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

 

Jacob

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.

TEXTS DISCUSSED

Paraíso

NOTES

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
TEXTS DISCUSSED
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

TEXTS DISCUSSED

FOG COVER

NOTES

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

NOTES

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.

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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.

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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.

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NOTE

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

TEXTS DISCUSSED

The Standard Grand

Deadbeat

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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

NOTES

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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In this week’s episode, I talk with Vanessa Blakeslee about Colum McCann's Letters to a Young Writer.

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Books Discussed

Letters to a Young Writer

NOTES

Colum McCann hosts a lovely Bloomsday reading every year at Ulysses Folk House in downtown Manhattan.

Colum McCann by John King

Check out my interview with the late Charlie Bethel, an amazing playwright and performer, back on episode 39.

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Episode 280 of The Drunken Odyssey, your favorite podcast about creative writing and literature is available on iTunes, or right click here to download.

David James Poissant

On this week’s show, David James Poissant and I offer words of advice for 12 new writers and their questions. I probably swear more than I should in a classroom.

NOTES

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

Check out Orlando Shakespeare's production of Man of La Mancha.

Congrats to the finalists for Poet Laureate of Orlando: Curtis Meyer, Susan Lilley, and Terry Anne Thaxton.

Check out the music of The Bambi Molesters, an extraordinary surf rock outfit out of Croatia.


Episode 280 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 show, I talk editing and publishing and writing and the post-MFA malaise with Leslie Salas.

Leslie Salas

TEXTS DISCUSSED

Other Orlandos

15 Views of Orlando

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NOTES

Leslie Salas currently blogs for The Gloria Sirens, and is an editor at Sweet.

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On this week’s show, I talk poetry with Brittany Perham!

NOTES

Check out my interview with Brittany Perham's chapbook collaborator, Kim Addonizio.

RIP, Jerry Pournelle and J. P. Donleavy.

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On this week’s show, I have a fun conversation with the journalist, surfer, and Buddhist Jaimal Yogis about the provisionality of our knowledge, philosophy, zen, surfing, writing, avoiding preciousness, and the lunacy of the ego.

 

 

NOTES

Please consider donating to The Drunken Odyssey’s indiegogo fundraiser here.

 

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Episode 276 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 show, I speak with the poet Tina Giannoukos about the glorious visibility and flexibility of sonnets, plus Sabrina Napolitano writes about how reading Michael Chabon's The Amazing Adventures of Kavalier and Clay changed her life.


Notes

Consider donating to The Drunken Odyssey’s indiegogo fundraiser here.

Go here for details on the 60th anniversary party for On the Road at the Kerouac House.

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In this week’s episode, I talk with Vanessa Blakeslee about Rainer Maria Rilke's famous Letters to a Young Poet, plus we pay homage to Rilke's poetry with readings by Craig Moreau, Hyejung Kook, David Foley, Jason Morris, David Mcloughlin, and Amy Hosig.

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NOTES

Consider donating to The Drunken Odyssey's indiegogo fundraiser here.

Learn more about the nonprofit Page 15 here.

Follow Kristen Arnett on twitter here, or check out her website.

Check out The Florida Review here.

Go here for details on the 60th anniversary party for On the Road at the Kerouac House.

On the Road

Go here for details about Functionally Literate's next event with SJ Sindu and Kristen Arnett on September 23rd at the Blue Bamboo Center for the Arts.

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On this week’s show, I catch up with Jason Croft about the continuing evolution of pin up and burly-q culture, Bunny Yeager's legacy, the awesomeness of Medusirena, writing for pulp magazines, the joys and struggles of editorship, and the 10th anniversary of Bachelor Pad Magazine, where some of my work has been published.

TEXTS DISCUSSED

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NOTES

If you can contribute to my indiegogo fundraiser, please go here.

On Sunday, August 13th at 3 PM, join me and the other authors of Other Orlandos to celebrate its book launch!

Other Orlandos


Episode 273 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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Henry Hughes


On this week’s show, I talk to the poet and memoirist Henry Hughes about how to get over rejection, poetry, the freedom of ekphrastic work, memoirs, and fishing,

Plus Todd Boss reads his poem, "One of the Joys of Dry Fly Fishing."

 

 

 

 

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In this week’s episode, I curate more blues music that has sustained me in this summer of working too hard.

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In this week’s episode, I talk with Curtis X. Meyer and Caleb Zachary Matthews about the Slam Nationals that Team Orlando will be attending, the upsides and downsides of Slam Poetry, plus they perform their work!

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NOTES

  • Help send Sherdes Leona, Caleb Zachary Matthews, Faith Elizabeth, Curtis X. Meyer, & Kira Calvaresi to the Slam Nationals here.
  • On July 28th, I am hosting a reading by Jaimal Yogis at the Kerouac House.

