The TOA Podcast
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The TOA PodcastMay 03, 2021
Viviane Houle and Unsung Songs
Viviane Houle joins Avni Vyas and Nik De Dominic to talk about Houle’s chapbook, “Unsung Songs.” Our conversation spans the drive to write with or without words, “window days,” and the power of collaboration. “Unsung Songs,” the first collaborative chapbook of its kind, invites readers to redefine how lyric expression communicates. Plus: Houle discusses the power of love poems set to music.
Mariam Ahmed on Poetry as a Scatter Plot of Moments
The poet Mariam Ahmed joins Avni Vyas and Andrew Wessels for a chat about the idiosyncrasies of transliteration, the appeal of the acrostic form, and the decontextualization of language. Plus: Ahmed reads from her transportive, sensory abecedarian TOA chapbook, “MAP: Moments of Astral Projection.”
Katie Jean Shinkle on the Trailer Park of Her Mind
Katie Jean Shinkle joins Avni Vyas and Nik De Dominic to talk about Shinkle’s new TOA chapbook, “Will You Kiss Me Goodnight?” Strap in for a conversation that ranges from River Phoenix and the nineties to the identities we try on as teenagers. Plus: Shinkle talks about writing two new books in the span of a year.
Avni Vyas on Finding Moments of Resistance on the Page
Avni Vyas joins Nik De Dominic and Whitney Holmes to talk about erasure as language finding its friends on the page; about bling, neon, and glitter; and about the synergistic influence of being surrounded by good company with an addiction to making. Plus, Vyas reads excerpts from her new TOA chapbook, “Far from Glorious Feeling.”
Márton Simon and Timea Sipos on Finding the Familiar in Another Language
The Hungarian poet Márton Simon and the translator Timea Sipos join Avni Vyas and Ryan Winet to talk about the Magyar language, the everyday practice of freedom, and the uncatchable early-morning hours of nothingness. (And cats.) Plus: Simon and Sipos read excerpts from their new TOA chapbook, “Songs for 3:45 AM,” in English and Hungarian.
Christine Gosnay on the Carnival of Speculation in Her Mind
The author Christine Gosnay joins Avni Vyas and Nik De Dominic to talk about the sensuality of particle physics, private mythologies, Robert Lowell, and learning you've been pronouncing a word wrong for years. Plus: Gosnay reads excerpts from her shimmering new TOA chapbook, “The Double Slit Experiment.”
Editors Roundtable: Poetry as Team Sport
In this TOA Editors Roundtable, Whit poses the question of why and how we make TOA, which is entirely volunteer-run, and how it fits alongside our day jobs. We also learn why Avni’s not a lawyer, how bad at basketball Ryan is, and why poets make good copy editors.
Ava Hofmann on Not Taking Herself Too Seriously
Jessica Q. Stark on Fraught Love Affairs with the Internet
The writer Jessica Q. Stark joins Nik De Dominic and Avni Vyas to talk about the Internet—as randomized chaos, as AOL CD-ROMs, as meme culture, as racism and misogyny, as addiction, as archive, as problematic yet loving relationship. Plus: Stark reads excerpts from her new long-scrolling, hyperlinked TOA chapbook, “INNANET: Love Poem for the Internet.”
Vi Khi Nao on Working with the Universe
The poet Vi Khi Nao joins Avni Vyas and Andrew Wessels for a talk about simile as emotional-cargo transport, poems that arrive within five minutes, sandy mussels, and the dangers of reading sapphic writings in front of small children. Plus: Nao reads excerpts from her new TOA chapbook, “Every Dress Is a Simile.”
Testing, Testing: Welcome to the TOA Podcast
Welcome to Episode Zero of the TOA podcast, where we invite readers to eavesdrop and interlope on conversations among The Offending Adam’s editors and the authors we publish! In this episode, our host Avni Vyas talks with fellow TOA editor and podcast-editor-in-training Nik De Dominic for a kind of podcasting sound check. Future episodes will feature authors reading their work and talking with our editors about poetry and the creative process. But today we’re testing the mic with a chat about brilliant farts, neon f**ks, poems, and life. Thanks for listening, and please excuse our rough edges.