Brad King of The Geeky Press hosts The Downtown Writers Jam Podcast, a discussion with writers about the terrible things in life that led them to join the ranks of the weird and the writerly.

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After hours of conversations with Brad outside the podcast, Indianapolis playwright and writer KT Peterson came by to talk about how empathy, performance, curiosity, and writing come together in her work.

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Indianapolis spoken word artist Too Black stopped by the podcast to talk about how he developed his performance and writing voice, and how he's gotten comfortable challenging the assumptions people hold.

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PEN Literary award-winning playwright Jen Blackmer came by the podcast to discuss the importance of the personal perspective in art, particularly in the time of a Trump presidency.

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Continuing with the pursuit of writing in all of its forms, Storytelling Arts of Indiana director Ellen Munds discussed how stories and live performances shaped her life.

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In this episode, we went full nerdy-artist-filmmaker smart with Trisha Borowicz, a scientist and documentary filmmaker who raised $20,000 to create her film Science, Sex, and the Ladies: The True Story of the Female Orgasm in 2011.

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Back from a winter hiatus, the Podcast picks up with more post-election musings between Brad and his guest Matt Mullins, a writer and professor at Ball State. In this episode, the two middle-aged white guys discuss how the election of Donald Trump changed the way they approached writing and storytelling, a theme you'll see resonating through the next several months.

As for Matt, he writes screenplays, fiction, and poetry. He also makes videopoems and digital/interactive literature. He is the mixed media editor for the Atticus Review and teaches creative writing at Ball State University. You can check out his videopoems on Vimeo, his short story collection, and his interactive literature

Direct download: 26.Mullins.mp3
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The 2016 Presidential election changed everything about this country. And so it goes with The Downtown Writers Jam Podcast. Host Brad King has gotten political. In this first post-election episode, Storyteller Celestine Bloomfield stopped by to talk about her career as a storyteller, and how she's used those skills in the business world. But she's not about to get hemmed in by the shifting political winds.

Direct download: 25.Celestine_Bloomfield.mp3
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Ben Asaykwee left Indiana to pursue his music and returned home to form one of Indianapolis' most interesting and innovative theater companies, Q Artistry. Along the way, he wrote Christian music in Nashville and performed original theater in Chicago. And his show Cabaret Poe has been running for eight years. But his story is really about the need to create.

Direct download: 24.Ben_Asaykwee.mp3
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Frankie Bolda stopped by the Jam to talk about her improv comedy work at Comedy Sportz, her life as the associate artistic director of the EclecticPond Theater Company, and writing. Yeah, she's one of those theater dynamos who lives in Indianapolis. The twenty-five year old is the associate artistic director of EclecticPond Theater Company, the director of fan services at Comedy Sportz, and has built her entire life around creating and writing (even if I had to convince her that she was a writer). 

Direct download: 23.Frankie_Bolda.mp3
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Brad King of The Geeky Press hosts The Downtown Writers Jam Podcast, where writers and authors discuss what drives them to tell stories.

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Adam Petty is an Indianapolis-based writer. Brad caught up with Adam as he was teaching at Etchings Fest, a free one-day workshop hosted by the University of Indianapolis and Metonymy Media. They discussed the role science fiction played in both of their early writing lives, and why it's so important to create spaces where you can explore deep, thoughtful questions in writing.

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Shannon McLeod is a soft-spoken writer from Michigan who writers stories where characters almost, but not quite. Much like like. Currently, she’s a teacher and writer (although never the two shall meet, as you’ll soon find out). Her work has has appeared in Hobart, NEAT, Word Riot, Cheap Pop, TXTOBJX, Moonsick Magazine, The Billfold, and (R.I.P.)Gawker

Her chapbook Pathetic is available from Etchings Press, the student-run publisher of the University of Indianapolis Department of English, and Metonymy Media.

Direct download: 21-Shannon_McLeod.mp3
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Kelli Allen is probably the most traveled, and least likely to be pinned down, writer we’ve had on the Podcast. She's a four-time Pushcart Prize nominee and she’s won awards for both poetry & prose. She’s currently a professor at Lindenwood University, where’s she’s also the poetry editor for The Lindenwood Review.

Brad caught up with her at Etchings Fest, a free afternoon of workshops sponsored by Etchings Press.

Her chapbook Some Animals is available from Etchings Press, the student-run publisher of the University of Indianapolis Department of English, and Metonymy Media.

Direct download: Episode_20-Kelli_Allen.mp3
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Brad is still trying to wrap his head around the fact that Storyteller is a career. To help him understand what that means, Loren Niemi stops by the Jam to discuss his life as a Storyteller, his work with businesses, and his background in Philosophy and Visual Arts that prepared him for it all.

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Writing is a terrible, terrible trade. But it's also one that can help find the voice we always wanted, but could never muster. Indianapolis playwright Casey Ross stopped by the Jam to talk about how writing plays helped her find herself, and find some measure of closure with her childhood. 

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Welcome to the first iteration of the second generation of The Downtown Writers Jam Podcast with Brad King. In this episode, we sat down with Los Angeles-based storyteller Les Kurkendaal, who was in town performing "Terror on the High Seas" as the Indy Fringe Festival. But this conversation was really about how Les found his voice as a writer despite the pushback he's gotten from the more traditional theater and acting world. And how his writing has evolved from comedy to theater to storytelling.

Direct download: 17.Les_Kurkendaal.mp3
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The last "lost episode" from the vault of The Downtown Writers Jam Podcast. In this episode, Brad talks to David Blomenberg is a kick-ass writer and amazing performer. He participated in the Downtown Writers Jam, Vol. 3 + rocked our world. So Brad wanted to find out what led him into this awful, awful profession of writing.

