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Panel | Creating Literary Podcasts

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In this panel, with podcasters from different strands of the literary world, we dive deeper into what it took them to create their podcast.

Jordan Kisner

Jordan writes essays, features, and reviews for n+1, The Atlantic, The New York Times Magazine, The Guardian, The Believer, and others. She writes Corpus, a column about the body as a narrative archive for The Paris Review. My first book, Thin Places, is out now from Farrar Straus & Giroux. Her essays have received a 2016 Pushcart Prize and been selected for publication in Best American Essays 2016. She is also the creator of Thresholds podcast for Lit Hub; teacher of creative writing at Columbia University; creative team at Tables of Contents.

Tommy Pico

Tommy Pico is an indigenous writer, poet, and podcast host. He is the author of the books IRL (Birds, LLC, 2016), winner of the 2017 Brooklyn Library Literary Prize and a finalist for the 2018 Kate Tufts Discovery Award, Nature Poem (Tin House Books, 2017), winner of a 2018 American Book Award and finalist for the 2018 Lambda Literary Award, Junk (Tin House Books, 2018), finalist for the 2019 Lambda Literary Award, Feed (Tin House Books, 2019), and the zine series Hey, Teebs. He was the founder and editor in chief of birdsong, an antiracist/queer-positive collective, small press, and zine that published art and writing from 2008-2013. He was a Queer/Art/Mentors inaugural fellow, 2013 Lambda Literary Fellow in Poetry, a 2017 NYSCA/NYFA Fellow in Poetry from the New York Foundation for the Arts, and is the recipient of the 2017 Friends of Literature prize from the Poetry Foundation and a 2018 Whiting Award in Poetry. Originally from the Viejas Indian reservation of the Kumeyaay nation, he now splits his time between Los Angles and Brooklyn. He co-curates the reading series Poets With Attitude (PWA) with Morgan Parker at the Ace Hotel, co-hosts the podcasts Food 4 Thot and Scream, Queen! and is a contributing editor at Literary Hub.

Kendra Winchester

Kendra is the Co-founder & Executive Director of Reading Women Podcast, as well as a freelance editor, specializing in nonfiction, and holds an M.A. in English literature. Growing up in southern Ohio gave her a love of rural stories and a desire to see better representation of Appalachia in contemporary literature. When she’s not spending time in the publishing world, she’s taking her Corgi, Dylan, to the dog park or indulging in her cooking obsession. She currently reads and writes from coffee shops in South Carolina.

Lauren Passell

Lauren has been in media for 12 years, working in magazines, apps, books, and podcasts. She worked as Social Media director of Little, Brown then moved to WaitWhat, a podcast company, where learned the nuts and bolts of the industry. She is the creator of Podcast The Newsletter and founder of Tink, a media company that Forbes called “the first podcast PR agency for non-fiction authors. (You may have read about Tink in Hot Pod.) Her favorite podcasts are Invisibilia, The Waves, Natch Beaut, With Friends Like These, Public Intellectual, Doughboys, The Daily Zeitgeist, and too many more to name.

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