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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: Lydia Conklin

    Cabana Chats: Lydia Conklin

    In this last episode of season two of Cabana Chats, writer Lydia Conklin talks with Resort founder Catherine LaSota about fostering dogs, writing a story versus making a comic, and the places we can't bring our cell phones (thank goodness), among many other fascinating topics.

    Lydia Conklin is an Assistant Professor of Fiction at Vanderbilt University. Previously they were the Helen Zell Visiting Professor in Fiction at the University of Michigan. They’ve received a Stegner Fellowship in Fiction at Stanford University, a Rona Jaffe Writer’s Award, three Pushcart Prizes, a grant from the Elizabeth George Foundation, a Creative & Performing Arts Fulbright to Poland, work-study and tuition scholarships from Bread Loaf, and fellowships from MacDowell, Yaddo, Djerassi, Hedgebrook, the James Merrill House, the Vermont Studio Center, VCCA, Millay, Jentel, Lighthouse Works, Brush Creek, the Santa Fe Art Institute, Caldera, the Sitka Center, and Harvard University, among others. They were the 2015-2017 Creative Writing Fellow in fiction at Emory University. Their fiction has appeared in Tin House, American Short Fiction, The Southern Review, The Gettysburg Review, and elsewhere, and is forthcoming from The Paris Review. They have drawn graphic fiction for Lenny Letter, Drunken Boat, and the Steppenwolf Theater in Chicago and cartoons for The New Yorker and Narrative Magazine. Lydia's story collection, Rainbow Rainbow, was recently published by Catapult in the US and Scribner in the UK.

    Find out more about Lydia Conklin here: https://lydia-conklin.com
    Purchase RAINBOW RAINBOW by Lydia Conklin here: https://bookshop.org/a/83344/9781646221011

    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/

    You can find books for purchase by all of our Cabana Chats guests here: https://bookshop.org/lists/cabana-chats-podcast

    Cabana Chats is hosted by Resort founder Catherine LaSota. Our podcast editor is Jade Iseri-Ramos, 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

    • 33 min
    Cabana Chats: Leslie Shipman

    Cabana Chats: Leslie Shipman

    In our next to last episode for season two of Cabana Chats, Leslie Shipman, founder of the The Shipman Agency, talks with Resort founder Catherine LaSota about her long career in the literary world, how her love of poetry has guided her, and her latest adventures as the founder of a speaking agency for writers that has turned into a full-service organization for writers, offering classes, editing services, and more, in just a few short years.

    Leslie Shipman has spent 30 years promoting writers, and creating and managing literary events in New York City. She spent over a decade at the National Book Foundation (which presents the National Book Award), where she was instrumental in creating events and programs such as 5 Under 35, a prize for promising young novelists, the National Book Awards After Party, Eat, Drink, and Be Literary at the Brooklyn Academy of Music, Innovations in Reading, a prize that promotes community organizations working at the grassroots level to encourage reading across constituencies, and BookUp, an afterschool program for middle school age students, as well as assembling awards juries. She consulted at PEN America, a leading advocate for free expression, and worked on the PEN Literary Awards, and the PEN World Voices Festival.
    A poet with an MFA from the Program for Writers at Warren Wilson College, her work can be found in the Kenyon Review, BOMB, Tinderbox, Mid-American Review, Cosmonauts Avenue and elsewhere. She lives in Ridgewood, Queens with her husband, musician Paul Pimsler, and their dog Junie.

    Find out more about The Shipman Agency: https://www.theshipmanagency.com/
    Latest classes in The Work Room at The Shipman Agency: https://www.theshipmanagency.com/theworkroom

    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/

    You can find books for purchase by all of our Cabana Chats guests here: https://bookshop.org/lists/cabana-chats-podcast

    Cabana Chats is hosted by Resort founder Catherine LaSota. Our podcast editor is Jade Iseri-Ramos, 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: On Motherhood & Writing, with Molly Caro May & Meaghan O'Connell

    Cabana Chats: On Motherhood & Writing, with Molly Caro May & Meaghan O'Connell

    This episode of Cabana Chats is a throwback to 2018, when Resort founder Catherine LaSota had a Skype conversation with writers Molly Caro May and Meaghan O'Connell to discuss the intersection of motherhood and writing. This conversation was recorded for a special episode of the LIC Reading Series podcast that never aired, and this is the first time it is reaching an audience!

    Molly Caro May is an author of two books, a teacher, and a holder of space. For 12+ years, she has facilitated personal story workshops for more than hundreds of people across the globe. She is trained in Somatic Experiencing and focuses on where language/voice and the animal body meet each other. Her mission is to democratize expression and explore, in good company, the healing alchemy between story and nervous system. In this conversation, we discuss her book Body Full of Stars: Female Rage and My Passage Into Motherhood.

    Meaghan O’Connell is currently the features editor at Romper, where she works on stories about being, becoming, or wanting to be a parent (or not). Before that she was a freelance writer for publications such as New York Magazine’s The Cut, as well as co-editor of the personal finance website The Billfold. In this conversation, we discuss her book And Now We Have Everything: On Motherhood Before I Was Ready.

