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The Good Life Review Podcast

The Good Life Review Podcast

By The Good Life Review

We are a conglomerate of artisy-types that are looking to share the work of trending new writers with the world. We seek to elevate writing that takes risks and challenges perceptions; writing that lingers and haunts long after the last line.

These podcasts are interviews with those published in our literary magazine and contributors to our quarterly publication.

You can find us at: thegoodlifereview.com
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3.5 David Hogan- Screen & Stage

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BONUS Karen Gettert Shoemaker- Flash Fiction
BONUS Karen Gettert Shoemaker- Flash Fiction
In this week's episode we interview Karen Gettert Shoemaker.  Karen writes fiction, nonfiction, poetry, book reviews, journal entries, and endless lists. Her most recent work, a reflection on the role of ordinary people during a pandemic, was published in the New York Times in 2020. Her novel, The Meaning of Names, was selected for the One Book One Nebraska statewide reading program in 2016 and the Omaha Reads community reading program in 2014. It was republished in China in 2020. Her award-winning short story collection, Night Sounds and Other Stories, was published in the US in 2002, and republished in the United Kingdom in 2006. Her work has been published in the London Times, Prairie Schooner, South Dakota Review, and included in a variety of anthologies of poetry and fiction. She is the founder and director of Larksong Writers’ Place, a nonprofit organization offering independent writing workshops, manuscript consulting, and community-building for aspiring writers.  She is also a writing mentor with the University of Nebraska at Omaha’s MFA in Writing Program.
17:55
July 19, 2021
3.8 Bryan Starchman Flash Non-Fiction
3.8 Bryan Starchman Flash Non-Fiction
BRYAN STARCHMAN is an author, published playwright, and educator living in San Francisco, California. His plays have been produced over 3000 times in all 50 states and 10 countries. In the past year his short fiction has been featured in The Saturday Evening Post and in the literary magazines After Dinner Conversation, In Parentheses, Scribble, Apracity, Avalon Literary Review and Litro. His non-fiction essays have been featured in the national print magazine ROVA and his latest book, United Scenes of America: Travel Essays in the time of COVID-19 and Other Wanderings, is now available at Amazon.com IG @Bryan.starchman Contributions from Shyla Sheehan of the Good Life Review, interviewer for this podcast. 
22:46
July 01, 2021
3.7 Katie Kalahan Flash Non-Fiction
3.7 Katie Kalahan Flash Non-Fiction
In this week's GLR Podcast, we interviewed Katie Kalahan! Katie has an interesting writing style that fuses their love for art and words.  We talk about some amazing book suggestions, menstruation, and the love-hate relationship of finishing up a thesis.  Their work, "May There Always Be," along with their featured art is in Issue 3 of the Good Life Review. https://thegoodlifereview.com/issue-three/3-flash-nonfiction/may-there-always-be-by-katie-kalahan/ Katie Kalahan says that they live and work in Seattle, but right now, they actually live in Olympia. They are pursuing an MFA in Creative Writing from the University of Washington and hold a BFA in Printmaking/Drawing and English Literature from Washington University in Saint Louis. Their work is published in The Ear, Thin Air Magazine, and Witness Magazine.
21:06
June 04, 2021
3.6 Angela Borda a.k.a Silver Webb- flash fiction
3.6 Angela Borda a.k.a Silver Webb- flash fiction
This week we interview Angela Borda, pen name Silver Webb, and talk about her love of being a full time editor.  Read her work in Issue 3 of The Good Life Review Literary Magazine at https://thegoodlifereview.com/issue-three/3-flash-fiction/precipitate-by-silver-webb/ . Silver Webb is the editor and founder of the Santa Barbara Literary Journal. Her nonfiction has been featured in Food & Home, Still Arts Quarterly, The Pacifica Post, and other websites. Her fiction and poems have been accepted by Peregrine, Burgeon, Danse Macabre, Underwood, and Pink Panther, as well as the anthologies The Tertiary Lodger, Delirium Corridor, and Running Wild. She has participated as a panelist at the Santa Barbara Writer’s Conference and the Santa Barbara Library Local Authors Day. You can find more details at silverwebb.com and santabarbaraliteraryjournal.com.
