"Unknown Words" is a bi-monthly podcast dedicated to highlighting the work of unpublished or lesser known writers. Each episode, Matthew reads a either a short story, creative non-fiction, or works of poetry then interviews the writer to gain some insight into the work's composition and just maybe that of the author's.

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The show is back. Found in close up in  Carmen Brady's poetry are the details we notice when we are disconnected from others. That's not to say her poems are always about disconnectedness, but that void of understanding appears as a character itself at times. The shape created by what we don't understand about one another, when we try and fail to communicate truthfully. 

Carmen's poetry has appeared in Metatron, Potluck Mag, Little River Lit mag, Electric Cereal and elsewhere. Her chapbook Eating Alone at Chipotle was published by Bottlecap Press in 2015.

You can follow her on Twitter at @therealcbrad

 

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Zhalih

MUSH

 

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Direct download: 33_-_Carmen_Brady.mp3
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It has...been awhile. Sorry about that. But the show is not gone. 

In this short episode, I am reading an essay of my own entitled "The Birthday Card Forgeries." I also speak for the first time about my sister and her autism and how I've been led to write more non-fiction. 

The next full episode of the show will drop on April 3rd. I'll see you lovely people then.

The contest I submitted this essay to is the Missouri Review's Miller Audio Prize. Check it out! You can listen to all the past winners and there are some great entries. 


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MUSH

ludwig danson

 

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Direct download: Hi_there_mini_ep.mp3
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Family can be a strange thing. Both pieces by Sunny Bleckinger on today's show, one fiction and non-fiction, explore the complicated feelings that go hand in hand with having a complicated family.

In the non-fiction piece he recounts meeting his father after being adopted and out of all contact for 20 years. In addition to their wobbly newfound relationship is the mystery of his mother, a person no one has seen since she kidnapped Sunny and his sister.

In the fiction piece, a man does the reuniting for his estranged parents himself. In choosing to take in two very erratic people under one roof, the pressure on the man builds until he finally finds escape, soaring through the sky, as a duck. Literally.

You can find Sunny's writing published in Word Riot and Monkeybicycle, as well as on his website. Check out his podcast for the IPRC entitled, The Staple

 

Conversation Topics: writing, Amsterdam, literature, short stories, parenthood, kids, family, tennis, surrealism, massage therapy. 


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Prism Palace

MUSH

 

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Direct download: 32_-_Sunny_Bleckinger.mp3
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We have three stories today from writer/filmmaker, Annabel Graham. Her writing, when fictional and non-fictional, has a way of finding ghosts, a way of tracing their influence on our lives. These can be the spirits of lost loved ones, or the ominous presence of a landscape itself, both having the power to present the world to us in their liking. Her stories on today's show all share the ability, almost paradoxically, to be both mysterious and intimate, leaving the reader affected, but still slightly unsure just how it happened. 

 

Her writing has appeared in Cosmonauts Avenue, Atticus Review, Cutbank Magazine, The Gallatin Review, Corium Magazine, and elsewhere.

 

Follow Annabel on twitter: @annabeleverest and check out her website

 

Conversation Topics: Cannes Film Festival, short film, film making, writing, NYU, screenwriting, non-fiction, family, illness, LA, grief, mourning, personal writing. 

 

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Zhalih

MUSH

 

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Direct download: 31_-_Annabel_Graham.mp3
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Nkem Obi-Melekwe creates music under the name Mon Nobi. His songs are dreamy and surreal, sometimes psychedelic; they grow out of the calamity of everyday sounds. Nkem also has his roots in hip hop, and many of his songs oscillate in and out of that region of music. They can sometimes move from trip hop to fully ambient electronic and then into straight, old school beats. He's a young guy, but he's already carved out his own peculiar and ever developing style. 

Conversation Topics: music, the South, Asheville, North Carolina, producing, sampling, collaborating, soundcloud, genres, playfulness, screamo, recording, cartoons, Adult Swim, Flying Lotus, Htrk, Phantogram, drawing. 

