For this latest edition of Quick Links, I’d like to add a new podcast to your must-download docket. The “In the Margins” podcast broadcast it’s inaugural episode in December 2014 and has consistently debuted back-to-back hits with each new interview.
The bi-weekly podcast is produced by Tate Street, “a literary blog that observes trends in poetry, fiction, publishing, and academia.” The inquisitive Abigail Browning hosts the show and does a stellar job of simultaneously asking the questions you’d want to ask if you could sit with some of the great minds of the literary field while also putting forward inquiries you’d never think to ask but really want to know the answers to.
Each In The Margins podcast features a discussion with leading voices in the creative writing field. The show’s guests hold unique perspectives on creative writing and in the short suite of episodes that have aired so far, each has shown a different relation to the writing life.
Publishing professionals such as Kevin Larimer of Poets & Writers Magazine, Jeff Shotts of Graywolf Press, and Crystal Simone Smith of Backbone Press discuss the inner workings of their own literary institutions while sharing their insight into the industry.
Professors John Kessel and Dorianne Laux of North Carolina State discuss MFA applications and their own programs.
Writers Ross White (“How We Came Upon the Colony”) and Therese Ann Fowler (Z: A Novel of Zelda Fitzgerald) discuss their work, their approach to the craft, and how their personal philosophies toward creative writing inform their process.
The discussions are informative and deeply edifying for those who hope to learn about the literary field. Whether you’re interested in fiction and poetry; reviewing and editing; staffing a publication or what-have-you, there will be at least one episode of this podcast that speaks to your own passions.
I’d recommend downloading the previous episodes of In The Margins and then becoming a dedicated listener. I’d also recommend checking them out on Twitter at @tatestreetorg where you can find regularly updated fiction/poetry writing prompts and updates on the organization’s various activities. Show your support and check them out today…or tomorrow…or whenever you want.
Just be sure to visit soon and visit often!