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Confessing Animals is a series of conversations with writers and artists about creativity. One guest at a time, Jen + Vanessa ask, How Does Your Life Translate to Art?

Confessing Animals Jen Harris & Vanessa Aricco

    • Society & Culture
    • 5.0 • 13 Ratings

Confessing Animals is a series of conversations with writers and artists about creativity. One guest at a time, Jen + Vanessa ask, How Does Your Life Translate to Art?

    BANS OFF OUR BODIES

    BANS OFF OUR BODIES

    In light of the impending overturn of Roe v Wade, Vanessa & Jen attended the Planned Parenthood Rally: BANS OFF OUR BODIES on May 14, 2022 at Mill Creek Park in Kansas City, MO. 
    – 
    But before we did, we interviewed Justice Gatson
    Justice Gatson is the Director at Reale Justice Network. An Intimate Partner Violence Advocate and Motivational Speaker. She works with Black Mama’s Bail Out with National Bailout.org to specifically address the needs of incarcerated black mothers. 
    IG @reale_justice_network
    https://realejusticenetwork.org/


    SisterSong Women of Color Reproductive Justice Collective
    https://sistersong.nationbuilder.com/donate
    DONATE NOW!
    https://abortionfunds.org/
    VOTE NO IN KANSAS AUGUST 2
    https://kansansforfreedom.com/

    Emily Wales CEO Planned Parenthood Great Plains
    Other organizations @ Bans off Our Bodies KC rally 
    Sunrise Movement 
    Our Revolution KC
    Poor People’s Campaign
    Barrier Babes KC
    Green Party KC


    Supreme Court Cases mentioned in Intro:
    Dobbs v, Jackson Women’s Health
    Roe v. Wade
    Planned Parenthood v. Casey 
    Griswold v. Connecticut (1965)
    Obergefell v. Hodges (2015)
    Lawrence v. Texas (2003)
    Loving v. Virginia is the 1967
    Dred Scott v. Sandford case of 1857


    F**k These Bishes:
    Marjorie Dannenfelser, President of the Susan B. Anthony List, an American political organization that seeks to advance anti-abortion women in politics
    Rep. Mary Elizabeth Coleman, Missouri District 097 Republican 
    Correction:
    Sarah Huckabee Sanders was Trump Press Secretary (duh, Vanessa misspoke per the usual)

    REPRODUCTIVE JUSTICE NOW! SHOW UP, DO THE WORK! 


    Seasoned and fresh-faced artists (of every genre) discuss how to make creativity work within the complexities and challenges of adult life. Confessing Animals podcast co-hosts Jen Harris + Vanessa Aricco, both working writers, unveil the secrets and struggles of creative living in a rapid fire capitalist society. One guest at a time, Jen + Vanessa ask, How Does Your Life Translate to Art?
    Intro & music provided by Ashley Raines www.ashleyrainesmusic.com
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    • 53 min
    On the Cusp of Air and Water: Vanessa Aricco

    On the Cusp of Air and Water: Vanessa Aricco

    Live @ Charlotte Street Foundation w/Vanessa Aricco 
    Reading 1: On the Cusp of Air & Water [Full length poetry manuscript, forthcoming]
    Read 2: My Chelsea Girls / Self Saints of Becoming [WIP]
    Vanessa Aricco is a multimedia poet exploring conflict and duality, the precarious nature of life and the anxiety that arises from it. She is the co-host of Confessing Animals, an interview-style podcast discussing creativity with writers. Her work includes two poetry albums, The Midnight Rush and Human Animal, Tin Can Poetics and co-lyricist on the album Gutter Mansions with Ashley Raines & The New West Revue. She is a Charlotte Street Foundation 2019-22 Studio Resident in Kansas City, MO.
    Website: vanessaaricco.com
    IG: @tincanpoetics
    Charlotte Street Foundation Open Studios
    https://charlottestreet.org/


    Intro & music provided by Ashley Raines www.ashleyrainesmusic.com
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    • 31 min
    Gay PK (Pastor’s Kid): Ash Parsons