 

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In this week’s episode, I talk with Vanessa Blakeslee about Robert Paul Lamb’s Art Matters: Hemingway, Craft, and the Creation of the Modern Short Story. Five years in, TDO finally devotes a show to Hemingway, and Bob's discussion of Hemingway's craft is profoundly illuminating to how effectively extraordinary Hemingway's aesthetics were. I somehow manage not to tell the story how in my Purdue years, my roommates and I dubbed the more rustic of our two bathrooms as The Ernest Hemingway Memorial toilet, with a lot of great photos of Hem in it.

 

 

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Kathleen Rooney

On this week’s show, I talk to the poet and novelist Kathleen Rooney about the flaneur as geographic narrator of imaginative space, the aesthetic pleasures of walking, writing about New York City, the value of elderly characters, the dramatic provocations of history, and the structure of the novel of memory.

TEXTS DISCUSSED

Lillian Boxfish Takes a WalkMrs Dalloway
Let the Great World Spin
Ulysses

NOTES

All our Waves are Water

 

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On this week’s show, I talk to my friend Nathan Holic, who is an Orlando writer and editor of the 15 Views of Orlando anthology series. While in situ at The Contemporary Resort, we discuss the stressors of theme park-going, the uses of such postmodern settings, and the odd counterbalances of melodrama and dark satire in Stanley Elkin's The Magic Kingdom.

TEXTS DISCUSSED

Elkin The Magic Kingdom15 Views of Orlando

NOTES

Contemporary Marry Cottles Room Mary Cottle's room? The equivalent of room 822 now, but perhaps not back in 1986. (No, we didn't knock on the door.)

Check out Nathan's books!

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All our Waves are Water

 

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On this week’s show, I talk to fiction writer, Shasta Grant, the Kerouac House resident from the spring of 2017.

Shasta Grant

NOTES

Shasta's chapbook is now available from Split Lip Press.

On June 16th, I am hosting a fundraiser for the S.A.F.E. Words poetry slam at Writer's Atelier.

On July 28th, I am hosting a reading by Jaimal Yogis at the Kerouac House.

 

 

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On this week’s show, I talk to Todd Boss, whose new book, Tough Luck, includes a poem sequence inspired by the disaster of the I-35W Bridge's collapse in Minneapolis,

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plus Malcolm Kelly reads his poem, "Visual Vignettes of Some Gay Shit."

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TEXT DISCUSSED

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NOTES

 

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In this week’s episode, I talk with Vanessa Blakeslee about Jhumpa Lahiri’s experiment in becoming an Italian writer, In Other Words.

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On this week's show, I talk to Missy Barnes, Lena Barker, and Nicholas D'Allesandro about their production of Urinetown.

NOTES

Follow the Annie Russel theatre here.

Check out Episode 119 for Sam Slaughter's essay about Denis Johnson.

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David James Poissant reads his keynote at Litlando, from February 25th, 2017!

David James Poissant Keynote

TEXTS DISCUSSED

The Heaven of Animals

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Episode 261, I interview the prose writer Sarah Gerard about her essay collection, Sunshine State, and her novel, Binary Star.

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260 shows equals a fifth anniversary, I've decided, so it was a pleasure to talk to someone who was here at the very beginning. Jaroslav Kalfař was my occasional co-host to talk about craft books, during those last days of his being an undergraduate at the University of Central Florida. Five years, one MFA, and one novel later, Jaroslav is an international literary phenomenon. We try to catch up and manage to talk about writing along the way, plus Heleen Sikorski reads her poem "Autoerotic Alliteration."

 

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On Episode #258, I am joined by Julian Chambliss, Dianne Turgeon Richardson, Tod Caviness, and Kevin Hutchinson to talk about Star Wars in honor of May the 4th. We talk about the questionable genius of George Lucas, the role of Disney in anticipating the needs and desires of the SW audience, the imposition of romance in war narratives, and the profound role of play in our development of self. A lot of beer was drunk. We made fun of each other.

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In this week’s episode, I talk with Vanessa Blakeslee about Margaret Atwood's In Other Worlds and The Handmaid's Tale.

 

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In this week’s episode, I shut up and let Ephraim Scott Sommers, Vanessa Blakeslee, and David James Poissant discuss how to get published in lit mags, plus Tiffany Fussell discusses how The Secret Garden changed her life.

 

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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,

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

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Photo by Gesi Schilling.

TEXTS DISCUSSED


NOTES

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

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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

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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.

TEXTS DISCUSSED

The Mouse and His Child

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Black CauldronWho Framed Roger RabbitRoller Coaster RabbitThe Little Mermaidbeauty beast posterThe_lion_king_poster

Mulan

 

NOTES

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!

