30 episodes

We're just your everyday struggling writers, looking for some heat in a cold world. Join us as we discuss the dark underbelly of the lit life: writing, reading, working, and burning with envy.

Personal Rejection Letter Kelly Daniels and Dan Libman

    • Arts
    • 4.9 • 16 Ratings

We're just your everyday struggling writers, looking for some heat in a cold world. Join us as we discuss the dark underbelly of the lit life: writing, reading, working, and burning with envy.

    Episode Twenty Seven

    Episode Twenty Seven

    Something different this week. No banter, no topic, no intro, no outro, just a brief introduction and the first chapter of Kelly's memoir, Cloudbreak, California. 
    Please note that PRL will take a break after this episode, and we're not sure how long the break will be. It's been a blast so far, and we hope there's something on the other side, but now is a time for contemplation. See you around! And hey, thanks for listening. 

    • 32 min
    Episode Twenty Six

    Episode Twenty Six

    Dan and Kelly wrack their memories to find writers famous for either their horribleness or their kindness. Beneath the various stories lurks a question: to what degree to we reward or punish writers based on who they are and not they've written. Do great writers get away with being assholes? Do extra nice people get away with being mediocre writers? Tune in to find out. 

    • 48 min
    Episode Twenty Five

    Episode Twenty Five

    Kelly enjoys a reunion with his old friend from graduate school, Marc P: poet, fiction writer, teacher, and publisher of his own small press. Dan adds his wit and verve to a lively chat about the state of literary publishing, complete with practical advice on starting your own small press. 

    • 53 min
    Episode Twenty Four

    Episode Twenty Four

    Dan and Kelly take on a topic that's been dogging graduate students for millenia (a word my mouth-breathing spellchecker doesn't recognize as the plural of "millenium"). Why does it have to be so fricken confusing? Is it all a big scam, or is there something to be gained from making the reader struggle to keep up? As usual, the boys have more questions than answers, but if you pay attention, you just might learn something anyway. 

    • 41 min
    Episode Twenty Three

    Episode Twenty Three

    Dan and Kelly share experiences with their favoritest and least favoritest "how to" manuals, trying to get at this vital question: can you learn to write by readings books about how to write? An "AJWilson82" inspired episode. 

    • 45 min
    Episode Twenty Two

    Episode Twenty Two

    Classic guest Joe Bonomo joins the boys for a live podcast from the ballpark. Heated debate about America's most literary sport ensues, as do hot dogs and beer. Also, raccoons. 

    • 38 min

Customer Reviews

4.9 out of 5
16 Ratings

16 Ratings

4hcarma ,

Professional and Personal

PRL has been a vital resource in my post-graduation days. It's this wonderful little blend of Writing Excuses meets NPR. Dan, Kelly, and Holly all have such different insights into the writing world. It's a valuable resource that can not only help, but also humble a writer.

JoeBonomo ,

Ep 17

Best ep yet, guys.

noitnoit ,

Really good stuff

A key rubric I use with podcasts is whether or not it feels real. Do the hosts have a real vibe? PRL feels like a conversation between friends. And that conversation sometimes is about writing. Sometimes it's not - but it's always interesting. Listen in. It's good stuff.

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