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A Wave Blue World with Wendy Chin-Tanner

Wendy Chin-Tanner, poet, novelist and sociologist writes on the topics of race, identity, and culture. She has authored three books, including one finalist for the Oregon book award. Wendy is a founding editor at Kin Poetry Journal, poetry editor at The Nervous Breakdown, and co-founder at A Wave Blue World. Her poems appear in The Mays Anthology of Oxford and Cambridge, among many other publications. For show notes and more log onto


This Chair Rocks with Ashton Applewhite

A discussion on ageism with Ashton Applewhite, activist and the author of This Chair Rocks: A Manifesto Against Ageism. Ashton has been recognized by the New York Times, the New Yorker, National Public Radio, and the American Society on Aging as an expert on ageism. She blogs at This Chair Rocks, has written for Harper’s, the Guardian, and the New York Times, and is the voice of Yo, Is This Ageist? Ashton speaks widely, at venues that have ranged from universities and community centers to...


Crossing Borders with Sergio Trancoso

Sergio Troncoso is the author of The Last Tortilla and Other Stories, Crossing Borders: Personal Essays, The Nature of Truth and From This Wicked Patch of Dust. He co-edited Our Lost Border: Essays on Life Amid the Narco-Violence. Among the numerous awards he has won are the Premio Aztlan Literary Prize, Southwest Book Award, Bronze Award for Essays from ForeWord Reviews, International Latino Book Award, and Bronze Award for Multicultural Fiction from ForeWord Reviews. For many years, he...


Nine Facts That Can Change Your Life with Ronna Wineberg

Ronna Wineberg, senior fiction editor of the Bellevue Literary Review and a founding editor of the journal is the author of Nine Facts That Can Change Your Life, a collection of stories. Her work has appeared in numerous publications including American Way, Confrontation, Colorado Review, Michigan Quarterly Review. Ronna has been awarded a fellowship in fiction from the New York Foundation for the Arts, a scholarship in fiction from the Bread Loaf Writers’ Conference, and residencies to...


Wolf Season with Helen Benedict

Helen Benedict, a professor at Columbia University, is the author of seven novels, including Wolf Season (2017) and Sand Queen (2011) named a “Best Contemporary War Novel” by Publishers Weekly and reviewed by The Boston Globe as “The Things They Carried for women.’” Her nonfiction book, The Lonely Soldier (2009) inspired a class action suit against the Pentagon on behalf of those sexually assaulted in the military, and the 2012 Oscar-nominated documentary, The Invisible War. She is a...


Dyslexia As a Super Power with Hallie Gordon

We finish up Season 2 with Hallie Gordon, author of Accidental Residency. We talked about the creative process, indie publishing and the challenges and benefits of being a writer with dyslexia. For show notes and more visit the website


The Mother Load with Laura June

In this episode with Laura June, author of the memoir titled 'Now My Heart Is Full' we covered the writing life, motherhood and the challenges and rewards of mining personal life experiences and writing about them. For show notes and more visit


Thomas Jefferson Dreams of Sally Hemings with Stephen O'Connor

In this episode, we had the privilege to interview author Stephen O'Connor about his debut novel, Thomas Jefferson Dreams of Sally Hemings. We talked about the challenges of writing, his writing career and the themes that underlie all of his work. For show notes and more visit:

Duration:00:53:17 The LinkedIn for Writers to Connect with Producers

This episode was recorded in beautiful Miami where we had a chance to talk with Ana Benitez & Ron Karasz, the founders of Storyrocket. If you've written a manuscript you think is perfect for TV, Film or series programming, tune in. Storyrocket is the latest literary ambassador featured on our podcast. For show notes, links and more visit


Millions of Mistakes with Helene M. Epstein

Most children are healthy but every year approximately 4 million American children receive a wrong diagnosis for a delayed diagnosis. Too many of them are harmed because of it. One boy suffered for years with a growing list of bizarre symptoms including pain and memory loss before the truth in his case was uncovered. That child was the son of writer Helene M. Epstein who is writing a book about her son’s medical mystery tour. For show notes and more visit


Preparing for NaNoWriMo with Rachel Shapiro

A quarter-finalist in Amazon’s 2013 breakthrough novel competition, Shapiro published her short story “Pieces of Light” in Gemini Magazine and her short story “The Convenience Store” in Story Shack. She is currently completing a novella (tentatively named) “Between The Keys” about a pianist whose hand is maimed in a car accident. In this episode, she explains her process (“no outlines”); how to enter your work in competitions (“there are so many”); how to set career goals (regularly) and...


