In this episode, meet poet Adrian Matejka, author of Somebody Else Sold the World, artist Pik-Shuen Fung, author of Ghost Forest, and writer David Searcy, author of The Tiny Bee That Hovers at the Center of the World.
If you love poignant stories that are told straight from the heart, tune in to listen to these writers discuss the inspirations behind their work. Hear Adrian Matejka on the power of music during the pandemic, Pik-Shuen Fung on grief and art, and David Searcy on his experiences recording his audiobook.
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From the author of The Big Smoke, a finalist for the National Book Award and the Pulitzer Prize, the poems in Adrian Matejka’s newest collection, Somebody Else Sold the World, meditate on the ways we exist in an uncontrollable world. These poems show that there are many possibilities of brightness and hope, even in the middle of pandemics and revolutions.
How do you grieve, if your family doesnâ€™t talk about feelings? This is the question the unnamed protagonist of Ghost Forest considers after her father dies. Buoyant and heartbreaking, Ghost Forest envelops the listener in joy and sorrow, weaving memory and oral history to paint a moving portrait of a Chinese-Canadian “astronaut” family.
In The Tiny Bee That Hovers at the Center of the World, David Searcy leads listeners across the landscapes of his mind, moving from the decaying architectural wonder that is the town of Arcosanti, Arizona, to driving the vast, open Texas highway in his much-abused college VW Beetle. An ethereal meditation on longing, loss, and time.
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