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Cabana Chats is a podcast about writing and community, hosted by Catherine LaSota, founder of The Resort writing community.

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Cabana Chats is a podcast about writing and community, hosted by Catherine LaSota, founder of The Resort writing community.

    Cabana Chats: Leigh Stein LIVE event

    Cabana Chats: Leigh Stein LIVE event

    Our tenth full episode of Cabana Chats is a special LIVE event episode, featuring a conversation we had with writer Leigh Stein as part of the 2021 Brooklyn Book Festival Bookends program. Leigh chats with us about how she conceived of, wrote, and published her newest poetry collection, What to Miss When, entirely during the pandemic, in 2020. We talk about how much community came into play in putting this book out into the world, and in the second half of the episode we hear from some wonderful members of the Resort Cabana Club! This live event was called Building an Online Community and Writing Through a Pandemic and took place on September 28, 2021. You can check out the video of the event in our free online Resort community!

    Leigh Stein is a writer interested in what the internet is doing to our identities, relationships, and politics. Her critically acclaimed satirical novel Self Care was released in June 2020, and her poetry collection What to Miss When was released in August 2021. Leigh is also the author of the memoir Land of Enchantment, the poetry collection Dispatch from the Future, and the novel The Fallback Plan. Her non-fiction writing has appeared in the New York Times, the Washington Post, the New Yorker online, Allure, ELLE, Poets & Writers, BuzzFeed, The Cut, Salon, and Slate.

    Leigh was cofounder and executive director of Out of the Binders/BinderCon, a feminist literary nonprofit organization dedicated to advancing the careers of women and gender variant writers. Nearly 2,000 writers attended BinderCon events in NYC and LA, to hear speakers including Lisa Kudrow, Anna Quindlen, Claudia Rankine, Jill Abramson, Elif Batuman, Effie Brown, Leslie Jamison, Suki Kim, and Adrian Nicole LeBlanc. Leigh also moderated the private Facebook community of 40,000 writers, and she is no longer on Facebook.

    Cabana Club members featured in this episode:
    Sarita Gonzalez: https://twitter.com/SarahXman22
    Rascher Alcasid: https://www.tamespace.com/
    Stephanie Jimenez: https://www.stephaniejimenezwriter.com/

    More about Leigh Stein: https://www.leighstein.com/
    More about What to Miss When: https://softskull.com/dd-product/what-to-miss-when

    Join our free Resort community, full of resources and support for writers, here: https://community.theresortlic.com/
    There is more information about our Cabana Club membership program inside the Resort community, too!
    More information about The Resort can be found here: https://www.theresortlic.com/

    Cabana Chats is hosted by Resort founder Catherine LaSota.
    Our podcast editor is Craig Eley, and our music is by Pat Irwin.

    Special thanks to Resort assistant Nadine Santoro.

    FULL TRANSCRIPTS for Cabana Chats podcast episodes are available in the free Resort network: https://community.theresortlic.com/

    Follow us on social media! @TheResortLIC

    • 54 min
    Cabana Chats: Eleanor Whitney

    Cabana Chats: Eleanor Whitney

    In this ninth full episode of Cabana Chats, we bring you a conversation with Eleanor Whitney, on walking, zine culture, and living both in the city and in the desert, among many other topics.

    Eleanor Whitney is a writer, editor, community builder, and content strategist. Through writing, speaking, and leading workshops, she creates space for people to reflect on their own experiences and inspire them to realize an empowered vision for their lives and ideas.

    Eleanor writes non-fiction essays and stories that fuse her lived experience with critical thought and feminist cultural analysis. Her first two books, Quit Your Day Job and Quit Your Day Job Workbook, are practical field guides for starting a creative business. Her third third book, Riot Woman, a collection of feminist essays, published in the fall of 2021 with Microcosm Publishing. She currently serves as the Senior Manager for Content Strategy and Copywriting for Axiom Legal Solutions. Formerly, she was the Managing Editor for All Hands, a publication about life at work from Managed by Q.

