It's nothing but straight talk this week, listeners. We start with a reading and discussion of the fierce poem "Actually" by Oscarine Malebele; then we leap into our top five dealbreakers as editors when we read submissions. Pay close attention — these dealbreakers are good to know for ours and other literary magazines.
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We are so excited this week to have our interview with Two Cities author Miriam Mosher, who wrote the haunting, insightful essay "The Hammocks: A Hidden Past in Central Florida." We talked about the urban-rural divide, Florida's dark racial past, and how to tell the stories of the past and present in creative writing.
This week, we read and discuss a poem from the latest issue, as well as talking about one of our favorite themes in literature: female friendship. Did you love Little Women when you were growing up? Can't get enough of the Ferrante novels? We count down some of our favorite books that explore this theme. Read article
This week, it's the spring episode: we're talking about seeking renewal in our writing and offering suggestions for how you can renew your writing too. We discuss what we're reading, including Mohsin Hamid's "Exit West" and a new guide for teachers on working with communities of color. Weigh in with your thoughts by replying to us @twocitiesreview on Twitter. We'll feature comments in future episodes!
This week, author Bino Realuyo reads his poem from the March issue, "Oyate Tamakoce", an Apache phrase meaning "Land of the people." We also talk about what books have got us thinking this week, including Benjamin Percy's great new guide to writing fiction, Thrill Me. We're actively seeking submissions to our blog with thoughts on what it means to be American in today's divided culture. Weigh in with your thoughts by replying to us @twocitiesreview on Twitter. We'll feature comments in future episodes!
This week we're continuing our exploration of the urban-rural divide in our country (and in our amazing new issue). Author Vicky Harris reads her poem from the issue, "Dusk", and we discuss. We also talk about what books have got us thinking this week. Weigh in with your thoughts by replying to us @twocitiesreview on Twitter. We'll feature comments in future episodes!
Our new special issue on the urban-rural divide is here! This week we're talking about the difficult conversations all of us are having these days. Author Peter Clarke reads his piece from the issue, "Small Town Date Night", and we discuss. Read article
This week, we remind our listeners that we're still looking for pieces on the rural/urban divide for our special March issue. There's still time to get yours in! We also have author Tanaka Mhishi reading his poem from issue 12, "DNA." And we discuss our favorite reads of 2016. Read article
This week, we interview Two Cities author Cormac O'Reilly about his exciting, revelatory work "Transgressions of the Sighted", available in issue 12. Cormac reads from his work and we discuss his process and the inspiration behind the story. Read article
This week, Two Cities author Mehrnoosh Torbatnejad reads her poem from the latest issue, "Continued." We discuss the poem, as well as what we're reading this week, and offer thoughts on the inauguration. We're still looking for your pieces on the rural/urban divide for our special March issue. Read article