20:02
May 28, 2021
3.5 David Hogan- Screen & Stage
3.5 David Hogan- Screen & Stage
This podcast features an interview with David Hogan being interviewed with Trelana Daniel, fiction editor of the Good Life Review. While we weren’t able to capture the stage and screen on the podcast you can read it in issue three of the GLR. https://thegoodlifereview.com/issue-three/3-scripts/. David Hogan is the author of two novels, a number of short stories and several plays. His debut novel, The Last Island, was published by Betimes Books in Dublin, Ireland. His latest novel, Hear Us Fade, will be published by Betimes Books in May, 2021. His stage plays include the GTC National New Play Initiative award-winning Capital and No Sit – No Stand – No Lie, which opened the ‘Resilience of the Spirit’ Human Rights Festival in San Diego. He has contributed to Writing.ie, Irish Central, and Points in Case and is a dual citizen of the US and Ireland.
18:26
May 21, 2021
3.4 Nicholas Cormier III- Fiction
3.4 Nicholas Cormier III- Fiction
In this week's episode Nicholas Cormier III is interviewed about his recent edition of "Passport."  Him and fiction editor, Trelana Daniel, talk about mental health in the prison system, the George Floyd trials, and the inspiration behind writing about such complex systems. We look forward to reading more of his work as Nicholas' flash fiction and short stories were accepted for publication by MAYDAY Magazine, Lolwe Magazine, and The Good Life Review. Nicholas Cormier III is a veteran of the United States Air Force. Spent several years as an Air Traffic Controller. Graduated from the University of Texas at Arlington. Studied Art with a concentration in Film and a minor in Theatre. Holds a Masters Degree in Business Administration from Texas State University. Actor. Writer. Director. Nicholas owns Runner Films, a film and video production company. Volunteers for Veteran-centric service organizations. Regularly advocates for mentally ill veterans, including those with substance abuse issues—living on the streets of Los Angeles. Nicholas is the Homelessness Liaison on the Community Veterans Engagement Board and serves on the Veterans Patient Advocacy Council for the GLA VA in Brentwood, CA.  USC Warrior Bard and longtime member of the renowned UCLA Wordcommandos Creative Writing Workshop for Veterans. Nicholas’ flash fiction and short stories were accepted for publication by MAYDAY Magazine, Lolwe Magazine and The Good Life Review.
23:32
May 14, 2021
3.3 Adrienne Pine - Non-fiction
3.3 Adrienne Pine - Non-fiction
In this week's episode of the GLR podcast, editor Shyla Shehan chats with Adrienne Pine author of "Mother."  They explore conversational topics about the death of family, their love of the alphabet, and provide a plethora of reading suggestions. Adrienne Pine’s essays have appeared in Feminine Collective, The Yale Journal of Humanities in Medicine, Carte Blanche, bioStories, Linden Avenue, Soft Cartel, Gravel, The Write Place at the Write Time and others. We hope you enjoy. Contributions: Podcast Interviewer: Shyla Shehan Podcast Editor: Trelana Daniel
16:52
May 07, 2021
3.2 Autumn Bettinger - Flash- Fiction
3.2 Autumn Bettinger - Flash- Fiction
In this week’s episode GLR, our podcast producer and fiction editor, Trelana Daniel, interviews the queen of flash fiction, Autumn Bettinger.  Autumn talks about the life of a busy mom, the 1001 book shelves she has on her to-read list, and her love of the outdoors. Look for more of her work being published this month in the Journal of Compressed Arts. Autumn is a stay at home mom who lives in Portland Oregon with her husband and two young children. She graduated from Portland State after moving to Oregon from Seattle. Her parents are both from the midwest, and growing up she spent many summers at Lake Otsego in Michigan. When not parenting, Autumn is squeaking out a little writing here and there amid the laundry and the diaper changes. Read more at thegoodlifereview.com Interview Contributor: Trelana Daniel Podcast Editor: Trelana Daniel
13:33
April 30, 2021
3.1 Andrew Geoffrey Kwabena Moss
3.1 Andrew Geoffrey Kwabena Moss
This episode we are highlighting a poetry segment by Andrew Geoffrey Kwabena Moss.  You can read his work at the following link: https://thegoodlifereview.com/issue-three/3-poetry/twi-phone-ology-by-andrew-geoffrey-kwabena-moss/ Andrew Geoffrey Kwabena Moss is a writer and teacher who has lived in the UK, Japan and currently Australia. Of Anglo-Ghanaian heritage, his work seeks to explore and challenge liminal landscapes, complex identities and the social constructs of race. Andrew is a member of the ACT Writers’ Centre. His work has previously appeared in Afropean, People in Harmony, Fly on the Wall Press, Fair Acre Press, Golden Walkman Magazine, Beliveau Books, GMGA Publishing and Poor Yorick Literary Journal. Contributers: Podcast editor- Trelana Daniel Podcast interviewer- Shyla Shehan
