Best creative nonfiction podcasts we could find (Updated August 2017)
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The Creative Nonfiction Podcast with Brendan O'Meara
 
Conversations with the world's best artists about creating works of nonfiction and how you can apply their tools of mastery to your own work.
 
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Between The Covers : Author Interviews : Today's Best Writers in Fiction, Nonfiction & Poetry -host David Naimon KBOO 90.7FM : A radio podcast on creative writing, craft & books (literary, genre-bending, experimental, fantastical, science fiction)
 
Interviews with writers. Hosted by writer and radio host (Between the Covers–KBOO 90.7FM), David Naimon
 
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PodLit: The Podcast of Creative Nonfiction
 
Welcome to PodLit, the podcast brought to you by the literary journal Creative Nonfiction
 
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You Must Remember This
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You Must Remember This is a storytelling podcast exploring the secret and/or forgotten histories of Hollywood’s first century. It’s the brainchild and passion project of Karina Longworth (founder of Cinematical.com, former film critic for LA Weekly), who writes, narrates, records and edits each episode. It is a heavily-researched work of creative nonfiction: navigating through conflicting reports, mythology, and institutionalized spin, Karina tries to sort out what really happened behind the ...
 
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Behind the Prose
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Behind the Prose explores and illuminates the craft of writing and its process through interviews with emerging and established writers. The podcast is released weekly and hosted by Keysha Whitaker. Visit behindtheprose.com for upcoming guests, news, and essays on writing.Listen. Learn. Write.
 
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In Her Room
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Conversations with women about being a writer and having a life. This isn't just an interview podcast -- this is intimate, honest, and thought-provoking. We are building on a community of writers, and want you to be involved. Grab a drink, settle in, and join us for laughter, tears, and more.
 
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So You Want To Be A Writer with Valerie Khoo and Allison Tait: Australian Writers' Centre podcast
 
Valerie Khoo and Allison Tait, both successful journalists and authors, bring you the latest in news, opportunities, trends – and gossip – in the world of writing blogging and publishing. Whether you love the creative inspiration of Elizabeth Gilbert, the life-hacking non-fiction of Tim Ferriss or the phenomena that is JK Rowling, you’ll find it here.
 
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I Better Start Writing This Down
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Stories and Sound Design by Joe Stracci. I leave a lot out when I tell the truth.
 
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Sound Africa
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SOUND AFRICA is a new space for creative non-fiction from the African continent. We are licensed by the Composers Authors & Publishers Association of South Africa
 
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The Turtle Book Club Podcast
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The Turtle Book Club is a podcast for people who love to wander through books. Come and get lost with comedian Bisha K Ali & researcher Sadaf Fahim. Leave pretentiousness at the door. There are no stupid questions except "Are there stupid questions?" If you like sweary, wonky thinking and joy - you're in the right place.
 
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[MOVED] You Must Remember This
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You Must Remember This is a storytelling podcast exploring the secret and/or forgotten histories of Hollywood’s first century. It’s the brainchild and passion project of Karina Longworth (founder of Cinematical.com, former film critic for LA Weekly), who writes, narrates, records and edits each episode. It is a heavily-researched work of creative nonfiction: navigating through conflicting reports, mythology, and institutionalized spin, Karina tries to sort out what really happened behind the ...
 
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Rock, Paper, Pencil
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A writing show with J. Maureen Henderson and James Foreman.
 
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More to the Story
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A podcast all about creative nonfiction, telling true stories and sharing them with the world. Excerpts of true, personal stories and interviews with their authors. Hosted by Janna Marlies Maron, editor & publisher of Under the Gum Tree magazine.
 
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Word Riot
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Good writing. No remorse.
 
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You Must Remember This
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You Must Remember This is a storytelling podcast exploring the secret and/or forgotten histories of Hollywood’s first century. It’s the brainchild and passion project of Karina Longworth (founder of Cinematical.com, former film critic for LA Weekly), who writes, narrates, records and edits each episode. It is a heavily-researched work of creative nonfiction: navigating through conflicting reports, mythology, and institutionalized spin, Karina tries to sort out what really happened behind the ...
 
