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Episode 44: On Dialogue

February 1, 2016, 1:02 p.m.

Recent USF MFA graduate, and former Switchback Podcast Cohost, Ian Jacoby, returns to the booth to discuss the creation of dialogue on the page with Rafael and Rose.




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Episode 43: Books Into Film

February 1, 2016, 1:02 p.m.

Rafael and Rose explore books that were turned into successful, award-winning films, and what commonalities they possess.




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Episode 42: Viva La Workshop!

November 1, 2015, 1:11 p.m.

Greg is about to graduate, and he's worried about maintaining a community of writers post-graduation. He asks his fellow MFAers, Rose and Rafael, about their experiences in forming and running their own independent writing groups. Two episodes ago, we were pooh-poohing the whole idea of the writing workshop, and now we're telling you how to set up workshops of your own. Are we flip-floppers? Absolutely!




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Episode 41: Spooky Scary Halloween

November 5, 2015, 5:11 p.m.

It's just Ian and Greg this week, talking about SPOOKY SCARY STORIES. Listen to them discuss M.R. James, his five principles of ghost stories, and the difference between terror and horror. Later, Ian tells Stephen King to come at him, bro. So prepare to be terrified! Or is it horrified? Maybe you'll just get grossed out. Whatever the case, it should be a good time.




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Episode 40: Killing the Workshop

November 4, 2015, 4:11 p.m.

This week on the podcast, fellow Switchbacker Colter Ruland comes in to chat with Greg and Rafael about the MFA workshop -- and why it needs to die. OK, that might be an overstatement. But for the past fifty years, practically every MFA program in the country has been using the same tired (or time-tested?) format for their workshops. Perhaps it's time that changed. But if so, how? What alternatives exist to the traditional MFA workshop? Anyone who's been paying attention knows that lots of ink and plenty of pixels have been spilled over just these questions. Unfortunately, no one's come up with a definitive answer -- until now! Listen as Colter, Rafael, and Greg definitely put the matter to rest.




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Episode 39: 826 Valencia

October 6, 2015, 6:10 p.m.

On this episode of the Switchback podcast, fellow MFAer Alyssa comes in to talk with Ian and Greg about her experience working at 826 Valencia, a San Francisco non-profit "dedicated to helping children and young adults develop writing skills and to helping teachers inspire their students to write." Over the course of their conversation, the podcast crew talks about the Google Impact Challenge, the unselfconscious creativity of kids, and scurvy.




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Episode 38: More Prize Talk

October 6, 2015, 6:10 p.m.

It's award season! The Man Booker prize was awarded to Jamaican author Marlon James, and the shortlists for the National Book Awards were announced. Your hosts talk about that for a little while. Also! The MFA in Creative Writing at USF recently held a SUPER STUPENDOUS AMAZING faculty reading of works in progress. If you weren't able to make it, you can live vicariously through your hosts this week: Greg, Melissa, and Rafael.




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Episode 37: Know Your Nobel

October 3, 2015, 3:10 p.m.

Ian, Greg, and Stan discuss the recent awarding of the Nobel Prize in Literature to Belarussian writer Svetlana Alexievich. Then they debate how much we should care about literary prizes in the first place. Later in the episode, the gang discusses their favorite banned books, because banned books week wasn't too long ago. Incidentally, Greg manages to set a new record for longest series of technical difficulties at the start of the episode. Be amazed!




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Episode 36: Litquake 2015

October 8, 2015, 8:10 p.m.

Anthony, a first-year poet in the program, joins Greg in the studio. The two hosts talk about the city of San Francisco, as well as Litquake, a literary festival that's taking place all throughout the city this month (www.litquake.org/).




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Episode 35: Interning at ZYZZYVA

October 11, 2015, 11:10 a.m.

Fellow MFAer Allison Rodriguez comes into the studio to talk with Ian and Greg about interning at ZYZZYVA, a literary magazine based in downtown San Francisco. You may have heard of it. Note: Ian's mic sounds tinny for about the first ten minutes, but eventually gets fixed. Sorry 'bout that.




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Episode 34: Life After MFA: What Editors Do

October 11, 2015, 11:10 a.m.

What do editors at publishing houses do? Well, it depends on what kind of editor you're talking about. In the first of what are sure to be several episodes on the topic of Life After MFA, Ian and Greg talk about life working as an editor in the publishing industry.




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Episode 33: Fling! An Interview with Lily Iona Mackenzie

September 10, 2015, 10:09 p.m.

In this episode of the Switchback podcast, author Lily Iona Mackenzie comes into the studio to talk about her latest book, Fling!, released earlier this summer by Pen-L Publishing. After reading a selection from the book, Lily talks with hosts Greg Poulos and Stan O'Neill about the craft of writing, the importance of being a shapeshifter, and why we bother to read and write at all. Purchase Fling! at Pen-L Publishing: www.pen-l.com/Fling.html




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Episode 32: Taking a Cannon to the Canon

July 12, 2015, 12:07 p.m.

