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82 minutes | Feb 27, 2020
Episode 50: Making the Space for Writing
Rabbits! It's our 50th episode!!! Wow, we've been doing this podcast thing for a hot minute. And today we've got the one and only Annie Krabbenschmidt hosting alongside Katie Rainey for this special episode, featuring a writer who is the master of making writing a central part of her daily life: Sarah Paolantonio. Sarah is a recovering music programmer who always keeps the radio on. She holds an MFA in Nonfiction Writing from Sarah Lawrence College, and lives and works in Brooklyn. Follow Sarah on Twitter via @sarahpaol because she wants to know what your favorite Bob Dylan record is. Join us as we celebrate our 50th episode talking about making the space for writing, the meaninglessness of the world, and creating a culture of self-care to thrive in.
53 minutes | Feb 20, 2020
Episode 49: Who gets to write what?
Hey Rabbits! We're back this week with writer and Director of the Noepe Center for Literary Arts on Martha's Vineyard, Mathea Morais! Mathea was raised in St. Louis, MO. She has a degree in Literature from NYU and worked in music journalism for many years. Her work has appeared in “The New Engagement,” “Slush Pile Magazine,” “Arts & Ideas,” and “Anti-Heroin Chic.” She is the Director of the Noepe Center for Literary Arts on Martha’s Vineyard and has taught creative writing to children and young adults for over fifteen years. Today we're talking about writing communities, writing from what we know, and we'll discuss one of the things we think on this podcast is an ongoing, important conversation in the literary community: who gets to write what?
54 minutes | Feb 5, 2020
Episode 48: Adult Poets
We're back rabbits! And this week we've got special guest poet & radical educator Abigail Kirby Conklin. Abby is the author of the debut chapbook, Triage, out now from Duck Lake Books. She's been published in Duck Lake Journal, Garfield Lake, K’in Literary Journal, Storyscape Journal, The Lampeter Review, The Northern Virginia Review, Sugar House Review, among numerous others. Abby also works in the New York City arts education scene, and today we'll be talking about debut books, poetry, radical pedagogy, and being a grown up poet! Get your paws warmed and let's go! The transcript of this episode is available here for our Deaf & Hard of Hearing Community.
57 minutes | Jan 22, 2020
Episode 47: What's in the box?
Hey Rabbits! We're back this week with an episode on writing groups and more, featuring two of our favorite writing group pals: Jennifer Werbitsky and Melissa Shaw! Jen and Mel couldn't have more different backgrounds in their day jobs - Jen works in the corporate world, while Mel is a teacher at an arts education nonprofit - but in the writing world they click and we can't wait to hear what they'll ready for us today. Join us for talks on writing groups, llamas, and the latest product to drop from Tim Cook... The transcript of this episode is available here for our Deaf & Hard of Hearing Community.
56 minutes | Jan 9, 2020
Episode 46: The Escapist
Hey Rabs! We're back with Episode 46, featuring writer and teacher David Puretz. David is the Editorial Director at Global City, an independent press that publishes the literary and cultural journal Global City Review, and a growing list of other books and anthologies, including his own: The Escapist, which is his debut novel. Join David and host Katie Rainey as they talk about Global City's history, publishing, and finally getting the work out there! The transcript of this episode is available here for our Deaf & Hard of Hearing Community.
55 minutes | Jan 2, 2020
Episode 45: Twenty Acres of Taylor Swift
Hoppy New Year Rabbits! We hope your 2020 is kicking off to a good start. Here's our first episode of the year, featuring writer, editor, and reading series curator Andrew Lloyd-Jones. Andrew is an award-winning short story writer, and won the Fish International Short Story Prize with his story “Feathers and Cigarettes”, recently adapted for film. He is the founder, producer, and host of the regular live fiction reading series and podcast Liars' League NYC in New York. Join us today as we talk about the reading series community, short story writing, rejections, and being really uncomfortable talking about ourselves... The transcript of this episode is available here for our Deaf & Hard of Hearing Community.
55 minutes | Dec 26, 2019
Episode 44: Everything You Do Is Completely Meaningless But It Is Very Important That You Do It
We're back rabbits! And we've got a very special last episode of 2019 for you! Featuring the one and only David Hollander, author of L.I.E. and the forthcoming Anthropica from Dead Rabbits! Join David and host, Katie Rainey, as they talk about experimental fiction, publishing, the overwhelming nature of our world, and get a sneak peek at the forthcoming Anthropica, to be published in May 2020. The transcript of this episode is available here for our Deaf & Hard of Hearing Community.
53 minutes | Dec 5, 2019
Episode 43: Worst Behavior
What’s good Rabs? Glad you’re joining us for our 43rd episode. Today we’re discussing Zadie Smith’s semi-recent essay, "Fascinated to Presume: In Defense of Fiction". Joined by Dead Rabbits OGs Jared Marcel Pollen and Seth Katz, listen in for our take on whether we still live in an age where it’s permissible to write across demographics and identities. Meanwhile, your host will lament the lack of snow here in New York on the heels of a busted winter storm forecast. (Brian really likes snow: follow him on Facebook for winter weather forecasts.) The transcript of this episode is available here for our Deaf & Hard of Hearing Community.
