Tuesday, August 27, 2019

Episode 30: Jose Padua and Heather Davis


Heather Davis and Jose Padua are powerhouse poets and writers that have worked and encouraged each other's work throughout the years.  Listen to us discuss their journey, their writing process and their challenges and their joys as poets who are married together with children.

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Bio: 

Jose Padua’s first full-length book, A Short History of Monsters, was chosen by former poet laureate Billy Collins as the winner of the 2019 Miller Williams Poetry Prize and is now out from the University of Arkansas Press. His poetry, fiction, and nonfiction have appeared in publications such as BombSalon.comBeloit Poetry JournalExquisite Corpse, Another Chicago Magazine, Unbearables, Crimes of the Beats, Up is Up, but So Is Down: New York's Downtown Literary Scene, 1974-1992, and others. He has written features and reviews for SalonThe WeeklingsNYPress, Washington City Paper, the Brooklyn Rail, and the New York Times, and has read his work at Lollapalooza, CBGBs, the Knitting Factory, the Public Theater, the Living Theater, the Nuyorican Poets' Café, the St. Mark's Poetry Project, and many other venues. He was a featured reader at the 2012 Split This Rock poetry festival and won the New Guard Review’s 2014 Knightville Poetry Prize.

After spending the past ten years with his wife (the poet Heather L. Davis) and children in Virginia’s Shenandoah Valley, he and his family are back in his hometown, Washington, D.C. Padua also writes the blog Shenandoah Breakdown,  (http://shenandoahbreakdown.wordpress.com/).

Samples:

These So Long Days We Spend in the Middle of Things--Shenandoah Breakdown

https://shenandoahbreakdown.wordpress.com/2016/07/31/these-so-long-days-we-spend-in-the-middle-of-things/

A Short History of Everyone in the World – Verse Daily

http://www.versedaily.org/2019/ashorthistoryofeveryone.shtml

Gin and the River – Pea River Journal

https://peariverjournal.com/2013/11/29/pushcart-nominee-jose-padua-gin-and-the-river/

Two poems - Bomb

https://bombmagazine.org/articles/two-poems-padua/

My Confederate Town

https://www.salon.com/2013/10/27/why_do_confederate_flags_remind_me_of_home_partner/

A Life of Uncontrollable Urges (or Tourette’s and the Writing Life)

https://voxpopulisphere.com/2014/08/21/jose-padua-a-life-of-uncontrollable-urges-or-tourettes-and-the-writing-life/

 

Profile pic of Heather Davis

Bio:

Heather Lynne Davis earned a B.A. in English from Hollins University and an M.A. in creative writing from Syracuse University. She attended the Bucknell Seminar for Younger Poets and is a winner of the Hayden Carruth Poetry Prize at Syracuse University, a Larry Neal Writer’s Award, Bethesda Literary Festival essay and poetry prizes, and the Arlington County Moving Words Poetry Contest. She is the author of The Lost Tribe of Us, which won the 2007 Main Street Rag Poetry Book Award and has published two short stories in the Rehoboth Beach Reads anthology series. A short story is also forthcoming in the anthology Us Against Alzheimer’s: Stories of Family, Love, and Faith. Her poems have appeared in Cream City Review, Gargoyle, Poet Lore, Puerto del Sol, and Sonora Review, among others. She lives in Washington, DC with her husband, the poet José Padua, and their son and daughter. She is at work on a novel.    

A few poems and links to poems are here: https://heatherlynnedavis.com/poetry/

 


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Tuesday, August 20, 2019

Episode 29 - Lynn McGee


Lynn McGee is a poet with many fine publications and accolades.  Listen to us discuss our childhood experiences growing up as military brats, her reading some of her fabulous poems and find out where and how she gets her ideas for her poetry collections. 




          

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Bio: 
Lynn McGee is the author of the poetry collection, "Tracks"(Broadstone Books, 2019);  Sober Cooking (Spuyten Duyvil Press, 2016), and two award-winning poetry chapbooks: Heirloom Bulldog (Bright Hill Press, 2015) and Bonanza (Slapering Hol Press, 1997).

Lynn earned an MFA in Poetry at Columbia University, where she held teaching and merit fellowships. She was awarded a MacDowell fellowship, is a winner of the Judith's Room Emerging Writers Award, and taught writing at private and public colleges (George Washington University, Columbia University, Southern Methodist University, Brooklyn College/CUNY and others) as well as having led poetry workshops in public schools in New York City as an artist-in-residence with Teachers and Writers Collaborative.
A 2015 Nominee for the Best of the Net award, Lynn was also a nominee for the McGovern Prize and the Pushcart Prize, and was a semi-finalist for the Dana Award. She is a recipient of the NYC Literacy Center's Recognition Award for her work in adult literacy, and received the Heart of the Center Award from the LGBT Community Center in New York City. Today she is a communications manager at Borough of Manhattan Community College, The City University of New York. She lives in the Bronx, New York.

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Tuesday, August 13, 2019

Episode 28: Tyler Gillespie


Listen to Tyler Gillespie and I discuss his beginnings being born and raised in Tampa Bay, Forida, his future plans, and listen to him read some of his excellent poems from his Florida Man: Poems and up and coming collections!  



      

Florida Man: Poems book cover
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Bio:
Tyler Gillespie is a poet and award-winning journalist published in Rolling Stone, The Guardian, Vice, The Daily Beast, Salon, GQ, The Nation, and Playboy. 

He is the author of Florida Man: Poems and the forthcoming nonfiction collection Florida Men & Monsters: My Search for Pythons, Pioneers and the Truth about Paradise (University Press of Florida). He also wrote a chapbook Dirty Socks and Pine Needles(Sibling Rivalry Press, 2012) and co-edited the humor collection The Awkward Phase: The Uplifting Tales of Those Weird Kids You Went to School With

His creative work has been nominated for a Pushcart Prize, Best of the Net, and appears in publications such as The New Yorker, Brevity, Los Angeles Review, and the anthology LGBT Comedic Monologues That Are Actually Funny.

He holds an MFA in Creative Writing from the University of New Orleans and an MA in Journalism & Media Studies from the University of South Florida. 

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Wednesday, August 7, 2019

My book trailer for the novel I am finishing....


"The Butterfly Catcher"

I am looking for representation. 
If interested, please email me at cristinaquerrer@gmail.com.

Tuesday, August 6, 2019

Episode 27: Briana Muñoz


Listen to Briana discuss how she got into poetry, her new collection & future projects & plans!




Loose Lips by Briana Munoz front coverYou can by her book here: 
Interview on San Diego Voyager: 
Instagram: @womanofwords
BIO:
Briana Muñoz is a writer from San Diego, CA. now living in Los Angeles, CA.

Her poetry and short stories have been published in four editions of the Bravura Literary Journal. In the 2016 publication of the Bravura, she was awarded the second-place fiction prize. She has been published in LA BLOGA, an online publication, the Poets Responding page and in the Oakland Arts Review. Her poem “Rebirth” was featured in the Reproductive Health edition of the St. Sucia zine, a publication dedicated to “Exposing What It Is To Be A Mujer”. Briana’s work was one of ten chosen for “The Best of LA BLOGA” from 2015. One of her prouder writing accomplishments is being able to have been part of the 2017 U.S. delegation attending the international poetry festival of Havana. In March of 2018, she presented her poetry at the 21st international Spanish literature and studies conference in Quito, Ecuador. Briana is excited to continue sharing her poetry in print and spoken form. When she isn't typing away, she enjoys traveling, live music, cats, and thrift stores.

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