Conversations with writers, artists, and other creative people about how they make a living.
I talk to writer Dave Housley (This Darkness Got to Give, Howard and Charles at the Factory) about how he's managed to write and publish several books while holding down a 9-to-5 job in web development, running a magazine (Barrelhouse) and not neglecting his family.
I talk to novelist Wendy Fox (If The Ice Had Held) about finding time to write two books while working full-time for the tech industry, Denver vs. Seattle, and her mixed feelings about book contest fees.
Poet and essayist Elisa Gabbert (The Word Pretty, The Unreliability of Memory) talks about balancing her writing career with a full-time job in SEO content management, how she chooses which projects to work on, her decision not to have children, and why she misses poetry blogs.
Susan Muaddi Darraj
I talk to writer Susan Muaddi Darraj (A Curious Land: Stories From Home) about the stigma she sometimes feels as a community college professor, and why she believes so strongly in community college education. We also talk about going to Catholic school as a non-Catholic, her father's poetry, what happens when you get retweeted by Hillary Clinton, and why she gets up every morning before the sun.
You can read Susan's article about community college stigma at Inside Higher Ed.
I talk to poet and writer Megan Volpert (Boss Broad, Straight Into Darkness) about her job teaching high school English and journalism, her tendency to overwork herself, and how she never imagined herself having a stable adult life.
I talk to poet, teacher, labor organizer, and 2016 Pew Fellow Ryan Eckes about the ethics of working for a university, the difficulties of labor organizing, and how his socialist politics influence the way he thinks about both his writing and his day jobs. His latest collection of poetry, General Motors, is available from Split Lip Press. You can also learn more about Ryan on his website, or follow him on Twitter @ryaneckes.
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Writers Take on Capital
While not all of guests directly address capital and its sway over every aspect of life, many do. Those who don’t still shine light on what it takes to subsist as a writer. Plus Mike is a great host. He’s thoughtful and interested and his questions aren’t “generic.” I would definitely recommend this pod!
Great in-depth conversations
About the different ways artists support themselves, how they think about money and “career,” and some deeper philosophical discussion about attitudes toward work. Looking forward to hearing more!
Thoughtful, Experienced, and Versatile
An affectionate conversation about writing backgrounds. Mike Ingram is a thoughtful, experienced, and versatile host judging from his success with Book Fight, and only two episodes in, the podcast is making strides to distinguish itself from the field of writing/book podcasts.