Anthony Moll and Cece discuss all things books, including awards, festivals and new trends in the publishing industry. They'll talk about the poetry, fiction and memoir on the their bookshelves. They'll also chat with fellow writers and lit educators from the local and national scene. And just like your Twitter feed, they will inject a dose of #popculture in every podcast. Think of it as a scholarly critique gumbo with a dash of ratchet. Tune in with a cup of coffee or some whiskey neat.
Ep 4.1 We're Back!
After an extended hiatus, Cece and Antony are back! The hosts catch up on what’s been happening the past few months, including: vaccines (2:00) and AWP (6:00). In the Pop! section, the hosts break down their thoughts on the Harry-and -Meghan Orpah interview (15:00) and WandaVision + The Falcon and the Winter Soldier (23:15). in the Bang! section (34:45), Anthony and Cece share their favorite pandemic TV and books.
Ep 3.7 Place Is Our First Poetics
This month, Anthony and Cece are joined by poet Steven Leyva. The trio discuss the use of pop culture references and literary allusions in Steven’s new collection, The Understudy’s Handbook (3:00); how a sense of place informs Steven’s work (9:00); and how teaching classes virtually might impact higher education post-pandemic (13:00). In the Pop! section, Cece, Anthony, and Steven share their takes on NeNe’s departure from The Real Housewives of Atlanta (24:00); the long list for the National Book Awards (32:00); the Emmys (41:30); and the introduction of trans and non-binary characters in the new season of Star Trek Discovery. Finally, in the Bang! section, the three talk natural disasters (52:15).
Ep 3.6 Tell the Truth—Artfully
This month, Anthony and Cece are joined by poet Joseph Ross. The trio discuss the role of political poetry (3:15); Joseph reads a poem from his new collection, Raising King, and what optimism and empathy means in a climate like today (5:45); the ethics of persona poems (12:15); Joseph’s use of couplets (19:00); and the broader context of Raising King (22:30). In the Pop! section, Joseph joins Cece and Anthony in conversation about the response to social injustice in sports (26:30); quarantine television (37:00); and Smash Mouth at Sturgis (43:45). Finally, in the Bang! section, the trio share their favorite Zoom fashion choices (49:00).
Ep 3.5 OutWrite 2020: A World of Community
Live from the virtual OutWrite 2020 conference, this episode features Cece and Anthony handing over the hosting duties to Saida Agostini. Saida interview the editors of the The Black Trans Prayer Books, J Mase III and Lady Dane Figueroa Edidi. The guests then take questions form Anthony, Cece, and the virtual audience.
Ep 3.4 Walking the Distance Together
After a brief hiatus, Cece and Anthony are back! This month, the hosts are joined by memoirist and editor, Lilly Dancyger. The trio discuss Lilly’s new memoir, Negative Space, coming out with SFWP in 2021 (2:15); working with a Big-Five press versus an independent press (7:00); how editing has informed Lilly’s writing (10:15); and writing and publishing during uncertain times (13:00). In the Pop! section, Anthony and Cece discuss Kanye West and politics (17:00), Jada Pinkett and Will Smith (27:30), and Hamilton (32:00). Lilly then rejoins the hosts for the Bang! section to talk about new discoveries during quarantine (43:00).
Ep 3.3 Clean Oxygen for Intimate Gatherings
This month, Anthony and Cece recorded remotely from their homes to discuss social distancing and its impact on booksellers. The hosts talk to the owners of Baltimore’s Charm City Books, Daven Ralston and Joseph Carlson (4:00) about opening a store just months before the pandemic, and the many new ways to sell books they’ve had to develop (11:00). Cece and Anthony then talk to Danny Caine, owner of The Raven Bookstore in Lawrence, KS (20:30). Danny discussed the adaptation and logistics the pandemic has made necessary (24:00), and the problematic nature of Amazon in the bookselling industry (27:45). In the Pop! section (32:15) Anthony and Cece discuss the WWE and their dealing during coronavirus, and Saturday Night Live’s from-home episode (41:45). Finally, in the Bang! (46:15) section, Cece and Anyhony share the thing they’re most looking forward to doing in a post-social-distancing world.
Love this podcast for writers, readers, and anyone who enjoys good banter
I love this podcast. The hosts have a great energy and rapport, and the guests so far have been truly interesting & engaging. I enjoy how they split the podcast into thirds (lit, pop, and bang). I highly recommend this podcast for writers, readers, pop culture aficionados, Baltimoreans, or those who enjoy fun banter between folks of varying backgrounds & perspectives.