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VIDA Voices & Views
VIDA Voices & Views is an interview program designed to call attention to a plurality of voices by conducting both audio and video interviews with writers, editors, publishers, series curators, anthologists, awards committee members, and other dedicated members of the literary community about their own work, vision, and concerns, as well as topics at the forefront of literary activism.
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January 28, 2019 11:59 PM PST

VIDA Voices & Views is proudly brought to you by VIDA: Women in Literary Arts.

Learn more about VIDA: Women in Literary Arts: www.vidaweb.org/

About this Episode:

In this episode of VIDA Voices and Views, produced by R. J. Jeffreys, Melissa Studdard speaks with celebrated poet, author, musician, and playwright, Joy Harjo, who talks about topics ranging from sources of inspiration to the power of language to effect change.

About Joy Harjo:

Poet, author, musician, and playwright Joy Harjo was born in Tulsa, Oklahoma and is a member of the Muscogee (Creek) Nation. Harjo's seven books of poetry include such well-known titles as How We Became Human-New and Selected Poems, The Woman Who Fell From the Sky, and Conflict Resolution for Holy Beings. Among many other reasons, Harjo’s poetry is celebrated for its engagement with feminism and social justice; its examination of the limitations of language; and its use of First Nation histories, myths, and symbols. Harjo is also the author of the transcendent memoir, Crazy Brave, which details her journey to becoming a poet. Her books have garnered numerous awards including the Lifetime Achievement Award from the Native Writers Circle of the Americas, the Josephine Miles Poetry Award, the Wallace Stevens Award from the Academy of American Poets, and the American Indian Distinguished Achievement in the Arts Award. In addition to writing, Harjo is a multi-faceted artist who has released five award-winning CD’s of original music. As well, Harjo is Professor and Chair of Excellence in Creative Writing at the University of Tennessee, Knoxville and is a founding board member of the Native Arts and Cultures Foundation. In 2017, just a few days before this conversation, she was awarded the Ruth Lilly Prize in Poetry.

Learn more about Joy Harjo: www.joyharjo.com/

About the Podcast:

VIDA Voices & Views is a video and audio interview program designed to call attention to a plurality of voices by interviewing writers, editors, publishers, series curators, anthologists, awards committee members, and other dedicated members of the literary community about their own work, vision, and concerns, as well as topics at the forefront of literary activism. The program seeks to contribute to a better understanding of the literary landscape and the issues facing artists of all genders, as well as to foster nuanced conversation about gender parity, race, disability, LGBTQ, economic, and other crucial issues impacting writers today.

Learn more about VIDA Voices & Views: http://www.vidaweb.org/about-vida-voices-views/

About the Production Staff:

Host and Executive Producer, Melissa Studdard, is the author the poetry collection I Ate the Cosmos for Breakfast and the young adult novel Six Weeks to Yehidah. Her short writings have appeared in a wide variety of publications, such as The New York Times, The Guardian, Psychology Today, The Journal, and Poets & Writers. A short film of the title poem from I Ate the Cosmos for Breakfast (by Dan Sickles of Moxie Pictures for Motionpoems) was an official selection for the Trinidad and Tobago Film Festival and the Minneapolis St. Paul International Film Festival. Her awards include the Forward National Literature Award, the International Book Award, the Kathak Literary Award, and more. She received her MFA from Sarah Lawrence College and is a professor for the Lone Star College System.

Learn more about Melissa Studdard: www.melissastuddard.com

Podcast Producer and Digital Audio Media Producer, R.J. Jeffreys, is a published poet, writer, editor, produced playwright, book manuscript consultant and writing coach. He actively works in broadcasting as host of "The Write Step with R.J. Jeffreys" radio interview show; co-host/producer of the "Fearless Writing Masterclass" broadcasts for Author Magazine; and the Senior Producer for Talk Programming at “Tiferet Talk Interviews”. Jeffreys is a contributing editor for the Tiferet Journal. And, was a comedy writer for many, well-known stand-up comedians and celebrities. His "WriteStep" blog was awarded a “Top Ten" Blog for Writing Advice” by Networkedblogs and he is a Web Shorty Award nominee. Jeffreys was appointed Program Organizer and Host of the Boston chapter of the international “100 Thousand Poets for Change Project”. Performed at the historic Boston Public Library, it was simulcast throughout the globe on September 29th, 2012 and then permanently archived by Stanford University.

Learn more about R.J. Jeffreys: www.rjjeffreys.com

October 01, 2018 04:09 PM PDT

VIDA Voices & Views is proudly brought to you by VIDA: Women in Literary Arts.

