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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

    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 Amanda 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
    Roberto Carlos Garcia's Elegies - A reading and conversation

    Roberto Carlos Garcia's Elegies - A reading and conversation

    Roberto Carlos Garcia reads selected works from his new collection, Elegies (Flower Song Press). He talks about remembrance, life during the pandemic, matriarchy, history, feminism, The Black Jacobins, and the challenges of communicating hope in spite of racism.

    Poet, storyteller, and essayist Roberto Carlos Garcia is a self-described “sancocho […] of provisions from the Harlem Renaissance, the Spanish Poets of 1929, the Black Arts Movement, the Nuyorican School, and the Modernists.” Garcia is rigorously interrogative of himself and the world around him, conveying “nakedness of emotion, intent, and experience,” and he writes extensively about the Afro-Latinx and Afro-diasporic experience. Roberto's third collection, [Elegies], is published by Flower Song Press and his second poetry collection, black / Maybe: An Afro Lyric, is available from Willow Books. Roberto’s first collection, Melancolía, is available from Červená Barva Press. He is founder of the cooperative press Get Fresh Books Publishing, A NonProfit Corp.

    "Garcia’s third poetry collection, [Elegies], centers on love, grief, legacy, racism and history. These lyric poems range from an ode to Allen Iverson’s crossover on Michael Jordan, to an original form called a ‘mixtape’ featuring lines from today’s most well-known poets, to a twenty-poem sequence of elegies dedicated to his grandmother, to an essay on police terror, to name a few. The poet explores the complexities of modern life and death through his clear, unflinching, embodied perspective." - For more about Roberto, visit: https://www.robertocarlosgarcia.com

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

    • 1 hr 7 min
    Last Story - Mispronunciation

    Last Story - Mispronunciation

    It's the end of 2019 and we feel fine. Listen to Gessy Alvarez read the last story she wrote in 2019. We'll be launching our monthly reading series in the Red Room at KGB Bar, NYC in 2020. Join us for our first reading event on January 14. For details go to DiggingPress.com/reading-series.

    Happy New Year, all!

    Opening and Closing Music Credit:
    Dusk Cathedral by Lee Rosevere
    RELEASED: April 2nd, 2019
    GENRES: Electronic, Ambient, Hip-Hop Beats, Instrumental
    LENGTH: 00:17:44
    LABEL: Happy Puppy Records
    freemusicarchive.org/music/Lee_Rose…Dusk_Cathedral

    Interlude:
    RELEASED: March 20th, 2019
    GENRES: Electronic, Minimal Electronic, Instrumental
    LENGTH: 00:41:43
    LABEL: Happy Puppy Records
    freemusicarchive.org/music/Lee_Rose…5_Where_Was_I-

    • 14 min

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