56 minutes | Nov 28, 2019
Episode 42: Breadcrumbs
Hoppy Thanksgiving, Rabbits! We'e thrilled to bring you this holiday special featuring writer, podcaster & literary magazine publisher, Bob Raymonda! Bob Raymonda is a writer based out of New Rochelle, NY. In early 2015 he founded Breadcrumbs Magazine, an online literary and arts journal that fosters creativity and collaboration through shared inspiration. The project has grown into a community of over 200 contributors across the world in a wide variety of mediums, with more submitting all of the time. In 2018 he helped co-found Rogue Dialogue, a production company focusing in podcasts with Christie Donato and Adam Raymonda. Join us as we talk Breadcrumbs, his podcast Windfall, and all things self-care in this Thanksgiving special! The transcript of this episode is available here for our Deaf & Hard of Hearing Community.
55 minutes | Nov 14, 2019
Episode 41: Love, Peace & Taco Grease
rabbits Rabbits RABBITS! We were off for a week because life got in the way, but we're back with a sparkly new episode for you, featuring the one and only Rax King alongside your faithful host Brian Birnbaum and our Priest Vallon, Devin Kelly. Rax King is a dog-loving, hedgehog-mothering, beer-swilling, gay and disabled sumbitch who occasionally writes and works as assistant editor for Sundress Publications. She is the author of the collection 'The People's Elbow: Thirty Recitatives on Rape and Wrestling' (Ursus Americanus, 2018). Her work can also be found in Catapult, Electric Literature, and Autostraddle, and she is most recently a columnist for Catapult with her ongoing series "Store Bought Is Fine". In this episode, we're talking all things Guy Fieri, Bruce Springsteen and authenticity in writing. The transcript of this episode is available here for our Deaf & Hard of Hearing Community.
68 minutes | Oct 31, 2019
Episode 40: Slushie Pile
Whaddup Dead Rabs fam. Welcome to the 40th episode of the Dead Rabbits podcast—us bunnies are officially over the molehill. Today we’ve got the lovely ladies of the Ditmas Lit reading series, Rachel Lyon and Sarah Bridgins, here to discuss the origin story of their friendship and thenceforth series, and, most importantly, the intricacies of our favorite HBO show, which rhymes with smecksmeshion. Not to mention two of the best readings we’ve yet to have on our podcast, period. What could possibly be better? Smecksmesh! The transcript of this episode is available here for our Deaf & Hard of Hearing Community.
50 minutes | Oct 23, 2019
Episode 39: Reframing Trauma
Hoppy Thursday, Rabbits! We're so excited about this week's episode! We recorded this episode live at this year's Fall for the Book Festival in Fairfax, Virgina! Featuring YA Author Atia Abawi, we discussed how she and host Brian Birnbaum redefine the definitions of home and trauma. In Abawi’s book, A Land of Permanent Goodbyes, Syria is torn apart due to war, leaving each survivor with a new and dangerous label: refugee. And in Birnbaum’s Emerald City, a family company’s profits are being used to illegally fund a drug-crop in Guatemala. Guest Atia Abawi is a foreign news correspondent who was stationed for almost five years in Kabul, Afghanistan. She was born to Afghan parents in West Germany and was raised in the United States. Her first book for teens was the powerful The Secret Sky, about forbidden romance between different ethnic tribes in Afghanistan. And today's podcast was lovingly guest produced by the one and only Annie Krabbenschmidt. The transcript of this episode is available here for our Deaf & Hard of Hearing Community.
55 minutes | Oct 16, 2019
Episode 38: Under The Shroud
Welcome to the 38th episode of the Dead Rabbits Podcast, brought to you by fill in future sponsor (we’re keeping it cool like Facebook did back when it was cool). Today we’ve got Ian Humphrey in the box, discussing his podcast noir-drama, Under the Shroud, which follows Corin—the half-demon junkie cab driver. Yes, it’s exactly as f***ing wild and wondrous as it sounds. But we also get an inside look at the experiences that inspired Ian to write the show. Oh, and while you’re listening, don’t forget to hit up Corin’s patreon—he’s got a raging habit to support. The transcript of this episode is available here for our Deaf & Hard of Hearing Community.
54 minutes | Oct 10, 2019
Episode 37: Read It Forward
Hoppy Thursday, Rabbits! We're back this week with this awesome episode featuring our special guest, Abbe Wright, Senior Editor of Read It Forward from Penguin Random House! RiF is where you go for reading lists, literary lifestyles, new books, and all things wordy. Abbe has a resume that's got us awestruck. Abbe has written for Glamour, The Cut, Metro, O, The Oprah Magazine, Modern Bride and Philadelphia Magazine about books, culture, career, food, beauty, weddings, fashion and everything in between. No. Big. Deal. On this episode she talks with us about all this, her memoir-in-progress, and shares from an essay she wrote for The Cut, "I Wanted to Break Up. Then He Got a Tattoo of My Name." You can find more of Abbe's work here: Read it Forward: https://www.readitforward.com/ RIF YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCTxYzcmvIdLfYGkawZrkKtQ Washington Post: https://www.washingtonpost.com/entertainment/books/ten-booktube-channels-to-watch/2019/08/06/bbc654d2-b245-11e9-8f6c-7828e68cb15f_story.html RIF Podcast: https://www.readitforward.com/podcasts/ Six Books for Moms: https://www.readitforward.com/video/six-picks-books-for-moms/ Amber Tamblyn: https://www.readitforward.com/podcasts/amber-tamblyn-and-where-the-crawdads-sing/ Delia Owens: https://www.readitforward.com/podcasts/delia-owens-and-educated/ The Cut piece: https://www.thecut.com/2014/12/i-wanted-to-break-up-he-got-a-tattoo-of-my-name.html The transcript of this episode is available here for our Deaf & Hard of Hearing Community.
