Episode Twenty-five

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I'm back! Hello! I got to talk with Andrea Abi-Karam this time, and I had a blast catching up with them about their latest book "EXTRATRANSMISSION."

Andrea Abi-Karam is an arab-american genderqueer punk poet-performer cyborg, writing on the art of killing bros, the intricacies of cyborg bodies, trauma & delayed healing. Their chapbook, THE AFTERMATH (Commune Editions, 2016), attempts to queer Fanon’s vision of how poetry fails to inspire revolution. Simone White selected their second assemblage, Villainy for forthcoming publication with Les Figues. They toured with Sister Spit March 2018 & are hype to live in New York. EXTRATRANSMISSION [Kelsey Street Press, 2019] is their first book.

This episode’s editor and social media manager is Mitchel Davidovitz.

The Sound of Waves Breaking was “SOLOSLUT” by Spray Tan.

Episode Fifteen

I got to talk on the phone with poet Kenyatta JP Garcia and their most recent collection Slow Living

Kenyatta JP Garcia is the author of They Say, Slow Living and ROBOT. JP was raised in Brooklyn but currently resides in Albany, N.Y. where they received degrees in English and linguistics. They are an editor at both Rigorous and Five 2 One Literary Magazine. In a past life, they were a cook for about a dozen years. In this modern incarnation, they get paid to put boxes on shelves by night and by day they read comics, pine, worry, and attempt to craft something worth reading. 

Artists, Music, and Writers Mentioned in This Month's Episode:

The Sound of Waves Breaking is this sound effect of Time Travel.

This episode was edited by Mitchel Davidovitz

Lucky Episode Thirteen

This month I had the pleasure of interviewing Ching-In about their recent publication, recombinant. We got to talk about archive, language, history, and gender. 

Ching-In Chen is the author of The Heart's Traffic (Arktoi Books) and recombinant (Kelsey Street Press) and co-editor of The Revolution Starts at Home: Confronting Intimate Violence Within Activist Communities (South End Press; AK Press) and Here is a Pen: an Anthology of West Coast Kundiman Poets (Achiote Press)A Kundiman, Lambda, Watering Hole and Callaloo Fellow, they are part of the Macondo and Voices of Our Nations Arts Foundation writing communities. Their work has appeared in The Best American Experimental WritingThe &NOW Awards 3: The Best Innovative Writing, and Troubling the Line: Trans and Genderqueer Poetry and PoeticsThey are a senior editor of The Conversant and poetry editor of the Texas Review. They serve on the Executive Board of Thinking Its Presence: Race, Advocacy, Solidarity in the Arts as the Director of Membership and Social Media. www.chinginchen.com

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Artists and works mentioned in this episode:

The Sound of Waves Breaking this week is from Jon Jang and the Pan-Asian Arkestra's "Night in Tunisia," just in case you're curious. 

This episode was edited by Mitchel Davidovitz, whose sound project you can find here on bandcamp

Episode Two!

Today's show features a conversation between Loma and me about the government's influence on poetry, the boundaries of a poem between other objects and being, poetry & activism, struggling with how to write poetry about domestic abuse, fearlessness, and more.

Transcripts for this episode can be found here. 

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Poets mentioned in this episode:

Episode One is Here!

Here it is, the first episode of Waves Breaking. In this episode I interview Amir Rabiyah about the anthology they just co-edited, Writing the Walls Down

Here's the show on iTunes. Please rate, subscribe, and share widely. :) 

Transcripts for this episode, as transcribed by Amir Rabiyah, are here. 

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