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Plume is a writing community that supports and encourages women and non-binary creative writers. This bi-weekly podcast, hosted by writers Melanie Unruh, Samantha Tetangco, and Dawn Sperber, will include interviews with featured writers and roundtable discussions with invited writer guests about relevant and important writing topics. Join Plume on Patreon for added community perks!

Plume: A Writer's Podcast Melanie Unruh, Samantha Tetangco, & Dawn Sperber

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Plume is a writing community that supports and encourages women and non-binary creative writers. This bi-weekly podcast, hosted by writers Melanie Unruh, Samantha Tetangco, and Dawn Sperber, will include interviews with featured writers and roundtable discussions with invited writer guests about relevant and important writing topics. Join Plume on Patreon for added community perks!

    Season 3, Episode 5: Revision as Spiritual Practice, A Conversation with Crystal (K.) Odelle

    Season 3, Episode 5: Revision as Spiritual Practice, A Conversation with Crystal (K.) Odelle

    In this episode, Sam and Melanie talk with featured writer, Crystal (K.) Odelle, about  flash prose,  trans identity, the blurred lines between fiction and nonfiction, liminal spaces, chapbook publishing, RPG writing, and more!

    Crystal (K.) Odelle  (they/she) is a queer trans writer, chapbooks editor at Newfound, and author of the novel Goodnight. Their flash stories have appeared in Gertrude, Passages North, Peach Mag, [PANK], Hobart, ANMLY, and elsewhere. Crystal was a Tin House Scholar and has been nominated for Best of the Net, and they write RPGs at Feverdream Games.

    Links

    Crystal's website

    Crystal's GoFundMe

    Queer Phenomenology by Sarah Ahmed

    Gloria Anzaldúa

    Oliver Baez Bendorf

    Joy Castro

    I Love Dick by Chris Kraus

    Look Who's Morphing by Tom Cho

    The TransLash podcast with Imara Jones

    Postcolonial Love Poem by Natalie Diaz

    Troubling the Line

    We Want It All

    • 47 min
    Season 3: Episode 4: Plume Story Time—If the River Men Take You by Dawn Sperber

    Season 3: Episode 4: Plume Story Time—If the River Men Take You by Dawn Sperber

    In today's mini episode, we offer you a brief reprieve from the hellscape of the news in the form of a magical short story by Plume's own Dawn Sperber. "If the River Men Take You" is a lovely tale from Dawn's debut flash fiction chapbook, Now, That's a Trick, out for pre-order now from Finishing Line Books. Preorder your copy today!

    We hope you enjoy the reading!

    Dawn's website:

    DawnSperber.com

    • 14 min
    Season 3, Episode 3: Mothers & Daughters

    Season 3, Episode 3: Mothers & Daughters

    In this episode, we’ve paired two mother-daughter writing duos to talk about how to support (and take seriously!) young writers and their creative endeavors. Sam hosts a conversation between returning-guest Jenn Ghivan and her 10-year-old daughter, Lina, and Ileisha Saunders and her 10-year-old daughter, Odyssey Miranda Mercado.

    About Our Guests:
    Jennifer & Adelina Ghivan
    Jennifer has earned fellowships from the NEA and PEN/Rosenthal Emerging Voices, and published eleven books of poetry, fiction, and craft. Her novels have received glowing and starred reviews in Publishers' Weekly, The Washington Post, Ms. Magazine, and many others. Her honors and awards include The Southwest Book Award and Joy Harjo Poetry Prize, among many others. You can read more about Jennifer's books and what readers are saying at https://jennifergivhan.com/.  Adelina has been accepted to the San Diego School of Creative and Performing Arts program for creative writing, and she fancies herself quite the precocious scholar and adventurer. She’s just written her first novel. Both she and her mama enjoy a good haunting.


    Ileisha Sanders & Odyssey Miranda Mercado
    Ileisha is a mom, writer and actress. She enjoys writing plays, poetry and short stories. Odyssey Miranda is a 10-year-old writer and performer. She is an avid reader and wrote her first self-published book when she was 8 years old called The Three Little Mermaids and the Big Bad Shark (https://www.amazon.com/Three-Little-Mermaids-Big-Shark/dp/1693166445) — a re-telling of an old tale. She is currently working on her first novel Morpho Wings. Oh, and she loves pizza with extra sauce. The mother- daughter pair enjoy participating in and watching live theatre. They look forward to writing together.
     

    • 49 min
    Season 3, Episode 2: It’s Okay to Be a Late Bloomer, A Conversation with Jessamine Chan

    Season 3, Episode 2: It’s Okay to Be a Late Bloomer, A Conversation with Jessamine Chan

    In this episode, Melanie and Dawn talk with featured writer, Jessamine Chan, about her New York Times bestselling novel The School For Good Mothers, publishing your first novel after 40, writing envy, motherhood, art and social change, “unlikeable” women in fiction, and more!

    Join our Patreon at the $5 Prickly Pear level for access to an upcoming bonus segment from this episode, in which Jessamine talks in more detail about her novel (with spoilers!).
    CW: forced parent child separation

    Jessamine Chan’s short stories have appeared in Tin House and Epoch. A former reviews editor at Publishers Weekly, she holds an MFA from Columbia University. Her work has received support from the Elizabeth George Foundation, the Bread Loaf Writers’ Conference, the Wurlitzer Foundation, Jentel, the Kimmel Harding Nelson Center, the Anderson Center, VCCA, and Ragdale. Her first novel, The School for Good Mothers, is a New York Times bestseller and a Read with Jenna Today Show Book Club pick. She lives in Chicago with her husband and daughter.
     