Learn more about VIDA: Women in Literary Arts: www.vidaweb.org/

ABOUT THIS EPISODE:

This is Part I of a two-part interview. In this episode of VIDA Voices and Views, produced by R. J. Jeffreys, Melissa Studdard interviews poet and filmmaker, Fatimah Asghar, reads from “Pluto Shits on the Universe” and talks about topics ranging from lyrical vulgarity to how to create safe spaces for addressing trauma in the classroom.

ABOUT FATIMAH ASGHAR:

Nationally touring poet, writer, educator, and performer Fatimah Asghar is the author of the chapbook After from Yes Yes Books and the poetry collection, If They Come for Us, forthcoming from One World/ Random House. She is also the writer and co-creator of Brown Girls, a web series that highlights friendships between women of color. Her work has appeared in many journals, including POETRY Magazine, BuzzFeed Reader, and the Academy of American Poets. As well, her work has been featured on PBS, NPR, Time, Teen Vogue, Huffington Post, and other news outlets. In 2011 she created a spoken word poetry group in Bosnia and Herzegovina called REFLEKS while on a Fulbright to study theater in post-genocidal countries. In 2017 she was the recipient of a Ruth Lilly and Dorothy Sargent Rosenberg Fellowship from the Poetry Foundation and was on the Forbes 30 Under 30 list. She is a member of the Dark Noise Collective and a Kundiman Fellow.

To learn more about Fatimah Asghar, please visit: https://www.fatimahasghar.com

*Photograph of Fatimah Asghar by Jason Riker

ABOUT THE PODCAST:

VIDA Voices & Views is an interview podcast designed to call attention to a plurality of voices by conducting both audio and video interviews with writers, editors, publishers, series curators, anthologists, awards committee members, and other dedicated members of the literary community about their own work, vision, and concerns, as well as topics at the forefront of literary activism. This broadcast seeks to contribute to a better understanding of the literary landscape and the issues facing artists of all genders, as well as to foster nuanced conversation about gender parity, race, disability, LGBTQ, economic, and other crucial issues impacting writers today.

Learn more about VIDA Voices & Views: http://www.vidaweb.org/about-vida-voices-views/

ABOUT THE PRODUCTION STAFF:

Host and Executive Producer, Melissa Studdard, is the author the poetry collection I Ate the Cosmos for Breakfast and the young adult novel Six Weeks to Yehidah. Her short writings have appeared in a wide variety of publications, such as The New York Times, The Guardian, Psychology Today, The Journal, and Poets & Writers. A short film of the title poem from I Ate the Cosmos for Breakfast (by Dan Sickles of Moxie Pictures for Motionpoems) was an official selection for the Trinidad and Tobago Film Festival and the Minneapolis St. Paul International Film Festival. Her awards include the Forward National Literature Award, the International Book Award, the Kathak Literary Award, and more. She received her MFA from Sarah Lawrence College and is a professor for the Lone Star College System.

Learn more about Melissa Studdard: www.melissastuddard.com

Podcast Producer and Digital Audio Media Producer, R.J. Jeffreys, is a published poet, writer, editor, produced playwright, book manuscript consultant and writing coach. He actively works in broadcasting as host of "The Write Step with R.J. Jeffreys" radio interview show; co-host/producer of the "Fearless Writing Masterclass" broadcasts for Author Magazine; and the Senior Producer for Talk Programming at “Tiferet Talk Interviews”. Jeffreys is a contributing editor for the Tiferet Journal. And, was a comedy writer for many, well-known stand-up comedians and celebrities. His "WriteStep" blog was awarded a “Top Ten" Blog for Writing Advice” by Networkedblogs and he is a Web Shorty Award nominee. Jeffreys was appointed Program Organizer and Host of the Boston chapter of the international “100 Thousand Poets for Change Project”. Performed at the historic Boston Public Library, it was simulcast throughout the globe on September 29th, 2012 and then permanently archived by Stanford University.

Learn more about R.J. Jeffreys: www.rjjeffreys.com

October 09, 2018 08:10 PM PDT

VIDA Voices & Views is proudly brought to you by VIDA: Women in Literary Arts. Learn more about VIDA: Women in Literary Arts: www.vidaweb.org/

Learn more about VIDA: Women in Literary Arts: www.vidaweb.org/

ABOUT THIS EPISODE:

This is Part II of a two-part interview. In this episode of VIDA Voices and Views, produced by R. J. Jeffreys, Melissa Studdard interviews poet and filmmaker, Fatimah Asghar, who reads from “Pluto Shits on the Universe” and talks about topics ranging from lyrical vulgarity to how to create safe spaces for addressing trauma in the classroom.