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Daniel Nester's Shadercast
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Writer, teacher, husband, dad, Queen fan, inappropriate, dilletante flâneur, Shader.
 
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Now Here This
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student-produced audio storytelling
 
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First Draft: A Dialogue on Writing
 
In writing, a first draft is where creativity flows, a story takes root and the voice of a writer emerges. First Draft: A Dialogue on Writing highlights the voices of writers as they discuss their work, their craft and the literary arts. This show hosted by Mitzi Rapkin will primarily feature fiction and non-fiction authors along with occasional poets, screenplay writers, playwrights and songwriters. First Draft is a celebration of the craft of writing and the individuals who are dedicated t ...
 
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The Bookshelf
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The Bookshelf features authors from around New Hampshire and the region, as well as books about New Hampshire by authors from anywhere. Covering mostly fiction, creative nonfiction, and poetry, it also features literary conferences, events and trends. Hosted by Peter Biello, The Bookshelf airs every other Friday on All Things Considered. What's on your bookshelf? Let us know by sending an email to books@nhpr.org .
 
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Generations Literary Podcast
 
Generations Literary Journal’s Founding Editor Kiala Givehand interviews literary luminaries who are shaping the landscape by publishing fiction, poetry, and creative non fiction. Guests share their trials and triumphs as they navigate the world of manuscript development, literary journals, rejection, and the road to publication. Writers share their tips and strategies for crafting great writing and creating a literary life. Topics covered can include: writing, publication, literature, poetr ...
 
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Published by Creatives | Book Recommendations
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Published by Creatives, hosted by Kinsey Roberts, is a weekly book recommendation & discussion show dedicated to highlighting women authors from the traditional and self-published spaces. In addition to book talk, I like to throw in some pop culture references when it makes sense (because hello, can you even discuss Jane Austen without mentioning Colin Firth?). Hot new releases, the classics, oldies but goodies, fiction & non-fiction....it's all fair game on Published by Creatives!
 
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PIERSON TO PERSON
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Longtime documentary and non-fiction TV producer Brent Pierson talks with a variety of colorful people about everything from living in Los Angeles and working in the entertainment business and other interesting fields to creative expression, pursuing one's passion, and the many nuances of the human condition.
 
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An Artist's Life Podcast
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I have written 5 novels, 2 non-fiction books, been practicing Martial Arts for fitness and self-defence for a while - Muay Thai for 8 years under founder of RukThai Camp Master Danny Kapoor, and Jiu Jitsu for almost 2 years being awarded my blue belt from Roger Gracie. I have a sole focus of enriching the wider world through my own unique creative expression. This podcast is to help anyone be a better artist, and human being.
 
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By The River
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This is the extended audio podcast version of BY THE RIVER, a non-fiction movie by Kevin Ford. A young man, Ellar Coltrane, travels the Western U.S. with an audio recorder, gathering sounds of the world and conversations about life, creativity, and personal growth with people he meets along the way. This podcast series features poetry by Justin David Stone and Sound Design & Original Music by Brian Dillon & Michael Barnhart.To watch the film please visit: https://vimeo.com/ondemand/bytheriver
 
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Jim Kelly's Free Reads
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Welcome to Free Reads, where Hugo and Nebula award winning author James Patrick Kelly podcasts his fiction and non-fiction under a Creative Commons 3.0 license.
 
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Let Me Tell You a Story with Steve and Becky Lyles
 
Steve and Becky Lyles read stories, essays, poems, jokes and quotes to inspire and enliven your day. Becky writes award-winning fiction under the name Rebecca Carey Lyles and nonfiction under Becky Lyles, and Steve composes poems and vignettes of daily life. Becky's books include Winds of Wyoming, Winds of Freedom, It's a God Thing, On a Wing and a Prayer, and Passageways: A Short Story Collection. But they don't just read their own work. Each podcast also includes the stories and thoughts o ...
 
