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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: Matthew Maichen, Editor in Chief; Elena Lucia Perez, Managing Editor; Marina Shugrue, Communications Coordinator; Melissa Reynolds, Editor; Darin Milanesio, Editor Emeritus | 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: Matthew Maichen, Editor in Chief; Elena Lucia Perez, Managing Editor; Marina Shugrue, Communications Coordinator; Melissa Reynolds, Editor; Darin Milanesio, Editor Emeritus | FIND US ONLINE: www.themetaworker.com | www.patreon.com/metaworker | @TheMetaworker on Twitter, Facebook, Instagram

    013 | Ink Runs In Our Veins: Editors Chat Part 3

    013 | Ink Runs In Our Veins: Editors Chat Part 3

    Episode Description:
    In this final episode of the editors chat, Matthew, Elena, Mel and Cerid get personal. They talk about their own writing projects and how they approach their craft, they share what they get up to outside of their fiction lives and finally wrap things up by providing a list of great books from the recent reads they loved. 



    Referenced in this episode: 
    Mermaids Monthly
    WorldCon/ConZealand
    NPR Top 100 SFF book list and other NPR book lists
    Kurt Vonnegut - Slaughterhouse 5
    Dark Tower: Stephen King


    Book Recommendations:
    The Bread the Devil Knead by Lisa Allen-Agostini
    A Dead Djinn in Cairo and Master of Djinn by P. Djèlí Clark
    Stariel series by AJ Lancaster
    The Artist’s Way by Julia Cameron
    The King in Yellow by Robert Chambers
    Bloody Chamber by Angela Carter
    Beckoning of the Gate by Benjamin J. Ryan
    Court of the Grandchildren by Michael Muntisov and Greg Finlayson
    Borderlanders by Gillian Pollock
    The Green Bone Saga by Fonda Lee
    Dark Star trilogy by Marlon James


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    012 | Ink Runs In Our Veins: Editor Chat Part 2

    012 | Ink Runs In Our Veins: Editor Chat Part 2

    Matthew, Elena, Mel, and Cerid talk about how they got into writing and why they are involved in the publishing world, even as unpaid editors of an indie literary magazine. They also delve into the type of submissions they’d like to see in their inbox.

    Referenced in this episode: 
    The Metaworker submission wish list
    The Artist’s Way by Julia Cameron

    Jane The Virgin - TV series
    Brian Froud - Artist/concept creator

    Kelly Link - Author

    Neil Gaiman - Author

    Long Ridge Writers Group

    everydayfiction.com
    www.fanstory.com


    Topics of interest in this episode:


    Magic realism and Cultural Traditions in Storytelling

    Dungeons and Dragons

    Genre Fiction/Lit Fic/Fantasy/Historical Fiction

    Comic-Con

    Writing Affirmations/Craft Commentary 





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    011 | Ink Runs in Our Veins: Editor Chat Part 1

    011 | Ink Runs in Our Veins: Editor Chat Part 1

    Matthew, Elena, Mel, and new intern Cerid talk about how they fell in love with reading, then move into a history lesson about how The Metaworker got started, and how Mel and Cerid joined the team.


    Referenced in this episode: 
    Treesong by Melissa Reynolds on The Metaworker website
    Cerid’s photo featured in A Fair Deal by Jon Kemsley on The Metaworker website
    A translated poem, A Passage by Irsa Ruçi, on The Metaworker website
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    010 | Boy, Deer, Chair by Sam Asher

    010 | Boy, Deer, Chair by Sam Asher

    Matthew, Elena, Marina, and Mel talk with Sam Asher about his beautifully strange story Boy, Deer, Chair. We discuss symbolism, inherited trauma, pantsers vs. plotters, and imposter syndrome.


    Sam Asher is an alcoholic born and partly raised in the Middle-East, now living in New York. He loves translating English -language fiction into Arabic, and being terrible at social media. Find his work in Amazing Stories, Daily SF, and the Gateway Review.


    Referenced in this episode: 
    Boy, Deer, Chair by Sam Asher on The Metaworker website
    Chelsea Sutton - author recommended by Sam
    Karen Joy Fowler - author recommended by Sam
    Blackfish City by Sam Miller
    Clarion Writers Workshop
    Afrofuturism
    Trans authors
    Literary Magazines:
    Voodoonauts
    Fiyah LitMag
    Clarkesworld
    Apex Magazine
    Strange Horizons
    Uncanny Magazine
    Mid-American Review



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    009 | Ruins by Mary Paulson

    009 | Ruins by Mary Paulson

     In this episode, Matthew, Marina, and Elena talk with Mary Paulson about her poem, Ruins. We talk about writing poetry to express deep emotions, writing and rewriting with help from community, and Mary's own personal journey toward writing this version of this poem.

    Mary Paulson currently lives and works in Naples, FL. Her poems have appeared in Slow Trains, Mainstreet Rag, Painted Bride Quarterly, Nerve Cowboy, Arkana, Thimble Lit Magazine, and Tipton Poetry Journal. Her chapbook, Paint the Window Open, has recently been accepted for publication by Kelsay Publishing.

    Referenced in this episode: 
    Ruins by Mary Paulson on The Metaworker website
    Tenderness by Mary Paulson on The Metaworker website
    Paint the Window Open by Mary Paulson, a new collection of poems
    Donkey Gospel by Tony Hoagland, collection of poems recommended by Mary
    What Do Women Want by Kim Addonizio, poet recommended by Mary


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    008 | Rangoli Man by Mina Rozario

    008 | Rangoli Man by Mina Rozario

    Matthew, Marina, Melissa, and Elena talk about Mina Rozario’s flash fiction fantasy story, Rangoli Man. We gush about saying a lot in very few words, the utopian fairy-tale tone, and the story’s fascinating dive into Indian culture.

    Mina Rozario is an Indian-American writer and technical product manager. Her non-work hours consist of dreaming up storylines, learning new dance styles, and trying not to kill her plants.

    Referenced in this episode:

    Rangoli Man Mina Rozario on The Metaworker website
    A Future Leviathan’s Prodigious Sister by Mina Rozario on The Metaworker website
    Division of the Marked by March McCarron, book recommended by Mina
    A Deadly Education (book 1 of the Scholomance Trilogy) by Naomi Novik, book recommended by Mina



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