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In the Atelier is a creativity podcast for writers & artists that explores the life of the imagination. Each installment brings you real talk on subjects like the highs & lows of making art, inspiring works of literature & cinema, and the value & valor of staying true to your own creative vision. Produced by the award-winning literary press Atelier26 Books; hosted by author, publisher, & teacher M. Allen Cunningham. Support this podcast: https://anchor.fm/in-the-atelier/support

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In the Atelier is a creativity podcast for writers & artists that explores the life of the imagination. Each installment brings you real talk on subjects like the highs & lows of making art, inspiring works of literature & cinema, and the value & valor of staying true to your own creative vision. Produced by the award-winning literary press Atelier26 Books; hosted by author, publisher, & teacher M. Allen Cunningham. Support this podcast: https://anchor.fm/in-the-atelier/support

    Atelier Special: The Sky at Her Back

    Atelier Special: The Sky at Her Back

    ATELIER SPECIAL: THE SKY AT HER BACK -- M. Allen Cunningham announces a special workshop opportunity and reads his short story "The Sky at Her Back," which first appeared in Issue 10 of Catamaran Magazine. (All music used by courtesy of the artists through a licensing agreement with Artlist)

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    • 11 min
    Why It's Desirable to Be Eccentric, with JS Mill

    Why It's Desirable to Be Eccentric, with JS Mill

    WHY IT'S DESIRABLE TO BE ECCENTRIC: "Originality is the one thing which unoriginal minds cannot feel the use of." In 1859 the great English thinker John Stuart Mill published, in Chapter Three of his treatise On Liberty, one of history’s most cogent essays on the subject of Individuality, originality, genius, and eccentricity. To Mill’s view, mass opinion (what we might call “mass culture” these days), is an undeniable blight to individuality, and therefore directly threatens freedoms civic and intellectual, cultural, and democratic. While explicitly political, Mill’s argument reaches down to the foundations of human nature and culture, articulating many of the challenges artists and writers face in a media-driven society fixated upon dollars earned, hits per day, and “going viral.” Mentioned in this episode: John Stuart Mill; Mill's "On Liberty"; Victorian England; keeping up with the joneses; Ray Bradbury; bestseller lists; Billboard charts; Oprah endorsements; culture vs. commerce; becoming valuable to oneself and to others; despotism; John Gardner; the National Endowment for the Arts; the tyrannical majority; unpopular vs. uncommercial; persons of genius; arts funding.  Music: "Hands of Time" by Narrow Skies; "Interspacing" by Yehezkel Raz; "Fragments" by Borrtex; "Birds & Daisies" by Racoon Racoon (All music used courtesy of the artists through a licensing agreement with Artlist.)

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    • 21 min
    Please Prove You Are Not a Robot

    Please Prove You Are Not a Robot

    PLEASE PROVE YOU ARE NOT A ROBOT: You haven't posted in a while. Say, "OK, Google." Everyone's watching. (Recorded Sept. 2019, Brooklyn NY)

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    Soul School, with John Keats

    Soul School, with John Keats

    SOUL SCHOOL, WITH JOHN KEATS: "Do you not see how necessary a world of pains and troubles is, to school an Intelligence and make it a Soul?" John Keats is saying here what Rilke put another way in 1904: "Let life happen to you. Believe me, life is in the right, always." Mentioned in this episode: John Keats; Shakespeare; Christianity; Rilke Music: "Another Green World" by Loyla; "Papyrus" by Kyle Preston; "Ballo in Casa Capuleti" by Bottega Baltazar. (All music used by courtesy of the artists through a licensing agreement with Artlist.) Episode reprised from the ITA archives.

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    • 8 min
    About Discouragement

    About Discouragement

    ABOUT DISCOURAGEMENT: Artists and writers, at some point (or several points) you're going to receive the message that your work is insignificant. You're going to wonder what use there is in continuing to do and share your work. It's unlikely that you will escape this unpleasantness. But when it arrives, remember that almost nobody escapes it -- that you've come to a new threshold. (This is a bonus Installment of IN THE ATELIER. Check out our longer episodes too.) Music: "For the Broken Hearted" by Yehezkel Raz (All music used courtesy of the artists through a licensing agreement with Artlist) IN THE ATELIER is produced by the award-winning literary publisher Atelier26 Books and hosted by M. Allen Cunningham. www.Atelier26Books.com / www.MAllenCunningham.com

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    Atelier Visit: Writer Ann Stinson

    Atelier Visit: Writer Ann Stinson

    ATELIER VISIT WITH WRITER ANN STINSON: Atelier Visits take you into the creative workspaces of artists we admire. We're asking writers, visual artists, musicians, and filmmakers to bring you right inside their respective ateliers and share a bit about their process, their creative preoccupations, whatever is on their minds lately. It's an opportunity to spend a little while with various brilliant people who are busy doing good imaginative, artistic work. They'll speak to us directly about what life and creativity is like for them. 
    Ann Stinson is the author of the memoir The Ground at My Feet: Sustaining a Family and a Forest (Oregon State University Press, 2021). In this visit, she takes us outside, amid the trees of her family's forest in southwest Washington. In her writing, Stinson veers away from the narcissistic conventions of contemporary memoir to give us a book that is brilliantly capacious in spirit and form. Deeply personal, attuned to the big issues, and yet lastingly artful, The Ground at My Feet is an emotionally resonant family portrait and also a deliciously complex journey through time, strata, and culture. It's a nature book for the jaded urbanite, a grief report for the saccharine-allergic, and an account of transformational forest stewardship imbued with reverence and realism.
    Mentioned in this episode: the Cowlitz River; Mt. Rainier; the Columbia River; Douglas Firs; saw-whet owl; the stories of the forest; Richard Powers's book The Overstory; tree stumps and tree rings; the Cowlitz tribe; being alive to the possibilities of the future and the past; understanding the past anew; Thas-e-muth; Simon Plamondon; the literary utility of coat pockets; Rite in the Rain notebook; walking a trail for 50 years; Himalayan Blackberry; losing oneself to one's work; listening to the land. 
    Music: "Walking in Forests" by Ben Winwood; "Godnattsaga" by Beneath the Mountain; "Empty Beaches" by Paper Planes (All music used courtesy of the artists through a licensing agreement with Artlist)

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    • 12 min

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8 Ratings

AmyL_IA ,

Authentic and powerful

A beautiful podcast for writers and creative types to inspire, commiserate, and feel a little less alone in our strange compulsion to create art. Excellent sound design and unique topics sets this apart from other podcasts. A must listen!

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