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Citizen Lit is about extending the conversation beyond the writer. Each week this literary podcast explores what it means to be an active member of the writing world through reviews, interviews, and recorded performances. Art is about connection and engagement—how the work speaks to us and how we respond back. From writers to publishers, to venues and festivals, Citizen Lit is your weekly invitation to share your voice and join the conversation.

Latest Episodes

Episode 32: Cherry Tree & Eckleburg Issue Launch

EIn today’s episode, we get a scene report with selected readings from the joint Cherry Tree and Dr. TJ Eckleburg Review release party (recorded live at Busboys & Poets in Washington D.C.). Our show features Nate Brown, Julia Kolchinsky Dasbach, and Rajiv Mohabir.

36 MIN2017 APR 15
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Episode 32: Cherry Tree & Eckleburg Issue Launch

Ep. 31.5: Daniel M. Shapiro's The Orange Menace

EDaniel M. Shapiro is the author of How the Potato Chip Was Invented (sunnyoutside press, 2013), a collection of celebrity-centered poems. His work has appeared in Word Riot; RHINO; Menacing Hedge; Forklift, Ohio, and elsewhere. His latest collection is called Heavy Metal Fairy Tales published by throwbackbooks. Daniel is a poetry editor of Pittsburgh Poetry Review and interviews poets for his website, Little Myths.

8 MIN2017 MAR 28
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Ep. 31.5: Daniel M. Shapiro's The Orange Menace

Episode 31: Cathy Day

EIn today’s episode we talk literary citizenship and teaching with Cathy Day, the Assistant Chair of Operations in the Department of English at Ball State University.

24 MIN2017 MAR 21
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Episode 31: Cathy Day

Episode 30.5: Siân Griffiths reads from Redivider 13.2

EThe following short fiction piece “Idaho, or the Reverse of Gravity,” appeared in issue 13.2 of Redivider. Author Siân Griffiths lives in Ogden, UT, where she directs the creative writing program at Weber State University. Her work has appeared in the Georgia Review, Fifth Wednesday Journal, Quarterly West, Ninth Letter, and The Rumpus, among other publications. Her debut novel, Borrowed Horses (New Rivers Press), was a semi-finalists for the 2014 VCU Cabell First Novelist Award.

5 MIN2017 MAR 14
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Episode 30.5: Siân Griffiths reads from Redivider 13.2

Episode 30: FOLD AWP Panel "Creating Space for Marginalized Voices"

EIn today’s episode we share excerpts from the panel “Creating Space for Marginalized Voices” presented at the 2017 AWP Conference. The organizers of Canada's inaugural Festival of Literary Diversity in discussion with publishing professionals talk about how to promote and support a diverse lineup of authors, uncovering how targeted initiatives and intentional approaches can effectively address the diversity gaps in the publishing industry.

39 MIN2017 MAR 6
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Episode 30: FOLD AWP Panel "Creating Space for Marginalized Voices"

Episode 29.5: Lauren Samblanet

EIn today’s microcast, we get a poem by Lauren Samblanet from A Shadow Map: An Anthology by Survivors of Sexual Assault published by Civil Coping Mechanisms. Released last week, A Shadow Map is edited by Joanna C. Valente and features poems and essays “born out of traumatizing and terrible experiences. CCM believes in providing a safe space within the literary community where we can not only talk about painful experiences and issues becomes ever more necessary considering the current political climate.” Contributors include Hillary Leftwich, Maggie Queeney, and Mila Jaroniec.

4 MIN2017 FEB 27
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Episode 29.5: Lauren Samblanet

Episode 29: Candlelight Vigil for Free Speech

EWhat began as an offsite event for the 2017 AWP conference in Washington D.C. became a rallying point on Saturday, February 11th for over a thousand writers at Lafayette Park, across from the street from The White House. In today’s show you will hear from poets and writers Kazim Ali, Gabrielle Bellot, Melissa Febos, Carolyn Forché, Sanaz Fotouhi, Ross Gay, Luis J. Rodriguez, and Eric Sasson with minimal edits for time and program continuity. Prior to the Vigil, Citizen Lit sat down with one of the event organizers, Split This Rock executive director Sarah Browning, to talk about importance and impact of such public gatherings. Note: transcriptions for each speaker are available on Split This Rock's blog: http://blogthisrock.blogspot.com/search/label/candlelight%20vigil

57 MIN2017 FEB 20
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Episode 29: Candlelight Vigil for Free Speech

Episode 28: Philadelphia Scene Report feat. Lauren Hilger

EAfter a holiday break, Citizen Lit returns with its first scene report of 2017. Poet Lauren Hilger was featured as a part of the Jubilant Thicket reading series at Head House Books in South Philadelphia. Lauren shares poems from her debut collection Lady Be Good(Civil Coping Mechanisms, 2016).

11 MIN2017 JAN 17
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Episode 28: Philadelphia Scene Report feat. Lauren Hilger

Episode 27: P.E. Garcia reads "i love you, we're dead meat."

EIn today’s episode P.E. Garcia shares an essay from HTMLGiant. An Editorial Assistant for The Rumpus and the Dead Letters Editor for The Offing, PE Garcia’s writing has appeared in Hunger Mountain, Prairie Schooner, and more. His chapbook is available from Awst Press. Born and raised in Arkansas, he now lives in Philadelphia where he's a PhD student at Temple University.

10 MIN2016 DEC 19
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Episode 27: P.E. Garcia reads "i love you, we're dead meat."

Episode 26: Philalalia Part II

EIn today's episode we present part two of the two-part panel presentation "Poetry, Publishing, Politics, and the Art of the Book" from this fall's Philalalia Small Press & Art Fair at Temple University in Philadelphia, PA. This panel was hosted by Brian Teare and featured editors from Bloof, Belladonna*, Fact-Simile, and Nightboat Books.

