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In the Atelier is a creativity podcast for writers & artists that explores the life of the imagination. Each installment brings you real talk on subjects like the highs & lows of making art, inspiring works of literature & cinema, and the value & valor of staying true to your own creative vision. Produced by the award-winning literary press Atelier26 Books; hosted by author, publisher, & teacher M. Allen Cunningham. Support this podcast: https://anchor.fm/in-the-atelier/support
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ATELIER VISIT WITH FILMMAKER & PIXAR WRITER JASON HEADLEY: Atelier Visits take you into the creative workspaces of artists we admire. We're asking writers, visual artists, musicians, and filmmakers to bring you right inside their respective ateliers and share a bit about their process, their creative preoccupations, whatever is on their minds lately. It's an opportunity to spend a little while with various brilliant people who are busy doing good imaginative, artistic work. They'll speak to us directly about what life and creativity is like for them. Jason Headley is the writer and director of the feature film A Bad Idea Gone Wrong, which won a Special Jury Prize at the South by Southwest Film Festival, and which you can view online, and co-writer of Pixar’s 2020 film Onward. Headley's short film work has been featured by NBC’s Today Show, Sundance TV, and the TED conference. He created the viral short film It’s Not About the Nail, in which he also acted, and also created the viral short film F*ck That: an Honest Meditation, and the accompanying F*ck That book and F*ck That app. But these are only few of his projects. You can find out more about them and many others at jasonheadley.com.  Mentioned in this episode: purposeful emptiness; letting the story be the distraction; West Virginia; Green Bay Packers; yard sales in San Francisco; an old man and his microwave; not adorning the inoperative; Pixar's "Onward"; cake then icing; getting the reason right; getting down in the rhubarb; perspective versus intention; weirdly angled notions; keeping it simple; Headley's film "A Bad Idea Gone Wrong"; being stuck in one's own life; South by Southwest Film Festival; South by Southwest Special Jury Prize for "A Bad Idea Gone Wrong"; hot buttered chaos; being a night person; Pixar working hours; making use of the day; the guilt of not writing; story-building and cards; Pixar telecommuting; Mural digital workspace; extra wide monitors; the incredible power of procrastination; kicking one's own ass; getting the document open; tinkering; just sort of doing it; writing versus surgery; existentialism; narcissism; fear of failure; guitar playing; joyous noise; pork parts. Music: "Working the Fields" by James Paul Mitchell; "In Awe" by Evolv; "Reborn" by Swirling Ship; "Cold (instrumental)" by Anthony Lazaro; "Make Me Mad (instrumental)" by Ofrin (All music used courtesy of the artists through a licensing agreement with Artlist) --- Support this podcast: https://anchor.fm/in-the-atelier/support
M. ALLEN CUNNINGHAM ON THE BROADS & BOOKS PODCAST: In the Atelier is going from weekly to occasional, but don't worry: there's lots of good listening still ahead. To make sure you hear about it whenever a new installment hits the podwaves, sign up for the Atelier26 newsletter at Atelier26Books.com. For today’s installment: a special from Broads and Books, the funny and feminist book podcast whose hosts love sharing books as much as they love sharing embarrassing stories and crackpot business ideas. Hosted by Amy and Erin, both voracious readers, Broads and Books is some of the most refreshing listening you’ll find. We can’t think of any other show that could match the fantastic chemistry and conversational rhythms between these two quick-witted bibliophiles. Recently, after listening to many many episodes of the Broads and Books himself, M. Allen Cunningham had the surreal pleasure of being a guest on the show, and it was the best time he's ever had discussing his reading life and his work as a novelist. They got him talking about his earliest formative reading, his conversion experience while accidentally watching Shakespeare’s Hamlet on screen at age 12, the classics he struggled with, the books he thinks everyone should read -- and they even got him to share the story of one of his most awkward author events. Have a listen, and check out Broads and Books wherever you get your podcasts! --- Support this podcast: https://anchor.fm/in-the-atelier/support
