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Join author, educator, and learner, Annmarie Kelly as she laughs, cries, and kvetches with the writers, musicians, entrepreneurs, and wanderers who inspire all of us to reach beyond our divisions and discover what it means to be wild, precious, and brave.

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    • 5.0 • 75 Ratings

Join author, educator, and learner, Annmarie Kelly as she laughs, cries, and kvetches with the writers, musicians, entrepreneurs, and wanderers who inspire all of us to reach beyond our divisions and discover what it means to be wild, precious, and brave.

    Briefly Perfectly Human with Alua Arthur

    Briefly Perfectly Human with Alua Arthur

    Alua Arthur is the most visible and active death doula working in America today. She’s a recovering attorney and the founder of Going with Grace, a death doula training and end-of-life planning organization. Her TED Talk titled, “Why Thinking About Death Helps You Live a Better Life,” has over 1.5 million views. In today’s episode, Annmarie and Alua discuss Briefly Perfectly Human, Alua’s life-changing, soul-gathering memoir. They also discuss how talking about death can help all of us live better lives. 

    Episode Sponsors:

    Octavia’s Bookshelf – An independent bookstore in Pasadena, California where readers of all walks of life can enjoy our store full of books written by BIPOC writers. Octavia’s Bookshelf is a place to find your new BFF inside a book, a space to find community, enjoy a cup of coffee, read, relax, find unique and specially curated products from artisans from around the world and in our neighborhood. Stop by or shop online at octaviasbookshelf.com.

    Rep Club – A bookshop and creative space curated by Blackness in Los Angeles, California. Named one of Issa Rae's "favorite places in Los Angeles," this Black, queer, and woman-owned space hosts bookish events    and can help you find your next 5-star read. Wherever you are, shop online at rep.club. For a limited time, listeners can get 10% off your next read with code WILD at checkout! 

    Titles Discussed in this Episode:

    Briefly Perfectly Human, by Alua Arthur
    Middlesex, by Jeffrey Eugenides
    Conscious Grieving, by Claire Bidwell Smith
    Love on the Scottish Spring Isle, by Beatrice Bradshaw
    Fathers and Sons, by Howard Cunnell


    Follow Alua Arthur:
    Instagram: @going_with_grace
    Twitter: @goinggracefully
    Facebook: @goingwgrace
    goingwithgrace.com











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    • 42 min
    Writing for the Ear

    Writing for the Ear

    Today, we have something new. This past spring, Annmarie gathered with eight local writers to try a podcasting project. Over the course of six weeks together, they wrote side-by-side, saying YES to whatever stories arose. About friendship and loss, dreams and possibility, parents and belief. These sessions were sometimes tearful and painful, but they were always beautiful. And powerful. Because something important happens when we create in community. In this episode, we share eight short essays. Some folks have been writing for decades. Others are just getting started. All of them have stories to tell.


    Episode Sponsors:

    Literary Cleveland – Developing writers, amplifying voices, and transforming our community through storytelling. You can explore other voices and discover your own. Search for classes and find your creative community at litcleveland.org.

    Mac’s Backs – A proud Cleveland indie bookstore with three floors for browsing, great online service, and chocolate milkshakes right next door. Find your next great read and shop online at macsbacks.com.


    Writers Showcased in this Episode:

    Alvis Pettker
    Tamar Cloyd
    Jackie Sliva
    T. Lee Peters
    Deborah Taddeo
    Emily Jaster
    L.P.
    Amy Alspach


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    • 54 min
    Praisesong for the Kitchen Ghost with Crystal Wilkinson

    Praisesong for the Kitchen Ghost with Crystal Wilkinson

    Crystal Wilkinson is the award-winning author of several books including Praisesong for the Kitchen Ghosts: Stories and Recipes from Five Generations of Black Country Cooks. She was Poet Laureate of Kentucky from 2021 to 2023, and currently teaches creative writing at the University of Kentucky where she is a Bush-Holbrook Endowed Professor. In today’s episode, Crystal and Annmarie discuss kitchen ghosts, family recipes – including how biscuits need to “kiss,” and the blessings and self-awareness we find in the stories of our ancestors.