23 MIN2016 DEC 12
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Episode 26: Philalalia Part II

Latest Episodes

Episode 32: Cherry Tree & Eckleburg Issue Launch

EIn today’s episode, we get a scene report with selected readings from the joint Cherry Tree and Dr. TJ Eckleburg Review release party (recorded live at Busboys & Poets in Washington D.C.). Our show features Nate Brown, Julia Kolchinsky Dasbach, and Rajiv Mohabir.

36 MIN2017 APR 15
Comments
Episode 32: Cherry Tree & Eckleburg Issue Launch

Ep. 31.5: Daniel M. Shapiro's The Orange Menace

EDaniel M. Shapiro is the author of How the Potato Chip Was Invented (sunnyoutside press, 2013), a collection of celebrity-centered poems. His work has appeared in Word Riot; RHINO; Menacing Hedge; Forklift, Ohio, and elsewhere. His latest collection is called Heavy Metal Fairy Tales published by throwbackbooks. Daniel is a poetry editor of Pittsburgh Poetry Review and interviews poets for his website, Little Myths.

8 MIN2017 MAR 28
Comments
Ep. 31.5: Daniel M. Shapiro's The Orange Menace

Episode 31: Cathy Day

EIn today’s episode we talk literary citizenship and teaching with Cathy Day, the Assistant Chair of Operations in the Department of English at Ball State University.

24 MIN2017 MAR 21
Comments
Episode 31: Cathy Day

Episode 30.5: Siân Griffiths reads from Redivider 13.2

EThe following short fiction piece “Idaho, or the Reverse of Gravity,” appeared in issue 13.2 of Redivider. Author Siân Griffiths lives in Ogden, UT, where she directs the creative writing program at Weber State University. Her work has appeared in the Georgia Review, Fifth Wednesday Journal, Quarterly West, Ninth Letter, and The Rumpus, among other publications. Her debut novel, Borrowed Horses (New Rivers Press), was a semi-finalists for the 2014 VCU Cabell First Novelist Award.

5 MIN2017 MAR 14
Comments
Episode 30.5: Siân Griffiths reads from Redivider 13.2

Episode 30: FOLD AWP Panel "Creating Space for Marginalized Voices"

EIn today’s episode we share excerpts from the panel “Creating Space for Marginalized Voices” presented at the 2017 AWP Conference. The organizers of Canada's inaugural Festival of Literary Diversity in discussion with publishing professionals talk about how to promote and support a diverse lineup of authors, uncovering how targeted initiatives and intentional approaches can effectively address the diversity gaps in the publishing industry.

39 MIN2017 MAR 6
Comments
Episode 30: FOLD AWP Panel "Creating Space for Marginalized Voices"

Episode 29.5: Lauren Samblanet

EIn today’s microcast, we get a poem by Lauren Samblanet from A Shadow Map: An Anthology by Survivors of Sexual Assault published by Civil Coping Mechanisms. Released last week, A Shadow Map is edited by Joanna C. Valente and features poems and essays “born out of traumatizing and terrible experiences. CCM believes in providing a safe space within the literary community where we can not only talk about painful experiences and issues becomes ever more necessary considering the current political climate.” Contributors include Hillary Leftwich, Maggie Queeney, and Mila Jaroniec.

4 MIN2017 FEB 27
Comments
Episode 29.5: Lauren Samblanet

Episode 29: Candlelight Vigil for Free Speech

EWhat began as an offsite event for the 2017 AWP conference in Washington D.C. became a rallying point on Saturday, February 11th for over a thousand writers at Lafayette Park, across from the street from The White House. In today’s show you will hear from poets and writers Kazim Ali, Gabrielle Bellot, Melissa Febos, Carolyn Forché, Sanaz Fotouhi, Ross Gay, Luis J. Rodriguez, and Eric Sasson with minimal edits for time and program continuity. Prior to the Vigil, Citizen Lit sat down with one of the event organizers, Split This Rock executive director Sarah Browning, to talk about importance and impact of such public gatherings. Note: transcriptions for each speaker are available on Split This Rock's blog: http://blogthisrock.blogspot.com/search/label/candlelight%20vigil

57 MIN2017 FEB 20
Comments
Episode 29: Candlelight Vigil for Free Speech

Episode 28: Philadelphia Scene Report feat. Lauren Hilger

EAfter a holiday break, Citizen Lit returns with its first scene report of 2017. Poet Lauren Hilger was featured as a part of the Jubilant Thicket reading series at Head House Books in South Philadelphia. Lauren shares poems from her debut collection Lady Be Good(Civil Coping Mechanisms, 2016).

11 MIN2017 JAN 17
Comments
Episode 28: Philadelphia Scene Report feat. Lauren Hilger

Episode 27: P.E. Garcia reads "i love you, we're dead meat."

EIn today’s episode P.E. Garcia shares an essay from HTMLGiant. An Editorial Assistant for The Rumpus and the Dead Letters Editor for The Offing, PE Garcia’s writing has appeared in Hunger Mountain, Prairie Schooner, and more. His chapbook is available from Awst Press. Born and raised in Arkansas, he now lives in Philadelphia where he's a PhD student at Temple University.

10 MIN2016 DEC 19
Comments
Episode 27: P.E. Garcia reads "i love you, we're dead meat."

Episode 26: Philalalia Part II

EIn today's episode we present part two of the two-part panel presentation "Poetry, Publishing, Politics, and the Art of the Book" from this fall's Philalalia Small Press & Art Fair at Temple University in Philadelphia, PA. This panel was hosted by Brian Teare and featured editors from Bloof, Belladonna*, Fact-Simile, and Nightboat Books.

23 MIN2016 DEC 12
Comments
Episode 26: Philalalia Part II