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Well we're back from our short hiatus. Which really wasn't short. It's been 18 months since we sat down with Kari McElroy, our favorite graphic novelist. While life has moved on, her story hasn't. And she's STILL the author of Regarding Dandelions, which is both a labor of love and incredibly cool.

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Salvatore Pane is at the center of the small and independent literary scene in Indianapolis. He's a professor at the University of Indianapolis, he's an author, and he's part of Corgi Snorgel Press (along with his fiance Theresa, who is also a big driver of the scene.) Brad and Sal talked about writing, working class sensibilities, and the New York Knicks, three ideas that are more linked than you may think. 

Direct download: 14.Sal_Pane.mp3
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Halle Butler's novel Jillian is getting rave reviews. I had the chance to sit down with her last November -- before the book came out -- to talk about writing while drinking tea in the office of Curbside Splendor Publshing in Chicago. It was also her first official interview, which made for an even better time. 

Direct download: 13.Halle_Butler.mp3
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Dmitry Samarov's book Where To? A Hack Memoir chronicles his time as a cab driver by combining narrative stories, visual art, and a 'zine sensibility. But that's not even close to the whole story. His parents left the Soviet Union in 1978, and came to America. Raised in Boston, Dmitry fell into writing while pursuing his passion in painting and visual arts and avoiding the dreaded 9-to-5 job. Now, he's working on a book that chronicles the story of his immigrant parents and their journey in the U.S...kind of.

Direct download: 12.Dmitry_Samarov.mp3
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Brad visited Curbside Splendor Publishing author Ben Tanzer in Chicago where they had two discussions. The first part of the podcast explored Ben's most recent book Lost in Space, writing, and fatherhood. The second half of the podcast focused on using literature and writing to carve our spaces for men to talk about what it means to be a man in a time when societal roles are evolving. Once you've listened to the podcast, you can check out Ben's performance in The Downtown Writers Jam, Vol. 2

Direct download: 13.Ben_Tanzer.mp3
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Curbside Splendor Publishing author Erika T. Wurth stopped by the podcast before her appearance at The Downtown Writers Jam, Vol. 2. We talked about tension, particularly how the tensions from life shape and inform the stories you tell. You can purchase her debut novel, Crazy Horse's Girlfriend, directly from Curbside Splendor Publishing or Amazon and other retailers.

Direct download: 12.Erika_T_Wurth.mp3
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Amanda Heckert is the best kind of editor. She's got an eclectic background, she's curious, and she loves reading, which is good since she's the editor-in-chief at Indianapolis MonthlyShe stopped by the podcast to talk about the long, weird, and winding road that brought her into publishing, her love of reading, the amazing stories she's worked on at the magazine, and the South.

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Angela Jackson-Brown isn’t just appearing at The Downtown Writers Jam, Vol. 2. She also stopped by the Podcast to talk about how her life helped shape her writing. Her first book, Drinking from a Bitter Cup (WiDo Publishing), is a fictionalized memoir that explores what her life in a small Southern town and abuse she faced as a child. She and Brad touched on what it means to be a writer, why it’s okay to write negatively about books, and the importance of mentors. 

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When Sarah Layden stopped by the Downtown Writers Jam Podcast, she wasn’t expecting to explore how the themes from her childhood diaries played out in her fiction writing. But that happened. Before long, they were discussing how writers find their voice, and what it means to be authentic. The showed ended as they discussed the problem with "women’s literature" label, and the ways writers use empathy to tell universal stories. Oh, and don't forget to buy Sarah's debut novel, Trip Through You Wires (Engine Books, 2015). You can pre-order the novel today.

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John P. Gibson is the writer/director of Revelation Trail, a feature film that follows the journey of a preacher and a lawman along the Old West frontier as they try to find meaning in a world that is falling to the mysterious undead. Brad visited him in his office at Northern Kentucky University, where they discussed the film’s seven year life cycle, the archetypes of Joss Whedon, and why The Empire Strikes Back is the template for all sequels.

Direct download: 06.John_Gibson.mp3
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Ben H. Winters is the author of the best selling book Sense and Sensibilities and Sea Monsters as well as the The Last Policeman trilogy, and a relatively recent Indianapolis transplant. He sat down with Brad to talk about his utter lack of direction in his early writing career and his daily writing routine that involves no Internet and tons of structure. At the end, he talks about his newest counter-factual novel — currently under construction — that explores an America where the Civil War never happened, and slavery was never abolished.

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When Andrew Neylon joined The Invictus Writers project, Brad didn't know what to expect. Much to his surprise, "The Long War" turned out to be one of the most popular stories ever published in the series. Andrew stopped by the Jam to talk about how his father's depression and suicide influenced his writing, how his color blindness shapes his vision of the world, and what he's working on now. 

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Travis DiNicola has his hand on the pulse of arts, reading, and writing in Indianapolis. He’s the executive director of Indy Reads, a non-profit literacy organization, and the host of "The Art of the Matter" on WFYI. Brad met Travis at the Indy Reads Books store to talk about how you end up getting to be the heart of the city's art community.

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Writer Michelle Freed wrote a one-woman stage monologue for the Fringe Festival on a whim. That's not exactly how you're told to find a writing career. And yet, here she is. Michelle stopped by the Jam to discuss stumbling into a writing career, doing first and learning later, and the overwhelming world modern writers have to navigate to find success.

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Barbara Shoup, the author of Looking for Jack Kerouac and the executive director of the Indiana Writers Center, discussed why she waited 20 years between her first and second novel, the secret worlds writers create, and what writers really think about feedback.

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