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The Vortex Podcast

The Vortex Podcast

By UCA Vortex Podcast
From Fiction to Poetry, Screenplays to Short Stories, the University of Central Arkansas's Vortex Podcast has it all just for you! Through the work of our dedicated staff, we bring student work to life through voice and audio, as well as speaking with visiting authors, upcoming writers and creators across the country, and hearing advice from the amazing faculty on our campus.

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Episode 12: Between Art and ADHD with Anna Wagner
It's April of the Arts here at the Vortex Podcast where over the next couple of weeks we'll be doing deep dives and interviews with the students and faculty of the UCA Art Department. To kick things off, our guest this week is fellow Vortex staff and ceramics artist Anna Wagner as she sits down to talk with us about the focus of here senior show combining sculpture and poetry to convey the stories of those living with ADHD and mental illness. As a companion piece for this episode, you can actually visit the Vortex website at and view some of Anna's inspired, emotionally infused ceramic pieces. So sit back. Relax. Let the art be your guide as we dive back into the Vortex.
April 10, 2019
Episode 11: Black History Month Special
On this episode, we talk to previous guest Marrissa Childs and new guest Dr. M Shelly Conner. We discuss the importance of Black History Month, how social media can play a role in expectations, and particular social cues.
February 28, 2019
Episode 10: Valentine's Day Special
Here is our Valentine's Day special! It's a long one. We talk with Marrissa Childs and Helen O'Malley about how their identities shape their writing, the evolution of romantic literature, and a secret surprise you'll have to tune in just to find out!
February 15, 2019
Episode 9: Kayla Byrum & LOCAL
New semester, new host, new episode! In this one, we sit down with Kayla Byrum and Rich Niemeyer of LOCAL and ask them about women in writing, confidence, and freelance writing. Have a listen!
January 22, 2019
Kathryn Miles Q & A
This is not exactly a new episode, just some audio from the Q&A session that was held after the interview with Kathryn Miles. Enjoy!
January 18, 2019
Episode 8 - Mermaids and Taverns: Talking With Vaughn Scribner
After a brief break between our episodes, we're back with the interview held between our very own Caleb Patton and Professor of History, Vaughn Scribner. Caleb talks about mermaids, taverns, travel, and life as we learn about another accomplished writer among the faculty of The University of Central Arkansas.
November 19, 2018
Episode 7 - Horror Writer's Roundtable
This week our host, Ricky, sits down with a few of the students from the Creative Writing department who specialize in writing horror and appreciate all things spooky. A special thanks to Autumn Harris, Helen O'Malley, and Tink Pendergrass for joining us on this special Halloween episode.
October 31, 2018
Episode 6 - A Night With Kathryn Miles
In our latest episode, we hear from Kathryn Miles as she reads from her newest book, Quakeland: On the Road to America's Next Devastating Earthquake.
October 23, 2018
Let's Talk Comics feat. Quade
Today's episode is all about comics with our good friend, Quade! We'll learn a bit about who he is and what his background is like while chatting about comics, representation, and the passions shared through a medium that's been growing for years and years.
October 12, 2018
Re-Hashing Last Year's Hash Slinger
Bringing only the best to you all, we're re-uploading our awarding winning Halloween episode from last season to get your all excited for our favorite time of the year! With stories read by Caleb Patton and Tyler Hauth and poetry read by A. VanSickle.
October 05, 2018
Episode 3 - Meet The Crew!
This week, we sat down with the crew of The Vortex podcast and talked about our experience, interests, and pretty much everything in between. Though we did experience some technical difficulties this week, we hope that you continue to tune in and enjoy the hilarity that is sure to follow in the upcoming episodes! Want to submit? Be sure to look out for our new website that should be coming soon!
September 28, 2018
We're Back!
Hello all and welcome! To those just coming to us for the first time, we can't express how happy we are that you've chosen to take the time to check us out. To all those returning, WELCOME BACK! This is just a brief minisode to express how excited we are to be returning and the big plans we've laid down for all of your listening pleasures. Be sure to tune in for our next episode, where our host, Caleb, has a very special guest come on to talk about the work they're currently pursuing.
September 27, 2018
Episode 2 - A Chat with Lauren Shippen
Writer and Creator of The Bright Sessions podcast, Lauren Shippen, joins us on this episode to talk about her work, what's coming up for her in the future, and how the journey to where she is now, started. Don't forget to leave a comment and subscribe to the podcast to keep up with any and all news!
September 27, 2018