    Episode Sponsor:

    Charis Books and More – An independent feminist bookstore. Charis fosters sustainable feminist communities, works for social justice, and encourages the expression of diverse and marginalized voices. When you spend your money or your time at Charis Books and More, you are investing in the radical belief that multi-racial organizing and movement- building centered in a Southern, queer, feminist, anti-racist practice can
    shift culture and change lives and we appreciate your support. Stop by our
    Decatur, Georgia store or find us online at charisbooksandmore.com.

    BEM | books and more – BEM is a bookstore specializing in food literature of the African Diaspora, inspired by a line of dynamic and brilliant Black women who season with love and spin tales with the best of them. Honoring that legacy and those of Black folks and families across time and place is at the heart of what they do. Food opens a door to life, to sustenance, to love, to politics, and BEM | books and more is thrilled to welcome you into their community to explore it all together. Discover more online at bembrooklyn.com or on their Instagram @bembrooklyn.

    Wild Precious Life listeners receive 10% off their orders at BEM | books and more. Just type in the code WILDPRECIOUSLIFE (all one word) when you check out.


    Titles Discussed in this Episode:

    Praisesong for the Kitchen Ghosts: Stories and Recipes from Five Generations of Black Country Cooks, by Crystal Wilkinson

    Perfect Black, by Crystal Wilkinson

    The Birds of Opulence, by Crystal Wilkinson

    Other conversations with Crystal Wilkinson:

    PRAISESONG FOR THE KITCHEN GHOSTS: STORIES AND RECIPES FROM FIVE GENERATIONS OF BLACK COUNTRY COOKS

    PERFECT BLACK: CRYSTAL WILKINSON IN CONVERSATION WITH KIESE LAYMON

    BREATH BETTER SPENT: LIVING BLACK GIRLHOOD--DAMARIS B. HILL IN CONVERSATION WITH CRYSTAL WILKINSON



    Follow Crystal Wilkinson:
    Instagram: @crystalwilki
    Twitter: @crystalwilki
    Facebook: @wilkinsoncrystal
    crystalewilkinson.net









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    • 1 hr 3 min
    Broughtupsy with Christina Cooke

    Broughtupsy with Christina Cooke

    Christina Cooke was born in Jamaica and is now a Canadian citizen who lives and writes in New York City. BROUGHTUPSY is her debut novel. In today’s episode, Annmarie and Christina discuss cultural upbringings, the cruelty of children, the joys of weightlifting, and how all humans are complex and contradictory and deserving of love. 


    Episode Sponsor:

    Zora’s Den – Dedicated to empowering the lives of Black women writers. At Zora’s Den, we host a monthly reading series, conduct workshops, and invite writers to share their work-in-progress for feedback and constructive criticism. Our hope is to build a sisterhood of writers at every level of accomplishment and to strengthen the voices of the unheard and unacknowledged. If you’re a Black woman writer, you’re welcome to join us. Learn more at zorasden.com.

    Brain Lair Books – A black-owned, woman-owned children's bookstore located in South Bend, Indiana. At Brain Lair, we partner with local schools and universities to help build an inclusive, welcoming community. We specialize in juvenile and young adult literature written by and for Black, Indigenous, People of Color, LGBTQIA+, and Disabled communities, as well as adult nonfiction about ending white supremacy, promoting anti-racism, and becoming a social activist. We can help you find the books you need. Drop by or browse online at brainlairbooks.com.


    Titles Discussed in this Episode:

    BROUGHTUPSY, by Christina Cooke

    IMAGINARY HOMELANDS, by Salman Rushdie

    WHITE TEETH, by Zadie Smith

    It’s All Coming Back to Me Now, by Celine Dion.

    Learn more about Louise Bennett, a Jamaican folklorist and poet. 



    Follow Christina Cooke:
    Instagram: @christina.j.cooke
    Twitter: @christinajcooke
    www.christinajcooke.com
    Photo credit: Eli Jules Photography 


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    • 57 min
    The Familiar with Sarah Kain Gutowski

    The Familiar with Sarah Kain Gutowski

    Sarah Kain Gutowski is the author of Fabulous Beast and along with interdisciplinary artist Meredith Starr, she’s co-creator of Every Second Feels Like Theft, a conversation in cyanotypes and poems, and It's All Too Much, a limited edition podcast and art project. She’s out now with a new book of narrative poetry, The Familiar. In today’s episode, Sarah and Annmarie discuss the ache of literary ambition, how parenthood divides us from ourselves, and how Moonstruck is one of the best movies of all time.

