teacast. We have a conversation with Josh Suchoza of Black Labyrinth Tattoo and Jason Montgomery of Attack Bear Press discussing their project The Purple Flame - in support of local Easthampton, MA businesses and culture during the Covid-19 crisis. And Jason reads some works from his upcoming and previous chapbooks. Please visit for more information as well. Note: as the conversation was recorded remotely, sound quality reflects that!
March 28, 2020
S1 E9 Les Cirque des Tartes
The ninth episode of the Meat For Teacast. Featuring recordings from the March 7, 2020 Les Cirque des Tartes, recorded live at Sonelab. Featuring comedy from Ezra Prior and spoken word from Neysa Tapanes, Gerald Yelle, Richard Wayne Horton, Peter Urkowitz and Bill O'Connell. There is "adult content and language" in this episode. So you know.
March 23, 2020
S1 E8 Cirque des Orignaux de la Lune
The eighth episode of the Meat For Teacast. Featuring recordings from the June 3, 2017 Cirque des Orignaux de la Lune, recorded live at Sonelab. Featuring spoken word from Jane Yolen, Jacob Chapman and Richard Wayne Horton, and live music from Moon Power.
March 07, 2020
S1 E7 Anthony Spaeth
The seventh episode of the Meat For Teacast. We have author Anthony Spaeth in conversation from Texas (thanks to the power of voip!) discussing his Gad the Zig illustrated book series, and a reading of the first book in the series, The Howl of the Lambergoon, by Derek Murray. More of the audio book versions can be found here.
February 22, 2020
S1 E6 Jane Yolen / Poetry, Prose and Pints pt.3
The sixth episode of the Meat For Teacast. This is the third and last of this series, recorded live at Poetry, Prose and Pints, an Easthampton Bookfest event co-hosted with Sonelab Studio in Easthampton, MA, April 13, 2019. Jane Yolen was our featured reader, and we're proud to have her here.
February 09, 2020
S1 E5 Andrew Varnon
The fifth episode of the Meat For Teacast. Featuring a conversation with Andrew Varnon, and a live reading of Varnon's "The Other Side of the Net" at the Emily Williston Library, October 30, 2019.
January 27, 2020
S1 E4 Poetry, Prose and Pints pt.2
The fourth episode of the Meat For Teacast. This is the second of a series, recorded live at Poetry, Prose and Pints, an Easthampton Bookfest event co-hosted with Sonelab Studio in Easthampton, MA, April 13, 2019. Featuring performances by Seth Cable, Carolyn Zaikowski and Jason Montgomery of the No No Project.
January 13, 2020
S1 E3 Poetry, Prose and Pints pt.1
The third episode of the Meat For Teacast. This is the first of a series, recorded live at Poems, Prose and Pints, an Easthampton Bookfest event co-hosted with Sonelab Studio in Easthampton, MA, April 13, 2019. Featuring performances by Beth Filson, Ernest Brute and Khalif Neville.
December 03, 2019
S1 E2 Cold Cuts and Cool Cats pt.2
The second episode of the Meat For Teacast. This is the second of two parts, recorded live at Cold Cuts and Cool Cats, an Easthampton Art Walk event co-hosted with Corsello Butcheria in Easthampton, MA, July 13, 2019. Featuring performances by Alison Murchie, Michael Alves and Britt Brideau.
November 19, 2019
S1 E1 Cold Cuts and Cool Cats pt.1
The inaugural episode of the Meat For Teacast. This is the first of two parts, recorded live at Cold Cuts and Cool Cats, an Easthampton Art Walk event co-hosted with Corsello Butcheria in Easthampton, MA, July 13, 2019. Featuring performances by Elizabeth MacDuffie, Brandee Simone and L. D. Green.
August 18, 2019
The Meat For Teacast... preview!
Get ready, arts, music and literary fans - Meat For Tea: The Valley Review is going all podcast on your art. Listen to this here preview so we can tell you some of what we've got in store!
July 03, 2019