Episode 11: Lynn Schmeidler & Ted Thompson

In this episode: lost love, found accents, following Phish, rare neurological diseases, the Great American Novelist that never was, thunderstorms, sleeping bags, and indescribable mystical experiences. Otherwise known as: poetry and fiction.

We’re instituting a new Catapult feature: long-distance Q&A. The fact that you’re listening to these readings across vast time and space doesn’t mean that you shouldn’t get your questions in. So, from now on, email any questions you have for an episode’s readers to letters@catapultreads.com. I’ll get the question to the writer get get the answer to you on our next episode. (If you have questions for any of our past readers, about what they read on the show or anything else of their you’ve read, send ‘em along!)

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About the writers:

Lynn Schmeidler’s prose has appeared or is forthcoming in The Southern Review, The Georgia Review, Opium Magazine, Southeast Review, Mid-American Review, Brevity and other literary magazines. She is a Pushcart Prize nominee in fiction. Her poetry appears in Drawn to Marvel: Poems from the Comic Books (Minor Arcana Press), Mischief, Caprice and Other Poetic Strategies (Red Hen Press), and Room magazine.  Her chapbook of poems based on rare neurological disorders entitled, Curiouser & Curiouser won the 2013 Grayson Books Chapbook Contest.  She has taught at various centers for at-risk youth, The Writers Studio in NYC, the Hudson Valley Writers Center in Sleepy Hollow, NY, and The Wild Geese Writers Studio in her living room.

Ted Thompson’s debut novel The Land of Steady Habits was published in March by Little, Brown and was recently long listed for the Flaherty-Dunnan First Novel Prize. He’s published stories in Tin House, American Short Fiction and Best New American Voices, among other places, and has a story about boarding school werewolves forthcoming in One Teen Story. He teaches for the Sackett Street Writers’ Workshop and lives in Brooklyn with his wife and their dog Raisin. @tednotedward and tedthompson.net

Episode 10: Matt Gallagher & Leigh Stein

Happy ten-show-iversary to all! This episode brings you two awesome pieces of nonfction: Matt Gallagher reads an essay about getting back in uniform, but in New York City instead of Iraq, and Leigh Stein reads an excerpt from her memoir-in-progress, Land of Enchantment. The memoir is about grief in the internet age; the excerpt includes rings, relics, and run-ins with the cops.

Links to books rambled about in the show’s opening: Nobody is Ever Missing by Catherine Lacey (who read on our episode 8) and How to Slowly Kill Yourself and Others in America by Kiese Laymon.

And the books by this episode’s readers! Kaboom is Matt’s memoir of his time in Iraq, and he co-edited (and contributed to) the anthology, Fire and Forget, a collection of short stories by veterans of the Iraq and Afghanistan wars. Leigh’s novel is The Fallback Plan and she has also written a book of poetry, Dispatch from the Future.

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About the writers:

Matt Gallagher is the author of the memoir Kaboom and coeditor of, and contributor to, the short fiction collection Fire & Forget: Short Stories from the Long War, both published by Da Capo Press. His work has appeared in The New York Times, Boston Review, The Atlantic, among other places. He holds an MFA in fiction from Columbia University and lives in Brooklyn. He’s on twitter: @MattGallagher83

Leigh Stein is the author of the novel The Fallback Plan and a full-length collection of poetry, Dispatch from the Future. She is working on a memoir about death and the Internet called Land of Enchantment. In New York City, she teaches poetry in the public schools and co-hosts the monthly reading series The Book Report. http://leighstein.com & @rhymeswithbee

Happy book birthday to our episode 8 reader, Catherine Lacey! You can hear Catherine read a scene from her new novel, Nobody Is Ever Missing, here, and then get yourself a copy of this gorgeous book.

Happy book birthday to our episode 8 reader, Catherine Lacey! You can hear Catherine read a scene from her new novel, Nobody Is Ever Missing, here, and then get yourself a copy of this gorgeous book.