18:22
April 24, 2021
2.6 Tyler Michael Jacobs- Poetry
2.6 Tyler Michael Jacobs- Poetry
In this episode, I interview Tyler Jacobs about his piece, "Standing Water in Central Nebraska."  Tyler is finishing up his degree from the University of Nebraska at Kearney where he studies English and Creative Writing.  He recommends taking classes with Brad Modlin and Jessica Hollander at the University of Nebraska at Kearney, but really any class with the English department there is bound to be enjoyable.  You can read his full piece here: https://thegoodlifereview.com/issue-two/2-poetry/standing-water-in-central-nebraska-by-tyler-jacobs/ Full Bio: Tyler Michael Jacobs currently serves as Editor-in-Chief of The Carillon. He is the recipient of the Wagner Family Writing Award Endowment. His poetry has appeared, or is slated to appear, in The Carillon, Poached Hare, The Hole in the Head Review, Runestone, The Magazine, Rumble Fish Quarterly, The Whorticulturalist, East by Northeast Literary Magazine, White Wall Review, HASH Journal, Funicular Magazine, and Aurora: The Allegory Ridge Poetry Anthology.
13:15
February 12, 2021
2.5 Kerby Caudill - Non-Fiction
2.5 Kerby Caudill - Non-Fiction
Introducing Kerby Caudill as our highlighted writer of the week. She talks about her love of storytelling, the writers she enjoys, and her relationship with her terminally ill sister. You can read the entire non-fiction excerpt of her memoir in our latest edition of The Good Life Review. https://thegoodlifereview.com/…/2-n…/paper-by-kerby-caudill/ Although born in Ashland, Oregon with family roots in New York, Kerby Kunstler Caudill has spent the majority of her life in Southern California. She earned a BA in Film from the University of California at Irvine, an MA in education from Cal State Long Beach, and then taught elementary school for 20 years. When she decided to switch gears, she joined a writing workshop with author Francesca Lia Block. This piece is an excerpt from her larger work, a memoir exploring her relationship with her terminally ill sister. Kerby lives in Culver City with her husband, daughter and two dogs.
21:43
February 05, 2021
2.4 Kendall Klym- Fiction
2.4 Kendall Klym- Fiction
In this week's episode, we are excited to feature Dr. Kendall Klym. We talk about Red Cloud, fear, the deep meaning behind the good life, and the loveliness of Nebraska.  In addition to winning the Tartt First Fiction Award for Step Lightly, (Livingston Press, 2019), Dr. Kendall Klym has won numerous awards for his short stories, which have been published in literary journals including Puerto del Sol, Hunger Mountain, and Fiction International.  Klym is a three-time honorable mention winner of the Great American Fiction Contest and has won writing fellowships at the Fairhope Center for the Writing Arts, the Martha’s Vineyard Institute of Creative Writing, and Monson Arts. Two of his stories have been nominated for a Pushcart Prize. A former professional ballet dancer, Klym holds a Ph.D. in English, with a concentration in Fiction Writing, from the University of Wales, Aberystwyth. For six years, he taught English composition, American literature, and creative writing full time at Kennesaw State University outside Atlanta; however, he considers the Midwest his home, particularly Kansas and Missouri. You can read Dr. Klym's entire piece, Apotropaic, and full bio in Issue 2 of the Good Life Review. https://thegoodlifereview.com/.../apotropaic-by-kendall.../ Dr. Klym's "Step Lightly" is available for you to order on Amazon or Livingston Press. Below is a link to his award-winning writing:  https://livingstonpress.uwa.edu/htm%20(web%20pages)/Step%20Lightly.html
24:41
January 29, 2021
2.3 Lynn Magill- Creative Non Fiction- Flash
2.3 Lynn Magill- Creative Non Fiction- Flash
This week, we are excited to interview Lynn Magill. Lynn is a creative soul that has a unique story that she shares with us in the podcast.  We hope you will join us to hear more about half-sisters, strange nature vs nurture talks, and great reveals about difficult relationships. Her piece, "The Envelope," is in our Issue #2 of the Good Life Review. https://thegoodlifereview.com/issue-two/2-flash-nonfiction/ Lynn Magill lives in Western Washington with deep Iowa roots that influence many aspects of her work. She writes poetry and nonfiction and is also a painter and visual artist. She is scheduled to graduate from Central Washington University in Winter 2021 with a master’s degree in Professional and Creative Writing. She has two nonfiction pieces scheduled for publication in Spring of 2021 in an anthology via McFarland & Sons, as well as a poetry piece in Route 7 Review. Lynn loves to travel and spend time with her husband on their Texas ranch herding goats and finding any excuse to avoid being within range of cell phone reception. Up Next: Episode 2.4 with Kendall Klym will be released Friday, Jan 29th.
