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

This week, I talk to my friend and colleague Amy Watkins about becoming more systematic about submitting work, and about conceiving of book-length projects of poetry.

Amy Watkins

TEXTS DISCUSSED

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This week, I talk to my friend Corwin Moore, who is a comic and comedy writer.

Corwin Moore

Our proposed topic of discussion was the greatness of Richard Pryor, which we cover at length in a conversation that took many turns.

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This week, I talk to my friend, and Orlando's poet laureate, Susan Lilley!

Susan Lilley

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Venus in Retrograde

 

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This week, I talk to two poets.

First, I speak with the joyous Jericho Brown about his complex relationship to poetic tradition, identity, and music. Frankly, I kept making tangents to music. Perhaps too many. But this was one of my favorite interviews from Miami Book Fair International.

Jericho Brown MBFI 2019

Second, I speak with Richard Blanco about the poetry of we, and the importance of giving an audience an entertaining performance, and writing poetry that makes me cry in yet another of my favorite interviews from MBFI.

Richard Blanco

TEXTS DISCUSSED

The TraditionHow to Love a Country

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This week, Vanessa Blakeslee and I assail more essays on the craft of literature, this time two by T.S. Eliot.

TS Eliot TDO

TEXTS DISCUSSED

"Hamlet and Its Problems" can be found here; "Tradition and the Individual Talent" can be found here.

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This week, I offer another round of conversations from Miami Book Fair International, in which I talk to Steve Almond about his favorite novel, Stonerby John Williams,

Steve Almond

plus I speak with poet Carolyn Forché about her memoir, All You Have Heard is True.

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TEXTS DICSUSSED

Stoner

What You Have Heard is True

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This week, I talk to fiction writer Nathan Englander about the pressurized form of fictional worlds, giving the reader something worth their time and money, getting to the pain as soon as possible, continuing to learn about one's craft deep into one's career, Judaism in literature, and the wisdom of our friend Darin Strauss.

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Books Discussed

Kaddish dot comWhat We Talk About When We Talk About Anne FrankFor the Relief of Unbearable Urges

 

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