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

Episode 297 of The Drunken Odyssey, your favorite podcast about creative writing and literature is available on iTunes, or right click here to download.

On this week’s program, I talk to poets Paul Muldoon

Paul Muldoon

and Patricia Smith!

Patricia Smith



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On this week’s program, I talk to the poet Denise Duhamel about the role of politics and play in poetry.

Denise Duhamel




Here in Orlando, the City Beautiful, come out and hear some protest poetry on January 19th.

If you love Pat Greene, or just love great art, please donate a little something to The Downtown Arts District of Orlando.

The music used in this episode was “Tremor” and “As the Dark Wave Swells” by The Bambi Molesters.

The Bambi Molesters

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On this week's program, I talk to Charles Simic about James Tate, Kansas surrealism, humor in poetry, and embracing the unconscious,
plus I talk to Richard Blanco about the accidents that turn us into artists, the grind of editing, and the joys of finding new forms and challenges.


Be sure to check out the music of David Rego, whose songs “Rings Ring” and "Sapphire Showers" appear on this episode.

Dave Rego

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In this week’s episode, I catch up with Ben Blum, who was my colleague in a Jonathan Lethem workshop circa 2009, and talk about finding room for earnestness in a postmodern outlook, finding room for pleasure in a world sick with stimulation, and writing a challenging project that changes who you are as a writer.


Ranger Games


The music used in this episode was "Sweet Spot," "Chase," "Chaotica," and "As the Dark Wave Swells" by The Bambi Molesters.

All hail Mistie Watkins, content editor of The Drunken Odyssey.

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Episode 293

In this week’s episode, Tod Caviness, Julian Chambliss, Dianne Turgeon Richardson, and Jared Silvia join me in a roundtable discussion of the Star Wars Christmas Special of 1978 and maybe got a few other topics in there as well.

Star Wars roundtable

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In this week’s episode, we return to September 5th, 2017, the 60th anniversary of the publication of Jack Kerouac's On the Road. This celebration included Tod Caviness, Janna Benge, Bob Kealing, Erik Deckers, Suleika Jaouad, Karen Price, Holly Kapherr, Jared Silvia, Chris Cortez and Mark Piszczek.

On the Road Party Music by Peter LanzaroneOn the Road Party John by Vincent


Check out The Blue Bamboo Center for the Arts!

Learn more about The Kerouac Project residency program.

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In this week’s episode, I talk with Vanessa Blakeslee about the new fiction anthology, A Very French Christmas, from New Vessel Press.



Some context for the dubious Dutch tradition of Black Pete.

David Sedaris discusses this in his essay, "6 to 8 Black Men."

Be sure to check out the music of David Rego, whose song "Harp" appears on this episode.

Dave Rego

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This week I talk to Jacob Shores-Agüello, the resident of the Kerouac House in summer of 2017. We talk about the roles that genres play in the process of mourning, the improvistory games that can create a sense of shared culture, the glory of compression, and how to avoid the musical information car crashes that happen with prose.




Check out the offerings at the Annie Russel Theatre.

Check out Burrow Press's latest tome.

We Cant Help It If Were from Florida


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This week I talk to the fiction writer Laurie Stone, and we talk about the need for more craft in experimental work, what New York means for writers, the tricks of memory and aging, and our beloved avant garde forebears.

Laurie Stone
My Life as an Animal


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This is a special episode, for Will Dowd, checks in to talk about how he turned his Drunken Odyssey blog, Areas of Fog, into a book! We try to get to the bottom of our editorial relationship, the trick of bypassing or appeasing the gatekeepers among the editors of the literary world, and how the weather affects every aspect of life in New England.

Will Dowd - BPL




If you are at Miami Book Fair this weekend, stop by the Burrow Press booth!

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