    Find out more about Eleanor Whitney here: https://eleanorcwhitney.com/
    Link to Riot Woman: https://microcosmpublishing.com/catalog/books/8530
    Link to Quit Your Day Job workbook: https://microcosmpublishing.com/catalog/books/11951

    Join our free Resort community, full of resources and support for writers, here: https://community.theresortlic.com/
    More information about The Resort can be found here: https://www.theresortlic.com/

    Cabana Chats is hosted by Resort founder Catherine LaSota.
    Our podcast editor is Craig Eley, and our music is by Pat Irwin.

    Special thanks to Resort assistant Nadine Santoro.

    FULL TRANSCRIPTS for Cabana Chats podcast episodes are available in the free Resort network: https://community.theresortlic.com/

    Follow us on social media! @TheResortLIC

    • 34 min
    Cabana Chats: hello from Catherine

    Cabana Chats: hello from Catherine

    On this very brief episode, Cabana Chats host Catherine LaSota pops in just to say hey and share a few thoughts about what community, and The Resort, has meant to her over the past year+, and to share that Cabana Chats interview episodes may slow down in frequency a little bit this season while we are busy preparing for lots of new awesomeness at The Resort in the new year.

    Check out the free online Resort network, and find out more about our Cabana Club membership program, here: https://community.theresortlic.com/

    Follow The Resort on social media for all of the latest news:
    Twitter: https://twitter.com/theresortlic
    Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/theresortlic/

    More about The Resort: https://www.theresortlic.com/

    FULL TRANSCRIPTS of Cabana Chats podcast episodes are available inside our free network: https://community.theresortlic.com/

    • 5 min
    Cabana Chats: Hannah Bae

    Cabana Chats: Hannah Bae

    In this eighth episode of Cabana Chats, we bring you a conversation with Hannah Bae, on being a generous community member, fighting the impulse to hoard resources, and the permission to take a break once in a while. And we talk about food a little bit, as well as many of the writers who inspire us.

    Hannah Bae is a freelance journalist and nonfiction writer who is at work on a memoir about family estrangement and mental illness. She is the 2020 nonfiction winner of the Rona Jaffe Foundation Writers’ Award. She is a 2021 Peter Taylor Fellow for The Kenyon Review Writers Workshops.

    Her work has been published in books including “(Don’t) Call Me Crazy: 33 Voices Start the Conversation About Mental Health” (Algonquin Young Readers, 2018) and “The Monocle Travel Guide, Seoul” (food and drinks chapter co-editor/writer, 2018).

    She is focused on stories about Korean American culture and identity, and in 2019, several of her essays received nominations for The Pushcart Prize. She was a 2019 Open City fellow in narrative nonfiction at Asian American Writers’ Workshop. Through 2018 and 2019, Hannah served as president of Asian American Journalists Association’s New York chapter, for which she was named AAJA National’s Chapter President of the Year in 2019.

    Find out more about Hannah Bae here: https://www.hannahbae.com/

    Join our free Resort community, full of resources and support for writers, here: https://community.theresortlic.com/
    More information about The Resort can be found here: https://www.theresortlic.com/

    Cabana Chats is hosted by Resort founder Catherine LaSota.
    Our podcast editor is Craig Eley, and our music is by Pat Irwin.

    Special thanks to Resort assistant Nadine Santoro.

    FULL TRANSCRIPTS for Cabana Chats podcast episodes are available in the free Resort network: https://community.theresortlic.com/

    Follow us on social media! @TheResortLIC

    • 40 min
    Cabana Chats: Jennifer Baker

    Cabana Chats: Jennifer Baker

    In this seventh episode of Cabana Chats, we bring you a conversation full of awesome information about the ins and outs of the publishing world, and many years of the wonderful Minorities in Publishing podcast (and newsletter), with the fabulous Jennifer Baker. We also talk about just needing a break!