What book would you delete from the literary canon? What would you put in its place? Greg has some wishy-washy choices, while Ian makes no bones about his.




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Episode 31: Take Five (AWP Recap)

April 4, 2015, 4:04 p.m.

Ian and Greg celebrate Tax Day, chat about the panels at this year's AWP conference in Minneapolis, and a lady in an elevator asks Ian if he's a writer.




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Episode 30: "Cowboy, Don't" by Aaron Shurin, read by Virginia Barrett

February 3, 2015, 3:02 p.m.

"Cowboy, Don't" by Aaron Shurin, read by Virginia Barrett. "Cowboy, Don't" originally appeared in Switchback Issue 13. www.swback.com




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Episode 29: "Umbilical" by Lisa Beebe, read by Ian Jacoby

October 7, 2014, 7:10 p.m.

"Umbilical" by Lisa Beebe, read by Ian Jacoby. "Umbilical" originally appeared in Switchback Issue 19. www.swback.com




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Episode 28: "birds who eat flowers" by Ali Lanzetta and "The B-Boy" by Martha Grover, read by Joseph Gordon

July 7, 2014, 7:07 p.m.

"birds who eat flowers" by Ali Lanzetta and "The B-Boy" by Martha Grover, read by Joseph Gordon. Both poems originally appeard in Switchback Issue 11: Process vs. Product. http://swback.com/




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Episode 27: "The Mermaid Behind the Glass" by John F. Buckley and Martin Ott and "Manuals for Trains" by Rebecca Morgan Frank read by Ryan O'Toole

May 12, 2014, 12:05 p.m.

"The Mermaid Behind the Glass" by John F. Buckley and Martin Ott and "Manuals for Trains" by Rebecca Morgan Frank from Switchback Issue 18, read by Ryan O'Toole. www.swback.com




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Episode 26: "Shooting Star" by Tyler Sage, read by Joe Ransom

April 6, 2014, 6:04 p.m.

"Shooting Start" by Tyler Sage, read by Joe Ransom. From Switchback Issue 17: Broken. www.swback.com




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Episode 25: "Abundant Life" by Kian Razi, read by Allison Rodriguez

February 8, 2014, 8:02 p.m.

"Abundant Life" by Kian Razi, read by Allison Rodriguez From Switchback Magazine Issue 7 www.swback.com




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Episode 24: "Topography" by Maggie Blake and "Anger" Heather Angier read by Cassie Duggan

February 8, 2014, 8:02 p.m.

"Topography" by Maggie Blake and "Anger" Heather Angier read by Cassie Duggan. Both poems originally published in Switchback Issue 18: Rising. www.swback.com




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Episode 23: "A Lifted Idea" by Jim Nelson, read by Greg Poulos

December 7, 2013, 7:12 p.m.

"A Lifted Idea" by Jim Nelson, read by Greg Poulos. Originally published in Switchback Issue 7: Accident vs. Design. www.swback.com




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Episode 22: "Charon" by Cezarija Abartis read by Valerie Sedig

November 11, 2013, 11:11 p.m.

"Charon" by Cezarija Abartis read by Valerie Sedig. Originally published in Switchback 18: Rising. www.swback.com




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Episode 21: "A Case of the Puncs" by Andrew McLinden read by Charlie Kennedy

March 12, 2013, 12:03 p.m.

"A Case of the Puncs" by Andrew McLinden read by Charlie Kennedy. Originally published in Switchback 16: Current. www.swback.com.




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Episode 20: "Little Bird" by Constance Ford read by Juli C. Lasselle

March 12, 2013, 12:03 p.m.

"Little Bird" by Constance Ford read by Juli C. Lasselle. Originally published in Switchback 16: Current. www.swback.com. Music by the Parking Lots.




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Episode 19: "Anonymous" by Michael James Rizza read by Juli C. Lasselle

December 2, 2012, 2:12 p.m.

"Anonymous" by Michael James Rizza read by Juli C. Lasselle. Originally published in Switchback 15: Rosita. www.swback.com. Music by the Parking Lots.




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Episode 18: Poems of Aaron Shurin read by Stephen Novotny

November 5, 2012, 5:11 p.m.

[Cowboy, don't] and STATION by Aaron Shurin, read by Stephen Novotny. Originally published in Switchback 13: Intuition vs. Logic. Visit www.swback.com for more information. Music by the Parking Lots.




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Episode 17: "Standing in line for the Alexander McQueen Exhibit at the Metropolitan Museum of Art" by Alex Stolis read by John Gibbs

October 3, 2012, 3:10 p.m.

"Standing in line for the Alexander McQueen Exhibit at the Metropolitan Museum of Art" by Alex Stolis, ready by John Gibbs. Originally published in Switchback 15: Rosita.




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Episode 16: "Parade" by Juliet Grable read by Lina Shustarovich

August 2, 2012, 2:08 p.m.

"Parade" by Juliet Grable read by Lina Shustarovich. Originally published in Switchback 15: Rosita. www.swback.com.




