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Episode 18: My Frankenstein Monster Part I by Samantha Silva
Idaho author and screenwriter, Samantha Silva's debut novel, Mr. Dickens and His Carol, was published by Flatiron Books in 2017, followed by Love and Fury: A Novel of Mary Wollstonecraft in May of 2021. Her essays appear on LitHub, and her short story, “Leo in Venice,” was the September 2019 issue of One Story. She is currently working with Seattle Repertory Theater to adapt Mr. Dickens and His Carol for the stage, and was a 2020 Idaho Commission on the Arts Literary Fellow.
You can learn more about Samantha and her work at: https://www.samanthasilvawriter.com/
Episode 17: My Small Moment of Clarity and Release by Zach Herbert (St. Terrible)
Zach Herbert is a Boise based musician and performance artist who has been creating under the moniker of "St. Terrible" for the past 10 years. With work that tends to be existentially charged and skewing towards the rougher edges of the human experience, Herbert has created a wide array of works ranging from immersive dance pieces to short music films. For this piece, the aim was to create something small and soft, a brief meditative moment of relief from the intense anxiety and feelings of detachment Herbert had been experiencing around the time of its creation.
View Zach Herbert's most recent project here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pk55qgIDAq0
Episode 16: My Salamuna by Huma Aatifi
Huma Aatifi was born in Kabul, Afghanistan and came to the US in 2002. She is a painter and heads the musical project, Unda Fluxit. Her piece is titled “My Salamuna”, which comes from “Salam”, a Muslim greeting. In it, Aatifi takes the listener on a meandering tour through various aspects of her life, welcoming us to her inner world.
Read an interview with Huma here: https://razorcake.org/huma-aatifi-interview-by-ryan-leach/
Purchase Unda Fluxit's album here: https://www.spacecaserecords.com/spacecase-releases/unda-fluxit-master-of-the-house
Episode 15: My Book Songs by J.R. Rivero Kinsey
J.R. Rivero Kinsey is a writer of both music and prose, based in the mountains of Idaho. Today's selection, titled “My Book Songs” comes from the second album of her solo music project called Palankeen. It features three songs. The first, titled “Slender” is a re-telling of Thomas Hardy's Jude the Obscure in seven verses. The second, “Baruch in the Northern Lights”, is based on two characters from the series, His Dark Materials by Philip Pullman. She ends with a song called “The Good Counselor”, which focuses on the story of Persephone in the Underworld and features an excerpt from The Odyssey.
To learn more about J.R. and her work, visit: https://jrrkinsey.com/
Episode 14: My Harmonium by Jesse Blake Rundle
Jesse Blake Rundle is a songwriter and poet, originally from Kansas and currently living in Boise, Idaho. He released his debut, Radishes and Flowers in April 2020.
To learn more about Jesse and his work, visit: https://www.jesseblakerundle.com/
Episode 13: My Not Bog by Teal Gardner
Teal Gardner (she/her) is an interdisciplinary artist living and working in Boise, ID, where she has resided since 2016. Read more about her work at bodiesofthemesh.cargo.site.
This recording explores the slippages among ecosystems, the human self, and the ruins produced by extraction. It features a sound experiment that replicates Alivn Lucier's 1969 "I Am Sitting in a Room."
Special thanks goes to Hartford University's Nomad MFA Cohort C6 (Seasick) for the company and collaboration in the artist's exploration of Crystal Peat. And a thank you to the professors Christy Gast and Camila Marambio and their project Ensayos, where you can learn so much more about Peatlands: https://ensayostierradelfuego.net
For more information on Peatland conservation, see http://www.globalpeatlands.org/.