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Bold Signals
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Behind every scientific innovation and discovery are the efforts of a diverse group of hard-working, dedicated people. Beneath every conversation about the structure, function, laws, and theories of science are people using their skill, knowledge, and creativity to make incremental advances to human knowledge. Between the lines of every scientific article, snippet of science reporting, and all scientific nonfiction are people boldly working against frustration, and uncertainty.From students, ...
 
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Idomen, or The Vale of Yumuri by BROOKS, Maria Gowen
 
Idomen (1843) is the creative-nonfiction memoir of the beautiful and brilliant American poetess Maria Gowen Brooks, who was compared in the 19th century to Byron and Swinburne. In it she tells the story of an ill-fated love affair she had twenty years earlier while traveling with her young son in Canada following the death of her much older husband. The traumatic breakup led to suicide attempts on her part, which romantic masochist Brooks byronically relates in full, albeit changing everybod ...
 
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Life Out Loud Podcast
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Life Out Loud is a literary nonfiction podcast series that features real students' stories. Born in a John Jay College Creative Nonfiction writing classroom in the Fall, 2015 semester, Life Out Loud seeks to diversify the perspectives typically shared in the CNF genre. Our project aims to amplify voices seldom heard though artful truth-telling simply because we believe that all stories matter; we make them, and they make us.
 
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Unknown Words with Matthew Anderson
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"Unknown Words" is a bi-monthly podcast dedicated to highlighting the work of unpublished or lesser known writers. Each episode, Matthew reads a either a short story, creative non-fiction, or works of poetry then interviews the writer to gain some insight into the work's composition and just maybe that of the author's.
 
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Textual Feelings
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A monthly conversation about creative non-fiction, prose poetry and queer feminisms. Each episode will focus on one book that blurs, or messes with, boundaries - be those of literary genre, gender norms, or even chronological time. Hosted by Matty Hemming and Rosie Haward.
 
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Write Spot with Dunedin UNESCO City of Literature
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In 2014, Dunedin became a UNESCO City of Literature and a member of the wider Creative Communities Network.It’s all about connecting with readers through libraries, schools, bookshops, festivals, workshops, events, performances, exhibitions and more. We celebrate our wonderful writers of fiction and non-fiction, poets, oral storytellers, playwrights, screenwriters and lyricists.Every fortnight on Otago Access Radio’s OARsome Morning Show, Write Spot takes a look at how our city is embracing ...
 
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Gardens! Plants! Growing things! Can we do it? Probably not! But we read books about it anyway. We talk about houseplants we’ve killed, the appeal of beautiful pictures of plants, and failing to grow things. Plus: Another chance to enter our contest! You can download the podcast directly, find it on Libsyn, or get it through iTunes, Stitcher, G ...…
 
With us this week is Michelle Nickolaisen of Bombchelle.com, freelancer, creative and woman-about-the-internet. 0:30 Michelle’s favorite nerdy thing: D&D live play podcasts. The Adventure Zone, Friends at the Table, Godsfall for the diversity and the writing/creative skill involved.5:00 The comparisons between indie creatives and freelancers or ...…
 
Did you know that today, August 9th, is National Book Lovers Day?! Kyrie and Cori decided to have their launch date today, because they love books! So, welcome back and thanks for listening. In this episode, Kyrie and Cori start discussing their book recommendations to each other while enjoying Kyrie’s tea selection of Brew la la organic ginger ...…
 
Born and raised in metro New York, Charles Joseph lives and writes deep in the heart of New Jersey. Peppered by a battery of life experiences—good, great, bad, and worse—Charles is the author of NO OUTLET (a novel) that he’s currently shopping to agents and publishers, a number of poetry chapbooks that have been well received, and Chameleon (Om ...…
 
My guest this week is musician, performer, and artist Michael Boothby. The Friday before this episode was recorded, Michael and I had the opportunity to play some music together, and this episode definitely feels like a jam session between two creative hearts. Michael and I are both fans of the non-fiction works of Steven Pressfield (we fanboy ...…
 