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ALBUMS

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

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TEXTS DISCUSSED

The Night We Set the Dead Kid On Fire

NOTES

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

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Check out Ephraim's music here.

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

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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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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.

NOTES

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.

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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.
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In this week’s episode, I talk to the novelist and memoirist Tom McAllister about structuring long-form fiction, the mystery of love, the addictive horrors of football, and other important matters.

 

NOTES

Bookmark It

Follow Bookmark It on Facebook to learn more about Brave New Book Club, which is led  by Vanessa Blakeslee.

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In this week’s episode, I talk to the novelist and memoirist Lily Brooks-Dalton.

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TEXTS DISCUSSED

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NOTES

According to Buzzfeed, Roxanne Gay has pulled her forthcoming book, How to Be Heard, from Simon and Shuster.

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In this week’s episode, I talk to the poet Joy Harjo, the poet and fiction and creative nonfiction writer Kim Addonizio, and the memoirist Paul Lisicky.
 

NOTES

On Sunday, February 5th, The Drunken Odyssey will be hosting its annual erotic poetry night at Vinyl Arts Bar in Orlando, Florida. 7 PM.

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In this week’s episode, I talk to fiction writer Ann Hood,

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and the graphic novelist Art Spiegelman.

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TEXTS DISCUSSED

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NOTES

Monica Crowley, Donald Trump's choice for senior director of communications for the National Security Council, is a plagiarist

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On Sunday, February 5th, The Drunken Odyssey will be hosting its annual erotic poetry night at Vinyl Arts Bar in Orlando, Florida. 7 PM..

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In this week’s episode, I talk with Vanessa Blakeslee about Jennie Jarvis's Crafting the Character Arc: A Practical Guide to Character Creation and Development.

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Plus Scott Hoffman reads his essay, "I read Ethan Frome every January."

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TEXTS DISCUSSED

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In this week’s episode, I talk to fiction writer, Irvine Welsh, and share his reading from his new novel, A Decent Ride, at Miami Book Fair. Aleksander Hemon also read from his novel, The Making of Zombie Wars.

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Here I am with Irvine Welsh back in 2012.

TEXTS DISCUSSED

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NOTES

Thanks to Pressure Wave (Jared Silvia) for his song "Two Thousand Six."

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In this week’s episode, I talk to the poets Rita Dove and Robert Pinsky, and share the reading they gave together at Miami Book Fair International.

 

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TEXTS DISCUSSED

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NOTES

Listen to my previous interview with Robert Pinsky here.

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In this week’s episode, I talk to the essayist Sarah Sweeney about her debut collection, Tell Me If You're Lying, the impediments and the value the academy can be to writing, and the essential relevance of poetry to the prose arts.

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TEXTS DISCUSSED

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NOTES

Read Sarah Sweeney's essay about catfishing musicians here.

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In this week’s episode, I talk to fiction writer Glendaliz Camacho near the end of her residency at the Kerouac House in Orlando.

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Photo by Linda Nieves-Powell

 

NOTES

Check out Glendaliz's work:

Reinaldo Arenas's story "The Glass Tower" appears in Mona and Other Tales.

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On this week’s show, I talk to the literary historian Bill Savage about the re-release of George Ade's 1931 classic, breezy history of drinking culture in America.

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George Ade

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Watch and hear Bill's rant against the term dive bar.

Should Prohibition be repealed? (illustration from The Old Time Saloon)

 

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In this week’s episode, I present an Election Day version Jesse Bradley’s prose reading series, There Will Be Words, or in this case, There Will Be Words and/or Doom. The readers included  myself,

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Rachel Kolman,

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Glendaliz Camacho,

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And Whitney Hamrick.

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Thanks once again to our host, J. Bradley.

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On this week’s show, I talk to the nonfiction writer Sayantani Dasgupta about creative nonfiction, the romance of reading, and the powerful appeal of the in-between.

View More: http://heatherwoolery.pass.us/sd_brick_1TEXTS DISCUSSED

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Listen to Sayantani's essay about 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea here.

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In this week’s episode, I talk with Vanessa Blakeslee about David Foster Wallace’s “E Unibus Plurim: Television and U.S. Fiction.”

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Read David Foster Wallace’s 1993 essay “E Unibus Plurim: Television and U.S. Fiction” here.

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On this week’s show, I talk to the nonfiction writer Pamela Skjolsvik about creative nonfiction, anxiety, and death,

plus I briefly eulogize a triumvirate of entertainers: Leonard Cohen, Robert Vaughn, and Kevin Meaney.

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Friars Club Roast of Chevy Chase

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NOTES

Check out Pamela Skjolsvik's essay about David Sedaris back on episode 50.

Miami Book Fair International‘s amazing weekend street fair will take place on November 19th and 20th.

