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

On this week’s show, I talk to the poet Erica Dawson,

Erica Dawson

Plus Nicole Callihan reads her memoir essay, "The Week in News."

Nicole Callihan


The Small Blades Hurt

Big-Eyed Afraid

The Venetian Vespers

Nicole Callihan's "The Week in News" originally appeared on The Well and Often Press.


Nicole Callihan's poetry collection, Superloop.


Jeremy Greenfield, in an article for The Atlantic, has explored the continuing struggle between and the Hachette publishing group.

The Peyton James Freeman Prize for nonfiction essays is now accepting submissions. There is no reading fee, and the contest is being judged by Cheryl Strayed.

Horoscopes penned by my signature character Guy Psycho are now available online at The Newer York's site.

On this show, I eulogized Bunny Yeager and Maya Angelou.

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On this week’s show, I answer some mail with my friend, David James Poissant,


plus Rose Tran shares a memoir essay about her unpleasantly Proustian relationship to Florida weather.

Rose Tran
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On this week’s show, I talk to the fiction writer Kseniya Melnik,

Kseniya Melnik

Plus Matt Berman writes about Jean Craighead George's My Side of the Mountain.


Snow in May

The Lazarus Project

My Side of the Mountain

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On this week’s show, I talk to the fiction writer Kelly Luce,

Kelly Luce

Plus Nicole Callihan meditates on motherhood, sustenance, autism, and language in "Notes Toward: Babies, Bananas, Boxes."

Nicole Callihan


Three Scenarios in Which Hana Sasaki Grows a Tail


Nicole Callihan's "Notes Toward: Babies, Bananas, Boxes" first appeared on River and Sound Review.

According to The Guardian and Publishers Weekly, some members of South Carolina's state legislature is trying to punish its state universities that support gay and lesbian culture. For more information about the protest over this, check out the website of Writers Speaking Out Loud.

Congratulations to Laura Van Den Berg for her story O-Pah-Locka (published in the southern review), and for Dylan Landis for her story, “Trust” (published in Tin House) for winning O'Henry Prizes for 2014. Laura was my guest on episode 91, and Dylan was my guest on episode 48.

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On this week’s show, I talk to the fiction writer and historian of Florida attractions Lu Vickers,


Plus Joe Marchia writes about Haruki Murakami's Norwegian Wood.

Joe Marchia


Breathing Underwater


Cypress Gardens


Norwegian Wood


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St Marks BookshopCheck out this indiegogo crowd-sourcing effort to bring St. Mark’s Bookshop to a new home in the East Village.

Sheman Alexie's The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian is given away to students in an Iowa district in which the novel is banned from schools.

On May 13th, I will participate in The Best of There Will Be Words 2013 show. If you're in Orlando, join us.

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