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

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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In this week’s episode, I talk with Vanessa Blakeslee about Ann Hood's MorningStar: Growing Up With Books.

Morningstar Vanessa & John


Check out my interview with Ann Hood back on episode 242.


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Episode 286 is a bonus episode, on the 1 year-anniversary of our national tragedy, the election day of 2016. I talk to the philosopher Bruce Janz about how to stay sane and process the current state of American democracy, and how our reading habits can console us.

[caption id="attachment_22372" align="alignnone" width="2016"]Bruce Janz & John King 3 Photo by Lisa Roney.

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On this week’s show, Sara Nicolas,Christina Farley, and Ella Martin, discuss the world of young adult fiction at Litlando, from February 25th, 2017.

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Horror Movie Poetry Night 4

This week is a live show: Horror Movie Poetry Night IV. We enter the dark rubicons of Saw, Annabel, Child's Play, SawIIThe Lady in White, Phantasm, Return of the Living DeadHalloween III: Season of the WitchThe Omen, Saw II, The Descent, The Bat, Dead Waves, Lair of the White Worm, and Terminator.

HMPN4 John

The TDO All Stars included Joshua Begley,

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Elise McKenna,

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Jeff Shuster,

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Shawn McKee,

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Jax Shelton,

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and Amy Watkins.



Special thanks to Wilson Santos and Vinyl Arts Bar!

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On this week’s show, I talk about discovering character in the process of novel writing with Jay Baron Nicorvo!

Jay Baron Nicorvo


The Standard Grand


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Episode 282 of The Drunken Odyssey, your favorite podcast about creative writing and literature is available on iTunes, or right click here to download.

In this week’s episode, I share a recording of Loose Lips, the monthly current events literary thing hosted by the inestimable Tod Caviness, with special guests Erik Deckers, Whitney Hamrick, Joe Snyder, Mary McGinn, and moi.

Loose Lips October 2017


Horror Movie Poetry Night 4 event

Join us on October 21st at Vinyl Arts Bar in Orlando

Read Ta-Nehisi Coates's The First White President.

Episode 282 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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