Almost Live at Mellow Pages





June 2018
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In this episode, we sit down with the wonderful Chelsea Hodson, author of Pity the Animal, which is available in print from Future Tense Books/Scout Books and is now also available as a Kindle Single. We run the gauntlet with Chelsea, talking about her unique voice and her influences and being someone from the desert and the art of omission as a writing tool. Dig in, this one is meaty and lovely.

Direct download: Episode_13__Chelsea_Hodson.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 9:57pm EDT

In this episode we have a wonderful talk with poet Mike Bushnell, author of the just-out OHSO, a sprawling and beautiful book of poetry that will infect the heart and consciousness. We rap about performance and how Mike has developed his very unique voice and style and Mike gives us all a taste as he reads from OHSO. If you ever get the chance to see Mike perform, we highly suggest you do so.  

Direct download: Episode_12__Mike_Bushnell.mp3
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In Episode 11, we spend some time with the relentless and charming D. Foy, author of Made to Break. We talk about booking your own book tour and all of the things that go into that kind of stew, traversing America by car solo, psychic abilities, and about staying true to your artistic vision irrespective of obstacles. 

Direct download: Episode_11__D._Foy.mp3
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In Episode 10, we hang/rap/laugh/explore with poet/publisher/all-around good dude Mike YoungMike runs Magic Helicopter Press and has been an integral part of moving indie publishing/writing from ones and zeros into paper and hands. Mike was in town for a thing and we were so stoked he came and spent an afternoon with us at Mellow Pages. Mike even took a request from Eric and sings us all a song. Mike's newest book, Sprezzatura, is on the cusp of release from Publishing Genius.

Direct download: Episode_10__Mike_Young.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 9:19pm EDT

In this episode we get to hang with Elissa Schappell–all-around literary powerhouse/rabble rouser, book editor at Vanity Fair, and co-founder/Editor-At-Large of Tin House. We talk about her beginnings as a writer and the path she's navigated to get to the place she's at, places she's lived, as well as how she has managed to overcome some personal issues and be the awesome human being she is today. This is a doozy of an episode, so make yourself a nice cool drink and settle in and enjoy.

Direct download: Episode_9__Elissa_Schappell.mp3
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Luckily for Eric and my fool self, Juliet Escoria happened to be in town to do a couple of readings and we were able to hang out/sit down/tell jokes/rap with her. Her book BLACK CLOUD came out earlier this year from Civil Coping Mechanisms, and it is a monster. We talked about the process of writing a book to getting it into meaty paws and recovery and teaching and exposed Eric's lack of a goth past.

Direct download: Episode_8__Juliet_Escoria.mp3
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In this episode, we get to know Lucy K. Shaw, founder of Shabby Doll House. We talk about how she has been able to use the internet to help her find her voice and her community and to build a magazine from the ground up. We had a really great time with Lucy and hope you will, too.

Direct download: Episode_7__Lucy_K._Shaw.mp3
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This episode finds us hangin' and rappin' with the wonderful Erika Anderson, curator of the Renegade Writers reading series in Crown Heights. We talked about all sorts of madness, including Erika's experience after publishing a very personal essay in The New York Times. Dig her. We sure do.

Direct download: Episode_6__Erika_Anderson.mp3
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Our first out of town guest! Eric and I got to hang out with the infamous Jim Ruland while he was in town for Book Expo America. Jim has been running his reading series Vermin on the Mount for ten years in Los Angeles and San Diego. He co-wrote the book "Giving the Finger" with Scott Campbell Jr., of Deadliest Catch fame, and also has a novel--"Forest of Fortune"--forthcoming from Tyrus Books. Jim was a rad guest and we talked about a ton of stuff. Enjoy. 

Direct download: Episode_5__Jim_Ruland.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 10:36am EDT

If you don't know Teebs, you're about to. Eric and I sat down with one of the hardest working and most genuinely love-filled poets in America, who just so happens to live in Bushwick, Tommy Pico. We cover a ton of ground in this episode--from Tommy's early years on a reservation to his arrival in NYC and the beginnings of his growth as a human being and as a writer. We really hope you enjoy this as much as we did. Talking to Teebs is a lovely thing.

Direct download: Episode_4__Tommy_Pico.mp3
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