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Read Me Podcast
 
Nick isn’t a nonfiction person. So to get him to try a little betterment, I had to use the power of Buzz Lightyear to compel him.This time we tackle, “Creativity, Inc.: Overcoming the Unseen Forces That Stand in the Way of True Inspiration,” a.k.a “A Book by One of the Dudes Who Started Pixar.”We laughed, we learned and Rachel was completely wr ...…
 
Sponsored By: Christian Standard Bible: Today's show is brought to you by The Christian Standard Bible. Offering an optimal blend of accuracy and readability, the CSB helps readers make a deeper connection with God’s Word and inspires lifelong discipleship. The CSB is equally suited for serious study or sharing with your neighbor hearing God’s ...…
 
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Write to Survive Podcast
 
In this episode I interview journalist, author, and fashionista Sanya Ali on how her career goals have been shaped by her dual disciplines, as well as the way identity influences our writing life. Also: An overview of Creative Nonfiction, the NYT Nonfiction Bestsellers, news in the world of nonfiction and memoir, and upcoming opportunities for ...…
 
The publishing world is evolving, and no one knows quite when it will end and what it will look like. As a writer, you’ve probably been spotting new trends, new entry points, new expectations, new leaders, and new technology, wondering how you can possibly keep up with all that change. Well, you’re not alone. Everyone’s seeing all that new—all ...…
 
Valentina Valentini is a freelance journalist who was based in Los Angeles for eight years writing about the entertainment industry for the likes of Vanity Fair, Variety, and Mashable. Recently, she put her belongings in storage and began the life of a digital nomad, writing personal essays, travel pieces, cultural and human interest stories an ...…
 
It's time to banish the poor author back to the garret and explode the myths of the penniless creative. Choose the model of Picasso and Michelangelo, merging creativity and business to get your words out in the world, change lives and grow your bank account. We live in the best time in history to be a writer and in today's show, Jeff Goins and ...…
 
I was struck by one theme that kept appearing in the past 100 Business of Story episodes – How stories transport us. A true story well told connects emotionally and inspires. It moves people. Aligns teams. Connects with customers. Grows revenue. And will amplify your impact. [caption id="attachment_23298" align="aligncenter" width="600"] Image ...…
 
Today's episode is the Facebook live broadcast for Fuel Fridays in my FB group. To join our writers' group, go to bit.ly/oycgroup. One of my sources for creative inspiration are the magazines, Harper's and The New Yorker. They inspire me to create but they also fill up my creativity tank. I get ideas for my writing but also see things in a new ...…
 
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The Creative Nonfiction Podcast with Brendan O'Meara
 
Joe Donahue hosts The Book Show and The Roundtable for WAMC Northeast Public Radio out of Albany, New York. He's the best interviewer you've likely never heard of, and it was a distinct pleasure to speak with him again."My job really is to present a person and get to the bottom of them, if you will," he says, "and ask questions that hopefully p ...…
 
House Conspiracy's Jonathan O'Brien talks with author Tamara Lazaroff about developing as a writer, the origins of inspiration, and 'Macedonian-ness'. Tamara Lazaroff is an emerging writer of fiction and creative non-fiction based in Brisbane. Her work has been published, performed and broadcast in Australia, New Zealand and the U.K. She is cur ...…
 
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Between The Covers : Author Interviews : Today's Best Writers in Fiction, Nonfiction & Poetry -host David Naimon KBOO 90.7FM : A radio podcast on creative writing, craft & books (literary, genre-bending, experimental, fantastical, science fiction)
 
“A powerful & memorable meditation on the social & economic value of art in a world ruled by the pursuit of power.”-Publisher’s Weekly; In the court of the King, everyone knows their place. But as the Artist wins hearts & egos with his ballads, uncomfortable truths emerge that shake the Kingdom to its core. Part surreal fable & part crime roman ...…
 