 

Find his music at:

soundcloud.com/monnobi

monnobi.bandcamp.com

 

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@nkemobm

 

Songs in order played:

1) What But A Blip on a Bell Curve

2) Lykmnd'd

3) Bread & Circuses

4) Houzcat

5) Iris

6) Dwyndwn

7) Why Am I Still Awake?

8) REM Rebound

9) MonoNoAware

10) The Koolaid

 

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Direct download: 30_-_Mon_Nobi.mp3
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This is the first episode where we are catching up with a writer who has already been on the show and seeing where their projects have taken them, what new things they've finished, and where they're going now. We catch up today with Jeff Musillo, guest of episode #25. We talk about everything from the film in pre-production he is working on to his unfinished novel about the modern reincarnation of Jesus and his problematic life. 

The next full episode, #30 with music artist Mon Nobi, will be here tomorrow.

You can purchase Jeff's new novel, The Eternal Echo, on Amazon in both paperback and e-book formats. 

See all of Jeff's paintings on his Instagram, @jmusillo


Conversation Topics: writing, screenwriting, film, movies, inspiration, literature, Kurt Vonnegut, Darren Aronofsky, music, film scores, tone. 

 

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MUSH

 

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It is one grand confession, one grand act of admitting love that the main character of today's story, Marlese, hopes will shift her life back toward the intimacy she once knew. But this confession is for a total stranger. On top of that, her friends are too busy making grilled cheese sandwiches by the dozens for some mysterious purpose to give much advice on love. J.P. Kemmick's story is one that has a premise of soap opera like obsession, but instead, his story takes a much more endearing, and funny turn. 

This story first appeared in J.P.'s collection of stories, Space City, USA. You can order a copy by emailing him at: orderspacecityusa@gmail.com

His writing has appeared in Beechers, A Capella Zoo, Toad, Barrelhouse and elsewhere. 

 

Conversation Topics: writing, moving, literature, reading, surrealism, fabulism, Portland, Karen Russell, female characters

 

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The flash fictions of Kendra Fortmeyer all share a magical realist quality and a melancholy, yet sometimes sweet, sense of humor. Hear three of her stories on today's episode, spread throughout our conversation that ranged from writing, the (imagined) Carolinas rivalry, Amy Bender, and stories from Kendra's dreams. 

Her work has appeared in PANK, Monkeybicycle, The Toast, Five Quarterly and elsewhere. She edits fiction for Broad! Magazine

Today's stories can be found at Wyvern Lit, People Holding, and Cheap Pop

 

Topics: writing, literature, publishing, David Bowie, magical realism, surrealism, teaching, dreams, mermaids, apocalypse, flash fiction, storytelling, influence. 

 

All music by MUSH

 

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In Mensah Demary's short story, a middle aged man who's left his marriage crumbling encounters a brazen, single young mother, and he begins to question even further what he actually wants. 

"Butcher's Block" was first published in PANK magazine. 

His fiction has also appeared in Metazen, Monkeybicycle,  and the Safety Pin Review among others. His non-fiction can be found in Salon, Thought Catalog, The Lit Pub and elsewhere. 

Mensah is an associate editor with Catapult and the founding editor of Specter Magazine

Follow him on Twitter @mensah4000

 

Conversation Topics: writing, literature, memoir, New York, Brooklyn, New Jersey, publishing, middle age, Roxane Gay, mentorship, Maggie Nelson, The Argonauts, non-fiction, essay.  

 

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Mon Nobi

MUSH

 

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Direct download: 27_-_Mensah_Demary.mp3
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Today's short story by playwright, Kenneth Hanes, deals with the relatively universal pain of seeing aging loved ones losing their memories and their recognition. However, for the main character of this story, who is a transwoman, this loss is magnified, for not only does her embittered father no longer recognize her, he has lost any understanding at all of who and how she is. 

Today's story first appeared in The Massachusetts Review

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Direct download: 26_-_Kenneth_Hanes.mp3
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