    Links
    JessamineChan.com
    “Where Is Your Mother?” by Rachel Aviv: https://www.newyorker.com/magazine/2013/12/02/where-is-your-mother


    Writers to Read
    ChloeCooperJones.com

    CatherineChung.com

    RachelJYoder.com

    Learn more about Plume at PlumeforWriters.org! 

    • 31 min
    Season 3, Episode 1: A Novel in Progress, A Conversation with Melanie Unruh

    Season 3, Episode 1: A Novel in Progress, A Conversation with Melanie Unruh

    To kick off Season 3, Plumesters Sam and Dawn are turning the tables on their fellow co-host, Melanie Unruh, and talking to her about writing novels, sticking with large projects, and the founding of Plume.

    We're so excited to share this new season with you all!

    CW: grief and abortion

    Melanie Unruh has an MFA in fiction from the University of New Mexico. Her writing has appeared in and is forthcoming in The Meadow, Two Hawks Quarterly, The Boiler, New Ohio Review, Post Road, Sixfold, Philadelphia Stories, and Cutthroat, among others. She co-founded Plume: A Writer’s Companion, a community for women and non-binary writers, which has now branched out into Plume: A Writer's Podcast.  At present, she’s working on a YA novel,  a short story collection, and some weird poems about bones. When she’s not writing or teaching, she enjoys drinking a good cup of chai, listening to audiobooks, smashing the patriarchy, and spending time with her kids. Visit her website to learn more.

    • 35 min
    Season 2, Episode 14: A Plume Collage of Voices

    Season 2, Episode 14: A Plume Collage of Voices

    We can’t believe we’ve just completed the second season of our podcast. We have enjoyed this beautiful, encouraging, supportive ride, and are excited to offer up our season 2 finale.
    In this episode, we’ll break from our usual roundtable format. We thought, what better way is there to end the year than to include in this final episode as many voices from our Plume community as possible? The result is a beautiful range of poetry, fiction, and creative nonfiction from 15 of this season’s featured writers, roundtable participants, and members of our Plume community. This time of year is one for reflection and gratitude, and we are beyond thankful for how this wonderful community has continued to come together and grow in 2021. 
    We hope you enjoy it, and we look forward to bringing you new episodes next year!

    CW: sexual assault, death, grief, suicide, cutting, mental illness, Covid-19 


    Writers sharing their work, in order of appearance (reverse alphabetical order):
    Elsa Valmadiano – “Diwata” (poetry), originally appeared in NOMBONO: An Anthology of Speculative Poetry by BIPOC CreatorsMelanie Unruh – excerpt from essay-in-progress titled “Natalie” (nonfiction)Samantha Tetangco – excerpt from the novel-in-progress titled Bug (fiction)Cynthia Sylvester - “The Monsters of Cherry Street.” (fiction), originally appeared in ABQ in PrintDawn Sperber – “Inoculation” (fiction), originally appeared in Daily Science Fiction (https://dailysciencefiction.com/science-fiction/biotech/dawn-sperber/inoculation) Suzanne Richardson – “I Was Thinking About the Ocean” (poetry), originally appeared in dialogist (https://dialogist.org/poetry/2021-week-35-suzanne-richardson )Rhea Ramakrishnan – “One Line Play” (poetry)Cynthia Patton – “House of Sea and Sky” (poetry)Cassie McClure – “To See It All” (nonfiction), originally appeared in McClure’s column, My So-Called Millenial Life (https://www.creators.com/features/my-so-called-millennial-life) Nari Kirk – “Jenn” (nonfiction), originally appeared in October 2021’s Digital Plume.Julia Halprin Jackson – “Soloist” originally appeared in Fiction 365 (http://www.fiction365.com/2013/03/soloist/) (fiction)Brenna Gomez – Excerpt from “Sienna” (fiction) Jameela F. Dallis – ekphrastic poems “What is Holy,” “A Tangle of Desire,” & “Clay Lungs Obscure Intimacy” (poetry) Marlena Chertock – “Dayenu, Hebrew for ‘It would have been enough’,” “Where the Quiet Queers Are,” which was originally shown in a gallery in Brussels called Lesbian Now, & “Nasty Beauty,” which originally appeared in Lesbians are Miracles Magazine (poetry) Arlaina Ash – excerpt from hermit crab essay, “Annotating the DSM 5 Entry on Schizoaffective Disorder” (nonfiction)

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Customer Reviews

4.9 out of 5
8 Ratings

8 Ratings

someone-kjp ,

Episode 3 is SUPER!! I’m inspired!

This is a terrific episode. Wonderful structure and flow. I enjoyed the discussion at the beginning, and your guest was fabulous! I loved your conversation about her process. Thanks for the great book review, too!

tunruhenos ,

Great for pros & creative thinkers

Such a great podcast full of inspiring women writers.

JeSais-the-original ,

Meeting friends

Perhaps a little weird that I’m reviewing my own show (Jennifer) but I am loving the chance to hang out with writers and talk about craft and I’m really only the co-host anyway.

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