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In this week’s episode, I talk to the journalist and nonfiction writer, Craig Pittman.

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This week is a live show: Horror Movie Poetry Night III. The Drunken Odyssey All Stars were Glendaliz Camacho, Curtis X. Meyer, Stacy Barton, Jim Driggers, Shawn McKee, Jared Silvia, Whitney Hamrick, Teege Braune, & your host, John King.

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Episode 229 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 return to Jesse Bradley’s Halloween installment of his prose reading series, There Will Be Words.

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Jesse Bradley, Karen Best, Shawn McKee, Teege Braune, John King, & Jared Silvia.
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Erik Deckers

Plus a final performance from The Terrible Mr. Sundrop.

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On this week’s show, I present a quartet of readings from HP Lovecraft: "The Beast in the Cave," "The Tree," "Beyond the Wall of Sleep," and "From Beyond."

Our readers are Chris Booth,

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Elise McKenna, and Tom Lucas.

Elise & Tom Lovecraft Roundtable

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NOTES

This episode is a companion to Episode 227, a roundtable discussion of Lovecraft.

If you like this show's readings, check out the previous literary reading episode, 123, on the year without a summer that spawned the ghost story contest between Lord Byron, the Shelleys, and Dr. Polidori.

If you are near Orlando on October 19th, come to Horror Movie Poetry Night 3.

Direct download: The_Drunken_Odyssey_Episode_228.mp3
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In this week’s episode, I and my inestimable guests have a fine conversation about Lovecraft and his bizarre tales and his rather strange life and his exceptionally unfortunate opinions

The participants included Elise McKenna, Tom Lucas,

Elise & Tom Lovecraft RoundtableJulian Chambliss,

Julian Lovecraft Roundtableand Dianne Turgeon Richardson.

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An author photo can look unintentionally scarier than the horror book cover sometimes.

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In this week’s episode, I talk to poet Vidhu Aggarwal,

vidhu-aggarwalplus Adelia Johnson writes about Ned Vizzini's It's Kind of a Funny Story changed her life.

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NOTES

Check out my essay, "There, But," in the latest issue of Animal: A Beast of a Literary Magazine.

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In this week’s episode, I talk to the journalist and historian, Bob Kealing,

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plus Heather Whited reads her essay, "Onigiri, Shirasagi, and Me."

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TEXTS DISCUSSED

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NOTES

 The Daytona News-JournalThe Daytona News-Journal documented Edward Albee's involvement with the Atlantic Center for the Arts.

On September 30th, Richard Blanco is coming to Valencia College for the Winter Park Writers’ Festival. Richard Blanco’s reading is FREE, but you MUST reserve a seat via the Festival’s Eventbrite page.

EVENT DETAILS

  • Location: Winter Park Campus, Valencia College, 850 W Morse Blvd, Winter Park, FL 32789, Rooms 237/2424
  • 4 PM: Community Writing Class with Richard Blanco
  • 5:30 PM: Open Mic Reading (Emceed by John King)
  • 7:00 PM: Richard Blanco Reading

You can find my interview with Richard Blanco back on episode 76.

The deadline for submissions for Condoms and Hot Tubs Don't Mix is fast approaching.

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In this week’s episode, I talk with Vanessa Blakeslee about Virginia Woolf’s "Modern Fiction" and "Mr. Bennett and Mrs. Brown,"

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plus Mingzhao Xu writes about Diana Gabaldon's Outlanders series changed her life.

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TEXTS DISCUSSED

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Suki Kim's nuanced take on what happened in Brisbane can be read at The New Republic.

Lionel Shriver's "Identity Politics and Fiction" can be read at The Guardian.

On September 30th, Richard Blanco is coming to Valencia College for the Winter Park Writers’ Festival. Richard Blanco’s reading is FREE, but you MUST reserve a seat via the Festival’s Eventbrite page.

EVENT DETAILS

  • Location: Winter Park Campus, Valencia College, 850 W Morse Blvd, Winter Park, FL 32789, Rooms 237/2424
  • 4 PM: Community Writing Class with Richard Blanco
  • 5:30 PM: Open Mic Reading (Emceed by John King)
  • 7:00 PM: Richard Blanco Reading

 

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In this week’s episode, I talk to the novelist Vu Tran about the appeal of detective fiction, the importance of literary substance over style, the problem with femme fatale characters, the Iowa MFA experience, and many, many other things,

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plus Jared Silvia sings another Woody Guthrie number in honor of Labor Day, as part of his annual Labor Day musical project.

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NOTES

On September 30th, Richard Blanco is coming to Valencia College for the Winter Park Writers' Festival.

Richard Blanco's reading is FREE, but you MUST reserve a seat via the Festival's Eventbrite page.