Sponsored By: Christian Standard Bible: Today's show is brought to you by The Christian Standard Bible. Offering an optimal blend of accuracy and readability, the CSB helps readers make a deeper connection with God’s Word and inspires lifelong discipleship. The CSB is equally suited for serious study or sharing with your neighbor hearing God’s ...…
 
Do you ever feel judged by others because you’ve not had a child? Not surprisingly, many women feel this judgment of “assumptions” behind the choices or circumstances that have determined their situation. One woman decided to take on those judgmental scenarios, so she did something about it. She wrote a novel which explores many of the situatio ...…
 
We all have limited time, and part of being a successful author is knowing what to focus on. In today's show, I talk to Rachel Aaron about how to write more words faster, edit and publish carefully, and how to decide which marketing strategies will work for your books. In the intro, I reflect on walking 50km last weekend, the launch of How to M ...…
 
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Lancaster Story Slam podcast
 
Welcome to the Lancaster Story Slam podcast! Our June Story Slam was themed “Awkward Pause!” We had so much fun listening to stories about those awkward moments in people’s lives. It was fascinating to hear people’s takes on this theme and we’ve chosen three of our favorite stories from the night. First up, Tony Crocamo won the Story Slam with ...…
 
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The Creative Nonfiction Podcast with Brendan O'Meara
 
Sonja Livingston stopped by The Creative Nonfiction Podcast to talk about her award-winning memoir “Ghostbread.” She was also gracious enough to read from three short chapters. It’s about family and growing up in poverty.“[My family] hasn’t tried to kill me, but they haven’t thrown me a party either,” Sonja says.This episode is layered and a bi ...…
 
"The War Of Art" Book Review (With Many From 2000 Books) If you reguarly watch this YouTube channel you've probably heard me talking about "The War Of Art" before and how important this book was to my career. This book literally changed a lot of things for me, especially when it comes to getting things done and not wanting everything to be alwa ...…
 
We had tons of great information on the show today, thanks to our experienced guest, Joanna Penn. You probably already know Joanna from The Creative Penn podcast and blog, but if you don’t, she’s a self-published thriller author, as well as the author of several non-fiction books on self-publishing and marketing. Right now, she’s releasing a ne ...…
 
Welcome to the seventy-seventh episode of the Heart + Hustle podcast. We're talking to Janna Marlies Maron of Under The Gum Tree magazine about her work in independent publishing and creative storytelling. Janna shares the story of how she saw a need for a niche and created an outlet for creative non-fiction authors. She talks about her job as ...…
 
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The Creative Nonfiction Podcast with Brendan O'Meara
 
"What writer at my age gets to have parents be dead? I don't have to worry about what they think!" says Nikki Schulak.I suggest visiting Nikki's website and then perusing her extensive archive of essays. In this episode we talk about how stories come to her, how she stays attuned to the world, naked bike rides, and the power of performing for a ...…
 
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No Extra Words: the flash fiction podcast
 
I loved my chat with Jim Szabo, host of the Second Hand Stories podcast. We chatted about the inspiration for our shows, how we deal with submissions and what our pet peeves are, how much we love our writers, our recording spaces, and so much more. Here's some links to the things we talked about. Camp Nanowrimo The Ira Glass video on taste and ...…
 
Elizabeth Greenwood is the author of PLAYING DEAD: A Journey Through the World of Death Fraud, a nonfiction book about people who have faked their deaths. Her writing has appeared in The Believer, Rhapsody, O Magazine,Guernica,VICE and the digital editions of The New Yorker, The Atlantic and Esquire. She teaches creative nonfiction at Columbia ...…
 
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Speaking of Partnership: Personal Stories of the Power and Payoffs of Partnership
 
Mirabai Starr writes creative non-fiction and contemporary translations of sacred literature. She taught Philosophy and World Religions at the University of New Mexico-Taos for 20 years and now teaches and speaks internationally on contemplative practice and inter-spiritual dialog. As a certified bereavement counselor, Mirabai helps mourners ha ...…
 
