Dead Rabbits Podcast
Episode 27: Kicking the Ghost

Episode 27: Kicking the Ghost

July 18, 2019

Welcome welcome welcome—welcome I say! To the 27th episode of the Dead Rabbits Podcast brought to you by who tfe but us specters of late bunnies. Today we’ve got Moses Utomi, fellow Sarah Lawrence Fiction MFA’er—-and proud of it. Today we’re going to talk all things genre, from its place (or lack thereof) in MFA programs—save for the rise of speculative fiction—the way Moses gets his proverbial ass in the proverbial chair, and his utterly peculiar and exciting experience living in China, not just as a writer, but an amateur kickboxer with actual paid victories to his name. And of course we’ll get a reading from a stunningly crystallized, mystically-inclined short piece of fiction Moses recently published.

The transcript of this episode is available here for our Deaf & Hard of Hearing Community. 

Episode 26: Autofiction: Universal Virtue or Literary Selfie?

Episode 26: Autofiction: Universal Virtue or Literary Selfie?

July 11, 2019
Welcome to the twenty-sixth installment of the Dead Rabbits podcast brought to you by who else but us of the warren deceased. Too soon? Too bad. Because today we're talking all things autofiction--that modern neologism for autobiographical fiction. Is it good for the technology, or is it the literary equivalent of a selfie? Does it come from a desire to portray the universal, or is it merely a clever sublimation of modern egocentricism bred by social media and its inherent focus on the self? We're here to break such binaries and exhume the alluvial truth of the matter--or at least do our very bunny best. Join us as we talk about these things and others with a few of our O.R.s (Original Rabbits): Seth Katz, Jared Marcel Pollen, and George Sawaya. 
 
The transcript of this episode is available here for our Deaf & Hard of Hearing Community. 
 
 
Episode 25: Dear Ocean

Episode 25: Dear Ocean

July 4, 2019
Welcome back, bunny-people, for the 25th episode of the Dead Rabbits Podcast brought to you by--who else?--Dead Rabbits. Today we sit down with Kwame Opoku-Duku, a poet and prose writer whose book, Unbnd Verses, out with Glass Poetry Press, is a collection of poems that confront the comportment of black bodies in today's America. Kwame and yours truly discuss his trajectory--from his struggle to channel the dark energy of his youth into the light of his sparkling poetry, to his work with Human Impacts, a environmental-focused advocacy group, and the attendant reading series he curates, Dear Ocean, which invites writers to read work surrounding issues of climate change. 
 
The transcript of this episode is available here for our Deaf & Hard of Hearing Community. 
 
 
Episode 24: Y’all Means All

Episode 24: Y’all Means All

June 27, 2019

Welcome to the twenty-fourth episode of the Dead Rabbits podcast brought to you by Dead Rabbits, a literary press for books that matter. Today we've got the one and only Steve McCondichie of Southern Fried Karma Press on the podcast. Steve is a writer & entrepreneur & subversive southerner & a rebel since kindergarten from the outskirts of Hotlanta. As a publisher, Steve's mission is to tell a million stories of "Y'all Means All" and SFK Press is this sister press of our dreams. Join in to hear us talk about this and to hear Steve read from his latest novel: The Parlor Girl’s Guide out from SFK Press. 

The transcript of this episode is available here for our Deaf & Hard of Hearing Community. 

Episode 23: Bad Habits

Episode 23: Bad Habits

June 20, 2019

Welcome to the twenty-third episode of the Dead Rabbits podcast brought to you by Dead Rabbits, a literary press for books that matter. Today we're talking all things rejection with three diligent, talented, and thoughtful writers in our community: Meher Manda, Crystal Yeung, and Sharmaine Ong. You'll remember Meher of An Angry Reading Series from our 9th episode, and she's come back to talk about her rejection journey alongside Crystal and Sharmaine. Join us as we go beyond rejections with this in-depth conversation, and explore what it means to be a real writer, an Asian-American writer, and more, all while watching that hideous excuse of a final episode from Game of Thrones.

The transcript of this episode is available here for our Deaf & Hard of Hearing Community. 
 