EVENT DETAILS

  • Location: Winter Park Campus, Valencia College, Rooms 237/2424
  • 4 PM: Community Writing Class with Richard Blanco
  • 5:30 PM: Open Mic Reading (Emceed by John King)
  • 7:00 PM: Richard Blanco Reading

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In this week’s episode, I talk to the poet and novelist Ryler Dustin near the end of his residency at the Kerouac House in Orlando, after a weeklong tour of weddings.

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We speak about the horrors of what happens to poetry in educational environments, the dawning sense of contemporary poetry as a form of play and life, as opposed to some kind of stillborn puzzle. Ryler also talks about the poetic impulse overtaking him before he even knew what poetry was, and walks me through his experience in slam poetry and MFA life, and the creative writing PhD, and the drive to move beyond genres. For some reason, I bring up my favorite bit of dialogue from the movie Major League despite Bull Durham being a much better movie. The role of honesty and novelty in writing also brilliantly come up. (We were both sober.)

NOTES

  • On September 30th, Richard Blanco is headed to Valencia College for its 2016 Winter Park Writers Festival.
  • Rest in peace, Mr. Sundrop (Episode 213), or else let your caterwauls join the heavenly chorus.

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Episode 222 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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In this week’s episode, I share There Will Be Fan Fiction 2, a special edition of Jesse Bradley’s prose reading series, There Will Be Words.

 

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This installment features the fan fiction of Shauna Basques (Jason Todd-era Batman), J. Bradley himself (The Mighty Ducks/Fatal Attraction crossover, obviously), Brontë Bettencourt (Frozen), A. C. Warner (Star Trek: The Next Generation, as read by me), and me (Flash Gordon).

NOTES

Check out the first installment of There Will Be Fan Fiction, which featured Teege Braun writing Small Wonder, Jared Silvia writing King of the Hill, Stephanie Rizzo writing about a post-apocalyptic Lewis and Clarke, Genevieve Anna Tyrrell writing Dexter, and me, that is John King, writing a Benny Hill Show/Ace Frehley crossover that includes David Foster Wallace, Yoda, My Little Pony, and a hint of Cthulu.

Also check out J. Bradley's latest book, Jesus Christ, Boy Detective, and here us talk about it back on episode 216.

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Check out Brontë Bettencourt's blog, 21st Century Brontë.

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In this week’s episode, I talk to my friend, fiction writer Sam Slaughter, who I met back in 2014, when he wrote a little something about Denis Johnson's Jesus' Son for the show. We talk about his short story collection, God in Neon, his chapbook, When You Cross That Line (inspired by Florida Man stories), alcoholism, how we evolve as writers, and the Orlando writing scene.

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Photo by Oxley Photography 2014

plus Tom McAllister of Book Fight fame reads his personal essay, "A Brief History of World Travel (Part 8): Notes on Baltimore, MD."

Tom McAllister

TEXTS DISCUSSED

God in Neon

When You Cross That Line

The Sheltering

Bastard Out Of Carolina

NOTES

  • Check out Sam Slaughter's website.
  • Hear Sam read his essay about Denis Johnson's Jesus's Son back on episode 119.
  • Or hear Sam read his essay about his misadventures in brewing beer back on episode 126.
  • Or hear Sam reads his essay about helping himself to some sacramental wine as part of our Repeal Day 2014 show back on episode 129.
  • Read the text of A Brief History of World Travel (part 8) - Notes on Baltimore, MD, or check out Tom McAllister's other essays in this series, and his other work, on his website.
  • Consider pre-ordering Tom McAllister's forthcoming novel, The Young Widower's Handbook.

Young Widowers HandbookListen to the music of The Bambi Molesters.

 


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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.

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The line up on that evening was Ryan Rivas,

my awesome self,

 Mary McGinn,

Logan Anderson,

and Amy Watkins!

 

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In this week’s episode, I talk to historian and creative writer Todd James Pierce,

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plus Heather Whited reads her essay, "The General."

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Check out the Disney History Institute.

 

 

 

 

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In this week’s episode, I talk with Vanessa Blakeslee about On Writing, a book of selections from Charles Bukowski's letters,

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plus poet Henry Hughes writes me a letter about his own correspondence with Bukowski back from 1989 and 1991.

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TEXTS DISCUSSED

On Writing

post-office-charles-bukowski

Women

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In this week’s episode, I talk to J. Bradley about his new novel, Jesus Christ, Boy Detective,

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plus Tom McAllister reads his essay, "A Brief History of World Travel, Part 6."

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TEXTS DISCUSSED

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NOTES

  • For those of you who'd like to read "A Brief History of World Travel, Part 6," or follow Tom McAllister in general, go here.
  • Subscribe to The Florida Review for only $15 a year.
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In this week's episode, I interview actor and author Lisa Wolpe about her one woman show, Shakespeare and the Alchemy of Gender, plus Mistie  Watkins reads her essay "Why I Write."