“Her story is like a hologram. Tilt it, let the light hit it from a different angle, and the dead girl we’re talking about is me. We’d both gotten cited by police at 14 for drinking beer on the beach. At the height of our friendship I matched her drink for drink, inhale for inhale. If I’d had a little less luck, or she’d had a little more—how would this story go? In my memory, yes, I’m the sidekick, yes, she was the one always egging us to take one more step into the shadows, where we could really get hurt. But wasn’t I holding her hand, encouraging her with my willingness to follow?”

She’s Still Dying on Facebook - Julie Buntin - The Atlantic (via jaimealyse)

Julie Buntin, who read on our episode 7, has a gorgeous piece up at The Atlantic.

(via jaimealyse)

Happy publication day to Mira Jacob - The Sleepwalker’s Guide to Dancing is out today! The Catapult encourages you to buy Mira’s book from your local bookstore. If you don’t have a local bookstore, borrow ours.
You can hear Mira read the opening of the novel on our episode 9. Congrats, Mira!

Happy publication day to Mira Jacob - The Sleepwalker’s Guide to Dancing is out today! The Catapult encourages you to buy Mira’s book from your local bookstore. If you don’t have a local bookstore, borrow ours.

You can hear Mira read the opening of the novel on our episode 9. Congrats, Mira!

Episode 9: Mira Jacob & Filip Noterdaeme

If you were sick of our themed episodes, then have we got an episode for you! Mira Jacob reads the opening of her new novel, The Sleepwalker’s Guide to Dancing, with a mother and daughter figuring out long-distance family life, and Filip Noterdaeme reads from his book, The Autobiography of Daniel J. Isengart, a pastiche/homage/re-creation of/to/of Gertrude Stein’s The Autobiography of Alice B. Toklas, about renegade art in the contemporary art scene.

If you can come up with a good theme from that, email me, I will 100% honestly send you a prize.

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by Filip:

About the writers:

Mira Jacob is the co-founder of Pete’s Reading Series in Brooklyn, which has helped launch the careers of dozens of writers over the past 13 years. In addition to her editorial experience for various websites, Jacob has also co-authored Kenneth’s Cole autobiography and written for VH1’s Pop-Up Video. Her first novel, The Sleepwalker’s Guide to Dancing, is out July 1.

Filip Noterdaeme is the artist behind the conceptual art project known as The Homeless Museum of Art and the author of The Autobiography of Daniel J. Isengart (Outpost19, 2013). He also writes a blog on contemporary art for the Huffington Post.

Jen Doll and Catherine Lacey read from their very awesome - and very different - new books. Full info on the writers and this episode is here.

Episode 8: Jen Doll & Catherine Lacey

Today we’ve got two brilliant writers reading from their awesome new books - Jen Doll with the opening of Save the Date: The Occasional Mortifications of a Serial Wedding Guest, a hilarious and sweet memoir about other people’s weddings; and Catherine Lacey reading an excerpt from her novel, Nobody is Ever Missing, which comes out July 8th. I’ve heard Catherine read from this book a few times, and it’s gorgeous and spooky (in an emotional way; there aren’t any ghosts, at least from the 20-30 pages I’ve heard).

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by Catherine:

About the writers:

Jen Doll is the author of Save the Date: The Occasional Mortifications of a Serial Wedding Guest, out now from Riverhead Books. She has written for The Atlantic, The Atlantic Wire, Cosmopolitan, The Hairpin, Mental Floss, New York magazine, The New York Times Book Review, The Toast, Vice, The Village Voice, and other publications. She has attended dozens of weddings and had pretty much every possible feeling about them. She lives in Brooklyn. Follower her on twitter at @thisisjendoll. jendoll.com

Catherine Lacey’s work has appeared in The New York Times, Guernica, McSweeney’s Quarterly, Electric Literature, The Paris Review Daily and others. She has received fellowships from NYFA, Columbia University and will be in residence this fall at the OMI International Arts Center this fall. Her debut novel, Nobody Is Ever Missing, will be released in July by FSG and next year from Granta Books in the UK. She is a founding partner of 3B, a worker-owned and operated bed & breakfast in Downtown Brooklyn. On twitter: @_catherinelacey