The Drunken Odyssey with John King: A Podcast About the Writing Life

On this week’s program, I talk to the poet Terri Witek.

Terri Witek for Episode




I’ll be reading with the other contributors to this awkward sexcapade anthology!

Condoms & Hot Tubs Release Party

Episode 315 of The Drunken Odyssey, your favorite podcast about creative writing and literature is available on iTunes, or right click here to download.

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On this week’s program, I talk to the novelist and filmmaker, Tom Stern.



My Vanishing Twin


I'll be at two forthcoming events in the City Beautiful.

Laura Lee Bahr will give her farewell readingat the Kerouac House on May 19th at 7:30.

Plus I'll be reading with the other contributors to this awkward sexcapade anthology!

Condoms & Hot Tubs Release Party

Direct download: The_Drunken_Odyssey_Episode_314.mp3
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In this week’s episode, I talk with Vanessa Blakeslee about Alexander Pope’s Essay on Criticism and twitter and other stuff.

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Pre-order Vanessa's forthcoming short story collection, Perfect Conditions.



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The Strangest Mouse

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On this week’s program, I talk to poets Gerald Stern and Victor Hernandez Cruz, plus we hear John McMahon's prologue to his work in progress, A Boy from Nantucket.

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On this week’s show, I talk to M. Evelina Galang about writing about the insistence of history, collaborating with other voices, being inspired by our elders, and conveying the true flux of language.

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Books Discussed

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On this week’s show, I talk to essayist Chelsey Clammer about the lyric essay, finding humor in trauma, and being honestly surprising.

Chelsea Clammer AWP



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On this week’s show, I talk to the poet David McLoghlin about the pains and joys of being a third culture kid, the aesthetic fun of the poetic sketch, the importance of travel and being present even when home, and the importance of saving everything one writes. I read a poem from the ARC that got cut from the published version of the book, and David maybe has second thoughts about its omission...

David McLoghlin


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Check out David reading Rilke's "Presentiment" back on episode 275.

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On this week’s show, the format is quite different.

Get Shreked

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On this week’s show, I talk to poet, memoirist, and editor Brian Turner about how to build a strong anthology, how working in other media helps our writing, and working with our instincts in the writing process. His latest editing project, The Kiss: Intimacies From Writers, is now available from Norton.

Brian Turner


The KissMy Life as a Foreign CountryTurner Phantom NoiseTurner Here, Bullet

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On this week’s show, I share my interview with poet Sean Patrick Mulroy,

Sean Patrick Mulroy

plus I chat with my veteran friend Joshua Dull (on the right) about his plans to do more mission work in Costa Rica.

Joshua Dull in Costa Rica


If you can, throw a few bucks into the can to send Joshua back to Costa Rica to work on clean water projects.

The Kerouac Project of Orlando is accepting applications for its 3-month residency program until April 16th.

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