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LitCit: Antioch's Literary Citizen Podcast

Lit Cit explores the multi-faceted life of a writer in today’s literary community through insightful interviews with authors, editors, agents, and all of the people who help make writing happen. The podcast is produced and run by members of Antioch Los Angeles’ MFA Creative Writing program.

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Antioch LitCit #47 Ana Maria Spagna
On this episode of Antioch MFA Program’s LitCit, Caren McDonald chats with guest Ana Maria Spagna, a writer, teacher, and former backcountry trails worker. They discuss Spagna’s newest book, Pushed: Miners, a Merchant and (Maybe) a Massacre, and the power of reframing narrative and honoring other people’s stories. They also talk about the importance of imagination for nonfiction writers, the benefits of working on multiple projects at once, and the joys of writing the MFA critical paper. This episode was produced by Ian Rodriguez and mastered by Caren McDonald.
61:26 5/17/24
Antioch LitCit #46 Isabel Yap
On this episode of Antioch MFA Program’s LitCit, host Keshia Nash-Johnson engages author Isabel Yap in a discussion about her breakout short story collection Never Have I Ever. Isabel talks about fanfiction as a sandbox for a writer’s growth, the value of cultural mythology in her stories, monsters and the monstrous parts of humanity, death and its weight in her writing, the musicality of prose, and her forthcoming books. This episode was produced by Kenzy El-Mohandes and mastered by Keshia Nash-Johnson.
28:53 4/12/24
Antioch LitCit #45 Hanz Wasserburger
On this episode of Antioch MFA Program’s LitCit, host Thomas Huisking chats with screenwriter Hanz Wasserburger. Hanz discusses his journey from lawyer (assistant attorney general in the Civil Medicaid Fraud Division) to screenwriter (A Tale of Two Coreys, Second Impression). This interview was conducted shortly after the 2023 Writers Guild of America Strike, and was produced and mastered by Jacqueline Rose.
65:58 3/15/24
Antioch LitCit #44 Gayle Brandeis
On this episode of Antioch MFA Program’s LitCit, host Jessica Chisum chats with guest Gayle Brandeis about her latest book Drawing Breath: Essays on Writing, the Body, and Loss (2023). Gayle discusses her favorite childhood authors, why writers are afraid to write about illness, what it means to write a "bonus book," and her new "novel in multiverse" in which Lilith embodies Marilyn Monroe! This episode was produced by Kenzy El-Mohandes and mastered by Elyse Jackson-Williams.
40:48 2/16/24
Antioch LitCit #43 Ross Brown
On this episode of Antioch MFA Program’s LitCit host Thomas Huisking talks to screenwriter Ross Brown about his journey from second assistant director to television writer to executive producer and creator of three different network shows. If you remember Webster, The Facts of Life, and Step By Step, among others, you’re in for a treat! This interview was conducted shortly before the 2023 Writers Guild of America Strike. This episode was produced by Michael Sedillo and mastered by Thomas Huisking.
59:21 1/19/24
Antioch LitCit #42 Iwalani Kim
On this episode of Antioch MFA Program's LitCit, Ian Rodriguez chats with guest Iwalani Kim an associate agent at Sanford J. Greenberger Associates. They discuss what makes a story moving and Iwalani's pathway from slam poetry to becoming an agent, giving her fresh insights. They also talk about how works have literary value with evocative characters and bring words from two of Iwalani's favorite books, Luster by Raven Leilani and T Kira Madden's Long Live the Tribe of Fatherless Girls. This episode was produced by Michael Sedillo and mastered by Ian Rodriguez. 
35:09 12/8/23
Antioch LitCit #41 Kavita Das
On this episode of Antioch MFA Program’s LitCit, host Diana Hardy chats with guest Kavita Das. Kavita Das discusses writing for social change in her book Craft and Conscience: How to Write About Social Issues. Das explores the importance of representation and the barriers she faced while writing Poignant Song: The Life and Music of Lakshmi Shankar, the life story of Grammy-nominated Hindustani singer Lakshmi Shankar. This episode was produced by Michael Sedillo and mastered by Diana Hardy and Beth Dewey.
70:54 11/2/23
Antioch LitCit #40 Toni Ann Johnson
On this episode of Antioch MFA Program’s LitCit, host Kevin Cummins chats with guest Toni Ann Johnson: playwright, screenwriter, and author of five books including her most recent, Light Skin Gone to Waste. In this interview, Toni Ann shares stories of her New York upbringing, discusses how race and lightness intersect, and tells us why she values James Baldwin. This episode was produced by Samantha Rahmani and mastered by Ian Rodriguez.
44:05 9/29/23
Antioch LitCit #39 Vanessa Hua
On this episode of Antioch MFA Program’s LitCit, host Michelle Yee chats with guest Vanessa Hua, author of three books including her most recent, Forbidden City. In this interview, Vanessa shares stories about her beginnings as a writer, why she went back to school for an MFA, and how Forbidden City took fourteen years to become published. This episode was produced by Michael Sedillo and mastered by Michelle Yee.