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Episode 15: "Blue Boy" by Louis Bourgeois read by Catherine Wargo Roberts

August 4, 2012, 4:08 p.m.

"Blue Boy" by Louis Bourgeois read by Catherine Wargo Roberts. "Blue Boy" was originally published in Switchback 16: Rosita. www.swback.com. Music by the Parking Lots www.myspace.com/theparkinglots




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Episode 14: "On Grass" By Elizabeth Robinson read by Ryan O'Toole

July 11, 2012, 11:07 p.m.

"On Grass" by Elizabeth Robinson read by Ryan O'Toole. Originally published in Switchback 14: Global vs. Local. www.swback.com. Music provided by the Parking Lots (www.myspace.com/theparkinglots)




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Episode 13: "It Was a Mild Form" by Robin Demers read by Aysegul Savas

June 10, 2012, 10:06 a.m.

"It Was a Mild Form" by Robin Demers read by Aysegul Savas, originally published in Switchback Issue 6: Dialectic vs Antinomy. www.swback.com. Music by the Parking Lots www.myspace.com/theparkinglots.




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Episode 12: "The Sad Sentence" by Andrew McLinden read by Kate Folk

April 1, 2012, 1:04 p.m.

"The Sad Sentence" by Andrew McLinden as read by Kate Folk. Originally published in Switchback 14: Global vs. Local. www.swback.com. Music by the Parking Lots www.myspace.com/theparkinglots




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Episode 11: "Like Nothing" by Robyn Carter, ready by Kristin Seabolt

March 11, 2012, 11:03 a.m.

Kristin Seabolt reads and discusses "Like Nothing" by Robyn Carter, originally published in Switchback 14: Global vs. Local. Music by the Parking Lots. www.myspace.com/theparkinglots. www.swback.com




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Episode 10: Poems of Micah Ballard read by Stephen Novotny

March 10, 2012, 10:03 a.m.

"Tracings & Carbons", "Ad Nauseam", "New Shapes" by Micah Ballard read by Stephen Novotny. Poems originally published in Switchback Issue 9: Horizontal vs. Vertical. www.swback.com. Music by The Parking Lots. www.myspace.com/theparkinglots.




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Episode 9: "Polar Bear Perils" by Melodie Corrigall read by Catherine Wargo Roberts

February 9, 2012, 9:02 a.m.

Associate nonfiction editor Catherine Wargo Roberts reads and discusses "Polar Bear Perils" by Melodie Corrigall, the winner of the November flash contest. www.swback.com. Music by the Parking Lots (www.myspace.com/theparkinglots)




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Episode 8: Bonus Audio vs. Visual: 0909_far_50

January 8, 2012, 8:01 p.m.

Maureen Alsop reads and discusses 0909_far_50, her recent collaboration with Joshua Gottlieb Miller and Sparky Campanella.




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Episode 7: "Jess & Jain" by Candra Kolodziej read by Juli C. Lasselle

December 1, 2011, 1:12 p.m.

For the December episode of Switchback: Audio vs. Visual, Associate Fiction Editor Juli C. Lasselle reads and discusses "Jess & Jain" by Candra Kolodziej, originally published in Switchback Issue 13: Intuition vs. Logic.




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Episode 6: "Spanking Without a Cause" by Kevin Killian read by Jorge Cino

November 12, 2011, 12:11 p.m.

"Spanking Without a Cause" by Kevin Killian read by Jorge Cino. "Spanking Without a Cause" appeared in Switchback Issue 10.




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Episode 5: "The Sympathizer" by David Booth read by Aysegul Savas

October 12, 2011, 12:10 p.m.

"The Sympathizer" by David Booth read by Aysegul Savas.




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Episode 4: Three poems by Todd Melicker read by Karen Biscopink

September 12, 2011, 12:09 p.m.

On this edition of Switchback: Audio vs. Visual, poetry editor Karen Biscopink reads and discusses three poems by Todd Melicker, "Wait", "Tremble" and "Brittle", originally published in Switchback Issue 1: Tradition vs. Experimentation.




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Episode 3: "The Joys of Watching a Dog Fall Apart" by Matt Farrell read by Michelle Boise

August 5, 2011, 5:08 p.m.

"The Joys of Watching a Dog Fall Apart" by Matt Farrell read by Michelle Boise. "The Joys of Watching a Dog Fall Apart" appeared in Switchback Issue 13.




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Episode 2: “Twelve Minutes” by Marream Krollos read by Stephen Beachy

July 1, 2011, 1:07 p.m.

“Twelve Minutes” by Marream Krollos read by Stephen Beachy. "Twelve Minutes" by Marream Krollos originally appeared in Switchback Issue 8 Stillness vs. Frenzy. www.swback.com.




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Episode 1: Switchback Issue 13 (9 rooms including 0)

March 3, 2011, 3:03 p.m.

Switchback editors Kelci and Keith discuss the poem 9 rooms including 0 by Nicholas Leaskou.




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