The Artist's Statement

How do authors create their masterpieces? What inspires their stories? Join Davin Malasarn, co-founder of the Granum Foundation, as he interviews writers about craft and the writing life.

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Eine durchschnittliche Folge dieses Podcasts dauert 54m. Bisher sind 12 Folge(n) erschienen. Dieser Podcast erscheint alle 4 Wochen.

Gesamtlänge aller Episoden: 9 hours 4 minutes

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episode 9: Marytza Rubio: Mystic Landscapes


Episode 9 of The Artist's Statement features Marytza K. Rubio, author of Maria, Maria, and Other Stories (Liveright/W. W. Norton, 2022). Rubio discusses the inspiration and evolution of her debut collection, and how she shared her vision with her agent and editor. We chat about the occult, the significance and power behind the name "Maria," and the details behind the mystic setting of her centerpiece novella...


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episode 8: Michael Emmerich: Writing Across Languages


What happens during the translation process of a literary work from Japanese to English? In Episode 8 of The Artist's Statement, we speak with Michael Emmerich, author of more than a dozen literary works in translation, including those by authors such as Nobel Laureate Yasunari Kawabata, Banana Yoshimoto, Genichiro Takahashi, and Hiromi Kawakami...


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 2021-09-08  57m
 
 

episode 7: Donika Kelly: Finding Center


In Episode 7 of The Artist's Statement, we're joined by Donika Kelly, poet and author of The Renunciations (2021) and Bestiary (2016), both published by Graywolf Press.

Kelly discusses the The Renunciations and the journey of self-exploration and therapy that led to its creation. She talks about the importance of having and nurturing a speaker and a safe space from which to create, along with the value of being protective of information, both for the writer and the reader...


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 2021-08-04  56m
 
 

BONUS: Jenny Boully and Sak Yant


In this bonus episode of The Artist’s Statement, we speak to Jenny Boully about the ancient art of Sak Yant and the role of the Thai language and Buddhism in her writing life.

Boully reads her essay “On the Eve of My Eternal Marking,” which first appeared in The Paris Review on July 10, 2019.

Host: Davin Malasarn

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 2021-07-15  27m
 
 

episode 6: Jenny Boully: Imagination and Its Consequences


Jenny Boully, 2020 Guggenheim Fellow and author of Betwixt and Between: Essays on the Writing Life, The Book of Beginnings and Endings, The Body, not merely because of the unknown that was stalking toward them, and other works joins us from Bennington, Vermont, for Episode 6 of The Artist's Statement Podcast.


Boully discusses the origins of her recent books and how her work bridges genres...


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 2021-07-07  52m
 
 

episode 5: Nikki Giovanni: Speaking of Water


The Artist's Statement Episode 5 features legendary poet Nikki Giovanni. She discusses the importance of spirituals as inspiration for her work and how artist's from poets to novelists to dancers inhabit truth. Giovanni recounts her early days as an activist and writer along her path to success, including her time at Fisk University...


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 2021-06-07  1h20m
 
 

episode 4: Craig Cotter: Memories, Inventions


Craig Cotter, the author of four collections of poetry, including After Lunch with Frank O’Hara, joins us from Pasadena, CA for Episode 4 of The Artist's Statement. He talks about his early writing career as a student at Michigan State University and the poetry editor of Red Cedar Review. He discusses his poems “The Drayton Plains Nature Center” and “For Alex,” which include a major recurring character in his work...


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 2021-05-03  1h1m
 
 

episode 3: Kuzhali Manickavel: Writing English in India


In this episode of The Artist's Statement, we feature short fiction writer Kuzhali Manickavel, whose work has been described as surreal, sci-fi, absurdist, and weird. Manickavel, who calls in from Bangalore, India, discusses how she characterizes her own work and how international perspectives can lead to alternative definitions...


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 2021-04-02  59m
 
 

BONUS: Kathy Fish reads "Tenderoni"


Kathy Fish reads her flash fiction story, "Tenderoni." 

(Contains explicit language.)

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 2021-03-07  4m
 
 

episode 2: Kathy Fish: Beauty in Brevity


Kathy Fish joins us for this episode of The Artist's Statement focused on flash fiction, defined as stories under 1,000 words. She discusses the genre, its origins, and how it can be distinguished from short stories and prose poetry. She also elaborates on techniques she uses to create her flash pieces, including juxtaposition, contradiction, and repetition, and how she finds titles for her work...


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 2021-03-01  59m
 
 
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