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MF GALAXY

MF GALAXY is a weekly podcast powered by four mighty engines: * Writers on writing: the craft and the business * Pop culture including TV, movies, graphic novels, and more * Progressive politics, activism, and social enterprise * Africentric change-makers, histories, cultures, art, and more! Mixing brand-new interviews with classic conversations (from my archive of 23 years in broadcasting) with famous and dynamic figures in the arts, Hollywood, and politics, MF GALAXY will take you to places you've never been before, and deliver fresh insights on the places you've been.
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Now displaying: September, 2016
Sep 15, 2016

Award-winning writer Jennifer Cockrall-King is a journalist and the author of Food and the City: Urban Agriculture and the New Food Revolution, a book on global movements in urban food production.

Her articles have appeared in numerous magazines and newspapers including the Chicago Sun-Times, the National Post, Maclean’s, and many more. She spoke with me live onstage at Authorpalooza #2 in Edmonton at Cha Island on November 26, 2014.  She talks about the business and the craft of being a freelance journalist and how the skills for both can help other writers boost their careers, and what her A-game is, what it means to physicalise her writing, and how to learn from other writers.

Next up, award-winning fantasy novelist Eileen Bell. Her debut novel was the paranormal mystery Seeing the Light, which won the 2014 Book Publishers Association of Alberta award for Best Speculative Fiction Book of the Year, and was shortlisted for the Bony Blythe Award for Light Mystery. She’s also the author of Drowning in Amber and Meeting the Parents, edits for On Spec Magazine, and wrote one of the novellas in Women of the Apocalypse. She spoke with me at Authorpalooza #3 on March 11, 2015 live at Devaney’s Pub in Edmonton.

 

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Sep 1, 2016

London-born Jenn Brissett is one of those classic overnight success stories who was decades in the making. Her first novel, Elysium: Or, The World After, was the runner-up for the 2015 Philip K. Dick Award and a finalist for the 2015 Locus Best First Novel Award. She’s currently completing the sequel called Eleusis and has had stories published in The Best of Halfway Down the Stairs.

She has a Master degree in Creative Writing specialising in Speculative Fiction, and also an Electrical Engineering degree with a concentration in Visual Art. Prior to winning literary accolades, she owned and ran Indigo Café & Books in Brooklyn.

In today’s MF GALAXY, we discuss:

  • Her strategies for creating intimacy for readers
  • How, why, and where she takes careful observation of her fellow New Yorkers
  • Why she uses analogue methods in a digital age for editing her work
  • Her take on using the five senses and, yes, extra senses, in order to make her work the best it can be, and
  • How to defeat imposter syndrome

And along the way, Brissett cites fantasy author David Anthony Durham.

She and I spoke on July 22, 2016 by Skype, and we began by discussing which teacher had such a huge impact on her, and why.

 

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