    Episode Sponsor:

    Zora’s Den – Dedicated to empowering the lives of Black women writers. At Zora’s Den, we host a monthly reading series, conduct workshops, and invite writers to share their work-in-progress for feedback and constructive criticism. Our hope is to build a sisterhood of writers at every level of accomplishment and to strengthen the voices of the unheard and unacknowledged. If you’re a Black woman writer, you’re welcome to join us. Learn more at zorasden.com.

    Split Rock Books – A locally-owned, independently-minded neighborhood bookstore located in the heart of the Hudson Valley. Split Rock carries a curated selection of new books with a focus on literary fiction and non-fiction, small presses, local interest, and children's books. We host a variety of family programming, book clubs, readings, signings and discussions. And we’re located steps from the Cold Spring train station, which is just over an hour from New York City. Learn more or shop online at splitrockbks.com.


    Titles Discussed in this Episode:

    The Familiar, by Sarah Kain Gutowski

    Fabulous Beast, by Sarah Kain Gutowski 
    Kate Bush's album 50 Words for Snow

    One of Annmarie and Sarah’s favorite scenes from the movie Moonstruck.

    Hills Like White Elephants, a short story by Ernest Hemingway.


    Follow Sarah Kain Gutowski:
    Instagram: @sarahkaingutowski
    Twitter: @skgutowski
    Facebook: /sarahkaingutowskiauthor
    TikTok: @sarahkaingutowski
    Email: sarah.kain.gutowski [at] gmail.com
    Website: https://www.sarahkaingutowski.com

    Photo credit: Priyanca Rao



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    • 59 min
    Faltas with Cecilia Gentili

    Faltas with Cecilia Gentili

    Originally from Argentina, Cecilia Gentili came to the U.S. pursuing a safer life as a transgender woman. She lived undocumented for 10 years. After surviving arrests and an immigration detention, she accessed recovery services and won asylum. Cecilia founded Transgender Equity Consulting, which works to ensure all people living on the margins receive dignity and respect. In today’s episode, Annmarie and Cecilia talk about growing up on the margins, emigrating to the United States, and how to love and forgive people who struggle to offer dignity or understanding in return.  

    Cecilia Gentili passed away on Feb. 6, 2024. She was 52 years old.

    Episode Sponsor:

    The Word Is Change – A neighborhood bookstore in Bed-Stuy, Brooklyn, selling used and new books, hosting readings and meetings, buying books for resale, and supporting visual artists. Come into the store and find the perfect book you were looking for, or the perfect book you didn’t even know you were looking for. And shop online at thewordischange.com.


    Titles Discussed in this Episode:

    FALTAS, by Cecilia Gentili

    Here are links to some of Cecilia’s favorite songs:

    Isabel Pantoja singing “Abrásame Muy Fuerte,” (or Hug Me Really Hard.

    Gilda singing “No me Arrepiento de este Amor,” (or I Don't Regret This Love). 

    Laura Branigan singing “Gloria.” 

    Here’s a clip from Cecilia Gentili appearing as Ms. Orlando in POSE.





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    • 49 min

Customer Reviews

5.0 out of 5
75 Ratings

75 Ratings

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Going deep!

I love hearing these deep-dives into the work of the artists Annemarie Kelly-Harbaugh interviews. She asks all the questions I’d want to ask! She does an amazing job of bringing out a greater understanding of the work and helps create a context of this work with her thoughtful questions.

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Always goes somewhere interesting

Annemarie sounds so natural and so genuinely interested in her interviewees. It’s like being an introvert at a party where the really cool, fascinating people go and talk with each other :)

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Beautiful

AnneMarie is a real human as are her guests. I enjoy and relate to her struggles and fears and her love of Oliver. Her guests brighten my day and offer another way of seeing that is new and yet familiar. Multifaceted guests and great questions followed by profound responses.

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