In Part Two of this file the associate editor and lexicographer at Merriam-Webster, and acclaimed author of the book Word by Word: The Secret Life of Dictionaries, Kory Stamper, paid me a visit to talk about being a celebrity word nerd, how she manages her time between the dictionary and her own writing, and the pending “pencil apocalypse.” Thi ...…
 
In Part Two of this file the associate editor and lexicographer at Merriam-Webster, and acclaimed author of the book Word by Word: The Secret Life of Dictionaries, Kory Stamper, paid me a visit to talk about being a celebrity word nerd, how she manages her time between the dictionary and her own writing, and the pending “pencil apocalypse.” Thi ...…
 
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Between The Covers : Author Interviews : Today's Best Writers in Fiction, Nonfiction & Poetry -host David Naimon KBOO 90.7FM : A radio podcast on creative writing, craft & books (literary, genre-bending, experimental, fantastical, science fiction)
 
Gregory Pardlo “explores what is American, what is African American, what is the Other, what is city, what is suburban, what is personal & what is persona. Digest offers a changing, rich landscape of verse both haunting, funny, & rigorously intellectual–Jerry Magazine; He “renders history just as clearly & palpably as he renders NYC or Copenhag ...…
 
Authors as diverse as Henry James, Winston Churchill, Barbara Cartland, and Dan Brown have used dictation to write their first drafts, and with the development of ever-more precise software, many authors are moving into dictation to speed up writing and maintain their health. In today's show, I talk to Scott Baker about his tips for dictation a ...…
 
Andre Dubus III, author the memoir Townie and the novels House of Sand and Fog and Dirty Love, stopped by the podcast to talk about memoir, the essay, and writing in general."The truth is, if you want to write or create anything worth a damn, you better embrace failure or you're not going to get to the good stuff. You gotta learn to love how ha ...…
 
At nineteen years old, Jaquelle has published her first book with Crossway, written for Desiring God, and helps lead a workshop for writers. Listen in and learn from this writing veteran. I sure did! Sponsored By: Christian Standard Bible: Today's show is brought to you by The Christian Standard Bible. Offering an optimal blend of accuracy and ...…
 
Today I got to have a conversation with Rachel Maskell. Rachel is an entrepreneur, a mom, and a boss. Appropriately, her company is called Mum Boss. She does a podcast and offers amazing little mom boxes that facilitate self-care. This was a really great interview because we got underneath the hood of some of the beliefs that we carry as women ...…
 
Join the Boys & I on a journey deep into the heart of darkness, where we gaze into the precipice of The Void and find it welcoming. Marvel as The Void speaks thusly: "Whoa! Hey, lighten up dudes! Jesus! It's just a video game conference. Goddamn."Delight in the failure of The Boys & I to stay on topic, or to operate basic video equipment despit ...…
 
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The Creative Nonfiction Podcast with Brendan O'Meara
 
Jessica Abel is a cartoonist, a teacher, a writer, and a podcaster and her latest book, Growing Gills: How to Find Creative Focus When You're Drowning in Your Daily Life, is her latest project.I came across her kick-ass, 200-page, black-and-white graphic book Out on the Wire: The Storytelling Secrets of the New Masters of Radio and reached out ...…
 
Episode 40 of the Imagine Otherwise podcast. What would happen if we designed art exhibitions around social justice community organizing principles? How can collaboration between artists, curators, scholars, and participants generate a radical art making experience? In Episode 40 of the Imagine Otherwise podcast, host Cathy Hannabach interviews ...…
 
Matthew Turner is an author & storyteller who works with entrepreneurs, founders & creative thinkers to build thriving businesses that light a fire within them.After interviewing 163 authority figures, Matthew’s unearthed how successful people overcome failure and adversity, not only ensuring they don’t ruin their livelihood but craft their gre ...…
 
Michael Muhammed Knight writes this book from a first-person perspective, as a piece of creative non-fiction. The book includes a liberal amount of swearing and sexual references, and Knight’s writing style is raw, sometimes jarring, but smart and sophisticated. Indeed…
 
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