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The Downtown Writers Jam is a one-hour conversation between host Brad King and some of your favorite authors. We have the kind of discussions writers have when our readers aren't around. We're talking life, current events, what shaped who we are, and why we write what we write. So, pull up a chair and pour yourself a drink.


The Downtown Writers Jam is a part of the Solid Listen Network. Visit at Patreon.com/SolidListen for more.

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    • 5.0 • 34 Ratings

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The Downtown Writers Jam is a one-hour conversation between host Brad King and some of your favorite authors. We have the kind of discussions writers have when our readers aren't around. We're talking life, current events, what shaped who we are, and why we write what we write. So, pull up a chair and pour yourself a drink.


The Downtown Writers Jam is a part of the Solid Listen Network. Visit at Patreon.com/SolidListen for more.

Listen on Apple Podcasts
Requires subscription and macOS 11.4 or higher

    After Party: Wanda M. Morris

    After Party: Wanda M. Morris

    One of our favorite authors, Wanda M. Morris, stopped by the Bunker for an After Party storytelling Q&A with Brad. Her latest book, Any Where You Run, is out now. Wanda and Brad swapped stories about their parents, shared their best advice to writers, and talked about how writing helps them make sense of the world.
    Plus, they had a callback to Brad's favorite Wanda story: how she wrote her first book without anybody knowing until it was done!
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    • 51 min
    Jam Sessions: David Lee Csicsko

    Jam Sessions: David Lee Csicsko

    Designer David Lee Csicsko dropped by the Bunker for a Jam Session about his latest project, LGBTQ+ Icons: A Celebration of Historical LGBTQ+ Icons in the Arts. David and Brad discussed their strange overlapping experience in the Indianapolis theatre scene, his work as a graphic designer, and the process he and his writing partner went through in narrowing down the 50 stories they wanted to tell in this book.
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    • 46 min
    Felice Cohen

    Felice Cohen

    Author Felice Cohen dropped by the Bunker to talk about her latest book, Half In: A Coming-of-Age Memoir of Forbidden Love. Be warned, Felice came ready with some amazing stories. She and Brad went on a long, winding road through her life. They talked playing sports growing up, her fearless drive to explore, family, and even a little bit about living in that very tiny New York apartment. (But not too much. Just, um, a little.)
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    • 58 min
    After Party: Sergio Troncoso

    After Party: Sergio Troncoso

    One of Brad's favorite guests, author Sergio Troncoso, dropped by the bunker After Party to talk about his latest novel, Nobody's Pilgrims. The two talked about Sergio's evolution in thinking about "voiceless" characters, the "flow" in writing, and probably other topics we could put in quotes.
    Oh, and the time Sergio met George W. Bush.
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    • 47 min
    Natalia Molina

    Natalia Molina

    Author and professor Natalia Molina stopped by the Bunker to talk about her latest book, A Place at the Nayarit: How a Mexican Restaurant in Los Angeles Nourished its Community. Natalia and Brad has a long, wide-ranging discussion about comedians (Steve Martin, Tina Fey, Amy Poehler in particular), audio books, meeting famous people, and the trauma of academia.
    Plus, how place intersects with race, class, and gender in America.
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    • 1 hr 5 min
    Keri Blakinger

    Keri Blakinger

    Author and journalist Keri Blakinger stopped by the Bunker to talk about her memoir, Corrections in Ink, a fascinating examination of the women's prison system told through the lens of somebody who made it to the other side of incarceration. It's a fantastic book, and one you want to read. Of course, Keri and Brad talked about the rest of her life: growing up as a competitive skater, trying to fit in, and navigating her career as a journalist after.
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    • 54 min

Customer Reviews

5.0 out of 5
34 Ratings

34 Ratings

Zaphod2006 ,

Insightful

Great pod with fabulous guests and insightful mature conversations. Really happy I found this one. Thanks.

edeckers ,

A Podcast by Writers FOR Writers

I love how Brad discusses the writing process as much as the writer's work. As a writer, I'm always interested in how other writers work. I couldn't care less about hearing about their books — I'll read them if I want to learn about them. I'm just looking for those nuggets and pearls of wisdom that will help me write better myself.

Most writing podcasts tend to be a lot of navel-gazing tripe, but the Downtown Writers Jam just, well, jams.

alka11217 ,

Love The Writers Jam!

Brad is so wonderful. Energetic, enthusiastic, and always asks his guests the most ‘out of the box’ questions. A refreshing shift in the literary landscape.

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