Citizen Lit is about extending the conversation beyond the writer. Each week this literary podcast explores what it means to be an active member of the writing world through reviews, interviews, and recorded performances. Art is about connection and engagement—how the work speaks to us and how we respond back. From writers to publishers, to venues and festivals, Citizen Lit is your weekly invitation to share your voice and join the conversation.
Episode 32: Cherry Tree & Eckleburg Issue Launch
In today’s episode, we get a scene report with selected readings from the joint Cherry Tree and Dr. TJ Eckleburg Review release party (recorded live at Busboys & Poets in Washington D.C.). Our show features Nate Brown, Julia Kolchinsky Dasbach, and Rajiv Mohabir.
Ep. 31.5: Daniel M. Shapiro's The Orange Menace
Daniel M. Shapiro is the author of How the Potato Chip Was Invented (sunnyoutside press, 2013), a collection of celebrity-centered poems. His work has appeared in Word Riot; RHINO; Menacing Hedge; Forklift, Ohio, and elsewhere. His latest collection is called Heavy Metal Fairy Tales published by throwbackbooks.
Daniel is a poetry editor of Pittsburgh Poetry Review and interviews poets for his website, Little Myths.
Episode 31: Cathy Day
In today’s episode we talk literary citizenship and teaching with Cathy Day, the Assistant Chair of Operations in the Department of English at Ball State University.
Episode 30.5: Siân Griffiths reads from Redivider 13.2
The following short fiction piece “Idaho, or the Reverse of Gravity,” appeared in issue 13.2 of Redivider. Author Siân Griffiths lives in Ogden, UT, where she directs the creative writing program at Weber State University. Her work has appeared in the Georgia Review, Fifth Wednesday Journal, Quarterly West, Ninth Letter, and The Rumpus, among other publications. Her debut novel, Borrowed Horses (New Rivers Press), was a semi-finalists for the 2014 VCU Cabell First Novelist Award.
Episode 30: FOLD AWP Panel "Creating Space for Marginalized Voices"
In today’s episode we share excerpts from the panel “Creating Space for Marginalized Voices” presented at the 2017 AWP Conference. The organizers of Canada's inaugural Festival of Literary Diversity in discussion with publishing professionals talk about how to promote and support a diverse lineup of authors, uncovering how targeted initiatives and intentional approaches can effectively address the diversity gaps in the publishing industry.
Episode 29.5: Lauren Samblanet
In today’s microcast, we get a poem by Lauren Samblanet from A Shadow Map: An Anthology by Survivors of Sexual Assault published by Civil Coping Mechanisms. Released last week, A Shadow Map is edited by Joanna C. Valente and features poems and essays “born out of traumatizing and terrible experiences. CCM believes in providing a safe space within the literary community where we can not only talk about painful experiences and issues becomes ever more necessary considering the current political climate.” Contributors include Hillary Leftwich, Maggie Queeney, and Mila Jaroniec.
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Citizen Lit provides important and interesting literary content--for anyone writing, reading, and building community, this podcast is a must.
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I'm so happy to have this show ... I've been looking for years for a program that's this well imagined, this well produced, this diverse. Citizen Lit is for members of the literary commuity, and the listener is made a part of that community just by pressing "play." I feel as though I've actively participated in each episode, and with my participation, become a part of something larger. Thank you, Citizen Lit, for this beautiful work!
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I can't tell you how much Citizen Lit means to me. Getting the writing community together—especially when it's so easy to find yourself lost in comparison, to live writer vs. writer—is a worthwhile feat, and I love that they're celebrating the craft, the community, and the people in it. No one else is doing this—especially with this level of care and attention to detail—and this is, truly, important work. They’re getting the conversation going, and it’s a dang fun conversation to be a part of, too.