    Gay PK (Pastor’s Kid): Ash Parsons

    Ashley Parsons (she/her) is a queer woman who tells true stories about love, mystery, and embodiment through writing, photography, mentoring, and speaking. She is an alumni of the 2019 Thread at Yale program through the Yale Journalism Initiative and the winner of The Moth / Snap Judgment Competition. Her award-winning work as a storyteller has been captured in photographs, films, and multimedia via We Are the Parsons, Huffington Post, American Photo Magazine, and Real Simple Weddings among countless others. In 2013 she was named one of the Best Wedding Photographers in the world. Since the turn of the century, she has taught at workshops, creative retreats, and been a vital part of creative collaborations across the globe.
    Instagram @fromashparsons
    https://www.ashleyparsons.com/


    Intro & music provided by Ashley Raines www.ashleyrainesmusic.com
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    • 1 hr 1 min
    Our Destination is Now: Bonus w/Rev. Dr. Peter Tremain

    Our Destination is Now: Bonus w/Rev. Dr. Peter Tremain

    Listen to Rev. Dr. Peter Tremain's full episode: Dirt, Water & Grace 

    https://podcasts.apple.com/us/podcast/dirt-water-grace-rev-dr-peter-tremain/id1544861884?i=1000554058943

    https://confessinganimalspodcast.buzzsprout.com/1518877/10250310

    Listen, Love, Support Us! 
    J+V
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    • 7 min
    Fleeing & Finding Home: Waleska Barroeta

    Fleeing & Finding Home: Waleska Barroeta

    Waleska Barroeta/Waleska Font
    She/Her/Hers
    Waleska (she/her) is a Venezuelan multidisciplinary artist. Waleska is a cultural promoter, copyeditor, teacher and poet, having performed in Mexico, Venezuela, and Kansas City. Her work explores the limitations of bilingualism, sexuality, culture, and identity. Waleska is currently a board member of No Divide Kansas City and a sponsored artist for Poetry for Personal Power.
    Instagram @wlskafont
    No Divide KC
    https://www.nodividekc.org/
    Queer Narratives Festival
    https://www.nodividekc.org/queernarrativesfestival
    “Home” by Warsan Shire
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    • 53 min
    DIRT, WATER, & GRACE: Rev. Dr. Peter Tremain

    DIRT, WATER, & GRACE: Rev. Dr. Peter Tremain

    Peter Tremain is a retired Lutheran Pastor, who served as Pastor of three congregations over a span of forty years. After retirement and the death of his wife he traveled solo outside the USA at least two months a year for the last ten years with only a backpack, staying in hostels, walking the 500 mile long Camino de Santiago in 2013. He is interested in Contemplative Spirituality as it transcends the arbitrary boundary between the sacred and secular nurturing a non-dualistic view of reality.
    https://thecalltolive.wordpress.com/
    FB: https://www.facebook.com/peter.tremain.5
    IG: https://www.instagram.com/tremainpeter/


    Show Notes:
    End of life care
    Stephen Hawking
    Sam Harris
    Simone Weil
    Contemplative spirituality
    Mark Rothko
    Franz Kline



    Intro & music provided by Ashley Raines www.ashleyrainesmusic.com
    Follow us on Instagram @confessinganimalspodcast
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    • 59 min

Customer Reviews

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13 Ratings

13 Ratings

Florida Lola ,

True Crime Fairytales

Right up my alley. Great insight and awesome episode.
Thank you

Demand Poet ,

This is *not* going to be what you expect.

Confessing Animals delivers raw, original insight into what it means to be a creative person living and working in the Western world. There are many mediocre podcast out there -- this is not one of them. Vanessa and Jen, come prepared and, while they relate and connect, they don't Matt-Lauer these interviews. Their guest is the focus. And they don't waste your time like morning show DJs. You feel welcomed into this cozy den of creative inspiration -- and not a single episode is going to deliver what you expect.

louwrites ,

Writers on writing

Really interesting conversations with writers and what inspires them to write. The insight into personal lives and relationships as the catalysts for creative practice is really inspiring.

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