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Today I am so excited to be arts calling Andrea Deeken!
About Andrea: Andrea Deeken was born in rural Missouri. Her writing has appeared in Beltway Poetry Quarterly, Beyond Queer Words, The Blue Mountain Review, Spoon River Poetry Review, Valley Voices, and elsewhere. Her awards include an Honorable Mention in the 2019 Spoon River Poetry Review Editors’ Prize Contest and second place in the 2020 Blue Mountain Review LGBTQ...
Today I am so happy to be arts calling Monica Cross!
About Monica: Monica Cross studied English at New College of Florida (2006-2010), before going on to Mary Baldwin College (now Mary Baldwin University) where she earned her Master of Letters (2012) and M.F.A. (2013) in the Shakespeare and Performance graduate program. She was a part of the first year of the MFA company model, and a founding member of Roving Shakespare....
Let's get the show on the road! Today I am so excited to be arts calling Peter Clarke!
About Peter: Peter Clarke is the author of the comic novels Politicians Are Superheroes (Pski's Porch Publishing, 2018) and The Singularity Survival Guide (Logos Literature, 2019). His short fiction has appeared in over 50 literary journals and his nonfiction has appeared in publications including Areo Magazine, The Humanist, Th...
Thrilled to be arts calling Taccara the Creator!
About: Taccara Martin is the epitome of the term "multi-hyphenate." As a marketer, content creator, podcast editor/producer, and author, she has fallen in love with stories and their ability to connect people to each other. She wanted to create content that educated and inspired women through their healing journey, using her life and story as a template, along with ...
Welcome! Today I am arts calling Kevin Carey!
About Kevin: Kevin Carey is the Coordinator of Creative Writing at Salem State University. He has published five books – a chapbook of fiction, The Beach People from Red Bird Chapbooks (2014) and three books of poetry from Cavankerry Press, The One Fifteen to Penn Station (2012), Jesus Was a Homeboy (2016) and Set in Stone (2020) and a new crime novel Murder in the Marsh from ...
Thanks for stopping by! Today I am so thrilled to be arts calling Kellie Scott-Reed!
About Kellie: Assistant editor in chief of Roi Fainéant Press: An enthusiast who can’t be bothered with the negative things to say. The tail to many comets, the starfish savior, the harbinger of partially good news. Brushes with fame but not famous. A songwriter, a poet, a short-story-at-work-when-I-should-be-doing-my-job-writer; I seek ...
Let's get this thing started! Today I am arts calling Elaina Battista-Parsons!
About: Elaina Battista-Parsons is a writer across genres. She also works as a reading coach for students with disabilities. Elaina loves ice cream, antiques, pop culture, and snow. Elaina’s poems and essays have been published by Backlash Press, Burnt Pine Magazine, Vine Leaves Press, and Read Furiously. She also has an upcoming YA novel wi...
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Today I'm delighted to be arts calling J. Simon Harris!
J. Simon Harris lives in Raleigh, North Carolina, with his wife Ashley, their son Luke, and their dogs Hallie and Lucy. In addition to literature and poetry, he loves science (and works as a scientist), videogames, movies, the outdoors, and most of all spending time with his family. He has translated poetry into English from Italian, Spanish,...
Today I am delighted to bring you this conversation: Today I am arts calling Richard Jeffrey Newman!
About Richard: Poet. Literary co-translator. Essayist. Proud community college professor. Survivor of childhood sexual abuse. Curator, First Tuesdays reading series.
As a poet and essayist, Richard Jeffrey Newman’s work is rooted in the impact of feminism on his life as a man. As a co-translator of classical Persian poetry...
Let's get this podcasting this started! Today I am thrilled to be arts calling Eli Godfrey!
Eli is a writer and voice actor based in Los Angeles.
Eli’s poetry collection, Imagine a World, now on Amazon! https://www.amazon.com/Imagine-World-Poems-about-dictators-ebook/dp/B09RZX9GZJ
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National Poetry Month may have ended, but we have a handful more episodes with poets this May! Today I'm so excited to be arts calling Shaine Greenwood, our first ever repeat guest!
