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

In this week’s episode, I talk to fiction writer Holly Tavel about the urge to experiment in fiction, the need to subvert grand narratives, and the joys of the avant-garde and children's schlock and obsessions of all kinds,


Plus I chat with Michael Martin about the fascinating ways poetry finds itself entering Miami during the month of April.

Michael Martin
Photo by Gesi Schilling.



Learn more about the O Miami Poetry Festival, including its schedule of events, here.

O Miami Bus
Photo by Gesi Schilling. Special Thanks to The Children's Trust and Miami-Dade Transit.


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On this week’s show, David James Puissant and I offer words of advice for new writers and answer some of their questions, in the equivalent of our 8th mailbag episode, almost 2 years after the 7th...

Litlando (Words of Advice)

plus Ramona Pojoga writes about a book that changed her life!

Ramona Pojoga

Direct download: The_Drunken_Odyssey_Episode_254.mp3
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Barry Temple

In this week’s episode, I talk to animator Barry Temple about his extraordinary professional experience in show business. We cover career highlights like The Mouse and His Child, Ralph Bakshi's animated version of The Lord of the Rings, and the arc of Disney animation in the 1980s (from Don Bluth's defection to the renaissance of Disney filmmaking). We discuss the role that perseverance and adaptation play in a successful career, and what it is like to create animation before a theme park audience.


The Mouse and His Child

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On April 15th, check out this amazing fundraiser for Exodus United at The Geek Easy.


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In this week’s episode, I talk to Gary Evans, Brian Crum, and Adam Watson of The Intoxicators about writing music, working collaboratively, fast tempos, and staying fired up!

The Intoxicators B&W


Easter Eggs on Halloween
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In this week’s episode, I talk with the poet Ephraim Scott Sommers.

Ephraim Scott Sommers


The Night We Set the Dead Kid On Fire


Litlando 2017 will take place on March 25th at The Gallery at Avalon Island. Buy tickets now here.


Check out Ephraim's music here.

Come to Ephraim's book launch, if you are in Orlando.

Ephraim Scott Sommers book launch final

Direct download: The_Drunken_Odyssey_Episode_251.mp3
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Episode 219 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 Josh Dull, Racquel Henry, Darlyn Finch Kuhn, and me.

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In this week’s episode, I talk with the poet Ashley Inguanta, plus Daniela Chamorro writes about how Sandra Cisneros's The House on Mango Street changed her life.

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In this week’s episode, I talk with Vanessa Blakeslee about E. L. Doctorow's Creationists.


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Category:Arts/Culture/Writing -- posted at: 1:28am EDT

This week’s episode is an eclectic mix of poetry, fiction, and an interview on the subject of the American presidency. This show features Jennifer Berne, Shawn McKee, Karen Best, Christopher Booth, Jeremy DaCruz, & Lauren Camp.


On Monday, February 27 at 6:30 PM - 8:30 PM, at Bookmark It in The Lovely, Vanessa Blakeslee will lead a discussion of Sinclair Lewis's It Can't Happen Here.


Direct download: The_Drunken_Odyssey_Episode_247.mp3
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This week features our 5th annual Erotic Poetry Night, featuring...

  • Naomi Butterfield
  • Ephraim Scott Sommers
  • Diane Turgeon Richardson
  • Wilson Santos
  • Stephanie Rizzo
  • Brian Downes
  • Rachel Kolman
  • Lisa Roney
  • Madison Strake Bernath
  • & your host, John King.
Direct download: The_Drunken_Odyssey_Episode_246.mp3
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