ATELIER VISIT WITH WRITER BESS WINTER: Atelier Visits take you into the creative workspaces of artists we admire. We're asking writers, visual artists, musicians, and filmmakers to bring you right inside their respective ateliers and share a bit about their process, their creative preoccupations, whatever is on their minds lately. It's an opportunity to spend a little while with various brilliant people who are busy doing good imaginative, artistic work. They'll speak to us directly about what life and creativity is like for them. Bess Winter's debut short story collection, Machines of Another Era, appeared from Gold Wake Press in January 2021. Her work appears in American Short Fiction, Gettysburg Review, Alaska Quarterly Review, Ecotone, W.W. Norton’s Flash Fiction International, and elsewhere, and has been awarded a Pushcart Prize and the American Short[er] Fiction Prize. An Assistant Professor of English at Eastern Illinois University, she’s Editor-in-Chief of Bluestem Magazine. Visit BessWinter.com. Mentioned in this episode: Urbana, IL; Roger Ebert; David Foster Wallace; Stanley Elkin; William Gass; old dolls; ghosts. Music: "Deep Brown Eyes" and "Grace" by Raccoon Racoon (Music used courtesy of the artist through a licensing agreement with Artlist.) This episode reprised from the ITA archives. --- Support this podcast: https://anchor.fm/in-the-atelier/support
ATELIER VISIT WITH WRITER AMY LEE LILLARD: Atelier Visits take you into the creative workspaces of artists we admire. We're asking writers, visual artists, musicians, and filmmakers to bring you right inside their respective ateliers and share a bit about their process, their creative preoccupations, whatever is on their minds lately. It's an opportunity to spend a little while with various brilliant people who are busy doing good imaginative, artistic work. They'll speak to us directly about what life and creativity is like for them. Today: award-winning fiction writer Amy Lee Lillard at home in Des Moines, Iowa. Lillard's debut book, the kick-ass short story collection DIG ME OUT, is coming from Atelier26 Books in October 2021 and available for preorder now at Atelier26Books.com.  Mentioned in this episode: election seasons; rad Raygun tees; living on your own; old houses; bats; feral cats; maintenance calls; rainbow fire; working from home; Broads and Books podcast; Sleater Kinney; Bikini Kill; Nine Inch Nails; Trent Reznor; Iggy Pop; profane cross-stitch; owning your creative identity.   Music: "Wellington Joke" by Manos Mars; "Du Da" by Ian Post; "Broken Radios" by Stanley Gurvich; "Start Over" by Skygaze; "Just Right" by Generation Lost (All music used courtesy of the artists through a licensing agreement with Artlist) --- Support this podcast: https://anchor.fm/in-the-atelier/support
ABOUT DISCOURAGEMENT: Artists and writers, at some point (or several points) you're going to receive the message that your work is insignificant. You're going to wonder what use there is in continuing to do and share your work. It's unlikely that you will escape this unpleasantness. But when it arrives, remember that almost nobody escapes it -- that you've come to a new threshold. This is a bonus Installment of IN THE ATELIER. Check out our longer episodes too. IN THE ATELIER is produced by the award-winning literary publisher Atelier26 Books and hosted by M. Allen Cunningham. www.Atelier26Books.com / www.MAllenCunningham.com. Music: "For the Broken Hearted" by Yehezkel Raz (All music used courtesy of the artists through a licensing agreement with Artlist) This installment reprised from the ITA archives. --- Support this podcast: https://anchor.fm/in-the-atelier/support
Produced by Atelier26 Books, hosted by M. Allen Cunningham --- Support this podcast: https://anchor.fm/in-the-atelier/support
ATELIER VISIT WITH WRITER WOODY SKINNER: Atelier Visits take you into the creative workspaces of artists we admire. We're asking writers, visual artists, musicians, and filmmakers to bring you right inside their respective ateliers and share a bit about their process, their creative preoccupations, whatever is on their minds lately. It's an opportunity to spend a little while with various brilliant people who are busy doing good imaginative, artistic work. They'll speak to us directly about what life and creativity is like for them. Woody Skinner's debut short story collection, A Thousand Distant Radios, was published by Atelier26 Books and was a semi-finalist for PEN America's  PEN/Bingham Prize for Debut Fiction. His work has won the Sherwood Anderson Fiction Award and appeared in Mid-American Review, The Carolina Quarterly, Hobart, Booth, Another Chicago Magazine, and