We're headed ALL the way back to the Greek Island of Lesbos to celebrate the exquisite, striking, and extraordinary poetry of Sappho, often just referred to as 'The Poetess' because she was THAT good! Join us as we attempt to piece together the various fragments of her poetry and her life! Listen HERE.
June 16th, 2021
Episode 114: Albert Camus
This week, we welcome guest Mark Frale to discuss and explore the controversial, colorful life of the 2nd youngest Nobel Prize for Literature Winner, Albert Camus (with plenty of Greek Myth references and conspiracy theories to boot)! Listen HERE.
June 8th, 2021
Episode 113: Gore Vidal
Jon takes us through the wild life of Gore Vidal as we kick off pride month and celebrate LGBTQ+ authors, ft. world travels due to exile, pen names, and a few fights (verbal and physical)... Listen HERE.
June 1st, 2021
Episode 112: Justin Chin
This week, we take a look at Justin Chin - a spoken word and performance art creator, poet, and author who also helped explore the modern intersectional nature of immigration stories, LGBTQ+ communities, and inequity. He used his voice as a signal for change, and his legacy lives on today. Listen HERE.
May 24th, 2021
Episode 111: Hisaye Yamamoto
This week, learn about the legacy of Hisaye Yamamoto, an extraordinary Japanese-American author with a harrowing experience in the Interment Camps of WWII. Her work captured the experiences of so many whose narratives were typically ignored as she fought for justice over the course of her life. Listen HERE.
May 18th, 2021
Episode 110: Pearl Buck
This week, we learn about the first American woman to win the Nobel Prize in Literature, among many other accolades and who introduced Western audiences to Asian cultures: Pearl Buck. Jon takes us back and forth between China and the US, unpacking the complex relationship that Pearl shared in her multi-cultural upbringing. Listen HERE.
May 11th, 2021
Episode 109: Miguel de Cervantes
Jon takes over this week and reports out on Miguel de Cervantes, a Spanish author most famous for writing Don Quixote. Also featuring William Shakespeare, pirates, and a series of odd jobs! Listen HERE.
May 4th, 2021
Episode 108: Julia Child
This week, we feature cookbook author, chef, and change maker, Julia Child! We discuss the story and power behind her cook books, along with her role with the pre-CIA and the time she met the creator of the Cesar Salad! Bon Appetite! Listen HERE.
April 27th, 2021
Episode 107: Jess Darnell
In a special feature with a LIVING author this week, we're sitting down with Jess Darnell, an interdisciplinary artist who operates at the intersection of writing, theatre, performance, and Mary Oliver. Join us for this beautiful conversation and a chance to learn more about your inner child, the self-publishing industry, and giving yourself permission to create. Listen HERE.
Adrienne Rich is an intersectionally-oriented activist and poet that we should all read! Her work changed the way women saw themselves in literature, particularly regarding race and gender. Join us to remember a remarkable woman who wouldn't be silenced! Listen HERE.
April 13th, 2021
Episode 105: Lewis Carroll
You're late, you're late, for a very important date! We're headed down the rabbit hole, quite literally, in fact, to explore the life and work of Lewis Carroll, author of Alice's Adventures in Wonderland and the Jabberwocky. Come with us through the looking glass to discover some delightful stories about this remarkable English author. Listen HERE.