Episode 16: Alice Sola Kim & Dolan Morgan

It would be overly reductive to call this week’s episode “Ghosts and Goats,” but that’s a funny title, though, right? And accurate, in its way, for these two short stories. But we could more eloquently say that these stories are both about absence, and the perilous ways people try to fill it up. Alice Sola Kim reads about a clutch of girls doing dangerous work, and Dolan Morgan reads about a bereft bureaucrat doing, in a very different way, the same. Two awesome stories, and we hope you’ll get the books in which they live so that you can read all the way to the end. Alice’s story is in Monstrous Affections: An Anthology of Beastly Tales as well as the new issue (#61) of Tin House. Dolan’s story is in his new collection, That’s When the Knives Come Down. Both are awesome. Enjoy listening.

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About the writers:

Alice Sola Kim recently moved to Brooklyn from San Francisco. Her fiction has appeared or is forthcoming in publications such as Tin House, Monstrous Affections: An Anthology of Beastly Tales (edited by Kelly Link and Gavin Grant), McSweeney’s Literary Quarterly, and The Year’s Best Science Fiction and Fantasy. She is a MacDowell Fellow and has been awarded a grant from the Elizabeth George Foundation. She’s on twitter at @alicek.

Dolan Morgan is the author of That’s When the Knives Come Down (Aforementioned, 2014) and an editor at The Atlas Review. His work can be found in The Believer, Electric Literature’s Recommended Reading, Pank, Field, Armchair/Shotgun, The Lifted Brow and elsewhere. He lives in Greenpoint, Brooklyn. www.dolanmorgan.com / @dolanmorgan

Hi lovely people.

No new episode this week, but we’ll be back next Monday.

In the meanwhile, for a lit/podcast experience of a different color, we recommend these two brilliant writers on two of our favorite comedy podcasts:

Elizabeth Gilbert on My Brother, My Brother and Me

Susan Orlean on Jordan, Jesse, Go!

Enjoy, and we’ll see you next week!

Have a listen to our new episode, with Julia Pierpont and Gabriel Roth reading from their work. If you like what you hear, subscribe in iTunes or however you get your podcasts. (Learn more about Julia, Gabriel, and their work right here.)

Episode 15: Julia Pierpont & Gabriel Roth

On this episode, we’ve got stories of children trying to make sense of the world… and adults trying to do the same. Figuring out the unspoken rules, trying to get the answers they want, a little lost, a little hopeful, a little strange. Julia Pierpont reads her short story, “Times For Us Alone,” and Gabriel Roth reads from his novel, The Unknowns (which is fantastic and which you should read).

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Julia Pierpont’s debut novel, Among the Ten Thousand Things, is due out with Random House in the summer of 2015. She graduated from NYU’s Creative Writing MFA program, where she was a Rona Jaffe Foundation Graduate Fellow. She lives in Brooklyn, works at The New Yorker, and tweets at @juliasienap.

Gabriel Roth is the author of The Unknowns. His nonfiction and criticism have appeared in Slate and the New York Times. He lives in Brooklyn and teaches at the Center for Fiction in New York. gabrielroth.com / @gabrielroth

Here’s episode 14, with an essay from Rebecca Worby and a short story from Justin Taylor, and lots of places that aren’t New York.

Episode 14: Rebecca Worby & Justin Taylor

Today’s readings come together on the idea of leaving the city for something else, for some place that isn’t the city, whether it’s a different town or red rock desert. And in both of these pieces, leaving home does something to how you fall in or out of love.

Rebecca’s essay originally appeared in Sundog Lit, and Justin’s story is from his new book, Flings, which you should get right now.

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About the writers:

Rebecca Worby’s work has appeared in The Common Online, Sundog Lit, Treehouse, and Late Night Library. She received her MFA in creative nonfiction from Columbia University, and she’s currently working on a book about the people and landscapes of Moab, Utah. Becca lives in Brooklyn, where she hosts Shelf Life, a nonfiction reading series. Her twitter handle is @bworbs.

Justin Taylor is the author of Everything Here Is the Best Thing Ever, The Gospel of Anarchy, and Flings. His work has appeared in The New Yorker, The Believer, Tin House and elsewhere online and in print. He lives in Brooklyn, New York and teaches at the Pratt Institute and Columbia University. He can be found @my19thcentury and http://www.justindtaylor.net.

Or, I feel sharp White. Or,
Colored Against. Or, I am
thrown. Or, I am
Opposed. Or, When White.
Or, I Sharp. Or, I Color…

Episode 12 reader Morgan Parker has an amazing new poem up at Apogee.


I wrote this post over a month ago, and then I held off on posting it because I felt shy about it. I really don’t know when or how to announce happy news. Somehow even in tiny doses it always feels like bragging. But then not announcing it feels just as weird. So I’ve decided I’m going to put it…

A slew of good news and things to look forward to from Catapult friend and all-around excellent guy Ted Thompson, who read on episode 11. Congrats!

Here for your ears is episode 13, with poetry from Matthea Harvey and fiction from Emily Gould.

Episode 13: Matthea Harvey & Emily Gould

From mermaids to the Midwest, this episode has something for everyone: poems from Matthea Harvey and fiction from Emily Gould. Also some musings on cat ownership and writing and how they’re maybe the same thing, plus some ambient construction sounds from recording at Emily’s apartment. Apologies for the buzzsaw; enjoy the rest.

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About the writers:

Matthea Harvey is the author of five books of poetry—If the Tabloids are True What Are You?, Of Lamb (an illustrated erasure with images by Amy Jean Porter), Modern Life (a finalist for the National Book Critics Cirlcle Award and a New York Times Notable Book), Sad Little Breathing Machine and Pity the Bathtub Its Forced Embrace of the Human Form. She has also published two children’s books, Cecil the Pet Glacier, illustrated by Giselle Potter and The Little General and the Giant Snowflake, illustrated by Elizabeth Zechel. She teaches poetry at Sarah Lawrence and lives in Brooklyn.

Emily Gould is the author of And the Heart Says Whatever, a book of essays, and the novel Friendship. She was born and raised in Silver Spring, Maryland. Emily has had a number of jobs, including work at Hyperion Books and Gawker.com. In 2008 she completed Alison West’s 200 hour yoga teacher training and in 2010 she completed her basic back care yoga certification. She runs Emily Books, a feminist publishing project. Besides yoga, she loves going to museums especially PS1, birdwatching and karaoke.

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