elsewhere. Mentioned in this episode: chalkware cowboys; 1950s beer cans; cluttered desk-space; mid-century masculinity; Arkansas; Cincinnati, OH; Chicago, IL; objects and the imagination; Luke Geddes' novel Heart of Junk; Bess Winter's Machines of Another Era; Skinner's short story "The Knife Salesman"; writing in coffee shops; crust punks; scones; the value of corporate environments; the virtues of boredom. Music: "Winner" by Ofrin; "Tunnel Vision" and "Memories" by Stanley Gurvich; "Lost in the Future" by Swirling Ship (All music used courtesy of the artists through a licensing agreement with Artlist) This episode reprised from the ITA Archives. --- Support this podcast: https://anchor.fm/in-the-atelier/support
ATELIER VISIT WITH FILMMAKER BRIAN PADIAN: Atelier Visits take you into the creative workspaces of artists we admire. We're asking writers, visual artists, musicians, and filmmakers to bring you right inside their respective ateliers and share a bit about their process, their creative preoccupations, whatever is on their minds lately. It's an opportunity to spend a little while with various brilliant people who are busy doing good imaginative, artistic work. They'll speak to us directly about what life and creativity is like for them. Brian Padian is the writer/director of the award-winning web series Microagressions, which played at NYC Webfest, the feature-length film The Black Sea, the forthcoming web series Man of La Mansion, and the forthcoming feature-length film Sister/Brother. Mentioned in this episode: telecommuting; breakfast for the kids; day jobs; something to push against; laziness; the problems with monomaniacal ambition; monotony and the "meaningless"; Final Cut; Padian's first feature film The Black Sea; American Film Institute; Ingmar Bergman; Mike Leigh's Naked; David Lynch's Lost Highway; Jim Jarmusch's Dead Man; artist Noah Nakell; Sight & Sound magazine; Film Comment magazine; Filmmaker magazine; American Cinematographers magazine; naivete; Padian's short film "The Big Black Dark"; bookshelves as totems; screenplay versus finished film; budget limitations; screenwriting as travel planning; primacy of image, cast, and crew; the hazards of the artist's waiting and wanting; power in the doing; the Oregon coast; sneaker waves; dolly tracks; letting go; aspiration versus reality; tiny miracles. Music: "Retrospecting" by Yehezkel Raz; "Per Paura Che Si Rompa" by Bottega Baltazar; "Momentum" by Borrtex; "Roots" by I Am Fowler (All music used courtesy of the artists through a licensing agreement with Artlist) --- Support this podcast: https://anchor.fm/in-the-atelier/support
SOUL SCHOOL WITH JOHN KEATS: The English poet John Keats died unknown to the world at age twenty-five. The odds were against him from the start. Today his poetic mastery is often cited as being second only to Shakespeare. In this episode we look at a letter Keats wrote in 1819, in which he called the world "the vale of Soul-Making."  Mentioned in this episode: John Keats; Shakespeare; Christianity; Rilke Music: "Another Green World" by Loyla; "Papyrus" by Kyle Preston; "Ballo in Casa Capuleti" by Bottega Baltazar. (All music used by courtesy of the artists through a licensing agreement with Artlist.) Episode reprised from the ITA archives. --- Support this podcast: https://anchor.fm/in-the-atelier/support
ATELIER VISIT WITH HARRIET SCOTT CHESSMAN: Atelier Visits take you into the creative workspaces of artists we admire. We're asking writers, visual artists, musicians, and filmmakers to bring you right inside their respective ateliers and share a bit about their process, their creative preoccupations, whatever is on their minds lately. It's an opportunity to spend a little while with various brilliant people who are busy doing good imaginative, artistic work. They'll speak to us directly about what life and creativity is like for them. Harriet Scott Chessman has published two novels with Atelier26 Books: The Beauty of Ordinary Things and Someone Not Really Her Mother. Her latest novel is The Lost Sketchbook of Edgar Degas. She wrote the libretto for the opera My Lai. Mentioned in this episode: A room of one's own; woodland vistas; spareness and light; Ikea desks; poetry; haiku; breath; writing librettos; opera; My Lai; The Tempest; justice; the writer's connection to -- and contribution to -- the world. Music: "Ballerina" by Yehezkel Raz;  "Ever I Wander" by Jameson Nathan Jones; "Afternoon Mist" by Yehezkel Raz (All music used courtesy of the artists through a licensing agreement with Artlist) This episode reprised from the ITA archives. --- Support this podcast: https://anchor.fm/in-the-atelier/support
