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

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.

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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.

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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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On this week’s show, I share interviews I did with the short story writer Jim Shepard

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and one of my favorite novelists, Jennifer Egan.

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Episode 305 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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Episode 304 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 special AWP program, Vanessa Blakeslee and I face off against Book Fight's Tom McAllister and Barrelhouse's Poetry Editor, Dan Brady.

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Young Widowers Handbook



Train Shots

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Episode 304 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 drive West of Orlando to meet up with two adventurers named Drunky & Rhiannon who've just happened to write the best guide to Walt Disney World as far is this show is concerned. We geek out about boozing like pros at WDW!

We drank outside at Hurricane Hannah's,




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and then we walked over to inside the Ale and Compass over at the Yacht Club,

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and then enjoyed some beverages at The Belle Vue Lounge in the Boardwalk Inn.

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The Belle Vue Lounge is where I, sober, interviewed Ridley Pearson all the way back on #199.

This show did the Monorail pub crawl back on #77.

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On this week’s program, I talk to the novelist Cheryl Della Pietra, an editorial assistant to Hunter S. Thompson in 1992, about the dynamics of working with him, the reality of the actual writer's life, the dangers of a legendary persona, Hunter's gift for meta-journalism, the challenges of fiction writing and negotiating a gonzo vision in the service of a non-gonzo narrative, and when to put your work in the drawer and move on.



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