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Episode 213 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 a joint production of The Drunken Odyssey, The Functionally Literate Reading Series, and the In Between Series: an experimental show called The Pink Fire Revue.

This featured the musicians John Curtis, Derek Duda (Dudagruv), Jared Silvia (Pressurewave), and visual artist Ginger Leigh (Synthestruct),

Jared Silva

and the writers, namely myself,

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Nicole Oquendo,

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Mary McGinn,

Mary McGinn

Tod Caviness,

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&, by proxy, The Terrible Mr. Sundrop.

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Bright Light BooksIf you like in the city beautiful that is Orlando, do check out Bright Light Books, my favorite local used book store, especially for their overstock sales every Saturday.

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Episode 213 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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In this week’s episode, I interview fiction writer and humorist Erik Deckers,

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plus Emma Atkinson reads her essay, "The Little Maybe."

Emma Atkinson

TEXTS DISCUSSED

No Bullshit Social MediaBranding YourselfI Never Promised YouNOTES

Follow Erik's humor columns here, his professional blog here, or on twitter.

MSND NYCT 1Check out Chuck Cannini's review of New York Classical Theatre's A Midsummer Night's Dream.

 

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In this week’s episode, we have a roundtable discussion of Hunter S. Thompson.

The participants included Geoffe Benge, Frank Messina, Josh Dull, Shawn McKee,

 

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Geoff Benge, Frank Messina, Ashley Inguanta, Josh Dull, and Shawn McKee.

 

and Dianne Turgeon Richardson.

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Dianne pre-recording her bit. Notice the placement of tambourine.

TEXTS DISCUSSED

HST Hells AngelsHST The Great Shark HuntHST Fear and Loathing 2The Curse of Lonohunter thompson better than sex

The Rum DiaryHey Rube

 

 

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In this week’s episode, I interview fiction writer and philosopher Ron Cooper,

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plus I chat with actor Jeremy Palko, who many of you might recognize as Andy from season 6 of The Walking Dead.

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Jeremy Palko is the more handsome fellow on the right.

TEXTS DISCUSSED

 

Gospel Of The Twin

So Pretty

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In this week’s episode, I share a recording of the latest live performance of The Drunken Odyssey All Stars, in The Ink Show.

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This performance included your humble host,

John King

Teege Braune,

Teege Braune

Nicole Oquendo,

Nicole Oquendo James King
Nicole with the tattoo artist, James King.

Mistie Watkins,

Mistie Watkins

Adrian Alexander,

Adrian Alexander

Stephanie Rizzo,

Stephanie Rizzo

Tom Lucas,

Tom Lucas

and Amy Watkins.

Amy Watkins

NOTES

Infinite thanks to Beyond Ink Tattoos in Winter Park.

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Listen to the powerful surf rock of The Intoxicators.

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TEXTS DISCUSSED

Pen and Ink

Generation of Swine

Moby Dick

 

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In this week’s episode, I interview fiction writer Mark Leyner,

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Photo by David Plakke Media.

plus Catherine Carson writes about how Kelly Groome's I Wore the Ocean in the Shape of a Girl changed her life.

Catherine Carson PhotoTEXTS DISCUSSED

Gone with the Mind

The Sugar Frosted Nutsack

Et Tu Babe

Let's Play Doctor

War Inc

I Wore the Ocean in the Shape of a GirlNOTES

The music accompanying Catherine Carson’s essay is “Wingspan” by Carlton Melton, from their album “Photos of Photos.”

Check out the music of The Tequila Worms.

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In this week’s episode, I interview the novelist and poet Jeffrey Ethan Lee,

Jeffrey Ethan Lee

plus Heather Whited reads another travel memoir essay, "Masada."

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TEXTS DISCUSSED

The Autobiography of Somebody Else

Invisible Sister

Identity Papers

 

 

NOTES

  • Check out Jeffrey's first appearance on TDO, back on Episode 111.
  • The Pink Fire Revue is a Modular Collective Art event on June 4th at 7pm at the Gallery At Avalon Island.  Poetry by John King, Nicole Oquendo, Tod Caviness, and Mary McGinn. Visualizations by Synthestruct. Improvised electronic music by Jon Curtis, Dudagruv, and Pressure wave. The Pink Fire Revue is presented by Functionally Literate, The Drunken Odyssey, and The In-Between Series. This event is free and open to the public.
  • Follow The In Between Series here.oad.
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In this week’s episode, I share a recording of latest Best Of show in Jesse Bradley’s prose reading series, There Will Be Words, in which I was a reader, along with Tom Lucas, Jared Silvia, and Karen Price.

