We did it! THE William Shakespeare - for our one year anniversary episode! Join us and the Bard for a celebration complete with our very own author themed Tinder game! Listen HERE.
April 8th, 2020
Episode 2: Elizabeth Barrett Browning
She's the OG Poetry Superstar! This week, meet Elizabeth Barrett Browning, poetess extraordinaire, translator, language learner, eloper, and social justice warrior! Celebrate National Poetry Month with this remarkable woman poet! Listen HERE.
April 15th, 2020
Episode 3: Hildegard of Bingen
Ever dreamed of being a mystic, author, botanist, musician, playwright/composer, preacher, healer, historian, and music therapist? If you said, yes, then take a few tips from this week's featured author: Hildegard of Bingen. If you said no, then enjoy this episode! Listen HERE.
April 22nd, 2020
Episode 4: J.M. Barrie
Come to Neverland with us! We're off to explore the life of Scottish author, creator of a true modern myth, and captivator of imaginations: J.M. Barrie! Listen HERE.
April 29th, 2020
Episode 5: Alexandre Dumas
"All for one, one for all, that is our device!" That's right! We're doing the author of The Three Musketeers and The Count of Monte Cristo (along with 1,326 other volumes of material!) Alexandre Dumas - but don't worry - we're only doing the highlights! Listen HERE.
May 6th, 2020
Episode 6: Victor Hugo
Alors! We're back in France to discuss Victor Hugo, author of Les Miserables and The Hunchback of Notre Dame, among many other lengthy works! With side trips to exile, the occult, and revolution, how could you not want to learn more? Listen HERE.
May 13th, 2020
Episode 7: Willa Cather
Feeling a bit spiritually tired? Like you need a literary hug? This week's author is a beautiful blend of bold stances, love, and the essence of American Writing and is just the ticket: Willa Cather, everyone! Listen HERE.
May 20th, 2020
Episode 8: Jack Kerouac
Join us On the Road with Beat poet & author, Jack Kerouac! Famed and fabled, we take a look at the complex relationship this author had with his publicity and work, with pit stops in Queens, Haikus, and Football! Listen HERE.
May 27th, 2020
Episode 9: Audre Lorde
Audre Lorde: black, feminist, lesbian, poet - among so many other things. We explore the wildly intersectional work and remarkable legacy of a voice we needed then and certainly now. Listen HERE.
June 2nd, 2020
Episode 10: Truman Capote
Truman Capote embodies the beauty & exuberance that is Pride month, but also the intense struggle of being gay in America. This week, we cover the author of 'In Cold Blood' and 'Breakfast at Tiffany's' with a side trip to the Party of the Century! Listen HERE.
June 9th, 2020
Episode 11: Lorraine Hansberry
Lorraine Hansberry simultaneously spoke to the Black American experience, while shattering all conventions of that experience in her own work. She used her voice to make change, inspire others and, "create my life, not just accept it." We celebrate her remarkable life and legacy in this episode. Listen HERE.
June 16th, 2020
Episode 12: Tennessee Williams
Maybe you guessed it: we're featuring Tennessee Williams this week! Hop aboard our tour that takes us to the South, Midwest, and East Coast, exploring the lore that makes up the life of this legend! Listen HERE.
June 23rd, 2020
Episode 13: Virginia Woolf
Who's afraid? Certainly not us! In continuing our Pride celebration, we discuss the gender-bending, genre-defying life and career of Virginia Woolf! Listen HERE.
June 30th, 2020
Episode 14: Washington Irving
It's your favorite historian, short story writing, war secretary, inventor of Christmas and creator of modern comic lore: Washington Irving! Join us this week for the colorful, trivia-peppered life of one of America's (as the United States) earliest authors! Listen HERE.
July 8th, 2020
Episode 15: Gabriel García Márquez
It's truly "Love in the Time of Corona" - sorry - "Cholera" this week as we discuss the life of Columbian/World Traveling Author, Gabriel García Márquez! There's plenty of sites, supernatural references, and guest appearances by Bill Clinton & Fidel Castro! Listen HERE.
July 14th, 2020
Episode 16: William Faulkner
Join us on our trip to Oxford, MS and other Southern spots as we trace the odd, interesting life of William Faulkner - documenter of Southern heritage and lover of pipes! Listen HERE.
July 21st, 2020
Episode 17: Margaret Mitchell
A true rebel, woman of gumption: Margaret Mitchell, author of Gone with the Wind. This week, we learn about and from Mitchell's life of change. Both making it and being a part of it! Listen HERE.
July 29th, 2020
Episode 18: Sarah Orne Jewett
We're taking the vacation you never got to this summer: We're off to South Berwick, Maine to enjoy the flowers, front yards, and local color brought to us by Sarah Orne Jewett's life & writing! Listen HERE.
August 5th, 2020
Episode 18 1/2: Back to School Special: Student Conversation
Join us for Part I of our 'Back to School Special' episode! We have a conversation with three recent high school graduates about their experiences in English classes, why we read what we read, and how literature shapes our culture and our lives. Listen HERE.
August 7th, 2020
Episode 19: Tolkien & Lewis (Live!)
Another pair of heavy hitters in the fantasy world: C.S. Lewis & J.R.R. Tolkien! Join us an our LIVE audience as we journey into Middle Earth and through the wardrobe in our quest to explore these extraordinary authors!! Listen HERE.
August 11th, 2020
Episode 19 1/2: Back to School Special: Teacher Conversation
In the second part of our Back to School Special, we speak with two other educators - guest host Katie Sall and Dillin Randolph to get their takes on teaching: what we teach, how we teach it, and why! We're not claiming to have all the answers, but there are definitely some wonderful ones on this episode. Listen HERE.
August 14th, 2020
Episode 20: Aphra Behn
Have you ever dreamed of being a playwright-poet-spy-theatre artist? Good news - you can learn about opportunities in this career field from this week's featured author, Aphra Behn! It's quite a journey, so join us for the ride! Listen HERE.
August 18th, 2020
Episode 21: Ralph Ellison
Jon takes over this week, bringing us his research on the oft overlooked and reputationally controversial author of essays, short stories, and novel (Invisible Man), Ralph Ellison! Listen HERE.
August 25th, 2020
Episode 22: John Keats
This episode is indeed an Ode to Autumn and to poet and Romantic with a capital 'R', John Keats! Come along with us as we explore the brief, bright life of this extraordinary talent! Listen HERE.