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Episode 21: Monica Macansantos

This episode takes us to Baguio, Philippines, where I talk to fiction writer and poet, Monica Macansantos.  We talk about her writing process, her travels, her education, influences, and publishing process as we catch her at the brink of getting her novel published. Please keep an eye out on this fabulous Filipina writer! Monica Macansantos was a James A. Michener Fellow in Writing at the University of Texas at Austin, where she earned her MFA in Fiction and Poetry. She also holds a PhD in Creative Writing from the Victoria University of Wellington, International Institute of Modern Letters. Her fiction has appeared in  f ,  Women's Studies Quarterly ,  The Masters Review Anthology ,   Day One , and  TAYO Literary Magazine ,  among other places, while her nonfiction and journalism have appeared in  Aotearotica ,  Takahe ,  New Naratif ,  ​ SBS Life

Episode 20: Gregory Byrd

Dr. Gregory Byrd is a poet, novelist and Professor at Florida's St. Petersburg College.  We discuss his new poetry collection, his completion of his first novel, his growing up in Florida in a working class family, and how it shaped his aesthetics. Order your copy here: This is the Name for the God who Speaks Father, you would know these primal prayers, light flashing in the west behind live oaks, a sky-slashed language dead after Conquest. From that living world, we share only lightning, an old god speaking light out of darkness, a chant of rain as alphabet where water flowing is a word. I found picture of us twenty-five years ago, after your divorce. We stood in front of the old Florida Keys house where I grew up. You poured concrete there to appease those Calusa gods, then steered your small boat into their vast ocean where you taught me words

Episode 19: Casey Clague

Casey Clague is my first featured poet who is local to me here in the Tampa Bay area.  They just completed their MFA in Creative Writing from University of South Florida. Listen to them read a couple of poems and learn more about their future goals and their interest in literary criticism and what they do for the local literary/art community in Tampa. Casey Clague holds an MFA from the University of South Florida. They live in Tampa where they cofounded the Read Herring reading series and serve as Assistant Poetry Editor for  Sweet: A Literary Confection.  Critical and creative work appears or is forthcoming in  Action, Spectacle ;  Permafrost ;  Gravel ;   New Writing ; and elsewhere.  ANATTA Darling, according to physics, with the air    pulled out from around                         our atoms and the atoms compressed, we could fit in a sugar cube. Humanity, I mean. The skin-bound

Episode 18: Kai Coggin

Kai Coggin is a Filipina American poet/writer with a newly released full-length poetry collection entitled "Incandescent" by Sibling Rivalry Press. Listen to us discuss how she came into poetry, the importance of her teachings, her amazing encounter and longstanding friendship with famed Chicana writer, Sandra Cisneros, and how she didn't know she submitted her first poetry submission to my literary & art online magazine, "The Manila Envelope", five years ago, among the many other "parallels" we have. She also reads a poem from "Incandescent" and explains the premise of it. You can order your copy here:  https:// siblingrivalrypress.bigcartel. com/product/incandescent-by- kai -coggin   Visit her website: Incandescent everything in me is a volcano everything in me is a blazing new sun everything in me is a conflagration of words ev