45:29 8/25/23
Antioch LitCit #38 Toni Jensen
On this episode of Antioch MFA Program’s LitCit, host Irvina Kanarek chats with guest Toni Jensen about her Memoir, Carry (2020) which includes her personal experiences with gun violence, domestic violence, and living as a white-presenting indigenous person. Jensen also shares her thoughts about combating racism in the classroom, what it truly means to be labeled a ‘difficult woman’, her writing process, gentrification, and Gen Z. This episode was produced by Michael Sedillo and mastered by Irvina Kanarek.
56:02 7/28/23
Episode #37: Diana Khoi Nguyen
On this episode of Antioch MFA Program’s LitCit, host Maggie Lam chats with guest Diana Khoi Nguyen about their beginnings as a poet, philosophies in teaching, and techniques used in creating their debut poetry collection Ghost Of. Diana reads “Triptych” and shares stories and tips around self-care when writing about trauma and grief. This episode was produced by Michael Sedillo and mastered by Maggie Lam.  
51:30 6/16/23
Antioch LitCit #36: Ellen O'Connell Whittet
On this episode of Antioch MFA Program’s LitCit, host Mikaela Ryan chats with guest Ellen O’Connell Whittet, who is the author of the memoir What You Become in Flight (2020), and a co-host of the podcast, Good Moms on Paper. Mikaela and Ellen discuss unlearning childhood lessons about the body and femininity, studying with Jo Ann Beard, honing the tiny expert, balancing motherhood with teaching and writing, and creating a literary community. This episode was produced and mastered by Kenzy El-Mohandes.
56:24 5/26/23
Antioch LitCit #35 Aminah Mae Safi
Host Michael Sedillo talks to young adult author Aminah Mae Safi about her newest novel, Travelers Along the Way: A Robin Hood Remix (2022), a combination of historical fiction about the Third Crusades and a retelling of Robin Hood. Aminah discusses identity, representation, diversity in literature, and her life as a writer. This episode was produced by Samantha Rahmani and mastered by Michael Sedillo, students of the Antioch University MFA Program in Creative Writing.  
56:45 4/7/23
Antioch LitCit #34 Shruti Swamy
Host Diana Hardy talks to author Shruti Swamy about her short story collection, A House Is A Body (2020), and novel, The Archer (2021). Shruti Swamy discusses her experience launching two books back-to-back during the pandemic, motherhood and creativity, punctuation, her influences, and what she's working on now. This episode was produced by Samantha Rahmani and mastered by Diana Hardy.
48:38 3/3/23
Antioch LitCit #33 HarperCollins Union
Host Samantha Rahmani speaks with Parrish Turner, an editorial assistant at HarperCollins and proud member of the HarperCollins Union, about the recent HarperCollins Union strike. As of the date of this episode’s release, the union and HarperCollins have reached an agreement, and union members returned to work on February 21st. Check out HarperCollins Union (@hcpunion) on Twitter, Instagram, and TikTok for more. Episode edited by Samantha Rahmani and produced by Kenzy El-Mohandes.  
47:40 2/18/23
Antioch LitCit #32: Guadalupe García McCall
Host Michael Sedillo talks to author Gudalupe García McCall about her speculative 2022 YA novel, Echos of Grace. Gudalupe García McCall discusses representation of Latinx youth in YA literature, culture, family, teaching young people, writing speculative fiction, and her forthcoming collaboration with David Bowles, Secret of the Moon Conch. This episode was produced by Samantha Rahmani and mastered by Michael Sedillo.
53:42 1/13/23
Antioch LitCit #31 Janet Rodriguez
Host Diane Gottlieb discusses Janet Rodriguez’s memoir Making an American Family: A Recipe in Five Generations. Rodriguez discusses the mixed-race experience, matriarchs, memoir as legacy, and the importance of telling our most necessary stories.   This episode was produced by Samantha Rahmani and mastered by Michaela Emerson.   
43:11 12/9/22
Antioch LitCit #30 Nikki Darling
​​Host Kenzy El-Mohandes speaks with author Nikki Darling about her 2018 novel, Fade into You, and her forthcoming books–a collection of essays and poetry called The Call is Coming from Inside the House, and a horror novel set in mid-century Los Angeles called Dark Blue Manner. Darling discusses new narrative, growing up in Los Angeles, fandom, obsession, Madeline Miller, Stephen King, Hanya Yanagihara, and Greek mythology. This episode was produced by Samantha Rahmani and mastered by Kenzy El-Mohandes.