57 minutes | Oct 3, 2019
Episode 36: Lost In Translation
This week's episode of the Dead Rabbits podcast invites Tobias "Toby" Carroll (author of the Transitory from Civil Coping Mechanisms, Reel from Rare Bird Books, and the forthcoming Political Sign, a work of nonfiction for the Object Lessons series of books). Tobias is a writer to be jealous of, having made his way with freelance work as the managing editor of Vol.1 Brooklyn and writer for the Watchlist column for Words Without Borders. Join us for a deep dive into translations and other work and Brian struggling to call Words Without Borders everything but that. The transcript of this episode is available here for our Deaf & Hard of Hearing Community.
63 minutes | Sep 25, 2019
Episode 35: Fiction/Non/Fiction
This week's episode of the Dead Rabbits podcast invites V.V. 'Sugi' Ganeshananthan (author of the 2008 novel, Love Marriage) and Whitney Terrell (author of three novels, The Huntsman, The King of Kings County, and The Good Lieutenant). Both Sugi and Whit studied at the Iowa Writers' Workshop under the late James McPherson, who was the first black writer to win the Pulitzer for Fiction, a winner of the MacArthur grant (AKA the 'genius grant'), and a renowned activist and writer of issues surrounding race and culture. Having studied under McPherson at different times, Sugi and Whit didn't meet until the late and great writer's memorial service--yet as the Phoenix rises, so did the spirit of McPherson's values; after becoming fast friends, Sugi and Whit realized a shared vision for what has become the Fiction/Non/Fiction podcast, which espouses literature and politics, and more specifically, how the former predicts and/or digs deeper into the latter. The transcript of this episode is available here for our Deaf & Hard of Hearing Community.
57 minutes | Sep 19, 2019
Episode 34: Debut Books: On Feeling Nothing
Welcome to the 34th episode of the Dead Rabbits podcast brought to you by your favorite buried bunnies. We're happy to welcome back our friend and the wonderful writer, Meher Manda, to the podcast. We're talking all things debut books with Meher, as she released her first chapbook of poems on September 7th and host Brian Birnbaum's novel Emerald City was released this past Sunday! However, despite how exciting debuts can be, sometimes they can leave you feeling more empty than full. Join Brian & Meher as they discuss why that is and more. The transcript of this episode is available here for our Deaf & Hard of Hearing Community.
67 minutes | Sep 11, 2019
Episode 33: Vulnerable
Welcome to the 33rd episode of the Dead Rabbits podcast brought to you by your favorite dead hares. This is a very special episode of the podcast because our beloved host, Brian Birnbaum, is back, this time in the hot seat as the interviewee. He and podcast producer, Katie Rainey, sit down for an honest and open conversation about struggle, addiction, being vulnerable with each other, and Brian's forthcoming novel EMERALD CITY that will be published this Sunday, September 15th. Join us to hear all this and a special reading from Brian's debut novel. The transcript of this episode is available here for our Deaf & Hard of Hearing Community.
48 minutes | Sep 4, 2019
Episode 32: Independent Book Review
Welcome to the 32nd installment of the Dead Rabbits podcast brought to you from our warren of the deceased. Today we've got Joe Walters of Independent Book Review on the podcast. Joe traveled from Philly to be with us today & we're so excited to talk about IBR and all things book marketing, editing, and publishing. IBR wants to help you discover your next favorite book - and to help the authors who are writing them. They bring to light works by self-published authors and small presses, giving them the time of day that normal review outlets would not. Hear Joe talk about this endeavor and his very knowledgeable background in all things book marketing. The transcript of this episode is available here for our Deaf & Hard of Hearing Community.
46 minutes | Aug 29, 2019
Episode 31: Fugitives & Rabbits Part 2
We're back Rabbits! After a week off, we're back with our 31st episode. This episode is the second in our two-part series about our North Carolina trip we're calling "Fugitives & Rabbits: A Collaborative Literary Tour". In this episode, producer & stand-in host, Katie Rainey, sat down with the owners and workers of each bookstore we visited to talk about books, community work, and all things related to the North Carolina Literary Scene. We're so thrilled to feature these great community places, so tune in to hear from Scuppernong Books, Bookmarks, Sunrise Books, Firestorm Books & Coffee, Main Street Books & Wall of Books. The transcript of this episode is available here for our Deaf & Hard of Hearing Community.
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