ABOUT FATIMAH ASGHAR:

Nationally touring poet, writer, educator, and performer Fatimah Asghar is the author of the chapbook After from Yes Yes Books and the poetry collection, If They Come for Us, forthcoming from One World/ Random House. She is also the writer and co-creator of Brown Girls, a web series that highlights friendships between women of color. Her work has appeared in many journals, including POETRY Magazine, BuzzFeed Reader, and the Academy of American Poets. As well, her work has been featured on PBS, NPR, Time, Teen Vogue, Huffington Post, and other news outlets. In 2011 she created a spoken word poetry group in Bosnia and Herzegovina called REFLEKS while on a Fulbright to study theater in post-genocidal countries. In 2017 she was the recipient of a Ruth Lilly and Dorothy Sargent Rosenberg Fellowship from the Poetry Foundation and was on the Forbes 30 Under 30 list. She is a member of the Dark Noise Collective and a Kundiman Fellow.

To learn more about Fatimah Asghar, please visit: https://www.fatimahasghar.com

*Photograph of Fatimah Asghar by Jason Riker

ABOUT THE PODCAST:

VIDA Voices & Views is an interview podcast designed to call attention to a plurality of voices by conducting both audio and video interviews with writers, editors, publishers, series curators, anthologists, awards committee members, and other dedicated members of the literary community about their own work, vision, and concerns, as well as topics at the forefront of literary activism. This broadcast seeks to contribute to a better understanding of the literary landscape and the issues facing artists of all genders, as well as to foster nuanced conversation about gender parity, race, disability, LGBTQ, economic, and other crucial issues impacting writers today.

Learn more about VIDA Voices & Views: http://www.vidaweb.org/about-vida-voices-views/

ABOUT THE PRODUCTION STAFF:

Host and Executive Producer, Melissa Studdard, is the author the poetry collection I Ate the Cosmos for Breakfast and the young adult novel Six Weeks to Yehidah. Her short writings have appeared in a wide variety of publications, such as The New York Times, The Guardian, Psychology Today, The Journal, and Poets & Writers. A short film of the title poem from I Ate the Cosmos for Breakfast (by Dan Sickles of Moxie Pictures for Motionpoems) was an official selection for the Trinidad and Tobago Film Festival and the Minneapolis St. Paul International Film Festival. Her awards include the Forward National Literature Award, the International Book Award, the Kathak Literary Award, and more. She received her MFA from Sarah Lawrence College and is a professor for the Lone Star College System.

Learn more about Melissa Studdard: www.melissastuddard.com

Podcast Producer and Digital Audio Media Producer, R.J. Jeffreys, is a published poet, writer, editor, produced playwright, book manuscript consultant and writing coach. He actively works in broadcasting as host of "The Write Step with R.J. Jeffreys" radio interview show; co-host/producer of the "Fearless Writing Masterclass" broadcasts for Author Magazine; and the Senior Producer for Talk Programming at “Tiferet Talk Interviews”. Jeffreys is a contributing editor for the Tiferet Journal. And, was a comedy writer for many, well-known stand-up comedians and celebrities. His "WriteStep" blog was awarded a “Top Ten" Blog for Writing Advice” by Networkedblogs and he is a Web Shorty Award nominee. Jeffreys was appointed Program Organizer and Host of the Boston chapter of the international “100 Thousand Poets for Change Project”. Performed at the historic Boston Public Library, it was simulcast throughout the globe on September 29th, 2012 and then permanently archived by Stanford University.

Learn more about R.J. Jeffreys: www.rjjeffreys.com

September 01, 2018 02:25 PM PDT

VIDA Voices & Views is proudly brought to you by VIDA: Women in Literary Arts.

Learn more about VIDA: Women in Literary Arts: www.vidaweb.org/

ABOUT THIS EPISODE:

In this episode of VIDA Voices and Views, produced by R. J. Jeffreys, Melissa Studdard interviews poet and memoirist, Gregory Pardlo, who reads from his Pulitzer-winning poetry collection, Digest, and discusses topics ranging from adapting the slave narrative form for his celebrated poem “Written by Himself” to his family fining him for missed meals.

ABOUT GREGORY PARDLO:

Known for his intellectual rigor, gorgeous musicality, and socially and politically engaged writing, Gregory Pardlo is the author of the poetry collection, Digest, winner of the 2015 Pulitzer Prize. Digest was also shortlisted for the 2015 NAACP Image Award and was a finalist for the Hurston-Wright Legacy Award. As poet Campbell McGrath says, “These are poems that delight the ear, encourage the heart, and nourish the brain.” Pardlo’s other honors include fellowships from the National Endowment for the Arts and the New York Foundation for the Arts. As well, his first poetry collection, Totem, was selected by Brenda Hillman for the APR/Honickman Prize in 2007. Pardlo is also the author of Air Traffic, a memoir in essays forthcoming from Knopf, and he is a faculty member of the M.F.A. program in creative writing at Rutgers University-Camden.

