Gary and Vivian Chapman capture hope and dignity in difficult places around the world through photography and storytelling. They talk with us about what drives them, listening to audiobooks, and the weird thing Gary looks for in bookstores around the world.
Kaitlin B. Curtice was a Southern Baptist when she began to recognize and connect with her Potawatomi heritage. We talk with her about the writers who have helped her navigate her complex identity and what led her to write her new book, Glory Happening.
Author Amena Brown takes us on a tour of Atlanta's poetry scene, tells us about the vulnerability of writing her new book, "How to Fix a Broken Record," and agrees with us that it's a good thing to cry sometimes.
Marco left his home on Buford Highway to study political science. Now he's back in the neighborhood cultivating community as president of Los Vecinos de Buford Highway. We talk with him about the books that brought him home and what they showed him about the place.
Our friend Judy reads, works, and writes at points of racial tension. We talk with her about building bridges, Christianity, generational trauma, immigration, books, and why people need to stop being such buttholes sometimes.
We talk with Tim's middle school English teacher about literature, teaching, politics, and the role of reading in rural America. Tim also gushes a few times about her impact on his young, malleable mind.
It's a special on-site edition of the podcast! Tim and guest host Aline Mello take to the streets at Atlanta's very own Decatur Book Festival and talk with fellow attendees, authors, and publishing companies - and they just may run into a few friends along the way.
Brett Trapp, a pastor's kid from small-town Alabama, told his story of coming out in the Christian community on his blog "Blue Babies Pink." He talks to us about the author's who inspired him, the ideas he's exploring, and how he honors the people he writes for and about.
We talk cultivation and books with farmer, anthropologist, and reader Keisha Cameron. She tells us how she creates space for diversity, creativity, and meaningful change through farming, hospitality, and food.
Aline Mello is an editor, writer, and immigrant. She talks with us about involuntary politicization, guarding her stories, the potency of poetry, and how her reading and writing have shifted after the election.
Anarchist, artist, and avid reader Megan Leach talks with us about why radical ideas matter, and how literature is the ideal place to encounter them. Along the way, we talk about zines, collage, abandoned places, and independent bookstores around the world.
Immigration Advocate Tim Isaacson tells us how he went from working with the CDC to pastoring a church to legal advocacy for immigrants. He talks about the books that influenced him along the way, and why Evangelicals sometimes miss out on the chance to love their immigrant neighbors.
We crack a beer and talk about the links between solitary activities and community with rocker, reader, and runner Eric North. We also finally settle the debate over the ethics of audiobook consumption and hear a song based on a William Blake poem that Eric found in a Henri Nouwen book.
Author, immigrant, and artist Francisco Dosal tells us what books inspired him to write his novel Beyond the Good & Evil. He tells us what it's like to grow up undocumented, what he wants the next generation of immigrants to know, and how the treatment of violence in The Things They Carried shaped his own writing.