The Buzz

S3: E16 Journal X Debut

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Farnaz Fatemi and Victoria Bañales interview poets and discuss Journal X, a new literary/arts journal focused on social justice. With poems from Victoria Bañales, Josslyn Glenn, hector son of hector, Geneffa Jahan, and Thomas Anthony Connor.

Journal X:


Victoria Bañales

Josslyn Glenn:Facebook: Josslyn Glenn

Twitter: Funky_Nurd


S3 E15: Julie Murphy Interviews Nickole Brown

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Julie Murphy interviews award winning poet Nickole Brown.  Nickole reads from her stellar chapbook The Donkey Elegies and speaks passionately about donkeys, language and what is holy. If you haven’t heard Nickole read, you’re in for a real treat!

Nickole Brown teaches at the Sewanee School of Letters MFA Program and the Great Smokies Writing Program at UNCA. She lives with her wife, poet Jessica Jacobs, in Asheville, NC, where she periodically volunteers at several different animal sanctuaries. A chapbook of called To Those Who Were Our First Gods won the 2018 Rattle Chapbook Prize, and a long sequence called The Donkey Elegies was published as a chapbook by Sibling Rivalry Press in 2020.

Nickole Brown’s Website

SunJune Literary Collaborative

Vanessa Angélica Villareal

Listen to Vanessa Angélica Villareal read from her poems and talk deeply and passionately about the development of her book Beast Meridian. We were moved by her rigorous, precise, and poetic mind and we know you will be too. If you’ve already read Beast Meridian, you will love hearing Villareal dive into portions of it. If you haven’t yet, you’re going to want to.

Vanessa Angélica Villarreal is the author of Beast Meridian (Noemi Press, Akrilica Series 2017), a recipient of a 2019 Whiting Award, a Kate Tufts Discovery Award nomination,  and winner of the John A. Robertson Award for Best First Book of Poetry from the Texas Institute of Letters. She is a 2021 National Endowment for the Arts poetry fellow, and has appeared in The New York Times, Harper’s Bazaar, The Boston Review, Poetry Magazine, and elsewhere. She is working on a poetry and essay collection while raising her son in Los Angeles.