Recent USF MFA graduate, and former Switchback Podcast Cohost, Ian Jacoby, returns to the booth to discuss the creation of dialogue on the page with Rafael and Rose.
Rafael and Rose explore books that were turned into successful, award-winning films, and what commonalities they possess.
Greg is about to graduate, and he's worried about maintaining a community of writers post-graduation. He asks his fellow MFAers, Rose and Rafael, about their experiences in forming and running their own independent writing groups. Two episodes ago, we were pooh-poohing the whole idea of the writing workshop, and now we're telling you how to set up workshops of your own. Are we flip-floppers? Absolutely!
It's just Ian and Greg this week, talking about SPOOKY SCARY STORIES. Listen to them discuss M.R. James, his five principles of ghost stories, and the difference between terror and horror. Later, Ian tells Stephen King to come at him, bro. So prepare to be terrified! Or is it horrified? Maybe you'll just get grossed out. Whatever the case, it should be a good time.
This week on the podcast, fellow Switchbacker Colter Ruland comes in to chat with Greg and Rafael about the MFA workshop -- and why it needs to die. OK, that might be an overstatement. But for the past fifty years, practically every MFA program in the country has been using the same tired (or time-tested?) format for their workshops. Perhaps it's time that changed. But if so, how? What alternatives exist to the traditional MFA workshop? Anyone who's been paying attention knows that lots of ink and plenty of pixels have been spilled over just these questions. Unfortunately, no one's come up with a definitive answer -- until now! Listen as Colter, Rafael, and Greg definitely put the matter to rest.
On this episode of the Switchback podcast, fellow MFAer Alyssa comes in to talk with Ian and Greg about her experience working at 826 Valencia, a San Francisco non-profit "dedicated to helping children and young adults develop writing skills and to helping teachers inspire their students to write." Over the course of their conversation, the podcast crew talks about the Google Impact Challenge, the unselfconscious creativity of kids, and scurvy.
It's award season! The Man Booker prize was awarded to Jamaican author Marlon James, and the shortlists for the National Book Awards were announced. Your hosts talk about that for a little while. Also! The MFA in Creative Writing at USF recently held a SUPER STUPENDOUS AMAZING faculty reading of works in progress. If you weren't able to make it, you can live vicariously through your hosts this week: Greg, Melissa, and Rafael.
Ian, Greg, and Stan discuss the recent awarding of the Nobel Prize in Literature to Belarussian writer Svetlana Alexievich. Then they debate how much we should care about literary prizes in the first place. Later in the episode, the gang discusses their favorite banned books, because banned books week wasn't too long ago. Incidentally, Greg manages to set a new record for longest series of technical difficulties at the start of the episode. Be amazed!
Anthony, a first-year poet in the program, joins Greg in the studio. The two hosts talk about the city of San Francisco, as well as Litquake, a literary festival that's taking place all throughout the city this month (www.litquake.org/).
Fellow MFAer Allison Rodriguez comes into the studio to talk with Ian and Greg about interning at ZYZZYVA, a literary magazine based in downtown San Francisco. You may have heard of it. Note: Ian's mic sounds tinny for about the first ten minutes, but eventually gets fixed. Sorry 'bout that.
What do editors at publishing houses do? Well, it depends on what kind of editor you're talking about. In the first of what are sure to be several episodes on the topic of Life After MFA, Ian and Greg talk about life working as an editor in the publishing industry.
In this episode of the Switchback podcast, author Lily Iona Mackenzie comes into the studio to talk about her latest book, Fling!, released earlier this summer by Pen-L Publishing. After reading a selection from the book, Lily talks with hosts Greg Poulos and Stan O'Neill about the craft of writing, the importance of being a shapeshifter, and why we bother to read and write at all. Purchase Fling! at Pen-L Publishing: www.pen-l.com/Fling.html
What book would you delete from the literary canon? What would you put in its place? Greg has some wishy-washy choices, while Ian makes no bones about his.
Ian and Greg celebrate Tax Day, chat about the panels at this year's AWP conference in Minneapolis, and a lady in an elevator asks Ian if he's a writer.