20:29
January 22, 2021
2.2 Caleb Nichols- Poetry
2.2 Caleb Nichols- Poetry
In this week's episode, we are interviewing one of our poets, Caleb Nichols. Caleb is a librarian and teaches English, so he has plenty of great poetry recommendations.  We also chat about Grandmoms, Cafeterias, and being a VIP.  He reads us his poetry, August Hymnody & I Check The Moon, from a poetry collection he's looking to publish with his cousin Lulu! Find the two poems he reads here: https://thegoodlifereview.com/issue-two/2-poetry/ Caleb Nichols is a queer poet and musician from California. His poetry has been featured in Redivider, Perhappened Mag, Cypress: A Literary Journal, and elsewhere. His poem, “Ken,” won an Academy of American Poets University Prize, and his first chapbook, 22 Lunes, is available from Unsolicited Press. He tweets at @seanickels. https://www.unsolicitedpress.com/store/p295/nichols.22lunes.html
21:10
January 15, 2021
2.1 Jim Peterson- Fiction
2.1 Jim Peterson- Fiction
Jim Peterson has published a novel and seven poetry collections, most recently The Horse Who Bears Me Away from Red Hen Press.  His collection of short stories, The Sadness of Whirlwinds, will be published by Red Hen late in 2021.  The two stories of his in The Good Life Review will be included in that collection.  He retired as Coordinator of Creative Writing at Randolph College in 2013 and remains on the faculty of the University of Nebraska-Omaha MFA Program in Creative Writing.   He lives with his charismatic Corgi, Mama Kilya, in Lynchburg, Virginia. You can read the two contributions from Jim Peterson to the Good Life Review at the following link: https://thegoodlifereview.com/issue-two/2-fiction/ Jim's most recent collection of poetry available at Red Hen Press:  https://redhen.org/book/the-horse-who-bears-me-away/
29:16
January 08, 2021
BONUS: Interview with Brett Biebel
BONUS: Interview with Brett Biebel
Join us as we talk with Brett Biebel about processes of institutions and the irony of being midwestern nice. In this episode, we will read one of the stories in his new book, "48 Blitz," which is being published by Split Lip Press.  We hope you will pick up a copy today: https://www.splitlippress.com/48-blitz
22:40
December 29, 2020
1.9 Najla Brown- Fiction
1.9 Najla Brown- Fiction
Join flash fiction writer Najla Brown and one of thegoodlifereview.com's fiction editors, Trelana Daniel, as they talk about body hair, chick lit, and alpha females.  Najla Brown traded in the oil pumpjacks of West Texas for the oil skyscrapers of Houston. She holds a Bachelor of Arts from Texas A&M in English and Political Science. She spends her days writing tag lines and her nights writing everything else. You can find her work in Houstonia Magazine, Molotov Cocktail, Coffin Bell Journal, and elsewhere. Read more about this author and others at thegoodlifereview.com.
