The Creative Nonfiction Podcast with Brendan O'Meara
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Brendan O'Meara is an author and journalist. The Creative Nonfiction Podcast showcases leaders in narrative journalism, essay, memoir, documentary film, and radio. Brendan teases out the origins, habits, routines, and tactics these masters—Pulitzer Prize winners, New York Times bestsellers—use so that listeners can apply those tools to their own work.
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Episode 96—Emily Poole Illustrated
2 days ago
"When you need stuff done in conservation, you've gotta connect with the heart," says Emily Poole, illustrator for "Birdnote."
Hey, it’s the Creative Nonfiction Podcast, the show were I speak to the world’s best artists about creating works of nonfiction, leaders in narrative journalism, doc film, memoir, essay, and radio and tease out habits, origins, routines and punishing self doubt so that you can apply those tools of mastery to your own work.
I’m your host, Brendan O’Meara, hey, hey…
Today’s episode is a little different for a couple reasons. One, it’s the first IN-PERSON interview in the history of the podcast. Two, it’s with an illustrator, whose book, "Birdnote: Chirps, Quirks, and Stories of 100 Birds from the Popular Public Radio Show" (published by Sasquatch), is out now.
Said illustrator is Emily Poole (epooleart on Instagram). Emily banged out 100 original illustrations and the cover for 101 paintings in about three months time.
How’d she do it? Bird by bird, buddy #AnneLamott.
In this episode you’ll learn about:
How Emily set up her days to accomplish this incredible feat of work.
How she’s able to process useful criticism vs. criticism that’s more hurtful than helpful.
And why art is important in the world of conservation.
Anyway, this was a fun conversation and I hope you dig it. Be sure to pick up a copy of Birdnote for the bird lover in your life. It won’t disappoint, and neither will Episode 96 with Emily Poole!
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