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J. Bradley. Photo by John King.
Photo by Shawn McKee.
John King. Tom Lucas is at crotch height. Photo by Shawn McKee.
Tom Lucas. Photo by Shawn McKee.
Tom Lucas. Photo by Shawn McKee.
Jared Silvia. Photo by Shawn McKee.
Jared Silvia. Photo by Shawn McKee.
Karen Price. Photo by Shawn McKee.
Karen Price. Photo by Shawn McKee.

NOTES

If you live in the City Beautiful, that is Orlando, come see me collaborate with others in The Pink Fire Revue on Saturday, June 4th.

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In this week’s episode, I talk about Wallace Stevens's "The Noble Rider and the Sound of Words" with Vanessa Blakeslee,

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Plus Tom McAllister reads his essay, “A Brief History of World Travel, Part 1: Notes on Portland Maine.”
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TEXTS DISCUSSED

Stevens LoA

Bury Me in My Jersey

NOTES

Check out The Two Cities Review, as well as its podcast.

Two Cities Review

If you want to read Tom McAllister's “A Brief History of World Travel, Part 1: Notes on Portland Maine,” go here.

Check out my review of Book Fight, or Book Fight itself.

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In this week’s episode, I throw myself into the Star Wars universe from a writer's perspective.

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NOTE: This show was not authorized by Lucasfilm or any other company.

NOTES

Learn more about Marcia Lucas's influence on 2.5 of the early Star Wars films here.

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In this week’s episode, I interview poet Campbell McGrath about XX, his tenth book of poetry.

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Campbell McGrath (left) and John King (right). Photo by Shawn McKee.

TEXTS DISCUSSED

XXInTheKingdom_pb_cSeven NotebooksFlorida Poems

NOTES

All 7 panels from Litlando 2016 are now available on youtube here.

Read Amy Watkins's review of XX here.

My creative nonfiction piece, "Just Barely," recently appeared in the Fantastic Floridas section of Burrow Press Review.

My flash fiction, "Gentle Spirit," appeared in THAT Literary Review #1.

On May 10th, I'll be reading with Jared Silvia, Tom Lucas, and Karen Price in The Best of There Will Be Words.

Check out "The Battle Over the Sea Monkey Fortune" at The New York Times Magazine.

The Picasso film I reference is The Mystery of Picasso, from 1956, which is not actually in the 1970s at all.

Check out the music of The Bambi Molesters. Their songs "Rising East" (As the Dark Wave Swells) and "Chaotica" (from Sonic Bullets: 13 from the Hip) are heard on this episode.

As the Dark Wave SwellsSonic Bullets

 

Direct download: The_Drunken_Odyssey_Episode_203.mp3
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In this week’s episode, I share Litlando 2016's publishing panel, featuring Danita Berg, Lisa Roney, Raquel Henry, and Ryan Rivas.

Publishing Panelplus Chris Bedell writes about how Sara Shephard's Pretty Little Liars: Toxic changed his life.

Chris Bedell

 

TEXTS DISCUSSED

Black Fox 13The Florida ReviewAnimal A Beast of a Literary MagazineForty Martyrs

Pretty Little Liars ToxicNOTES

Check out the music of The Tequila Worms.

The Tequila WormsTDO Ink Show poster

 

 

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In this week’s episode, I present my lecture, Postmodernism for Creative Writers.

Postmodern books

Postmodernism for CW

TEXTS DISCUSSED

Memoirs Of A Shy Pornographer

French Lieutenants Woman

Gravity's RainbowTrue Places Never Are

Break Every Rule

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Category:Arts/Culture/Writing -- posted at: 3:34pm EDT

In this week’s episode, I talk to the poet and memoirist Brian Turner,

Poet Brian Turner. Photograph by Kim Buchheit.

plus Heather Whited reads her essay, "Scotland Break Up."

Heather WhitedTEXTS DISCUSSED My Life as a Foreign CountryTurner Here, BulletTurner Phantom NoiseNOTES

According to The Guardian, some readers were not amused by Calvin Trillan's "Have They Run Out of Provinces Yet?".

TDO Ink Show poster

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Category:Arts/Culture/Writing -- posted at: 3:46pm EDT

In this week’s episode, I talk to the New York Times bestselling novelist Ridley Pearson from Walt Disney World,

Ridley Pearson and Meplus Mistie Watkins writes about how The Night Circus changed her life.

Mistie Watkins

TEXTS DISCUSSED

Return Book Twokingdom keepersPeter and the Starcatchers.png

Choke PointNight Circus

 

Direct download: The_Drunken_Odyssey_Episode_199.mp3
Category:Arts/Culture/Writing -- posted at: 3:33pm EDT

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Residuum

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In this week’s episode, I talk about Carole Maso's Break Every Rule with Vanessa Blakeslee,

Break Every Rule John and Vanessa

plus Jeremy DaCruz writes about a lucky day on the Econlockhachee River.