To learn more about Gregory Pardlo, please visit: http://pardlo.com

ABOUT THE PODCAST:

VIDA Voices & Views is an interview podcast designed to call attention to a plurality of voices by conducting both audio and video interviews with writers, editors, publishers, series curators, anthologists, awards committee members, and other dedicated members of the literary community about their own work, vision, and concerns, as well as topics at the forefront of literary activism. This broadcast seeks to contribute to a better understanding of the literary landscape and the issues facing artists of all genders, as well as to foster nuanced conversation about gender parity, race, disability, LGBTQ, economic, and other crucial issues impacting writers today.

Learn more about VIDA Voices & Views: http://www.vidaweb.org/about-vida-voices-views/

ABOUT THE PRODUCTION STAFF:

Host and Executive Producer, Melissa Studdard, is the author the poetry collection I Ate the Cosmos for Breakfast and the young adult novel Six Weeks to Yehidah. Her short writings have appeared in a wide variety of publications, such as The New York Times, The Guardian, Psychology Today, The Journal, and Poets & Writers. A short film of the title poem from I Ate the Cosmos for Breakfast (by Dan Sickles of Moxie Pictures for Motionpoems) was an official selection for the Trinidad and Tobago Film Festival and the Minneapolis St. Paul International Film Festival. Her awards include the Forward National Literature Award, the International Book Award, the Kathak Literary Award, and more. She received her MFA from Sarah Lawrence College and is a professor for the Lone Star College System.

Learn more about Melissa Studdard: www.melissastuddard.com

Podcast Producer and Digital Audio Media Producer, R.J. Jeffreys, is a published poet, writer, editor, produced playwright, book manuscript consultant and writing coach. He actively works in broadcasting as host of "The Write Step with R.J. Jeffreys" radio interview show; co-host/producer of the "Fearless Writing Masterclass" broadcasts for Author Magazine; and the Senior Producer for Talk Programming at “Tiferet Talk Interviews”. Jeffreys is a contributing editor for the Tiferet Journal. And, was a comedy writer for many, well-known stand-up comedians and celebrities. His "WriteStep" blog was awarded a “Top Ten" Blog for Writing Advice” by Networkedblogs and he is a Web Shorty Award nominee. Jeffreys was appointed Program Organizer and Host of the Boston chapter of the international “100 Thousand Poets for Change Project”. Performed at the historic Boston Public Library, it was simulcast throughout the globe on September 29th, 2012 and then permanently archived by Stanford University.

Learn more about R.J. Jeffreys: www.rjjeffreys.com

September 01, 2018 01:52 PM PDT

VIDA Voices & Views is proudly brought to you by VIDA: Women in Literary Arts.

Learn more about VIDA: Women in Literary Arts: www.vidaweb.org/

ABOUT THIS EPISODE:

In this episode of VIDA Voices and Views, produced by R. J. Jeffreys, Melissa Studdard interviews poet and fiction writer, Patricia Smith, who reads from her award-winning poetry collection Shoulda Been Jimi Savannah and discusses topics ranging from the poetic inspiration of children’s books to learning how to use technique to resonate your voice in the reader’s head.

ABOUT THIS PATRICIA SMITH:

A renaissance artist of unmistakable signature, Patricia Smith has been called “a testament to the power of words to change lives.” She has authored and edited six critically-acknowledged volumes of poetry, a children’s book, a crime fiction anthology, and a companion volume to the groundbreaking PBS history series, Africans in America. Her numerous accolades include the Rebekah Bobbitt Prize from the Library of Congress, the Lenore Marshall Poetry Prize from the Academy of American Poets, and the Phillis Wheatley Award in Poetry. As well, she is recognized as one of the world’s most formidable performers and is a four-time national individual champion of the Poetry Slam. She was featured in the film “Slamnation,” and appeared on the HBO series “Def Poetry Jam.” Additionally, her works have been transformed into award-winning films and plays, and her vocals have been featured on jazz CDs and radio commercials. An accomplished and sought-after instructor of poetry, performance, and creative writing, Patricia often appears at creative conferences and residencies and is a Cave Canem faculty member, a professor of English at CUNY/College of Staten Island, and a faculty member of the Sierra Nevada MFA program.

