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Episode 47: Nick Carbó

Closing out this year with a sensational guest: poet, Nick Carbó!  Listen to this episode and discover how Nick's Filipino American literature and poetry anthologies helped catapult Filipino-American poetics.  Find out what he's been up to and listen to him read some of his poems! You can purchase Secret Asian Man here: Some interesting links pertaining to Nick's work! Nick on NPR: ------------------------------------------------------------- THE BOY IN BLUE SHORTS The screaming woman on the other side Of our tall black gate Would have thrown a rock at me My maid, Rosita, sheltered me from the insults— Something about my being Retarded and full of w

Episode 46: Courtney LeBlanc

Courtney LeBlanc is a poet from the Arlington/DC metro area who has a full-length poetry collection out entitled Beautiful & Full of Monsters through Vegetarian Alcoholic Press.  Listen to this episode and learn more about her work and about us discussing self promotion and coordinating your own book tour, among other things! Preorder your copy here: Bio:  Courtney LeBlanc is the author of  Beautiful & Full of Monsters (Vegetarian Alcoholic Press, March 2020) ,  The Violence Within (Flutter Press, 2018, currently out of print), and  All in the Family (Bottlecap Press, 2016)  , and a Pushcart Prize nominee. She has an MFA from Queens University of Charlotte. She loves nail polish, wine, and tattoos. She blogs at  WordPerv  and she can be contacted at Courtney (dot) LeBlanc2015 (at) gmail

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Episode 45: Ron Reikki

Ron Reikki and I had a great conversation about his work, his life, and our common experiences.  He is an indigenous writer with many writing credits. He's studied with Anne Beattie, John Casey, Rita Dove and Charles Wright, to name a few. He also hung out with actor, Sean Penn! Do give a listen and learn about this fascinating writer! You can order Posttraumatic here: You can order "My Ancestors Are Reindeer Hers and I am Melting in Extinction" here: "In My Ancestors are Reindeer Herders and I am Melting in Extinction, Ron Riekki presents a collection of non-fiction, short stories, and poetry about the Karelian- and Saami-American experience. In true nomadic fashion, his writing takes the reader to Kuusamo, Utah, Berkel

Episode 44: Frederick-Douglass Knowles II

This week I am talking to the inaugural Hartford Poet Laureate, Frederick-Douglass Knowles II, whom I've known personally for many years because I also claim Norwich as my "hometown", and as colleagues, we have seen each other "grow up" in the literary scene. Listen to Frederick-Douglass talk about how it was growing up in Norwich and his evolution from spoken word, to the academics, and onto the literary page.  He is prolific with literary and social justice projects literally all over the world while performing his Hartford Poet Laureate duties.  So, listen in. You'll be inspired! You can purchase BlackRoseCity here: Bio:    Frederick-Douglass Knowles II is the inaugural Poet Laureate for Hartford, CT. His collection of poetry,  BlackRoseCity, was featured at the 20