Shaine Greenwood is a Seattle-based writer, artist, and weirdo. He writes poetry, sci-fi, and literary fiction with a focus on people and what makes them tick. You can find his work here:
National Poetry Month may have ended, but we have a handful more episodes with poets this May! Today I am thrilled to be arts calling Lynne Jensen Lampe!
She inherited a wooden bowl, her grandpa’s pipe, and a bug saved since 1944 when her mother, only 10, had something stuck in her ear. Tethers to the past still waiting for their poem. But her dad’s Smith Corona typewriter? Her mother’s mental illness? Alread...
National Poetry Month may have ended, but we have a handful more episodes with poets this May! Today I am thrilled to be arts calling Anindita Sengupta!
About: Anindita Sengupta is the author of Only the Forest Knows (Paperwall, forthcoming), Walk Like Monsters (Paperwall, 2016), and City of Water (Sahitya Akademi, 2010). Her poetry has appeared or is forthcoming in several anthologies and in journals such as Plume, 580 S...
National Poetry Month continues! Today I am so happy to be arts calling Jennifer Schomburg Kanke!
About: Jennifer Schomburg Kanke is a writer and editor living in Tallahassee, Florida. She is the author of the chapbook of micropoems Fine, Considering (Rinky Dink Press, 2019) about her experiences undergoing chemotherapy for ovarian cancer; the winner of the Science Fiction Poetry Association’s annual contest in 2013 for t...
National Poetry Month Extravaganza continues! Today I am arts calling Jared Beloff!
About: Jared Beloff earned degrees at Rutgers University (BA in English) Johns Hopkins University (MA in English Literature, specializing in the novel and Romantic/18th Century Literature).
Jared has been an adjunct professor at Queensborough Community College, an English teacher and a teacher mentor in NYC public schools for 15 years.
Hope you're having an excellent National Poetry Month! Today I am thrilled to be arts calling Beth Gordon!
About: Beth Gordon is a poet, mother and grandmother currently living in Asheville, NC.
Her poems have been nominated for Best of the Net, Pushcart and the Orison Anthology. She is the author of two chapbooks: Morning Walk with Dead Possum, Breakfast and Parallel Universe (Animal Heart Press) and Particularly Dan...
National Poetry Month Extravaganza rolls on and on! Today I am so excited to be arts calling Lannie Stabile!
Lannie Stabile (she/her), a queer Detroiter, is the winner of OutWrite’s 2020 Chapbook Competition in Poetry and a back-to-back semifinalist for the Button Poetry Chapbook Contest. Lannie was also named a 2020 Best of the Net finalist. Her debut poetry full-length, Good Morning to Everyone Except Men Who Na...
National Poetry Extravaganza continues! Today I'm excited to be arts calling Lauren Theresa!
About: Lauren Theresa is a divergent poet, herbalist, trauma therapist, and Hekatean witch living in NJ with her tiny family and menagerie of plants.
She moonlights as Poetry Editor with the awesome folks at Olney Magazine, and is the author of the forthcoming chapbook LOST THINGS (Bullshit Lit August '22). Lauren’s work h...
National Poetry Month Extravaganza is rolling along! Today I'm overjoyed to be arts calling Susan Nguyen!
About Susan: Susan Nguyen's debut poetry collection, Dear Diaspora, won the 2020 Prairie Schooner Book Prize in Poetry and was published by the University of Nebraska Press in Sept 2021. She has been the Senior Editor at _Hayden's Ferry Review _since the end of 2021.
Nguyen's poetry is often interested...
National Poetry Month goes on and on! So thrilled to be arts calling Saúl Hernández today!
Saúl Hernández is a queer writer from San Antonio, TX who was raised by undocumented parents. Saúl has an MFA in Creative Writing from The University of Texas at El Paso. He's the winner of the Two Sylvias Press Chapbook Prize 2021 chosen by Victoria Chang. He's a finalist for Palette Poetry 2020 Spotlight Award....
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