To learn more about Patricia Smith, please visit: http://www.wordwoman.ws/

ABOUT THE PODCAST:

VIDA Voices & Views is an interview podcast designed to call attention to a plurality of voices by conducting both audio and video interviews with writers, editors, publishers, series curators, anthologists, awards committee members, and other dedicated members of the literary community about their own work, vision, and concerns, as well as topics at the forefront of literary activism. This broadcast seeks to contribute to a better understanding of the literary landscape and the issues facing artists of all genders, as well as to foster nuanced conversation about gender parity, race, disability, LGBTQ, economic, and other crucial issues impacting writers today.

Learn more about VIDA Voices & Views: http://www.vidaweb.org/about-vida-voices-views/

ABOUT THE PRODUCTION STAFF:

Host and Executive Producer, Melissa Studdard, is the author the poetry collection I Ate the Cosmos for Breakfast and the young adult novel Six Weeks to Yehidah. Her short writings have appeared in a wide variety of publications, such as The New York Times, The Guardian, Psychology Today, The Journal, and Poets & Writers. A short film of the title poem from I Ate the Cosmos for Breakfast (by Dan Sickles of Moxie Pictures for Motionpoems) was an official selection for the Trinidad and Tobago Film Festival and the Minneapolis St. Paul International Film Festival. Her awards include the Forward National Literature Award, the International Book Award, the Kathak Literary Award, and more. She received her MFA from Sarah Lawrence College and is a professor for the Lone Star College System.

Learn more about Melissa Studdard: www.melissastuddard.com

Podcast Producer and Digital Audio Media Producer, R.J. Jeffreys, is a published poet, writer, editor, produced playwright, book manuscript consultant and writing coach. He actively works in broadcasting as host of "The Write Step with R.J. Jeffreys" radio interview show; co-host/producer of the "Fearless Writing Masterclass" broadcasts for Author Magazine; and the Senior Producer for Talk Programming at “Tiferet Talk Interviews”. Jeffreys is a contributing editor for the Tiferet Journal. And, was a comedy writer for many, well-known stand-up comedians and celebrities. His "WriteStep" blog was awarded a “Top Ten" Blog for Writing Advice” by Networkedblogs and he is a Web Shorty Award nominee. Jeffreys was appointed Program Organizer and Host of the Boston chapter of the international “100 Thousand Poets for Change Project”. Performed at the historic Boston Public Library, it was simulcast throughout the globe on September 29th, 2012 and then permanently archived by Stanford University.

Learn more about R.J. Jeffreys: www.rjjeffreys.com

September 01, 2018 12:01 AM PDT

VIDA Voices & Views is proudly brought to you by VIDA: Women in Literary Arts.

Learn more about VIDA: Women in Literary Arts: www.vidaweb.org/

ABOUT THIS EPISODE:

This episode of VIDA Voices & Views is the first of a two-part interview featuring poet and editor, Don Share. In this episode, produced by R. J. Jeffreys, Melissa Studdard interviews Share, who reads his poem “Food for Thought” from the collection Squandermania and discusses topics ranging the power of the imagination to effect change in the world to Poetry magazine’s open door policy to language’s complicity in the mania for squandering resources.

ABOUT DON SHARE:

Beloved poet and Poetry magazine editor, Don Share, was a 2015 recipient of VIDA’s “VIDO” Award for his contributions to American literature and literary community. In addition to being the author and editor of over a dozen books, including Wishbone, Union, Bunting’s Persia, Seneca in English, Squandermania and The Open Door: 100 Poems, 100 Years of POETRY Magazine, which he co-edited with Christian Wiman, Share is an accomplished translator, whose renditions of Miguel Hernández were awarded the Times Literary Supplement Translation Prize and the Premio Valle Inclán. As well, Share’s work at Poetry has been recognized with three National Magazine Awards for editorial excellence from the American Society of Magazine Editors, and a CLMP “Firecracker” Award for Best Poetry Magazine. Share is celebrated in the literary community for his generosity, innovativeness, and warm wit.

Learn more about Don Share: www.poetryfoundation.org/poets/don-share

ABOUT THE PODCAST:

VIDA Voices & Views is an interview podcast designed to call attention to a plurality of voices by conducting both audio and video interviews with writers, editors, publishers, series curators, anthologists, awards committee members, and other dedicated members of the literary community about their own work, vision, and concerns, as well as topics at the forefront of literary activism. This broadcast seeks to contribute to a better understanding of the literary landscape and the issues facing artists of all genders, as well as to foster nuanced conversation about gender parity, race, disability, LGBTQ, economic, and other crucial issues impacting writers today.

