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Digging Through with Gessy Alvarez is a podcast for cultural omnivores.

No snark. No bark. Just good talk.

©️Digging Press LLC DiggingPress.com

    Abigail Carl-Klassen, Ain't Country Like You

    Abigail Carl-Klassen, Ain't Country Like You

    Gessy Alvarez talks to Digging Press author Abigail Carl-Klassen about her chapbook Ain't Country Like You available at DiggingPress.com.

    About Ain't Country Like You
    Winner of the 2019 Digging Press Chapbook Series Award, Abigail Carl-Klassen depicts rural spaces inhabited by a community dependent on the boom and bust cycles of oil fields and cash crop agriculture. The personal and confrontational voices in these eighteen poems, embody the constant tension of political rhetoric and social vulnerability in contemporary America. Unapologetically tender and with a hopeful nod to an elusive American ideal, these poems imbue a nation's struggles with culture, class, and identity.

    • 55 min
    Mandy-Suzanne Wong, Awabi 2nd Edition

    Mandy-Suzanne Wong, Awabi 2nd Edition

    Gessy Alvarez talks to Digging Press author Mandy-Suzanne Wong about her chapbook Awabi.

    About Awabi: A Duet of Short Stories
    Mandy-Suzanne Wong deftly explores the complex world of the ama — ocean women, mostly elderly, who eke out a living while diving deep to capture abalone, snails, and otherworldly sea creatures for food. Unlike the men of the fictional village of Kaiyono who fish from boats, the ama battle the cold currents without scuba tanks or snorkels. They do this while facing the threat of an ecological crisis they had no hand in causing. Suffused with lyrical imagery and profound longing, Mandy-Suzanne Wong creates evocative moments of love, pride, jealousy, misunderstanding, and sacrifice in this duet of short stories. Winner of the Digging Press Chapbook Series Award and a Wardrobe’s Best Dressed selection, Awabi is in its second edition.

    About the Author:
    Mandy-Suzanne Wong is a Bermudian writer of fiction and essays. Her debut novel, Drafts of a Suicide Note (Regal House, 2019), was a Foreword INDIES finalist, Independent Publisher Award winner, NextGen Indies Award winner, and PEN Open Book Award nominee. Listen, we all bleed (New Rivers, 2021), her first essay collection, was an ASLE Book Award finalist, an EcoLit Best Environmental Book of 2021, and a PEN/Galbraith nominee. Her fiction chapbook Awabi (Digging Press, 2022), winner of the 2018 Digging Press Chapbook Series Award, is now in its second edition. Her next novel, The Box (Graywolf), is forthcoming in 2023. You can find out more about Mandy-Suzanne at mandysuzannewong.com or follow her on Twitter @MandySuzanneW

    Awabi is available to buy at DiggingPress.com.

    Intro and Closing Music Credits: John Sib for Pixabay. "Tropical House."

    • 52 min
    Jenny Shank - Mixed Company

    Jenny Shank - Mixed Company

    In today's episode, I’m talking to a dear friend, writer Jenny Shank. Jenny’s short story collection Mixed Company won the George Garrett Fiction Prize and was published by Texas Review Press in November 2021.

    From JennyShank.com:
    In Mixed Company Jenny Shank reveals moments of grace and connection between people of her hometown, Denver, through stories that contrast the city during its oil-bust era of economic troubles and court-ordered crosstown busing for racial desegregation with the burgeoning and gentrifying city of recent years.

    In "Hurts," a girls' basketball team at a majority Black Denver high school clashes with a white mountain team. In "Casa del Rey," a cautious pregnant woman must contend with her out-of-control and intrusive neighbor. In "La Sexycana," a bottom-feeding journalist ventures to a dance club to confront the young Latina woman she mentored as a teenager who then cut off all contact with her. "Lightest Lights Against Darkest Darks" follows a white middle schooler bused to a majority Black school who falls under the spell of her magnetic and racially ambiguous art teacher. In "Signing for Linemen," a graduate student in medieval literature takes a job as a summer tutor for a college football team and ends up learning more than she expected about athletes, American Sign Language, and herself. In "Local Honey," middle-aged white parents bring their adopted Black teenage son to a Wu-Tang Clan concert in an attempt to bond with him.

    The characters find their initial perceptions and ideas overturned in these stories laced with humor, heart, and grit. Jenny Shank forges fiction out of the sparks that fly when diverse people encounter one another.

    You can follow Jenny at:
    Website: www.jennyshank.com
    Twitter: @jennyshank

    Intro and Closing Music Credits: John Sib for Pixabay. "Tropical House."

    • 49 min
    Amanda Headlee Till We Become Monsters

    Amanda Headlee Till We Become Monsters

    Gessy Alvarez talks to author Amanda Headlee about her new book, Till We Become Monsters published by Woodhall Press (June 1, 2021).

    Amanda Headlee's Bio:
    With a love of scary stories and folklore, Amanda Headlee spent her entire life crafting works of dark fiction. She has a fascination with the emotion of fear and believes it is the first emotion humans feel at the moment they are born. Most of her work focuses on dark fiction associated with folklore and cosmic horror. The fear of humanity’s insignificance in the vastness of the Universe intrigues her.

    By day Amanda is a Program Manager; by night she is a wandering wonderer. When she isn't writing or working, she can be found logging long miles on one of her many bicycles or hiking the Appalachian Mountains. She’s one of those crazy people who love to compete in endurance sports.

    You can follow Amanda at:
    Website: www.amandaheadlee.com
    Twitter: @amandaheadlee
    Instagram: @amandaheadlee
    Facebook: @authorAmandaHeadlee

    Intro and Closing Music Credits: John Sib for Pixabay. "Tropical House."

    • 43 min
    Summer 2021 - the beginning of the end?

    Summer 2021 - the beginning of the end?

    Hello, every loving one of you. Welcome to Digging Through with Gessy Alvarez. A podcast celebrating the cultural omnivores in all of us. In this episode, Gessy looks back at Summer 2021. Doesn’t it feel like June was 20 years ago and not two months ago?. Hear her reminisce about those good old Summer 2021 days for a bit…she talks about the Alice Neel retrospective at the Met in NYC, Provincetown post July 4th outbreak, and finally finishing that damn novel.

    Music Credits: John Sib for Pixabay. "Tropical House."

    • 23 min
    Dimitri Reyes - Every First & Fifteenth

    Dimitri Reyes - Every First & Fifteenth

    In this episode Gessy talks with Dimitri Reyes, a Puerto Rican multidisciplinary artist, content creator, organizer, and educator from Newark, New Jersey. Dimitri is the winner of the 2020 Digging Press Chapbook Award. His award-winning chapbook, Every First & Fifteenth is forthcoming June 30 2021. You can learn more about Dimitri at dimitrireyespoet.com. He also has a wonderful YouTube channel by that same name so do look for that as well.

    Music Credits: John Sib for Pixabay. "Tropical House."

    • 1 hr 1 min

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