For my fifth episode, I sat down with Georgia-based writer, Jordan Rothacker, to talk about his latest collection: Gristle: weird tales, published in 2019 by Stalking Horse Press. Rothacker is the author of three novels: The Pit, and no Other Stories, And Wind Will Wash Away, and My Shadow Book by Maawaam. Rothacker attended Manhattanville College in Purchase, NY before going on to receive a Masters in Religion and a PhD in Comparative Literature at the University of Georgia. His essays, fiction, poetry, book reviews, and interviews have appeared in The Believer, Heavy Feather Review, Guernica Magazine, LitHub, and many more.
Listen in as Jordan and I discuss the naivety of youth, men writing women, reverse engineering of stories, penis-fencing worms, and much more!
Happy new year! 2020 has already proven to be a whirlwind and we’re only a week in! If you are hoping to take a break from the ever-increasingly frightening and disheartening world news, you came to the right place. For my fourth episode, I sat down with Mary Harpin. She is a Denver-based poet, a medium, and a consultant for global Fortune 500 companies. You can find her work in Terrain, Fourteen Hills, Tinderbox, and elsewhere. We talked about her first full-length collection of poems: SHADOWRISE. To learn more about her work and purchase her collection, check out http://www.maryharpin.com.
Listen in as Mary and I discuss contacting spirits, mass shootings, how the Laws of Physics apply to love, and much more...
TW/CW: Sexual Abuse
For my third episode, I sat down with Denver-based novelist Steven Dunn. Shortlisted for Granta magazine’s “Best of Young American Novelists,” Dunn is the author of two books from Tarpaulin Sky Press: water & power (2018) and Potted Meat, which was a co-winner of the 2015 Tarpaulin Sky Book Awards, a finalist for the Colorado Book Award, and has been adapted for a short film entitled The Usual Route, from Foothills Productions. Steven was born and raised in West Virginia, and after 10 years in the Navy he earned a B.A. in Creative Writing from University of Denver. Listen in as we discuss penises on submarines, growing up in poverty, and Ikebana as writing instructor!
In the second episode of The Situation & the Story, I sit down with multi-genre author Hillary Leftwich to discuss her new collection, GHOSTS ARE JUST STRANGERS WHO KNOW HOW TO KNOCK (Civil Coping Mechanisms Press). Our conversation takes some dark twists and turns, similarly to her collection. We not only take on death, grief, loss, and regret, but also how to make the most of your writing and your life. Thanks for tuning in.
Just in time to Give Thanks, I sat down with poet, educator, and creative coach Tara Shea Burke to talk about her recently published collection of poetry, Animal Like Any Other (Finishing Line Press, September 2019). My fellow Libra and I discuss the writing process, the world of academia, what it's like to navigate self-doubt, and writing as women in a patriarchal society.