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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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.

Direct download: 19.Loren_Niemi.mp3
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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. 

Direct download: 18.Casey_Ross.mp3
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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
Category:storyteller -- posted at: 7:45pm EST
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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.

Direct download: 16.David_Blomenberg.mp3
Category:writer -- posted at: 7:27pm EST
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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.

Direct download: 15.Kari_McElroy.mp3
Category:graphic novel -- posted at: 7:01pm EST
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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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