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.
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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