22:13
December 18, 2020
1.8 Clif Mason- Poetry
1.8 Clif Mason- Poetry
Join fiction editor for the Good Life Review, Trelana Daniel, as she interviews a magical realist poet named Clif.  Clif Mason lives in Bellevue, Nebraska, with his wife, a visual artist. He is the author of one collection, Knocking the Stars Senseless (Stephen F. Austin State University Press), and three chapbooks: The Book of Night & Waking (won the Cathexis Northwest Press Chapbook Prize), Self-portraits in Which I Do Not Appear (Finishing Line Press), and From the Dead Before(Lone Willow Press). His work has been nominated for a Pushcart Prize and he has been the recipient of a Fulbright Fellowship to Rwanda, Africa. He also writes magical realist and fantasy fiction. Twitter: @mason_clif Read more at thegoodlifereview.com
22:44
December 17, 2020
1.7 Kim Sosin- Poetry
1.7 Kim Sosin- Poetry
This episode is an interview with one of our poetry submissions at thegoodlifereview.com.  Kim McNealy Sosin is an Emerita Professor of Economics at the University of Nebraska Omaha. Her post-retirement interests include writing and photography. Her poems and photographs have appeared in Fine Lines, Failed Haiku, Daily Haiga, Voices from the Plains, Landscape Magazine, The Heron’s Nest, Wanderlust Journal, Raw Art Review, and Sandcutters. Take a moment to look at her beautiful photography and the inspired poem she created from it at the following link: https://thegoodlifereview.com/issue1-poetry/blue-heron-at-the-lake/
09:22
December 04, 2020
1.6 Jamie Wendt- Poetry
1.6 Jamie Wendt- Poetry
This episode we talk with author Jamie Wendt about her persona poems, interviews with her family, and her work as a writer.  Jamie Wendt is the author of the poetry collection Fruit of the Earth (2018) and winner of the 2019 National Federation of Press Women Book Award. Her poetry, essays, and book reviews have been published in various literary journals and anthologies, including Feminine Rising: Voices of Power and Invisibility, Lilith, Literary Mama, The Forward, Third Wednesday, and Saranac Review. She holds an MFA from the University of Nebraska at Omaha. She teaches high school English and lives in Chicago with her husband and two children. Website: https://jamiewendt.wordpress.com/
12:54
November 13, 2020
1.5 Kathryn Stam - Flash Non-Fiction
1.5 Kathryn Stam - Flash Non-Fiction
In this week’s episode, writer and anthropologist, Kathryn Stam, talks to Fiction Editor Trelana Daniel about refugees, glaciology, and the miracle of family. Listen in as she reads  "Cohesion Forces in an Avalanche." You can read the flash non-fiction writing in Issue 1 of the Good Life Review. Read her piece at thegoodlifereview.com Kathryn Stam is an anthropology professor and creative non-fiction writer who is obsessed with all things Himalayan. She volunteers with resettled refugees and teaches about cultural diversity. She has spent the past several years learning how to slay a few of her most pernicious enemies. https://kathrynruthstam.wordpress.com/
16:34
November 06, 2020
1.4 James Penha - Flash Non-Fiction
1.4 James Penha - Flash Non-Fiction
In this week’s episode writer James Penha talks to Fiction Editor Trelana Daniel about caring for an aging family member, death, and utilizing writing as a means to come to terms with difficult topics. Listen in as he reads his piece and discusses being “OK” in this stressful time. Read the entire essay, “Better Off,” in Issue 1 of the Good Life Review. A native New Yorker, James Penha has lived for the past quarter-century in Indonesia. Nominated for Pushcart Prizes in fiction and poetry, his work has lately appeared in several anthologies: The View From Olympia (Half Moon Books, UK), Queers Who Don’t Quit (Queer Pack, EU), What We Talk About It When We Talk About It, (Darkhouse Books), Headcase , (Oxford UP), Lovejets(Squares and Rebels), and What Remains (Gelles-Cole). His essays have appeared in The New York Daily News and The New York Times. Penha edits The New Verse News, an online journal of current-events poetry. Twitter: @JamesPenha
10:50
October 30, 2020
1.3 Matt Mason- Nebraska's State Poet
1.3 Matt Mason- Nebraska's State Poet
Matt Mason, Nebraska's State Poet, joins fiction editor Trelana Daniel as they talk about two of his poems "In the Packed Auditorium" and "Flash." Both of these can be found in our online addition of thegoodlifereview.com.  We look forward to reading more of Matt with his newest publication "I Have a Poem the Size of the Moon," coming out later this month from Stephen F Austin University Press. 
16:26
October 22, 2020
1.2 Jode Rae- Non-Fiction
1.2 Jode Rae- Non-Fiction
Listen in as Jody Rae chats with Fiction Editor Trelana Daniel about reincarnations, madames, and examining family relationships. Jody Rae's work, "Criminy Sakes Alive" is available to read in the Good Life Review Issue One. We hope you enjoy this podcast!
16:60
October 16, 2020
1.1 Tomas Baiza -Fiction
1.1 Tomas Baiza -Fiction
Listen to Tomas Baiza talk about one of his short stories, "Extra Large for the Lord." To learn more about Tomas Baiza, head to our website thegoodlifereview.com.
16:45
September 29, 2020