LITerally Ep. 20 - Deborah Reed, "The Days When Birds Come Back"
We had fun (lots of fun with lots of laughter) last Friday while talking to Deborah Reed and exploring her new book, The Days When Birds Come Back. We talked diction, structure, and tone, but we also explored the much larger themes of loss and pain -- and delved into how June and Jameson (her dual protagonists) rebuild their lives after watching them crumble.
“Intimidating and Illuminating,” as quoted in the most recent article in SLUG Magazine, is the only way to describe our conversation with Author Espido Freire, along with Isabel Asensio, Professor of Spanish, and Electra Gamon Fielding, Associate Professor of Spanish.
We harvested just the smallest yield from the bounty of writing experience that came together to talk writing before our Utah Humanities Book Festival LITerally reading.
We got poetry. We got prose. We got a performance piece. And there is so much more in our podcast with J.A. Carter Winward.
Paul Rowley talks to us about his first chapbook, one that gives a picture of living always on the borders -- the borders between the expectations and realities of growing up as Native American, though this is just the catalyst for a much deeper discussion about the place of art in our time.
Teresita Dovalpage, writing about food and murder and what it's like to wrap them together in Cuba, made us laugh and opened up on the LITerally Podcast about being a writer.
Ryan Sharp, a poet and a hell of a good guy, read some old and new poetry for us at LITerally.