Learn more about VIDA Voices & Views: http://www.vidaweb.org/about-vida-voices-views/

ABOUT THE PRODUCTION STAFF:

Host and Executive Producer, Melissa Studdard, is the author the poetry collection I Ate the Cosmos for Breakfast and the young adult novel Six Weeks to Yehidah. Her short writings have appeared in a wide variety of publications, such as The New York Times, The Guardian, Psychology Today, The Journal, and Poets & Writers. A short film of the title poem from I Ate the Cosmos for Breakfast (by Dan Sickles of Moxie Pictures for Motionpoems) was an official selection for the Trinidad and Tobago Film Festival and the Minneapolis St. Paul International Film Festival. Her awards include the Forward National Literature Award, the International Book Award, the Kathak Literary Award, and more. She received her MFA from Sarah Lawrence College and is a professor for the Lone Star College System.

Learn more about Melissa Studdard: www.melissastuddard.com

Podcast Producer and Digital Audio Media Producer, R.J. Jeffreys, is a published poet, writer, editor, produced playwright, book manuscript consultant and writing coach. He actively works in broadcasting as host of "The Write Step with R.J. Jeffreys" radio interview show; co-host/producer of the "Fearless Writing Masterclass" broadcasts for Author Magazine; and the Senior Producer for Talk Programming at “Tiferet Talk Interviews”. Jeffreys is a contributing editor for the Tiferet Journal. And, was a comedy writer for many, well-known stand-up comedians and celebrities. His "WriteStep" blog was awarded a “Top Ten" Blog for Writing Advice” by Networkedblogs and he is a Web Shorty Award nominee. Jeffreys was appointed Program Organizer and Host of the Boston chapter of the international “100 Thousand Poets for Change Project”. Performed at the historic Boston Public Library, it was simulcast throughout the globe on September 29th, 2012 and then permanently archived by Stanford University.

Learn more about R.J. Jeffreys: www.rjjeffreys.com

September 01, 2018 12:12 AM PDT

VIDA Voices & Views is proudly brought to you by VIDA: Women in Literary Arts.

Learn more about VIDA: Women in Literary Arts: www.vidaweb.org/

ABOUT THIS EPISODE:

This episode of VIDA Voices and Views is the second of a two-part interview featuring poet and editor, Don Share. In this episode, produced by R. J. Jeffreys, Melissa Studdard interviews Share, who reads his poems “Food for Thought,” “Eclipse,” “die Welt is so verkehrt,” “Another Long Poem,” “Hwæt!” and “Looking over My Shoulder,” as well as offering a generous, in-depth discussion of the poems. Other topics discussed are comedy and seriousness in poetry, the good faith of editors, Poetry’s diverse readership, and more.

ABOUT DON SHARE:

Beloved poet and Poetry magazine editor, Don Share, was a 2015 recipient of VIDA’s “VIDO” Award for his contributions to American literature and literary community. In addition to being the author and editor of over a dozen books, including Wishbone, Union, Bunting’s Persia, Seneca in English, Squandermania and The Open Door: 100 Poems, 100 Years of POETRY Magazine, which he co-edited with Christian Wiman, Share is an accomplished translator, whose renditions of Miguel Hernández were awarded the Times Literary Supplement Translation Prize and the Premio Valle Inclán. As well, Share’s work at Poetry has been recognized with three National Magazine Awards for editorial excellence from the American Society of Magazine Editors, and a CLMP “Firecracker” Award for Best Poetry Magazine. Share is celebrated in the literary community for his generosity, innovativeness, and warm wit.

Learn more about Don Share: www.poetryfoundation.org/poets/don-share

ABOUT THE PODCAST:

VIDA Voices & Views is an interview podcast designed to call attention to a plurality of voices by conducting both audio and video interviews with writers, editors, publishers, series curators, anthologists, awards committee members, and other dedicated members of the literary community about their own work, vision, and concerns, as well as topics at the forefront of literary activism. This broadcast seeks to contribute to a better understanding of the literary landscape and the issues facing artists of all genders, as well as to foster nuanced conversation about gender parity, race, disability, LGBTQ, economic, and other crucial issues impacting writers today.

Learn more about VIDA Voices & Views: http://www.vidaweb.org/about-vida-voices-views/

ABOUT THE PRODUCTION STAFF:

Host and Executive Producer, Melissa Studdard, is the author the poetry collection I Ate the Cosmos for Breakfast and the young adult novel Six Weeks to Yehidah. Her short writings have appeared in a wide variety of publications, such as The New York Times, The Guardian, Psychology Today, The Journal, and Poets & Writers. A short film of the title poem from I Ate the Cosmos for Breakfast (by Dan Sickles of Moxie Pictures for Motionpoems) was an official selection for the Trinidad and Tobago Film Festival and the Minneapolis St. Paul International Film Festival. Her awards include the Forward National Literature Award, the International Book Award, the Kathak Literary Award, and more. She received her MFA from Sarah Lawrence College and is a professor for the Lone Star College System.

