26 episodes

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.

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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 3.2 We Are Made for Such Better Things

    Ep 3.2 We Are Made for Such Better Things

    This month, Cece and Anthony are joined by Claire Rudy Foster to discuss their new book, “Shine of the Ever,” and the many other projects Foster is involved in. In the Lit! section, the trio discuss astrology (2:45); happy endings (5:00); and privilege (7:00) in Foster’s new collection. The group also discuss the many writing hats that Foster wears (11:00), what they look for as an editor (17:00), and what it’s like on tour for the book (26:00). In the Pop! section, Cece and Anthony try to figure out if former prince Harry has a last name (29:45); Former Mayor of Baltimore, Catherine Pugh’s, sentencing for fraud (31:15), Tyra Banks’ modeling theme park (36:15), and the Candyman and High Fidelity reboots (40:00). Finally, in the Bang! section, Foster rejoins Anthony and Cece to describe awards that they wish existed (45:15).

    • 57 min
    Ep 3.1 Where’s My Bounceback?

    Ep 3.1 Where’s My Bounceback?

    This month, Cece and Anthony are joined by the 2019 Baltimore City Youth Poet Laureate, Deleicea Greene. The group discuss the position of the Youth Poet Laureate and the competition to determine the year’s recipient (3:30), influential teachers (14:00), how Deleicea discovered poetry (19:45), and what poetry can do for a city like Baltimore (23:00). In the Pop! section, Deleicea shares what she’s into as a generation Z-er (28:45), Cece talks about Harry and Megan’s decision to leave the Royal Family (35:00), and Anthony gives their reaction to the new Star Trek series, Picard (39:15). In the Bang! section, the group discuss what poem they would send to space to teach aliens about life on Earth (47:15).

    • 57 min
    Ep 2.11 2020 Vision

    Ep 2.11 2020 Vision

    In this month’s episode, Cece and Anthony (and producer Ian) take a look back at 2019 and look forward to 2020. In the Lit! section, the group discusses highlights from the past year. In the Pop! section (25:45), the trio try to give their selection for best music, movies, and television for the past decade and year. Finally, in the Bang! section (50:00), the group give their resolutions for the new year.

    • 59 min
    Ep 2.10 The Stuff That We Inflict Upon Ourselves

    Ep 2.10 The Stuff That We Inflict Upon Ourselves

    This month, Cece and Anthony are joined by writer, aid worker, and sociologist, Malka Older. The group discuss Malka’s humanitarian work and how it influences her writing (4:45), writing an audio series for the preexisting property Orphan Black (13:30), what it’s like to have a sibling who is also a writer (22:30), and writing short stories versus novels (29:00). In the Pop! section, Anthony and Cece talk the pros and cons of Disney+ (37:00), recap some royal news (42:00), talk about the fake death report of Alice Munro (46:30), and dish on John Legend being named Sexiest Man Alive (49:30). In the Bang! section, Malka rejoins the hosts to share which end-of-the-world scenarios scares them the most (54:30).

    • 1 hr 6 min
    Ep2.9 You Are In the Game

    Ep2.9 You Are In the Game

    Cece and Anthony are joined this month by writer and professor Susan Muaddi Darraj. Susan discusses her essay, “No Shame in Our Game,” about the stigma of community colleges (4:45); being a first-generation college student and how that informs her teaching (9:00); navigating the publishing industry (13:00); and her new children’s chapter book, and the lack of diversity in that genre (18:00). In the Pop! section, the trio discuss Billy Porter winning an Emmy (26:33), ) Jennifer Lopez and Shakira performing at the Super Bowl Halftime Show (30:45), MacArthur Grant Winners (34:15), and gender-neutral Mattel dolls (36:00). In the Bang! section, the three answer a pair of existential OkCupid questions (38:30).

    • 53 min
    Ep 2.8 In the Mush

    Ep 2.8 In the Mush

    Cece and Anthony are joined this month by novelist, Jung Yun. The trio discuss living in Baltimore (1:15), Jung’s novel, Shelter, and the process of writing a novel (2:30), the benefits of writing “later in life” (8:30), and respectability politics (16:30). In the Pop! section, Anthony and Cece talk The Royals (22:30), Jonathan Van Ness’ interview in the New York Times (26:45), the HBO show Barry (31:30), and National Book Award Longlists (34:15). In the Bang! section, Jung joins the hosts to come clean on books they’ve pretend to read in the past (40:00).

    • 49 min

Customer Reviews

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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.

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