WHAT WOULD LEONARD COHEN DO? : If you’re a hardworking creative soul striving to continue doing the work of the expressive imagination, striving to honor an authentic vision that resists the forces of market optimization, you could do a lot worse than immerse yourself in Leonard Cohen’s corpus and give this question your consideration: What would Leonard do? Mentioned in this episode: Leonard Cohen; Cohen's "Hallelujah"; Songs of Leonard Cohen; Cohen's 1963 debut novel The Favorite Game; CBC Television; Cohen's novel Beautiful Losers; Cohen's performance style; Bob Dylan; Cohen's "Famous Blue Raincoat"; Zen; Mount Baldy; Leonard Cohen world tour; skipping at age 78; Cohen's album You Want It Darker; Cohen's album Thanks for the Dance; Feist; Beck; Damien Rice. This episode reprised from the ITA archives. --- Support this podcast: https://anchor.fm/in-the-atelier/support
Loon Checkers

Loon Checkers

2021-01-2708:34

LOON CHECKERS, from THOREAU'S LEAVES -- An October day in a boat on Walden, and "a pretty game, played on the smooth surface of the pond, a man against a loon." (From Walden, "Brute Neighbors") Loon sounds by Andrew Spencer, XC 189383 (accessible at www.xeno-canto.org/189383); and Todd Wilson, XC103421 (accessible at www.xeno-canto.org/103421). Music: "Love You" by Yehezkel Raz; "Revelations" by Tristan Barton (All music used courtesy of the artists through a licensing agreement with Artlist) Hear more from Thoreau's Leaves at anchor.fm/thoreausleaves --- Support this podcast: https://anchor.fm/in-the-atelier/support
ATELIER VISIT: WRITER KRISTEN MILLARES YOUNG Atelier Visits take you into the creative workspaces of artists we admire. We're asking writers, visual artists, musicians, and filmmakers to bring you right inside their respective ateliers and share a bit about their process, their creative preoccupations, whatever is on their minds lately. It's an opportunity to spend a little while with various brilliant people who are busy doing good imaginative, artistic work. They'll speak to us directly about what life and creativity is like for them.  Kristen Millares Young's debut novel, Subduction (Red Hen Press) was named a Finalist for two International Latino Book Awards in 2020. Her writing appears in The Washington Post, The Seattle Times, the Guardian, the Los Angeles Review, Joyland Magazine, Psychology Today, Hobart, Crosscut, Moss, and elsewhere. Kristen was the researcher for the New York Times team that produced "Snow Fall: The Avalanche at Tunnel Creek," which won a Pulitzer and a Peabody. Visit KristenMYoung.com.  Mentioned in this episode: writing while standing; showing your work; taking your time; Makah Tribe; Luis Alberto Urrea; emotion and rigor; Frida Kahlo; Joan Didion; Literary Hub; mica and peeling rock; Sappho; ecstasy; mother goddess worshipping cults; Elissa Washuta; Washuta's "White Magic"; Tin House Books; Melissa Febos; Febos's "Girlhood"; Hugo House.  Music: "Walkman Snail Shoes" by Peter Spacey; "Blue Moon Cafe" by Stefano Mastronardi; "Where I Find Rest" by Sun Wash; "Bloody You" by Racoon Racoon;  "Clouds" by Stanley Gurvich. (Music used by courtesy of the artists through a licensing agreement with Artlist.) --- Support this podcast: https://anchor.fm/in-the-atelier/support
ATELIER SPECIAL: IN LUDWIG'S ROOM -- Atelier Specials feature original creative content including essays, fiction, and excerpts. Today: In honor of the 250th birth-year of Ludwig Van Beethoven, M. Allen Cunningham's account of a visit to Beethoven's rooms in Vienna, a mere two centuries after the composer steps out. Mentioned in this episode: Vienna; University of Vienna; the Ringstrasse; Vienna ramparts; the Votivkirche; Beethoven's 4th, 5th, 7th, and 8th symphonies; Beethoven's Rasumowsky Quartets; Beethoven's opera "Fidelio"; office workers; dreamers; ghosts; work and time; what we give our attention to. Music: Beethoven! (and "Hands of Time" by Narrow Skies, used courtesy of the artist through a licensing agreement with Artlist). --- Support this podcast: https://anchor.fm/in-the-atelier/support
