Mallory Smart interviews today's hottest authors about musical influences, genres, and how all of that plays into the way that they write. Some episodes can be abstract and others are just plain dorky. Either way, they're always fun and informative...
Witchcore And Music Of The Occult: an interview with Christina Rosso
Christina Rosso-Schneider lives and writes outside of Philadelphia with her rescue pup, Atticus Finch, and bearded husband, Alex, where they run an independent bookstore and event space called A Novel Idea on Passyunk. In 2016, she received an MFA in Creative Writing and MA in English from Arcadia University in 2016. She is the author of CREOLE CONJURE (Maudlin House) and SHE IS A BEAST (APEP Publications). Her fiction and nonfiction work centers around gender, sexuality, fairy tales, and the occult, and has been nominated for Best of the Net, Best Small Fictions, and the Pushcart Prize. When she isn’t writing or working at the bookstore, she leads various writing and occult-based workshops. Check out the events page to get information on upcoming readings and workshops.
KKUURRTT: Sound Waves And Ramblings At The American Music Festival
In this episode, I got a chance to speak with KKUURTT.
KKUURRTT is a fiction/comedy writer who has once been described (by someone he dislikes) as having panache. His debut novel Good at Drugs is out now on Back Patio Press. It, like most(?) of his writing, delves into music subculture, which is what made him a perfect (in his opinion) podcast guest for Textual Healing.
We kind of get into everything in this episode. Raves, jam bands, fake names, and so much more...
You can find KKUURRTT on Twitter @wwwkurtcom or on Neautral Spaces. Check out his book, Good At Drugs, from Back Patio Press.
Everybody’s Famous: an interview with Duncan Birmingham
In this episode, I got a chance to speak with Duncan Birmingham.
Duncan Birmingham is a writer living in Los Angeles. He has worked on Maron on IFC. He also wrote and was co-executive producer for Blunt Talk. In 2021, he released a short story collection, The Cult in My Garage from Maudlin House.
We talk about his latest projects, LA, jam bands, the music he’d put on a playlist for The Cult In My Garage, and first concerts.
Sad In A Good Way: an Interview with Jessie Lynn McMains
In this episode, I got a chance to speak with Jessie Lynn McMains.
Jessie is a cross-genre writer, punk poet, small press publisher, and spoken word performer. Their latest work includes Self-Portrait With Ghost And Trains from Hello America Stereo Cassette and Wisconsin Death Trip from Bone and Ink Press.
We talk about books, riot grrl music, the new Matrix movie, what the difference is between folk and country music, payphones and so much more.
Find out more info about Jessie at recklesschants.net.
Mami Miami: an interview with Emilly Prado
Emilly Giselle Prado is a writer, DJ, and educator living in Portland, Oregon with roots in the San Francisco Bay Area and Michoacán, Mexico. As an award-winning multimedia journalist, Emilly spent half a decade independently reporting on a wide range of topics, most often centered on amplifying the voices and experiences of people from historically marginalized communities. Her writing and photographs have appeared or are forthcoming in more than 30 publications including NPR, Marie Claire, Bitch Media, Eater, Electric Literature, The Oregonian, and Remezcla.
Emilly is the author of Funeral for Flaca (Future Tense Books, 2021), a memoir-in-essays called, “Utterly vulnerable, bold, and unique,” by Ms. Magazine, and Examining Assimilation (Enslow, 2019), a youth non-fiction title at the intersections of identity and society. She is a Tin House and Las Dos Brujas Workshop alumna, Blackburn Fellow and MFA Candidate at Randolph College and a co-founder of Portland in Color. She also moonlights as DJ Mami Miami with Noche Libre, the Latinx DJ collective she co-founded in 2017.
A Podcast About Nothing: a dorky talk with Spencer Fleury
Originally I wanted to name this episode Strongbox but realized that few people would get the reference. Luckily, Spencer did as I explained getting almost shut out of my building by a neighbor as I was rushing inside to make it in time to do the interview because I gambled that I grab coffee and be back within 10 minutes (I made it). After we laughed about that for a while we got into some pretty random but fun conversation about what kind of music he's into, Gen X, his new book, and how he's pro-Steely Dan (another one).
A bit more about Spencer though: He has worked as a sailor, copywriter, economics professor, and record store clerk, among other disreputable professions. He was born in the Detroit suburbs, spent most of his life in Florida, and now lives in San Francisco. His first novel, How I’m Spending My Afterlife, will be published by Woodhall Press in September 2021.
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Casual talk about art and inspiration
Mallory has creates a unique podcast combining writing and music. She chats with writers in a very casual way talking not only there work but also there passion for writing focusing on music from the past and present. Both informal and amusing, a great podcast to listen over a cup coffee.
Informal but informative book talks
I like this show because it introduces me to new writers without the pretension of a lot of lit shows. Mallory makes the conversation casual while covering a range of topics, from writing life to music tastes to day jobs. It makes the habit of writing approachable, which is all to the good.