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This is what I do on the weekends: host a Staten Island talk show on the literary arts. We air live once a month. Follow me on Instagram.

— INTERVIEWS —

Nine Staten Island poets join me in the studio for a two-hour marathon reading. Discover some of the diverse voices you might hear at an open mic here on the island. Readers: Marguerite Maria Rivas, Wil Wynn, Lisa Conway, M.A. Dennis, Jen Fitzgerald, Rocio Uchofen, Douglas Cala, Ellen T. Dotts, Alysia Vargas.

Staten Islander Eddie Joyce, author of SMALL MERCIES and co-owner of Books Are Magic, on writing a 9/11 novel and the mysterious business of selling books. Listen to Eddie’s playlist here.

Staten Islander Alex Gilvarry on how his fashion/terrorism mashup novel came together, on EASTMAN WAS HERE and how a male writer should be, and on what to expect from him next. Listen to Alex’s Spotify playlist or the Composite Beast Eastman Tapes.

Staten Islander Bridget Marmion spent 30+years as SVP of Marketing at Farrar, Straus and Giroux, Random House, and HMH. She’s worked with Susan Sontag, Jonathan Safran Foer, Tim O’Brien, Jhumpa Lahiri, Philip Roth, Madeleine L’Engle, and more. We talked about how to promote books in the physical and digital spaces, and what authors can do to build their platform and find readers. (First 15 seconds are silent!)

Listen to Bridget’s Spotify playlist for the show here.

New York Times bestselling crime novelist Peter Blauner on publishing two novels after a ten-year break, writing for television (Law & Order: SVU, Blue Bloods), reading for effect, and more. Listen to Peter’s playlist for the show on Spotify.

Staten Island’s hottest mystery noir writer Rob Hart, author of the Ash McKenna series, on his newest novel, THE WAREHOUSE, getting optioned for film by Ron Howard, and a lot more…Listen to Rob’s playlist for the show on Spotify.

Staten Island Poet Laureate or Bust! Local writers Jen Fitzgerald and Jessica Kratz on the island’s thriving poetry scene and the possibility of the borough’s first poet laureate. Listen to Jen and Jessica’s playlist for the show on Spotify.

What does social justice in the writing classroom look like? Sarah Lawrence College Social Justice Collective teachers Rachel Simon and Olivia Worden offer tips. Listen to Rachel and Olivia’s playlist for the show on Spotify.

Jessica Laurel Kane on writing a memoir about her mother’s struggle with mental illness, plus her audio stories, children's stories, and country music. This is one of my favorite interviews. Listen to Jessica’s work for adults or children.

Bet you didn’t know that the editor-in-chief of Poets & Writers magazine lives on Staten Island! Kevin Larimer on the business of writing and his own work as a poet. Listen to Kevin’s playlist for the show on Spotify.

It’s hard for parents to attend writing residencies. Here’s a solution: an Artist Residency in Motherhood. Novelist Amy Shearn and I were joined by 50+ writer moms for a long weekend of writing sans kids. Here’s what it was like. (Amazing.) Listen to our writer mom playlist for the show on Spotify.

Staten Islander Mary Gannon, now the executive director of CLMP, was at the Academy of American Poets when I interviewed her about being a poet, living on the island, and what she’s learned during her stellar career. Listen to Mary’s playlist for the show on Spotify.

Staten Island's de facto poet laureate Marguerite Maria Rivas on her 9/11 poems, writing in the woods, and maintaining her craft as a single mom. The video is a little glitchy but this is an important Staten Island voice to hear. Listen to Marguerite’s playlist on Spotify.

LISTEN: Authors Shelly Oria and Nelly Reifler on collaborative writing projects 10/17. Listen to Shelly and Nelly’s playlist for the show on Spotify.

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LISTEN: Author Amy Shearn (THE MERMAID OF BROOKLYN) on balancing writing with motherhood 9/17. Listen to Amy’s playlist for the show on Spotify.

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LISTEN: Staten Island poet Thomas Fucaloro, co-founding editor of the island’s only literary magazine and press (NYSAI Press), on the island’s literary scene and how the opioid crisis affected him and his work. 8/17. Listen to Thomas’ playlist on Spotify.

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LISTEN: Princeton University professor and memoirist Dan-el Padilla Peralta (UNDOCUMENTED) on his journey from a homeless shelter to the Ivy League. 7/17 Listen to Dan-el’s playlist for the show on Spotify.