The Metaworker Podcast

Welcome to The Metaworker Podcast! We’ve published so much great stuff over the years but, as often happens with online magazines, the good stuff can get lost in the shuffle. So we created this podcast to discuss some of our favorite pieces and to delve deeper into the reasons we decided to publish them. (Though who are we kidding? Everything we publish is our favorite.) Our goal is to make the publishing world a little less murky, and to get you inspired to keep writing. We hope you enjoy these episodes as much as we enjoyed creating them!

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The text of each poem/prose piece read in individual episodes is copyright by the respective author(s). The Metaworker Podcast © 2021 by Matthew Maichen; Elena Lucia Perez; Marina Shugrue; Darin Milanesio; Melissa Reynolds is licensed under Attribution-NonCommercial-NoDerivatives 4.0 International. This means you may not sell, alter, or transcribe any part of the podcast, but you are free to share or copy the file as long as you retain attribution to The Metaworker and the author(s).

Episode Description:

Matthew, Marina, Melissa, and Elena talk about Mina Rozario’s flash fiction fantasy story, Rangoli Man. We gush about saying a lot in very few words, the utopian fairy-tale tone, and the story’s fascinating dive into Indian culture.

Referenced in this Episode:

Rangoli Man Mina Rozario on The Metaworker website

A Future Leviathan’s Prodigious Sister by Mina Rozario on The Metaworker website

Division of the Marked by March McCarron, book recommended by Mina

A Deadly Education (book 1 of the Scholomance Trilogy) by Naomi Novik, book recommended by Mina

Author Bio:

Mina Rozario is an Indian-American writer and technical product manager. Her non-work hours consist of dreaming up storylines, learning new dance styles, and trying not to kill her plants.

Episode Description:

Matthew, Marina, and Melissa gush about Lane Talbot’s Minotaurs before asking him about how he approaches his craft, the art of writing the thriller, and how his personal experiences have informed his storytelling. We manage to throw out nods to writers who take a long time on their work, and the hidden advantages of doing so.

Referenced in this Episode:

Minotaurs by Lane Talbot on The Metaworker website

House in the Cerulean Sea by Tj Klune, book mentioned in episode

Sunk-Cost Fallacy

Mythbusters polishing a turd

David Mamet, memo to writers of The Unit (distinguishing drama from information)

Why you might want to rethink using the word ‘tribe’

Lane’s blog

Author Bio:

Lane Talbot’s work has been listed as notable fiction in Best American Mystery Stories and published in Berkeley Fiction Review, ThugLit, Able Muse and elsewhere. His MFA is from Southern Illinois University.

Episode Description:

Editors Matthew, Elena, and Melissa talk to Stella Meadows about her brilliant nonfiction (as well as what makes brilliant nonfiction in general), identity, introspection, LGBT+ representation in art, and specifically LGBT+ representation in the science fiction and fantasy genres. 

Referenced in this Episode:

Meditations on Water by Stella Meadows on The Metaworker website; 

Paradise is a Feeling by Stella Meadows on The Metaworker website; 

House in the Cerulean Sea by Tj Klune, book recommended by Stella; 

The Pervert by Remy Boydell & Michelle Perez, comic book recommended by Stella; 

Drop-Out, web comic recommended by Stella; 

Grease Bats by  Archie Bongiovanni, comic recommended by Stella

Author Bio:

Stella Meadows is a writer to know. Born in 1996, she’s been active since the age of eight, ever in search of the perfect sentence. Her first story was published in Quirk Literary Magazine in May, 2020. Her other work is forthcoming. Meadows takes a personal approach to story-telling, focusing primarily on issues of identity and self-expression. When not reading or writing, she can be found drinking espresso and chasing down scared raccoons (they need affection too!). A student of Humanities and Communications at California State University, Monterey Bay, she will graduate in early 2021. 

Episode Description:

Editors Matthew, Elena, and Melissa talk to Veronica Lupinacci about her wonderful poem, Kurt. We talk about nonfiction, how we remember people, and the general topic of learning to write well.