ATELIER VISIT WITH WRITER BESS WINTER: Atelier Visits take you into the creative workspaces of artists we admire. We're asking writers, visual artists, musicians, and filmmakers to bring you right inside their respective ateliers and share a bit about their process, their creative preoccupations, whatever is on their minds lately. It's an opportunity to spend a little while with various brilliant people who are busy doing good imaginative, artistic work. They'll speak to us directly about what life and creativity is like for them. Bess Winter's debut short story collection, Machines of Another Era, is coming from Gold Wake Press in January 2021. Her work appears in American Short Fiction, Gettysburg Review, Alaska Quarterly Review, Ecotone, W.W. Norton’s Flash Fiction International, and elsewhere, and has been awarded a Pushcart Prize and the American Short[er] Fiction Prize. An Assistant Professor of English at Eastern Illinois University, she’s Editor-in-Chief of Bluestem Magazine. Visit BessWinter.com. Mentioned in this episode: Urbana, IL; Roger Ebert; David Foster Wallace; Stanley Elkin; William Gass; old dolls; ghosts. Music: "Deep Brown Eyes" and "Grace" by Raccoon Racoon (Music used courtesy of the artist through a licensing agreement with Artlist.) --- Support this podcast: https://anchor.fm/in-the-atelier/support
A SONG FOR THE UNSUNG: Autumn is traditionally the season of "big books" -- books by the established heavy-hitters and the foreordained bestsellers among hot debuts. But in the midst of this season (and with Thanksgiving upon us), here's a tribute of gratitude to those who keep the literary world turning and the art-makers making. Mentioned in this episode: small books; unreviewed, unbought, and unawarded authors and poets; the disappearing midlist; "literary disappointments"; Bookscan; readers; commonplace books; editors; sales conferences; publishers; authors who help; writers who teach; experimentation; literary magazines; independent bookstores; the unconnected, unincluded, and uninvited best of the best. Music: "Love You" by Yehezkel Raz (All music used courtesy of the artists thanks to a licensing agreement with Artlist) --- Support this podcast: https://anchor.fm/in-the-atelier/support
ATELIER SPECIAL: LET US PRAISE THE PUBLIC LIBRARY -- Atelier Specials feature original creative content including essays, fiction, and excerpts. Today: an essay by M. Allen Cunningham, slightly abridged. "Let Us Praise the Public Library" was originally published as a special 3-part series in The Oregonian. You can read the complete essay at medium.com/@M_A_Cunningham. Mentioned in this episode: Portland, Oregon; Multnomah County Library; Victor Hugo; Charles Dickens; Mark Twain; Herodotus; J.M. Whistler; Charles Kingsley; Jorge Luis Borges; Toni Morrison; John Steinbeck; the Library of Alexandria; Der Spiegel; Virginia Quarterly Review; Hypnerotomachia Poliphili; Aldus Manutius; American civic life; democratic institutions; The Oregonian.  Music: "Mythological" by Ofrin; "Do Your Thing" by Guesthouse; "Thoughts" by ANBR; "Settle Down" by Giants and Pilgrims; "Shallow Water" by Sivan Talmor; "Betula Lenta" by Shahar Haziza (All music used courtesy of the artists through a licensing agreement with Artlist.) --- Support this podcast: https://anchor.fm/in-the-atelier/support
ABOUT DISCOURAGEMENT: Artists and writers, at some point (or several points) you're going to receive the message that your work is insignificant. You're going to wonder what use there is in continuing to do and share your work. It's unlikely that you will escape this unpleasantness. But when it arrives, remember that almost nobody escapes it -- that you've come to a new threshold. (This is a bonus Installment of IN THE ATELIER. Check out our longer episodes too.) Music: "For the Broken Hearted" by Yehezkel Raz (All music used courtesy of the artists through a licensing agreement with Artlist) IN THE ATELIER is produced by the award-winning literary publisher Atelier26 Books and hosted by M. Allen Cunningham. www.Atelier26Books.com / www.MAllenCunningham.com --- Support this podcast: https://anchor.fm/in-the-atelier/support
SURRENDERING TO PROCESS: Artist Andy Goldsworthy strives to know and understand stone -- and that's no straightforward task. Mentioned in this episode: "Rivers and Tides" (2001 documentary film). Music: "Hand in the Jar" by Rodello's Machine (used by courtesy of the artist through a licensing agreement with Artlist) This episode reprised from the ITA archives. --- Support this podcast: https://anchor.fm/in-the-atelier/support
The Barn of Fortune

The Barn of Fortune

2020-09-3011:10

THE BARN OF FORTUNE: Thoughts on happiness, the freedom to make art, and why the costs of some financial benefits are way too high.  Mentioned in this episode: making a living; Bay Area housing; overpriced apartments. Music:  (All music used by courtesy of the artists through a licensing agreement with Artlist) This episode reprised from the ITA archivesm --- Support this podcast: https://anchor.fm/in-the-atelier/support
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