Episode 22: No Rabbits Harmed

Episode 22: No Rabbits Harmed

June 13, 2019
Welcome to the twenty-second episode of the Dead Rabbits podcast brought to you by Dead Rabbits, a literary press for books that matter. Today's is our third collage episode and the first one since our romp down in Little Rock. This one features a roundtable discussion with Joy Parisi and her cohort here at Paragraph: A Workspace for Writers--which is exactly what it sounds like. So settle in and listen up as we spend the next hour and change fielding questions about the press, listening to Paragraph constituents' take on the life and craft of a writer in New York, and soak in some of the stranger events that have taken place, fittingly, within this plaintive space whose walls are awash in framed edifices of the manuscripts made and stories forged here on Paragraph's couches and carrels. 
 
The transcript of this episode is available here for our Deaf & Hard of Hearing Community. 
 
 
 
Episode 21: I’m Trying To Tell You I’m Sorry

Episode 21: I’m Trying To Tell You I’m Sorry

June 6, 2019
In this twenty-first episode of the Dead Rabbits Hour we welcome Nina Boutsikaris, a writer of prose with ambitions to start an arts residency near her home in the Hudson Valley. Nina is the author of the recently released I'm Trying to Tell You I'm Sorry from Black Lawrence Press, from whose breathtaking pages she offers an excerpt--but not before we embark on discussions surrounding what it means to write candidly about conflicts involving family and friends, her experience as an MFA student at the DFW's begrudging alma mater, Arizona University, and her long-awaited, highly-anticipated foray into fiction--coming in 2021? Tune in to find out! 
 
The transcript of this episode is available here for our Deaf & Hard of Hearing Community. 
 
 
 
Episode 20: What’s in a name?

Episode 20: What’s in a name?

May 30, 2019

Welcome to the 20th episode of the Dead Rabbits podcast. We'd like to thank you for leasing twenty hours of your time over to the wisdom and fuckery of our burgeoning warren. Today we'd like to invite Elae [Lynne DeSilva-Johnson] who, as an agent of change across arts and progressivism and the founder of The Operating System, is most notably a creative practitioner, which affiliation they expound upon in the upcoming episode. We’re also happy to welcome back Caits Meissner, Director of the Prison Writing Program at PEN America and author of Let it Die Hungry, published with none other than The Operating System. Today we’ll talk about the intersections of art, what it means to name things, collective creative practice, and, of course, we’ll get a reading from our two lovely guests. 

The transcript of this episode is available here for our Deaf & Hard of Hearing Community. 
Episode 19: I love my job

Episode 19: I love my job

May 23, 2019
On the cusp of our twentieth episode, we invite Devin Kelly, poet O.R. extraordinaire, who dragged along our good friend and peer Bud Smith, a fiction and nonfiction writer whose positive outlook and benefit-of-the-doubt disposition should be profiled and duly archived as a reliable manual to Save Us All. Anyway, today we'll talk about Bud's ability to balance long hours of heavy labor with writing, his new project, Teenager, coming out with the enviable Tyrant Books, and, of course, we'll get a reading from Bud--but only after we talk about a mobbed up individual named Frank Hague who was in Boardwalk Empire, which is a very good show. 
 
The transcript of this episode is available here for our Deaf & Hard of Hearing Community.
Episode 18: On Shame & Writing

Episode 18: On Shame & Writing

May 16, 2019
Welcome to the eighteenth episode of the Dead Rabbits Podcast, brought to you by persons eponymous (corporations are people too, people-bunnies), for which we've invited David Olimpio, Editor in Chief of Atticus Review and author of the stunning, memoiristic collection of linked nonfictions, THIS IS NOT A CONFESSION. Today we'll be talking about his hostile takeover of Atticus Review (kidding, he bought it fair and square -- but seriously, corporations are people too, rabbit-folk), the heartbreaking yet tragedy-defying experiences embedded within his book, and, of course, we'll get a reading from David, which is sure to remind you why we do this work. 
 
The transcript of this episode is available here for our Deaf & Hard of Hearing Community.