Ashley Lauren Rogers was working in the steampunk scene when she learned a friend and colleague was accused of nonconsensual relations with someone else in the community. Seeing how willing people were able to dismiss the claims, her decision to immediately step away from the scene changed everything. We talk about the fantasy of steampunk, what happens when you decide to take a stand, why it’s important to believe survivors. Additional Resources Connect with Ashley: http://www.ashleylaurenrogers.com Is it […]
Jack Ridl was walking with his 7-year-old daughter when she said “with” was the most important word because people always have to be with something, someone, or themselves. When she added that it meant everyone has to makes sure they have a good “with,” Jack’s perception of the world changed. We talk about how a simple and profound concept has since shaped his life, health, and poetry. Additional Resources Jack Ridl ridl.wordpress.com on Facebook Saint Peter and the Goldfinch by Jack […]
In May 2017, Stacy Walsh (& then write podcast) was home sick on the couch when her Dad called to say her Mom felt like her legs weren’t working in the shower. Later that day her Mom was diagnosed with an aggressive brain tumor and things rapidly changed. We talk about how her Mom became a different person, the stress of dealing with stage 4 glioblastoma, and how Stacy has worked to see the good in a bad situation. […]
Calvin Gimpelevich (Invasions, Instar Books) was in 4th grade when he realized how much time and effort the writer must have spent creating the book he was reading. That realization turned the avid reader into a writer and that identity continues to guide his life. We talk about his experience as a transgender writer, the role of literature in society, and what it means to be a storyteller. Additional Resources calvingimpelevich.com Calvin on Instagram: @calvin.calvin.g
After having her daughter and changing careers, Amanda Laird felt unsatisfied. And then the US election happened and the Toronto based Holistic Nutritionist had to do something. She decided to start a podcast to address periods, reproductive health, and other taboo health topics. We chat about the politics behind menstruation, the post-election women’s movement, and why you should become the expert on your own body. Additional Resources Heavy Flow: Breaking the Curse of Menstruation by Amanda Laird Heavy Flow podcast Amanda […]
In 2003, Richard Chang (Citizen Wong) was doing voice over work for the Bill Moyers documentary, Becoming American: The Chinese Experience, when he first learned about Wong Chin Foo, a popular writer and activist during the Gilded Age. Wong was the first to use the term Chinese American, and was known by name to the American public, but has virtually disappeared from history. Discovering him led Richard to years of research in order to create a new kind of play that smashes stereotypes and presents roles for Asian Americans. We talk about prejudice, […]
Meet your host as she introduces the show’s content and format. A writer and produced playwright, she talks about the moment a serious medical emergency disrupted her life and led her to pursue a different kind of story.