Dead Rabbits Podcast
Episode 48: Adult Poets

Episode 48: Adult Poets

February 6, 2020

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. 

Episode 47: What’s in the box?

Episode 47: What’s in the box?

January 23, 2020

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. 

Episode 46: The Escapist

Episode 46: The Escapist

January 9, 2020

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. 

Episode 45: Twenty Acres of Taylor Swift

Episode 45: Twenty Acres of Taylor Swift

January 2, 2020

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. 

Episode 44: Everything You Do Is Completely Meaningless But It Is Very Important That You Do It

Episode 44: Everything You Do Is Completely Meaningless But It Is Very Important That You Do It

December 26, 2019

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. 

Episode 43: Worst Behavior

Episode 43: Worst Behavior

December 5, 2019

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. 

Episode 42: Breadcrumbs

Episode 42: Breadcrumbs

November 28, 2019

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. 

Episode 41: Love, Peace & Taco Grease

Episode 41: Love, Peace & Taco Grease

November 14, 2019

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. 

Episode 40: Slushie Pile

Episode 40: Slushie Pile

October 31, 2019

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. 

Episode 39: Reframing Trauma

Episode 39: Reframing Trauma

October 24, 2019

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.