    Find out more about Molly here: https://www.mollycaromay.com
    Find out more about Meaghan here: http://www.meaghano.com

    Purchase Body Full of Stars here: https://bookshop.org/a/83344/9781640092075
    Purchase And Now We Have Everything here: https://bookshop.org/a/83344/9780316393850

    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/

    You can find books for purchase by all of our Cabana Chats guests here: https://bookshop.org/lists/cabana-chats-podcast

    Cabana Chats is hosted by Resort founder Catherine LaSota. Our podcast editor is Jade Iseri-Ramos, 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

    • 51 min
    Cabana Chats: Greg Mania

    Cabana Chats: Greg Mania

    In this episode, writer and comedian Greg Mania talks with Resort founder Catherine LaSota about how the growth of those closest to us can inspire our own growth, and also about how soothing Coca-Cola can be. We also trip on several words in the English language, including accountability, palatability, and more! And: how does a person pronounce LaCroix? Listen and find out!

    Greg Mania is a writer, comedian, and award-winning screenwriter based in New York City. His words have been published in The New Yorker, Vanity Fair, HuffPost, Oprah Daily, and PAPER, among other international online and print platforms. His debut memoir, Born to Be Public, is out now from CLASH Books, and he publishes a newsletter called Save Our Serotonin (S.O.S.), which you can subscribe to here: https://saveourserotonin.bulletin.com

    Find out more about Greg Mania here: http://www.greg-mania.com

    Purchase Born to Be Public here: https://bookshop.org/a/83344/9781944866877

    Invest in one month of one-on-one writing support with Resort founder Catherine LaSota: https://www.theresortlic.com/letsdivein

    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/

    You can find books for purchase by all of our Cabana Chats guests here: https://bookshop.org/lists/cabana-chats-podcast

    Cabana Chats is hosted by Resort founder Catherine LaSota. Our podcast editor is Jade Iseri-Ramos, 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

    • 41 min
    Cabana Chats: K-Ming Chang

    Cabana Chats: K-Ming Chang

    In this episode, writer K-Ming Chang talks with Resort founder Catherine LaSota about birding, writing's relationship to oral storytelling, and the audience she's writing for. We also hear a story of magic and dog poop. This episode is amazing, trust.

    K-Ming Chang is a Kundiman fellow, a Lambda Literary Award finalist, and a National Book Foundation 5 Under 35 honoree. She is the author of the New York Times Book Review Editors’ Choice novel BESTIARY(One World/Random House, 2020), which was longlisted for the Center for Fiction First Novel Prize and the PEN/Faulkner Award. In 2021, her chapbook BONE HOUSE was published by Bull City Press. Her short story collection, GODS OF WANT, is forthcoming from One World, as well as a novel titled ORGAN MEATS. She lives in California.

    Find out more about K-Ming Chang here: https://www.kmingchang.com

    Pre-order/purchase Gods of Want here: https://bookshop.org/a/83344/9780593241585

    Support the Resort in our May 2022 fundraiser!: https://www.freefunder.com/campaign/support-writers

    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/

    You can find books for purchase by all of our Cabana Chats guests here: https://bookshop.org/lists/cabana-chats-podcast

    Cabana Chats is hosted by Resort founder Catherine LaSota. Our podcast editor is Jade Iseri-Ramos, 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

    • 32 min
    Cabana Chats: One Story live event w/Hannah Tinti & Maribeth Batcha

    Cabana Chats: One Story live event w/Hannah Tinti & Maribeth Batcha

    In this special live event episode, One Story co-founders Hannah Tinti and Maribeth Batcha talk with Resort founder Catherine LaSota about the first twenty years of One Story, its community-based mission, and the most fun party of the year, the One Story Deb Ball (coming up on June 3, 2022!).

    Maribeth Batcha is the publisher and Co-Founder of One Story. She has worked in magazine circulation for over 25 years for titles including Diabetes Self-Management, Lingua Franca, University Business, the New York Review of Books, Working Mother, and The Progressive. In addition to circulation consulting, she currently does marketing and development copywriting for not-for-profits, including the 92nd Street Y and the National Academy Foundation. She has a BA from New York University and an MFA in creative writing from Columbia University.

    Hannah Tinti is the co-founder and executive editor of One Story magazine. She is the author of the bestselling novel The Good Thief, which won The Center for Fiction’s first novel prize, and the story collection Animal Crackers, a runner-up for the PEN/Hemingway Award. Her most recent novel, The Twelve Lives of Samuel Hawley, is a national bestseller and is in development for television with Netflix. She co-founded the Sirenland Writers Conference in Italy and has taught writing at New York University’s Graduate Creative Writing Program, Columbia University’s MFA program, CUNY, and at the Museum of Natural History in New York City.  For more information please visit hannahtinti.com.

    Find out more about One Story here: https://one-story.com

    Get tickets for the June 3, 2022 One Story Literary Debutante Ball here: https://one-story.com/connect/the-one-story-literary-debutante-ball/

    Support the Resort in our May 2022 fundraiser!: https://www.freefunder.com/campaign/support-writers

    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 Jade Iseri-Ramos, 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

    • 43 min

Customer Reviews

4.9 out of 5
16 Ratings

16 Ratings

Periwinklele ,

Great

Love the conversations and writers who are featured!

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Can’t Praise Enough

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.