Jeremy Da Cruz

TEXTS DISCUSSED

Break Every Rule

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Category:Arts/Culture/Writing -- posted at: 1:38am EDT

 

Episode 196 of The Drunken Odyssey, your favorite podcast about creative writing, literature, and drinking, is available on iTunes, or right click here to download.

In this week’s episode, I interview the actor Joe Vincent,

Joe Vincent

Plus John McMahon writes about how Moby Dick changed his life.

John McMahon

TEXTS DISCUSSED

Riverside Shakespeare
Moby Dick
 NOTES

Check out Orlando Shakespeare Theater's current offerings, and use the discount code mentioned at the beginning of this week's episode.

See my reviews of OST's Tempest and Pericles.

Check out C.T. McMillan's blog, McMillan's Codex.

 

CT McMillan 1

 

Check out Lisa Marten's blog, On Top of It.

 

Do not climb on rocks
 
I am so proud to share this wonderful Kerouac House/Burrow Press event from last month, My Queer Valentine, starring Ashley Inguanta, Claire Robin Thorne, Amber Norman, and Sarah Viren.
 

 Episode 196 of The Drunken Odyssey, your favorite podcast about creative writing, literature, and drinking, is available on iTunes, or right click here to download.
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In this week’s episode, I interview the creative nonfiction writer Sarah Viren,

Sarah Viren

Plus Amy Oestreicher writes about a book that changed her life.

Amy Oestreicher B&W 2006

TEXTS DISCUSSED

Sarah Viren's My Murderer's Futon.

 
The Courage to Heal

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

NOTES

Learn more about Sarah Viren here.

Learn more about Amy Oestreicher, including upcoming dates of her one-woman show, Gutless and Grateful, here.

Direct download: The_Drunken_Odyssey_Episode_195.mp3
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In this week’s episode, I interview the poet J. Scott Brownlee,

J Scott Brownlee

plus Dan Lauer reads his memoir essay, "Helen of Troy."

Dan Lauer
TEXTS DISCUSSED


Requiem for Used Ignition Cap

Sex Drugs and Cocoa Puffs

Break Every Rule

 

Direct download: The_Drunken_Odyssey_Episode_194.mp3
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In this week’s episode, I interview fiction writer Mary Gaitskill, and share her reading from Miami Book Fair International,

Mary Gaitskill

plus Beverly Army Williams and I discuss Mary Gaitskill's new novel, The Mare.

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TEXTS DISCUSSED

The MareVeronicaNOTES

Check out Beverly Army Williams's site, Mothershould.

Litlando-PosterGet tickets for Litlando here.

The music used in this show was by Michael Hearst. "Alprazolam" (Songs for Fearful Flyers) and "Nicht Lustig Fight" (Film Music and Other Scores, Vol. 1) appeared in the opening, and "Theme From Magic Camp" (Film Music and Other Scores, Vol. 1) at the close.

Check out his wonderful music.

Film Music and Other ScoresSongs for Fearful FlyersIf you live in Orlando, check out Orlando Shakespeare Theater's 2016 production of The Tempest.

Greg Thornton (Prospero) and Lisa Wolpe (Antonia) star in Orlando Shakespeare Theater’s production of William Shakespeare's The Tempest. (Photo by Luke Evans.)
Greg Thornton (Prospero) & Lisa Wolpe (Antonia) in OST's The Tempest. (Photo by Luke Evans.)
Direct download: The_Drunken_Odyssey_Episode_193.mp3
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Erotic Poetry Night IV

This week features our 4th annual Erotic Poetry Night, featuring Jesse Bradley, Teege Braune, Stephanie Rizzo, Danielle Kessinger, Amy Watkins, David James Poissant, Ashley Inguanta, Sarah Viren, and (ahem) John King.

 

Direct download: The_Drunken_Odyssey_Episode_192.mp3
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In this week’s episode, I interview poet Erin Belieu,

Erin Belieu

plus I share the Miami Book Fair International reading she participated in with Carl Phillips, Rowan Ricardo Phillips, and Kevin Young.

TEXTS DISCUSSED

Slant SixReconnaissance Carl PhillipsHeaven PoemsBook of Hours

NOTES

  • Check out my first interview with Erin Belieu back on episode 44, when we talked about VIDA and the count.
  • On Superbowl Sunday, February 7, 7 P.M., The Drunken Odyssey will be Super Balling at Writer’s Atelier. More info is here.

Litlando-Poster

Get tickets for Litlando here.

 

Direct download: The_Drunken_Odyssey_Episode_191.mp3
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