Learn more about Melissa Studdard: www.melissastuddard.com

Podcast Producer and Digital Audio Media Producer, R.J. Jeffreys, is a published poet, writer, editor, produced playwright, book manuscript consultant and writing coach. He actively works in broadcasting as host of "The Write Step with R.J. Jeffreys" radio interview show; co-host/producer of the "Fearless Writing Masterclass" broadcasts for Author Magazine; and the Senior Producer for Talk Programming at “Tiferet Talk Interviews”. Jeffreys is a contributing editor for the Tiferet Journal. And, was a comedy writer for many, well-known stand-up comedians and celebrities. His "WriteStep" blog was awarded a “Top Ten" Blog for Writing Advice” by Networkedblogs and he is a Web Shorty Award nominee. Jeffreys was appointed Program Organizer and Host of the Boston chapter of the international “100 Thousand Poets for Change Project”. Performed at the historic Boston Public Library, it was simulcast throughout the globe on September 29th, 2012 and then permanently archived by Stanford University.

Learn more about R.J. Jeffreys: www.rjjeffreys.com

August 31, 2018 10:57 PM PDT

VIDA Voices & Views is proudly brought to you by VIDA: Women in Literary Arts.

Learn more about VIDA: Women in Literary Arts: www.vidaweb.org/

ABOUT THIS EPISODE:

In this episode of VIDA Voices and Views, produced by R. J. Jeffreys, Melissa Studdard interviews bestselling author, writer and activist, Cheryl Strayed, who reads from her celebrated memoir Wild and discusses topics ranging from her own feminist origins to the glimmers of beauty, art, and power contained within suffering.

ABOUT CHERYL STRAYED:

Cheryl Strayed is the author of the #1 New York Times bestselling memoir Wild, the novel Torch, and two more New York Times bestsellers, Tiny Beautiful Things, which is comprised of advice from her “Dear Sugar” column, and Brave Enough, a collection of her most popular quotes. Celebrated for transforming suffering and loss into power and grace, Strayed’s books have been translated into forty languages. As well, Wild was made into an Oscar-nominated movie starring Reese Witherspoon and Laura Dern and was chosen by Oprah Winfrey as the first selection for Oprah’s Book Club 2.0. In addition to writing, Strayed is co-host of the WBUR podcast Dear Sugar Radio, which originated with her “Dear Sugar” advice column on The Rumpus, and she is a long-time feminist activist and one of the first members of VIDA’s board of directors. Critics have called Cheryl Strayed’s work “both a literary and human triumph.” They’ve proclaimed that “we need her” and lauded how fiercely and elegantly she conveys truth. To read her is to agree.

Learn more about Cheryl Strayed: www.cherylstrayed.com

ABOUT THE PODCAST:

VIDA Voices & Views is an interview podcast designed to call attention to a plurality of voices by conducting both audio and video interviews with writers, editors, publishers, series curators, anthologists, awards committee members, and other dedicated members of the literary community about their own work, vision, and concerns, as well as topics at the forefront of literary activism. This broadcast seeks to contribute to a better understanding of the literary landscape and the issues facing artists of all genders, as well as to foster nuanced conversation about gender parity, race, disability, LGBTQ, economic, and other crucial issues impacting writers today.

Learn more about VIDA Voices & Views: http://www.vidaweb.org/about-vida-voices-views/

ABOUT THE PRODUCTION STAFF:

Host and Executive Producer, Melissa Studdard, is the author the poetry collection I Ate the Cosmos for Breakfast and the young adult novel Six Weeks to Yehidah. Her short writings have appeared in a wide variety of publications, such as The New York Times, The Guardian, Psychology Today, The Journal, and Poets & Writers. A short film of the title poem from I Ate the Cosmos for Breakfast (by Dan Sickles of Moxie Pictures for Motionpoems) was an official selection for the Trinidad and Tobago Film Festival and the Minneapolis St. Paul International Film Festival. Her awards include the Forward National Literature Award, the International Book Award, the Kathak Literary Award, and more. She received her MFA from Sarah Lawrence College and is a professor for the Lone Star College System.