A Radical Approach To Publishing with Radix Media

New York City’s only worker-owned print shop, Radix Media, is nestled in a small and easily-overlooked space on Bergen Street in Brooklyn. Step inside the unassuming front door and you’re transported back in time to an era when books were crafted by hand. Nick Hurd, one of the owners, is the grandson of Clement Hurd, the artist who created the timeless illustrations of the classic children’s book Goodnight Moon. In April 2018, Radix published its first book, an anthology of 33...


Meet The Writers with Michele Weisman

Award-winning writers of best-selling books come from all over the country into New York City public schools bringing picture books, chapter books and young adult books of all kinds. It’s been going on for the past three years, ever since Michele Weisman created Meet the Writers, Inc., a non-profit and tax-exempt corporation with the mission to promote literacy. One of the original program goals was for every student who meets an author to go home with a signed book. Today, Meet The...


Art is The Opposite of Violence with Stella Padnos

Brooklyn poet Stella Padnos works “on the fine line between courage and crazy.” A therapist in New York City, she creates intimate, funny and fearless poetry from the dark places we all have and hide. Her first book, In My Absence, a collection of poems on love, ambivalent parenting, and at-times failing relationships, received five stars from Goodreads. For show notes and more visit


Frenemies: The Epic Disruption of the Ad Business (and Everything Else) with Ken Auletta

Ken Auletta, media critic for The New Yorker Magazine and author of 12 books, including the bestseller Googled among many New York Times bestsellers, talks about growing up in Brooklyn, sexual harassment in the workplace, and being deeply troubled by the current trends in publishing. “No other reporter has covered the new communications revolution as thoroughly” as Auletta, according to the Columbia Journalism Review. His new book, Frenemies: The Epic Disruption of the Ad Business (and...


Sex, Love & Frida Kahlo Barbie Dolls with Patty Bryant

Writer Patty Bryant has written several romance novels published under different pen names. In this far-ranging conversation on passion, love and Frida Kahlo Barbie Dolls, she talks about the formula for writing romance novels and defends the virtues of the romance genre, which is the biggest selling fiction market. While she is fully aware of its limitations, she appreciates its ability to brighten the dreariness of everyday life. Not only can it provide a bit of happiness, it can teach us...


Life Detonated: The 1976 9/11 with Kathleen Murray Moran

Very few of us know or talk about the 9/11 attack that occurred twenty-five years before 9/11/01. Kathleen Murray Moran cannot forget it! Her husband Brian, a member of the New York City Bomb Squad, was killed by an explosive device left in a Grand Central Station locker by terrorists. Life Detonated is the story of how that bomb ripped through Kathleen's life. As Kathleen tried to make sense of her husband’s death, she became involved with one of the terrorists, brought a lawsuit against...


All The Wrong Ways To Write with Max Lebo

In this episode, writer Max Lebo explains how to pitch your work to an agent, the value of workshopping a manuscript on its way to publication, and why an aspiring author should develop the habit of reading and writing as a daily practice. For show notes and more visit


It's A Matter of Trust with Greg Lewin

As a top-earning fund manager on Wall Street who practiced martial arts in his leisure time, Greg Lewin was always in high-stress situations. Then one day he slammed into a tree while skiing and injured his heart so badly his doctors said he’d have to stop doing the things he loved. He chose not to take their advice. Instead, he began a philosophical inquiry that eventually led him from suffering deep depression into becoming a happy person, for the first time in his life. For show notes...


Presents From The Past with Amy Lyons

Amy Lyons is a writer and painter whose chosen work is to portray life in Brooklyn — not as it is now, but as it once was. “I’m obsessed with time travel,” she says. Her art is dedicated to “creating a time capsule.” For show notes and more visit