"Cowboy, Don't" by Aaron Shurin, read by Virginia Barrett. "Cowboy, Don't" originally appeared in Switchback Issue 13. www.swback.com
"Umbilical" by Lisa Beebe, read by Ian Jacoby. "Umbilical" originally appeared in Switchback Issue 19. www.swback.com
"birds who eat flowers" by Ali Lanzetta and "The B-Boy" by Martha Grover, read by Joseph Gordon. Both poems originally appeard in Switchback Issue 11: Process vs. Product. http://swback.com/
"The Mermaid Behind the Glass" by John F. Buckley and Martin Ott and "Manuals for Trains" by Rebecca Morgan Frank from Switchback Issue 18, read by Ryan O'Toole. www.swback.com
"Shooting Start" by Tyler Sage, read by Joe Ransom. From Switchback Issue 17: Broken. www.swback.com
"Abundant Life" by Kian Razi, read by Allison Rodriguez From Switchback Magazine Issue 7 www.swback.com
"Topography" by Maggie Blake and "Anger" Heather Angier read by Cassie Duggan. Both poems originally published in Switchback Issue 18: Rising. www.swback.com
"A Lifted Idea" by Jim Nelson, read by Greg Poulos. Originally published in Switchback Issue 7: Accident vs. Design. www.swback.com
"Charon" by Cezarija Abartis read by Valerie Sedig. Originally published in Switchback 18: Rising. www.swback.com
"A Case of the Puncs" by Andrew McLinden read by Charlie Kennedy. Originally published in Switchback 16: Current. www.swback.com.
"Little Bird" by Constance Ford read by Juli C. Lasselle. Originally published in Switchback 16: Current. www.swback.com. Music by the Parking Lots.
"Anonymous" by Michael James Rizza read by Juli C. Lasselle. Originally published in Switchback 15: Rosita. www.swback.com. Music by the Parking Lots.
[Cowboy, don't] and STATION by Aaron Shurin, read by Stephen Novotny. Originally published in Switchback 13: Intuition vs. Logic. Visit www.swback.com for more information. Music by the Parking Lots.
"Standing in line for the Alexander McQueen Exhibit at the Metropolitan Museum of Art" by Alex Stolis, ready by John Gibbs. Originally published in Switchback 15: Rosita.
"Parade" by Juliet Grable read by Lina Shustarovich. Originally published in Switchback 15: Rosita. www.swback.com.
"Blue Boy" by Louis Bourgeois read by Catherine Wargo Roberts. "Blue Boy" was originally published in Switchback 16: Rosita. www.swback.com. Music by the Parking Lots www.myspace.com/theparkinglots
"On Grass" by Elizabeth Robinson read by Ryan O'Toole. Originally published in Switchback 14: Global vs. Local. www.swback.com. Music provided by the Parking Lots (www.myspace.com/theparkinglots)
"It Was a Mild Form" by Robin Demers read by Aysegul Savas, originally published in Switchback Issue 6: Dialectic vs Antinomy. www.swback.com. Music by the Parking Lots www.myspace.com/theparkinglots.
"The Sad Sentence" by Andrew McLinden as read by Kate Folk. Originally published in Switchback 14: Global vs. Local. www.swback.com. Music by the Parking Lots www.myspace.com/theparkinglots
Kristin Seabolt reads and discusses "Like Nothing" by Robyn Carter, originally published in Switchback 14: Global vs. Local. Music by the Parking Lots. www.myspace.com/theparkinglots. www.swback.com
"Tracings & Carbons", "Ad Nauseam", "New Shapes" by Micah Ballard read by Stephen Novotny. Poems originally published in Switchback Issue 9: Horizontal vs. Vertical. www.swback.com. Music by The Parking Lots. www.myspace.com/theparkinglots.
Associate nonfiction editor Catherine Wargo Roberts reads and discusses "Polar Bear Perils" by Melodie Corrigall, the winner of the November flash contest. www.swback.com. Music by the Parking Lots (www.myspace.com/theparkinglots)
Maureen Alsop reads and discusses 0909_far_50, her recent collaboration with Joshua Gottlieb Miller and Sparky Campanella.
For the December episode of Switchback: Audio vs. Visual, Associate Fiction Editor Juli C. Lasselle reads and discusses "Jess & Jain" by Candra Kolodziej, originally published in Switchback Issue 13: Intuition vs. Logic.
"Spanking Without a Cause" by Kevin Killian read by Jorge Cino. "Spanking Without a Cause" appeared in Switchback Issue 10.
"The Sympathizer" by David Booth read by Aysegul Savas.
On this edition of Switchback: Audio vs. Visual, poetry editor Karen Biscopink reads and discusses three poems by Todd Melicker, "Wait", "Tremble" and "Brittle", originally published in Switchback Issue 1: Tradition vs. Experimentation.
"The Joys of Watching a Dog Fall Apart" by Matt Farrell read by Michelle Boise. "The Joys of Watching a Dog Fall Apart" appeared in Switchback Issue 13.
“Twelve Minutes” by Marream Krollos read by Stephen Beachy. "Twelve Minutes" by Marream Krollos originally appeared in Switchback Issue 8 Stillness vs. Frenzy. www.swback.com.
Switchback editors Kelci and Keith discuss the poem 9 rooms including 0 by Nicholas Leaskou.