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Brad King 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.

Apr 29, 2020

I'm never quite sure what we're getting into on the Jam. In this episode, author and playwright Trevor Wood took me on a journey that weaved through his time in the Royal Navy, then to becoming a playwright, and on to writing his first novel, The Man on the Street. Most writers travel a circuitous path on their way to...


Apr 28, 2020

When you get two hillbillies behind the microphone, you never know where the conversation is going to go. Author Tommy Jenkins stopped by the Jam to talk about his new graphic novel, Drawing the Vote, living in Appalachia, and the learning curve both he and I went through in terms of understanding race and class in...


Apr 23, 2020

This conversation could have gone on all day. (Don't worry, it doesn't!) Author Samantha M. Bailey stopped by the show to talk about her debut thriller, Woman on the Edge. Her road to publication was neither smooth nor fast. But the journey proved worthwhile. As did the unexpected turns she took along her...


Apr 20, 2020

The Big Number 50 is here! We're happy to celebrate that milestone with author Sara Sligar (Twitter, Instagram), who stopped by the Jam to talk about her debut novel, Take Me Apart. Plus, we took a deep dive into the weird insecurities that come from being a writer without all that formal writing training. Oh, and the...


Apr 16, 2020

Episode 49: Janelle Brown: I've been wanting Janelle on the program for some time, but the release of her fourth book, Pretty Things, felt like the right time considering Nicole Kidman optioned the book for an Amazon Prime series. But this is her second writing act. Before she was a best selling novelist, she was one of...