19 episodes

The Metaworker Podcast is brought to you by the staff of The Metaworker Literary Magazine. We publish new and established writers, and look for work that surprises or that doesn’t fit anywhere else. We've published so much great stuff over the years but, as often happens with online magazines, the good stuff can get lost in the shuffle. So we created this podcast to discuss some of our favorite pieces and to delve deeper into the reasons we decided to publish them. Our goal is to make the publishing world a little less murky, and to get you inspired to keep writing. We hope you enjoy these episodes as much as we enjoyed creating them! | THE METAWORKER STAFF: Elena Lucia Perez, Editor in Chief; Melissa Reynolds, Editor; Cerid Jones, Editor | FIND US ONLINE: www.themetaworker.com | www.patreon.com/metaworker | @TheMetaworker on Twitter, Facebook, Instagram

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The Metaworker Podcast is brought to you by the staff of The Metaworker Literary Magazine. We publish new and established writers, and look for work that surprises or that doesn’t fit anywhere else. We've published so much great stuff over the years but, as often happens with online magazines, the good stuff can get lost in the shuffle. So we created this podcast to discuss some of our favorite pieces and to delve deeper into the reasons we decided to publish them. Our goal is to make the publishing world a little less murky, and to get you inspired to keep writing. We hope you enjoy these episodes as much as we enjoyed creating them! | THE METAWORKER STAFF: Elena Lucia Perez, Editor in Chief; Melissa Reynolds, Editor; Cerid Jones, Editor | FIND US ONLINE: www.themetaworker.com | www.patreon.com/metaworker | @TheMetaworker on Twitter, Facebook, Instagram

    The Metaworker Podcast | 019 Pushcart Nominees, Part 2

    The Metaworker Podcast | 019 Pushcart Nominees, Part 2

    Episode Description:In this two-part series, we celebrate our Pushcart Prize nominees. This episode features Chris Cooper, Frank Njugi, and Linda Lacey. We asked each author to read an excerpt from their poetry or prose and to share some insights about their piece and themselves as writers. Elena, Mel, and Cerid also discuss what we loved about each piece and why we chose to nominate it. Featured Authors:Chris Cooper is a fiction author from New Jersey; his short story “Bleed” was listed...

    • 42 min
    The Metaworker Podcast | 018 Pushcart Prize Nominees, Part 1

    The Metaworker Podcast | 018 Pushcart Prize Nominees, Part 1

    Episode Description:In this two-part series, we celebrate our Pushcart Prize nominees. This episode features Amita Basu, Daniel Brennan, and Marie-Louise McGuinness. We asked each author to read an excerpt from their poetry or prose and to share some insights about their piece and themselves as writers. Elena, Mel, and Cerid also discuss what we loved about each piece and why we chose to nominate it. Featured Authors:Amita Basu's fiction has appeared or is forthcoming in over sixty magaz...

    • 43 min
    017 | A Writer’s Life For Me: Catchup with Matthew Maichen, Part 2

    017 | A Writer’s Life For Me: Catchup with Matthew Maichen, Part 2

    Episode Description:Elena, Mel, and Cerid talk with former Metaworker Editor in Chief Matthew Maichen about writing rituals, how they create characters, and the benefits and drawbacks of writing with or without a plan. They discuss the importance of respecting readers and doing research when writing about vulnerable topics, then Matthew shares an excerpt (rated NC-17) from one of his published stories and encourages any writers listening to join The Metaworker’s weekly Discord writing group.A...

    • 53 min
    016 | A Writer’s Life For Me: Catchup with Matthew Maichen, Part 1

    016 | A Writer’s Life For Me: Catchup with Matthew Maichen, Part 1

    Episode Description:Elena, Mel, and Cerid talk with former Metaworker Editor in Chief Matthew Maichen about his writing and publishing journey since he stepped away from leading the magazine. They discuss writing query letters, the challenges of marketing a novel and finding stories you didn’t know you were looking for. They also discuss what goes on behind the scenes in the slush piles, and Matthew shares what motivates him to continue slogging through those query trenches.Author Bio:Matthew...

    • 40 min
    015 | The Borderland Furies by Oisín Breen

    015 | The Borderland Furies by Oisín Breen

    Episode Description:Matthew, Elena, and Mel talk with Oisín Breen about his poem “The Borderland Furies” and about his new book of poetry, Lillies on the Deathbed of Étaín, published by Beir Bua Press. We discuss how to approach reading poems that we don’t understand on a first read, a reader’s interpretation of a poem vs. the author’s intention, and looking at the world from different angles to find writing inspiration. We ask Oisín how he finds time to write and what his process of writing ...

    • 53 min
    014 | In the Willow Garden by Isabel O’Hara Walsh

    014 | In the Willow Garden by Isabel O’Hara Walsh

    Episode Description: Matthew, Elena, Mel, and Cerid talk with Isabel O’Hara Walsh about her short fiction piece “In the Willow Garden”. Content Warning: We discuss victims of trauma and abuse reclaiming their narratives, the process of writing dark and difficult stories, and the need to take care of one’s mental health while doing so. We also discuss different perspectives on the need for dark fiction vs. light fiction as well as Appalachian culture, language, and dialects. Author Bio:Is...

    • 1 hr 14 min

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