    Jennifer Baker was named the 2019 Publishers Weekly Star Watch “SuperStar” because her “varied work championing diversity in publishing has made her an indispensable fixture in the book business.” She is a publishing professional with almost 20 years’ experience in a range of roles (editorial, production, media) and is an instructor for Bay Path University’s Creative Nonfiction MFA, as well as the creator/host of the podcast Minorities in Publishing (a 2018, 2019, 2020 finalist for the Digital Book World Best Use of Podcasting in Book Marketing). Jennifer most recently served as a contributing editor to Electric Literature, and she has freelanced as a proofreader, copyeditor, and/or development editor and has written for various publications in print and online.
    From 2014-2017, Jennifer was panel organizer and social media manager for We Need Diverse Books, a non-profit organization that sprang to life from the #WeNeedDiverseBooks media campaign to increase minority representation in literature. She is the editor of Everyday People: The Color of Life—A Short Story Anthology with Atria Books (an imprint of Simon & Schuster). Her YA novel Forgive Me Not will publish with Putnam Books for Young Readers (an imprint of Penguin Random House) in 2022.

    Find out more about Jennifer Baker here: https://www.jennifernbaker.com/

    Join our free Resort community, full of resources and support for writers, here: https://community.theresortlic.com/
    More information about The Resort can be found here: https://www.theresortlic.com/

    Cabana Chats is hosted by Resort founder Catherine LaSota.
    Our podcast editor is Craig Eley, and our music is by Pat Irwin.

    FULL TRANSCRIPTS for Cabana Chats podcast episodes are available in the free Resort network: https://community.theresortlic.com/

    Follow us on social media! @theresortlic

    • 39 min
    Cabana Chats: Tracy O'Neill

    Cabana Chats: Tracy O'Neill

    In this sixth episode of Cabana Chats, we bring you a conversation with Tracy O'Neill, on acclimating to new jobs during a pandemic, the importance of eavesdropping, and the fact that even when you are not writing, you are writing. Also, sandwiches are important.

    Tracy O'Neill is the author of The Hopeful, one of Electric Literature's Best Novels of 2015, and Quotients, a New York Times​ New & Noteworthy Book, TOR Editor's Choice, & Literary Hub Favorite Book of 2020. In 2015, she was named a National Book Foundation 5 Under 35 honoree, long-listed for the Flaherty-Dunnan Prize, and was a Narrative Under 30 finalist. In 2012, she was awarded the Center for Fiction's Emerging Writers Fellowship. Her short fiction was distinguished in the Best American Short Stories 2016 and earned a Pushcart Prize nomination in 2017. Her writing has appeared in Granta, Rolling Stone, The Atlantic, the New Yorker, LitHub, BOMB, Vol. 1 Brooklyn, The Believer, The Literarian, the Austin Chronicle, New World Writing, Narrative, Scoundrel Time, Guernica, Bookforum, Electric Literature, Grantland, Vice, The Guardian, VQR, the San Francisco Chronicle, and Catapult. She holds an MFA from the City College of New York; and an MA, an MPhil, and a PhD from Columbia University. While editor-in-chief of the literary journal Epiphany, she established the Breakout 8 Writers Prize with the Authors Guild. ​She teaches at Vassar College.

    Find out more about Tracy O'Neill here: https://www.tracyoneill.net/

    Join our free Resort community, full of resources and support for writers, here: https://community.theresortlic.com/
    More information about The Resort can be found here: https://www.theresortlic.com/

    Cabana Chats is hosted by Resort founder Catherine LaSota.
    Our podcast editor is Craig Eley, and our music is by Pat Irwin.

    FULL TRANSCRIPTS for Cabana Chats podcast episodes are available in the free Resort network: https://community.theresortlic.com/

    • 28 min

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Cabana Chats is a treasure trove for writers! Listening to these conversations between host Catherine LaSota and her guests from all quarters of the writing and publishing world is like being in the audience of a brilliant chat every week. The conversations always yield something actionable and inspiring. Hearing things that validate my own experiences as a writer—or that shed new light—nourishes my writer self and keeps me fired up for this strange and magical practice we are in. I love this podcast and think it should be in every writer’s listening lineup, wherever you are in the process. So many gems in Cabana Chats. Subscribe! You’ll love it.

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