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The Dead Rabbits Podcast is a conversational hour that brings together artists, entrepreneurs, and diverse thinkers to express their unfiltered opinions on everything from Borges to Bureaucracy to Bama Sports. Join us, won’t you?

The Dead Rabbits Podcast is a conversational hour that brings together artists, entrepreneurs, and diverse thinkers to express their unfiltered opinions on everything from Borges to Bureaucracy to Bama Sports. Join us, won’t you?
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The Dead Rabbits Podcast is a conversational hour that brings together artists, entrepreneurs, and diverse thinkers to express their unfiltered opinions on everything from Borges to Bureaucracy to Bama Sports. Join us, won’t you?






Episode 22: No Rabbits Harmed

Welcome to the twenty-second episode of the Dead Rabbits podcast brought to you by Dead Rabbits, a literary press for books that matter. Today's is our third collage episode and the first one since our romp down in Little Rock. This one features a roundtable discussion with Joy Parisi and her cohort here at Paragraph: A Workspace for Writers--which is exactly what it sounds like. So settle in and listen up as we spend the next hour and change fielding questions about the press, listening to...


Episode 21: I'm Trying To Tell You I'm Sorry

In this twenty-first episode of the Dead Rabbits Hour we welcome Nina Boutsikaris, a writer of prose with ambitions to start an arts residency near her home in the Hudson Valley. Nina is the author of the recently released I'm Trying to Tell You I'm Sorry from Black Lawrence Press, from whose breathtaking pages she offers an excerpt--but not before we embark on discussions surrounding what it means to write candidly about conflicts involving family and friends, her experience as an MFA...


Episode 20: What's in a name?

Welcome to the 20th episode of the Dead Rabbits podcast. We'd like to thank you for leasing twenty hours of your time over to the wisdom and fuckery of our burgeoning warren. Today we'd like to invite Elae [Lynne DeSilva-Johnson] who, as an agent of change across arts and progressivism and the founder of The Operating System, is most notably a creative practitioner, which affiliation they expound upon in the upcoming episode. We’re also happy to welcome back Caits Meissner, Director of the...


Episode 19: I love my job

On the cusp of our twentieth episode, we invite Devin Kelly, poet O.R. extraordinaire, who dragged along our good friend and peer Bud Smith, a fiction and nonfiction writer whose positive outlook and benefit-of-the-doubt disposition should be profiled and duly archived as a reliable manual to Save Us All. Anyway, today we'll talk about Bud's ability to balance long hours of heavy labor with writing, his new project, Teenager, coming out with the enviable Tyrant Books, and, of course, we'll...


Episode 18: On Shame & Writing

Welcome to the eighteenth episode of the Dead Rabbits Podcast, brought to you by persons eponymous (corporations are people too, people-bunnies), for which we've invited David Olimpio, Editor in Chief of Atticus Review and author of the stunning, memoiristic collection of linked nonfictions, THIS IS NOT A CONFESSION. Today we'll be talking about his hostile takeover of Atticus Review (kidding, he bought it fair and square -- but seriously, corporations are people too, rabbit-folk), the...


Episode 17: Minorities in Publishing

Welcome to the seventeenth episode of the Dead Rabbits Hour, brought to you by -- you guessed it -- Dead Rabbits. We welcome arts and social activist virtuoso Jenn Baker, host of the podcast Minorities in Publishing, contributing editor at Electric Literature, and many more things that you'll hear during her highly decorated introduction. Today we'll be talking about Jenn's work as a podcast host and activist for POC writers, editors, and artists, the responsibility of presses small and...


Episode 16: Cease & Desist

The Dead Rabbits Podcast is bursting with ebullience over our latest episode featuring the co-creators and -hosts of Amazon Book Club, perhaps the funniest literary podcast out there right now. Tune in to hear an impromptu sample of the ABC podcast -- i.e. us picking a ripely self-published book on Amazon and providing unparalleled insight as we read its first page -- and a discussion of the podcast's risks, which include receiving cease and desist letters from disgruntled...


Episode 15: Voices on Addiction

The Dead Rabbits podcast is turning fifteen episodes old. To celebrate, we've invited Britt Canty, co-founder of the Brooklyn-based reading series HIP Lit, board member for Epiphany Lit Mag, and a fine writer of prose. Today we talk all of these things and more, ending with a reading from 'One More Conversation,' an essay recently published in The Rumpus's Voices on Addictions column -- a stunning piece about how Britt navigated the relationship with her father and his alcoholism. The...


Episode 14: My father was right to leave

For the fourteenth episode of the Dead Rabbits Podcast we invite Dave Wiswell, comedian extraordinaire and victim of the true artist's necessarily depraved upbringing (kidding but not kidding). After giving and overview of his spectacular new YouTube show, Pop-up Interviews, Dave delves into his trajectory as a comedian, taking us on a tragicomic tour of his rise as a comedian and, hilariously, the nearly implausible litany of foibles and contretemps that came with his first few years of...


