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66: The Poetry Episode

In Episode 66, we're excited to be previewing our latest issue, which is highlighting poetry in all its varied and wonderful beauty. We hear from Two Cities author Alejandro Juárez Crawford as he performs the audio poem "Memory of Love", and we discuss what poetry we love and how we choose the best poems to publish in the magazine.

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65: The Midwest Episode, Your NaNoWriMo Guide

In Episode 65, we're tackling the complex, haunting stories of the Rust Belt and the American Midwest. We discuss our current reads, Stephen Markley's OHIO and Celeste Ng's LITTLE FIRES EVERYWHERE. And we're talking about National Novel Writing Month! Are you participating? How's it going, and are you in need of tips, techniques, and moral support? Then don't miss this episode!

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Episode 63: Blair Hurley’s The Devoted

This week's episode is a really special one, listeners. This time, we're in conversation with each other, and we're talking about the launch of Blair's debut novel, THE DEVOTED. Listen as we dive deep into the novel's journey from very ragged first draft to published book! Olivia was there at the earliest stages, and she'll be asking me all about the inspiration for the book, and the process of revision, rejection, and acceptance.

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Episode 62: The Winter of East 81st Street

Did you miss us? We're back, listeners, in time to start gearing up for Halloween, with stories from our special FEAR issue of Two Cities. This week, Robin Greene reads her dark memoir of a run-in with a disturbing stranger in "The Winter of East 81st Street." This week's episode contains some adult themes and may not be suitable for younger listeners, so please use your discretion.

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Episode 61: Interview with Willie Davis

We're back to our regular podcast schedule, listeners, and we're very excited to present our interview with writer Willie Davis about his debut novel, NIGHTWOLF. Willie chats with us about creating fictional spaces, the underside of superheroes and myths, and the characters that inspired this darkly comic novel.

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Episode 60: Poems and Stories of Illness and Mortality

In this episode, we're thinking about what it means to live in a human body, and how stories and poems can confront and make meaning out of illness and death. We read and discuss Two Cities author Charlene Langfur's poem "All of it Returns".

Then we discuss some of our favorite recent reads that tackle the difficult subjects of illness and the inevitable passage of time. Books discussed include My Name is Lucy Barton by Elizabeth Strout, and Atul Gawande's Being Mortal.

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Episode 59: The Summer Reading Episode

It's the summer reading episode, listeners! First, we hear a story from the issue; Mary Ann Presman reads her funny, poignant story "Picking up the Pieces."

Then we discuss some of our favorite reads of the summer so far: Shanti Sekaran's Lucky Boy, and Tommy Orange's There There.

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Episode 58: The Art Edition

tcpodcastlogoArt and writing make a great pair. We discuss the poem Learning How Not To by Paul Ilechko from the June issue and the books The Art Forger and Self Portrait With Boy.

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