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This is Thresholds, a series of interviews with writers and artists you love about the transformative experiences (surprises, crises, existential freakouts, u-turns, breakthroughs) that have shaped their work. The life-wasn’t-the-same-after-that moments.
Hosted by Jordan Kisner, author of the essay collection THIN PLACES. Thresholds is a Lit Hub Radio podcast. www.thisisthresholds.com

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    • 4.7 • 58 Ratings

This is Thresholds, a series of interviews with writers and artists you love about the transformative experiences (surprises, crises, existential freakouts, u-turns, breakthroughs) that have shaped their work. The life-wasn’t-the-same-after-that moments.
Hosted by Jordan Kisner, author of the essay collection THIN PLACES. Thresholds is a Lit Hub Radio podcast. www.thisisthresholds.com

    Morgan Talty

    Morgan Talty

    Jordan talks with Morgan Talty in advance of his debut story collection about moms, storytelling, writing from a teen point of view, and the villain of colonialism.
    MENTIONED:


    The Lowering Days by Gregory Brown

    "The Blessing Tobacco"

    The Penobscot Indian Nation

    Superstore



    Morgan Talty is a citizen of the Penobscot Indian Nation where he grew up. He received his BA in Native American Studies from Dartmouth College and his MFA in fiction from Stonecoast’s low-residency program. His story collection Night of the Living Rez is forthcoming from Tin House Books (2022), and his work has appeared in Granta, The Georgia Review, Shenandoah, TriQuarterly, Narrative Magazine, LitHub, and elsewhere. A winner of the 2021 Narrative Prize, Talty’s work has been supported by the Elizabeth George Foundation and National Endowment for the Arts (2022). Talty teaches courses in both English and Native American Studies, and he is on the faculty at the Stonecoast MFA in creative writing. Talty is also a Prose Editor at The Massachusetts Review. He lives in Levant, Maine.

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    • 45 min
    Stephanie Foo

    Stephanie Foo

    Jordan talks to Stephanie Foo about Complex PTSD, what it takes to accept and understand a diagnosis, and the transformative power of Google Doc Therapy.

    MENTIONED:
    * Brooklyn Botanic Garden
    * Dr. Jacob Ham
    * Hershey's Cookies'n'Cream
    * Google Docs

    Stephanie Foo is a writer and radio producer, most recently for This American Life. Her debut memoir is What My Bones Know and her work has aired on Snap Judgment, Reply All, 99% Invisible, and Radiolab. A noted speaker and instructor, she has taught at Columbia University and has spoken at venues from Sundance Film Festival to the Missouri Department of Mental Health. She lives in New York City with her husband.

    **Our new show art is from Lauraly Grossman!**
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    • 45 min
    Endnotes: Ross Gay, adrienne maree brown, and a special song

    Endnotes: Ross Gay, adrienne maree brown, and a special song

    It’s the end of our ‘The World Around Us' capsule of episodes!
    MENTIONED:

    Jordan calls up Ross Gay to talk about his garden and something called a goumi

    an outtake from our convo with adrienne maree brown, on the power of expressing the thing that needed to be expressed

    updates about cool Thresholds alums like Alex Kleeman, Melissa Febos, Margo Jefferson, and Susan Orlean

    some book recommendations from Typo's dad, Ed Yong

    our audio engineer/composer Lora-Faye Åshuvud whips up a sonic treat just for you


    We'll be back with our next capsule starting 5/18!
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    • 24 min
    Jeff VanderMeer

    Jeff VanderMeer

    Jordan talks with Jeff VanderMeer about the process of re-wilding his backyard, his initial obsession with uprooting air potatoes, learning to see more of the natural world, and where his fiction is headed next.
    MENTIONED:
    Air potatoes
    The Atlanta Botanical Garden
    Florida House Representative Anna Eskamani
    "How to Rewild Your Balcony" from Esquire

    Jeff VanderMeer is the author of Hummingbird Salamander, Dead Astronauts, Borne, The Ambergris Trilogy, and The Southern Reach Trilogy, the first volume of which, Annihilation, won the Nebula Award and the Shirley Jackson Award and was adapted into a movie by Alex Garland starring Natalie Portman. VanderMeer speaks and writes frequently about issues relating to climate change. He grew up in the Fiji Islands and now lives in Tallahassee, Florida, with his wife, Ann VanderMeer, and their cats, plants, and bird feeders.

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    • 43 min
    Introducing Storybound

    Introducing Storybound

    Now celebrating its fifth season, Storybound is a radio theater program designed for the podcast age. Hosted by 2021 KCRW Radio Race winner Jude Brewer, Storybound presents the voices of today’s best writers, like Mitchell S. Jackson, Tamara Winfrey-Harris, and Clint Smith, reading accomplished works of fiction and non-fiction. You’ll also hear original music specially composed for the respective text. Needless to say, it’s an immersive storytelling experience.

    The episode we’re sharing today features Danté Stewart reading from Shoutin’ In The Fire: An American Epistle — his stirring account of his religious experience and of his grappling with the racism endemic in history. It’s a story of difficult turning points and sometimes painful epiphanies that’s perfect for Thresholds listeners. 

    If you enjoy what you hear, make sure to follow Storybound (for free) wherever you get your podcasts.
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    • 32 min
    N. Scott Momaday

    N. Scott Momaday

    Jordan talks with N. Scott Momaday about the Stanford fellowship that changed his life, the importance of taking the natural world into your heart, and the genius of Emily Dickinson.
    MENTIONED:
    The Stanford Creative Writing Fellowship (now the Stegner Fellowship)
    "My Cricket" by Emily Dickinson
    The Pueblo of Jemez

    N. Scott Momaday is an internationally renowned poet, novelist, artist, teacher, and storyteller whose works celebrate and preserve Native American heritage. He won the Pulitzer Prize for his novel House Made of Dawn and he is the recipient of numerous awards and honors, including the Academy of American Poets Prize, the National Medal of Arts, the Ken Burns American Heritage Prize, the Dayton Literary Peace Prize Foundation's Richard C. Holbrooke Distinguished Achievement Award, and the 2021 Frost Medal for distinguished lifetime achievement in poetry. A longtime professor of English and American literature, Momaday earned his PhD from Stanford University and retired as Regents Professor at the University of Arizona. He lives in New Mexico and his latest book is Dream Drawings.

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    • 25 min

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what’s up with page format?

love the show, but y’all should know that the podcast page is very hard to navigate — new episodes don’t pop up first; you have to scroll to the bottom to see what’s new. can someone look into this on the backend so it’s easier to listen your new episodes?

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Useless episode descriptions

A whole paragraph about the interviewee’s education and awards but barely a sentence about what is actually discussed? Sorry, ain’t got time for that.

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