Episode 13: Please don't tell me about your dreams

Welcome to the thirteenth installment of the Dead Rabbits Podcast. We'd like to reintroduce Jared Pollen -- an Original Rabbit -- whose first collection of stories is debuting with Crowsnest, an imprint of Political Animal, a journal dedicated to high-level political discourse. In the vein of writers such as Don DeLillo and Christopher Hitchens, Jared's writing strikes an uncannily subtle brand of literary satire that at opportune moments dips almost imperceptibly into incisive...


Episode 12: 90% of the population is not lesbians

For the twelfth episode of the Dead Rabbits Podcast we invite Annie Krabbenschmidt, a writer of creative nonfiction and comedy, whether performative or simply written. Annie read her essay, "Apple Cider Donuts," at a recent reading - we were blown away, so much that we invited her on to talk about her work, which is a particle collider of human complexity. She makes it look easy, using nothing but honesty, humor, and precision to tell how difficult it was to discover her sexuality and share...


Episode 11: The Mighty Oat

For this eleventh episode of the Dead Rabbits Podcast, your fearless leader and arbitrarily-selected host, Brian Birnbaum, teams up with his producer(s), Katie Rainey, to welcome Christopher Gonzalez, a writer of fiction and nonfiction, editor at Barrelhouse Magazine, and digital production associate at Macmillan. After dedicating roughly half the episode to Chris's newly exalted status as an oat milk influencer, we move on to the writing community's love affair with Twitter, sexual...


Episode 10: Total Recall 2

In this tenth episode of the Dead Rabbits podcast we bring back the OG Dead Rabbits, Devin Kelly, George Sawaya, and Jared Marcel Pollen, to discuss technological disruption's impact on the future of writing and art. Beginning with House of Cards' origins in big data, your faithful host, Brian Birnbaum, and his gang of perishing bunnies navigate such topics as robot art, big data's potential impact on art, and the creative market's fate in the face of algorithmic advancement -- including the...


Episode 9: Dear Baby

Episode 9 of the Dead Rabbits Podcast features two of our favorite writers and reading series co-hosts: Meher Manda is a poet and journalist from Mumbai with an MFA from The College of New Rochelle; Chelsea Asher is a writer of fiction with an MFA from Sarah Lawrence College, and the Editor-in-Chief of Lumina Journal. Both co-host the Angry Reading Series, which takes place at Grill on the Hill right here in NW Harlem. Together, the three of us talk writing, anger, and more, ending with a...


Episode 8: Prison Writing Part 2

In this eighth episode of the Dead Rabbits Podcast, we invite Caits Meissner, Director of PEN America's Prison Writing Program, and Sergio De La Pava, author of three novels, including his latest, Lost Empress, for the second part of our two-part Prison Writing series. Today we'll discuss everything from the state of justice in America to empathy's crucial role in American justice, as well as what we everyday folks can do to help bridge the divide that keeps so many people trapped in the...


Episode 7: Prison Writing Part 1

In the seventh episode of the Dead Rabbits Podcast, we welcome Caits Meissner, Director of the PEN America Prison Writing Program, and Devin Kelly, co-founder of the Dead Rabbits Reading Series (OR: Original Rabbit). While sipping on our earthy Kratom teas, we discuss all things prison writing, the ever-exigent topic of criminal justice and prison reform, and take a few minutes to visit wonderful poems from a couple of writers in Mrs. Meissner's cohort. The transcript for this episode is...


Episode 6: Insane Literary Posse

In this fourth episode of our Rabbits Hit the Road series, the Dead Rabbits Podcast hosts Ian Anderson, co-founder of Mason Jar Press, a literary imprint headquartered in Baltimore. After discussing Mason Jar's origins, we dive headlong into pro wrestling as the modern iteration of Shakespeare and the hidden genius of the Insane Clown Posse. For our final act, we perform the Olympian mental gymnastics necessary to tie such material back into our literary aspirations. The transcript for this...


Episode 5: The South Tumpts Brian Over

It’s our third installment of "Rabbits Hit the Road" and we’re still down here in Little Rock, Arkansas, talking to local artists about uplifting the arts community. In this episode, Brian hosts three conversations with: Myriah Harrison and Drew Wilkerson; Sam Cooper and Marcus Fisher; and the one and only, Gangie. Through a collage of these conversations, we discuss their experiences living in Arkansas, and how they’ve come to their respective artistic mediums and passions. All the while,...


Episode 4: The Natural State

With this second installment of Rabbits Hit the Road, we bring our bunny-talents to the house of Sean and Lizzie Casteel, who live in one of Little Rock's sublation of suburbs. Through the hazy lens of Arkansas' own Rocktown Apple Pie Bourbon, the Casteel power couple takes us on a tour of Via, their startup graphic design company, whose early success includes designing the Dead Rabbits Logo and winning a contract with The Arkansas School for the Deaf Foundation. While taking shots every...


Episode 3: Rummy 500

This third episode of the Dead Rabbits Podcast is the first in a series of episodes we're calling Rabbits Hit the Road, during which we'll be touring DC, Little Rock, and Baltimore to talk to various artists and generally interesting people about their work and the cultures in which their work is immersed. Today, we're talking to Brian's parents, David Birnbaum and Joan Raciti, about their experience as deaf people in a hearing world, which we view as an episode not only about deaf culture...