Learn more about Melissa Studdard: www.melissastuddard.com

Podcast Producer and Digital Audio Media Producer, R.J. Jeffreys, is a published poet, writer, editor, produced playwright, book manuscript consultant and writing coach. He actively works in broadcasting as host of "The Write Step with R.J. Jeffreys" radio interview show; co-host/producer of the "Fearless Writing Masterclass" broadcasts for Author Magazine; and the Senior Producer for Talk Programming at “Tiferet Talk Interviews”. Jeffreys is a contributing editor for the Tiferet Journal. And, was a comedy writer for many, well-known stand-up comedians and celebrities. His "WriteStep" blog was awarded a “Top Ten" Blog for Writing Advice” by Networkedblogs and he is a Web Shorty Award nominee. Jeffreys was appointed Program Organizer and Host of the Boston chapter of the international “100 Thousand Poets for Change Project”. Performed at the historic Boston Public Library, it was simulcast throughout the globe on September 29th, 2012 and then permanently archived by Stanford University.

Learn more about R.J. Jeffreys: www.rjjeffreys.com

August 31, 2018 10:44 PM PDT

VIDA Voices & Views is proudly brought to you by VIDA: Women in Literary Arts.

Learn more about VIDA: Women in Literary Arts: www.vidaweb.org/

ABOUT THIS EPISODE:

In this inaugural episode of VIDA Voices & Views, produced by R. J. Jeffreys, Melissa Studdard interviews poet and writer, Rita Dove, who reads her poems “Parsley” and “Claudette Colvin Goes to Work” and discusses topics ranging from literary bias masquerading as objectivity to sharing poetry with preschoolers.

ABOUT RITA DOVE:

The story of Rita Dove is the story of excellence. From being named a Presidential Scholar in high school to winning the Pulitzer Prize in poetry to being the youngest person and first African American named Poet Laureate of the United States, she has consistently been recognized for her outstanding talent and work. To date, she has received 25 honorary doctorates, and she has won everything from the Duke Ellington Lifetime Achievement Award to the Fulbright Lifetime Achievement Medal. In 2011, she became the only poet to receive both the National Humanities Medal and the National Medal of Arts. In addition to her many talents and accomplishments, Rita Dove is known for the incredible grace, modesty, and personal integrity with which she has accepted her fame and success.

Learn more about Rita Dove https://www.poets.org/poetsorg/poet/rita-dove

ABOUT THE PODCAST:

VIDA Voices & Views is an interview podcast designed to call attention to a plurality of voices by conducting both audio and video interviews with writers, editors, publishers, series curators, anthologists, awards committee members, and other dedicated members of the literary community about their own work, vision, and concerns, as well as topics at the forefront of literary activism. This broadcast seeks to contribute to a better understanding of the literary landscape and the issues facing artists of all genders, as well as to foster nuanced conversation about gender parity, race, disability, LGBTQ, economic, and other crucial issues impacting writers today.
Learn more about VIDA Voices & Views: www.vidaweb.org/about-vida-voices-views/

ABOUT THE PRODUCTION STAFF:

Host and Executive Producer, Melissa Studdard, is the author the poetry collection I Ate the Cosmos for Breakfast and the young adult novel Six Weeks to Yehidah. Her short writings have appeared in a wide variety of publications, such as The New York Times, The Guardian, Psychology Today, The Journal, and Poets & Writers. A short film of the title poem from I Ate the Cosmos for Breakfast (by Dan Sickles of Moxie Pictures for Motionpoems) was an official selection for the Trinidad and Tobago Film Festival and the Minneapolis St. Paul International Film Festival. Her awards include the Forward National Literature Award, the International Book Award, the Kathak Literary Award, and more. She received her MFA from Sarah Lawrence College and is a professor for the Lone Star College System.

Learn more about Melissa Studdard: www.melissastuddard.com

Podcast Producer and Digital Audio Media Producer, R.J. Jeffreys, is a published poet, writer, editor, produced playwright, book manuscript consultant and writing coach. He actively works in broadcasting as host of "The Write Step with R.J. Jeffreys" radio interview show; co-host/producer of the "Fearless Writing Masterclass" broadcasts for Author Magazine; and the Senior Producer for Talk Programming at “Tiferet Talk Interviews”. Jeffreys is a contributing editor for the Tiferet Journal. And, was a comedy writer for many, well-known stand-up comedians and celebrities. His "WriteStep" blog was awarded a “Top Ten" Blog for Writing Advice” by Networkedblogs and he is a Web Shorty Award nominee. Jeffreys was appointed Program Organizer and Host of the Boston chapter of the international “100 Thousand Poets for Change Project”. Performed at the historic Boston Public Library, it was simulcast throughout the globe on September 29th, 2012 and then permanently archived by Stanford University.

Learn more about R.J. Jeffreys: www.rjjeffreys.com

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