Digressing With Michele Herman
Michele Herman is a poet, novelist, short story writer and adopted New Yorker. She has been gracious enough to share how she has managed to live in one of the most expensive cities on earth without either a trust fund, a Wall Street salary or a sugar daddy -- all while raising a family, being active in the various communities she calls her own, and living, through dint of resolve and discipline, a creative life of the mind. A couple of things stand out to me from our conversation: she is a born craftsperson, and if she hadn't been a writer, she might just have become a cobbler; and she says "there's no getting around" the long apprenticeship involved in becoming a writer. We also discuss the travails of finding/not finding an agent, and working with an independent publisher (and all the grunt work that entails). She's inspiring in her pragmatism and living proof that you can make your own way in the world of writing literature. She has two books coming out in early 2022: Save the Village, from Regal House Publishing, and Just Another Jack, a chapbook of poetry from Finishing Line Press.
October 12, 2021
I Digress With Annie DeWitt
Annie DeWitt is a writer, connector, former host of a literary salon, and, now, literary agent. We talk about the importance of a literary community, the rise of small presses and the symbiotic relationship they have with larger traditional publishers, and the importance for writers of developing a social media presence. Annie also explains the one thing about agents that writers probably don't know, but should. This episode is a bit longer than usual, but Annie is so generous with her advice and her experience that I think it's worth the longer listen.
October 5, 2021
But I Digress... With Lincoln Michel
Lincoln MIchel, author of the forthcoming The Body Scout (Hachette Book Group - Orbit imprint), talks about the joys and perils of writing genre fiction, the economics of writing, Robert Coover, the Singularity, and how the pace of technology adoption influences his writing. You can preorder his The Body Scout here.
September 28, 2021
But I Digress... With Sayeeda Copeland
Sayeeda Copeland discusses the challenges of writing while being a mother to two boys aged 9 and 2 respectively, her literary influences and life inspirations, her choice of pseudonym (Sayeeda Copeland is a pseudonym) and the economic choices she's making on a daily basis. While most of the writers on this podcast are already far along their career arcs, Sayeeda is still ascending, and she shares the challenges she faces. You can contribute to Sayeeda's GoFundMe, which is one of the modern ways she's financing her writing career.
September 21, 2021
Self-Delusion Required: A Discussion with Adam Wilson
Critically acclaimed fiction writer Adam Wilson discusses his process for writing Sensation Machines, his second novel, writing from a woman's perspective, the impact of influences on his writing versus playing to your own strengths, the disappointment that accompanies being published, and the role of art in his life.
September 14, 2021
But I Digress... With Victoria Redel
I'm joined by Victoria Redel, an award-winning poet and fiction writer. Her most recent novel, Before Everything, was published by Viking Penguin in June 2017. Loverboy (2001, Graywolf /2002, Harcourt), was widely acclaimed and was adapted for a feature film starring Kyra Sedgewick and directed by Kevin Bacon. We talk about the challenges she faced as a female writer (and parent), what getting a movie deal was like for her, her literary influences and heroes, and why she read poetry on Facebook throughout much of the Covid-19 pandemic. And of course, what she would have wanted to be if writing hadn't been in the cards.
September 7, 2021
But I Digress with... Michael Gottlieb
Michael Gottlieb, author of more than 20 books, joins me to talk about the role of art in life, which he says is "to help us live our lives." He talks about New York, the hidden New York, how poets live their lives, what his vocation would have been if he weren't a writer, and whether or not he dog-ears his books. His most recent book, Selected Poems (CHAX, 2021) is coming out this Fall; you can pre-order Selected Poems here. You can learn more about Michael on his website.
September 2, 2021
But I Digress: An Introduction
Introducing "But I Digress," a podcast about writing, not writing, and everything in between. For more context, please check out my blog post: https://michaelsactualbeatblog.wordpress.com/2021/07/01/the-factory-a-novel-the-pitch/
July 8, 2021