61:30 11/18/22
Antioch LitCit #29 Paul Tran
Host Maggie Lam engages poet Paul Tran in a discussion about the intentionalities behind writing about trauma, their process of self-inquiry as poetic investigation, and what freedom / survival means to them. Paul shares stories from their roots in spoken word poetry, anecdotes of being in community with queer poets of color, and lessons passed down from mentors such as Rigoberto Gonzalez, Carl Philips, and Mary Jo Bang. Paul reads “Lipstick Elegy”, recently featured in The New York Times, from their debut collection All the Flowers Kneeling.
50:54 9/30/22
Antioch LitCit #28 Mitali Perkins
Host Samantha Rahmani speaks with author Mitali Perkins about her book Steeped in Stories: Timeless Children’s Novels to Refresh Our Tired Souls, a study of classic children’s literature. Perkins discusses her journey as a children’s author, the need for multistoried experiences for children, the navigation of problematic and harmful works with young readers, and ways to critically examine bias in our own reading and writing practices. Episode mastered by Samantha Rahmani.
53:26 7/22/22
Antioch LitCit #27 Victoria Patterson
Host Lee Takemoto speaks with author Victoria Patterson about her story collection, Drift, the sinister side of growing up in Newport Beach, teaching, journaling, activism, and the green flash that sometimes occurs at sunset.    Episode mastered by Kenzy El-Mohandes. 
56:01 6/17/22
Antioch LitCit #26 Dan Bellm
Host Julie Sugar speaks with translator and poet Dan Bellm about his translation of Balam Rodrigo’s Central American Book of the Dead, forthcoming from FlowerSong Press this summer 2022. Bellm discusses teaching the Art of Translation course at Antioch, his work as an interpreter, and experiences as a poet and translator. Bellm reads his translation of “The Patron Saints” from Balam Rodrigo’s Central American Book of the Dead, as well as his poems “She Waits” from Deep Well and the title sonnet from Practice.   Episode produced and mastered by Michaela Emerson and Samantha Rahmani.
45:12 5/27/22
Antioch LitCit #25 Anna Dorn
Host Kenzy El-Mohandes speaks with author Anna Dorn about her forthcoming novel, Exalted. Dorn discusses her character development process, vulnerability, projection, and her works of poetry. This episode was produced by Samantha Rahmani and mastered by Kenzy El-Mohandes.
60:58 4/15/22
Antioch LitCit #24 Crystal Hana Kim
Host Samantha Rahmani speaks with author Crystal Hana Kim about her novel If You Leave Me. Kim discusses polyphonic stories, writing character, research in historical fiction, audience and representation,and intergenerational narratives of trauma and hope.  This episode was mastered by Samantha Rahmani.   
40:03 3/4/22
Antioch LitCit #23 Chris Feliciano Arnold
Host Barbara Platts chats with Chris Feliciano Arnold about his book The Third Bank of the River. Arnold talks about his travel and research for the book, as well as teaching and the writing life. This episode was produced and mastered by Kenzy El-Mohandes.
60:36 1/28/22
Antioch LitCit #22 Jenny Qi
Lee Takemoto sits down with Jenny Qi as they talk about her new book of poetry, Focal Point.  Qi discusses poetry, science and how writing contained the grief of losing her mother.  The episode was produced by Kevin Cummins and mastered by Lee Takemoto.
38:18 1/7/22
Antioch LitCit #21 Mary Gaitskill
Host Lisa Locascio Nighthawk chats with novelist Mary Gaitskill about her latest book The Devil’s Treasure. Gaitskill discusses the devil, defamiliarization and the feeling of dislocation, the writing process, writing programs, and the qualities that make a true writer.  This episode was produced by Amy Klipstine and mastered by Samantha Rahmani.
69:48 12/17/21
Antioch LitCit #20 Farah Ali
Host Ahsan Butt in conversation with guest Farah Ali about Karachi, Pakistan as home, estrangement as a fundamental human condition, avoiding sentimentality on the page, and getting to the “why behind the why” of her complicated characters. Ali reads passages from “Loved Ones,” a short story from her debut collection People Want to Live.
50:57 11/26/21
Antioch LitCit #19 Anne Liu Kellor
Host Kevin Cummins engages author Anne Liu Kellor about her path to publishing Heart Radical: A Search for Language, Love, and Belonging, her memoir about a bilingual, mixed-race American woman’s three-year sojourn in China, the country of her mother’s birth. The writers discuss racial identity, free-writing, and silence. This episode was produced and mastered by Samantha Rahmani, Amy Mills Klipstine, Kevin Cummins, Tracey Simmons, and Lee Takemoto Salo.
44:55 11/5/21
Antioch LitCit #18 Lauren Tarshis
Host Louise Rozett engages children’s author Lauren Tarshis in a discussion about her path to publishing the popular I Survived series, the need to develop children as readers, research rapture, and constrained timelines when writing creative nonfiction. This episode was produced and mastered by Amy Mills Klipstine, Kevin Cummins, and Lee Takemoto Salo.
55:12 9/24/21