Referenced in this Episode:

Kurt by Veronica Lupinacci on The Metaworker website; 

Beating a Dead Horse or Good Prose Writing by Matthew Maichen on The Metaworker website; 

Neighbor by Darrell Pateska on The Metaworker website; 

Daniele Pantano, poet recommended by Veronica; 

Billy Collins, poet recommended by Veronica

Author Bio:

Veronica Lupinacci is poet, an adjunct writing professor at State College of Florida, and a Grant Officer for Mote Marine Laboratory is Sarasota, Florida, U.S. where she crafts foundation proposals and reports to grow philanthropic support for marine conservation research and education. Her poetry has been published in journals including BOAAT, Gravel, McNeese Review, Haiku Journal, and The Pinch, and she is the author of a children’s book used for ESL education in Beijing, China.

Episode Description:

Editors Matthew, Elena, Marina, and Darin talk to Kate Shannon about her wonderful poetry! We touch on the history of the form, some of the brutal inspirations that Kate uses for her work, and what we love about beautiful poetry of all kinds.

Referenced in this Episode:

thick crusts of midnight in the late Ordovician, a wilderness of morning elsewhere by Kate Shannon on The Metaworker website; 

ghazal for aguas del sur by Kate Shannon on The Metaworker website;

a quote by Richard Siken, from his poetry collection Crush

Hip-Hop Ghazal by Patricia Smith

The American Cavewall Sonnets  by C.T. Salazar

Author Bio:

Kate Shannon is a farmer, editor, and poet from Upstate NY where she lives with her partner and too many dark secrets. She writes speculative poetry and fiction and hopes to not be eaten by one of her hideous creations. Her publication history includes The Mithila Review, Anti-Heroin Chic, and High Shelf Press.

Episode Description:

Editors Matthew, Elena, Darin, and Melissa talk to Paul Rabinowitz about his piece Little Gem Magnolia and its surreal mix of genres. We touch on New Orleans, art, making time for art, and so much more.

Referenced in this Episode:

Little Gem Magnolia by Paul Rabinowitz on The Metaworker website;

I’ve Loved You So Long, film recommended by Paul;

The Selfish Giant,  film recommended by Paul;

Paul Rabinowitz’s Website

Author Bio:

Paul Rabinowitz is an author, photographer and founder of ARTS By The People, a nonprofit arts organization based in New Jersey. Paul’s photography, short fiction and poetry have appeared in many magazines and journals including Nailed, Long Exposure Magazine, Linden Avenue Literary Journal, Pif Magazine, The Metaworker, Burningword and others. Paul is the author of Limited Light, and a novella, The Clay Urn, (Main Street Rag, 2020). Paul is currently at work on a novel Confluence and a collection of prose poems, Grand Street, Revisited

Episode Description: 

The Metaworker Editors (Matthew Maichen, Elena L. Perez, Marina Shugrue, Darin Milanesio, and Melissa Reynolds) talk to Omar Hussain about his wonderful piece “The Dog in You.” We introduce the larger idea of the podcast, Omar reads an excerpt, and then we talk about the piece, morality, and interpreting stories in different ways than the author intends.

Referenced in this episode:

The Dog in You by Omar Hussain on The Metaworker website

Lobster by Rachel Reeher in SmokeLong Quarterly

Author Bio: 

Omar Hussain is a writer from the San Francisco Bay Area, transplanted to Ann Arbor, Michigan. His work has appeared or is forthcoming in X-R-A-Y Magazine, The Cabinet of Heed, Ellipsis Zine, Spelk, Dream Noir, Fleas On the Dog and (mac)ro(mic), among others. Omar’s beta-test novel, The Outlandish and the Ego, debuted in late 2017. It received some praise, remarkably.

Episode Description: 

In this pilot episode, Editor-in-Chief Matthew Maichen and then-intern (now editor) Melissa Reynolds have a conversation about The Dinner Party by Alexa Hailey, in which they touch on comedy, magical realism, originality in writing, and the wonderfully bizarre suburban parody that is this story.

Referenced in this episode:

The Dinner Party on The Metaworker website

And Then He Died writing tips by Matthew Maichen

Author Bio: 

Alexa Hailey is a freelance and fiction writer living in Massachusetts. Her fiction work has been published in Flash Fiction Magazine, Vamp Cat Mag, and Detritus. You can follow her on Twitter at @lexabobexa.