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Fairy Tales #2: Minotaur Missives, Dreadful Young Ladies, and Magic as Realism

The Loft Podcast

Release Date: 10/09/2018

Today's show is all about myth, magic, and middle grade fiction. You'll hear:

1. Poet Analicia Sotelo reads three mythic poems from her collection Virgin (Milkweed Editions, 2018): "Ariadne Discusses Theseus in Relation to the Minotaur," "The Minotaur Invents the Circumstances of His Birth," and "The Minotaur's Letter to Ariadne."

2. Novelist and teaching artist A. Rafael Johnson talks about fantastical elements in his novel The Through, and how he's exploring magic realism with students in his Loft class this fall.

3. Fiction writer Kelly Barnhill talks about approaching fairy tales for children and adults, and the ways that these stories lend themselves to empowerment, subversion, and creativity.


More about our guests:

Analicia Sotelo is the author of Virgin, winner of the Jake Adam York Prize, selected by Ross Gay for Minneapolis' Milkweed Editions 2018. Her poem “I’m Trying to Write a Poem About a Virgin and It’s Awful” was selected for Best New Poets 2015 by Tracy K. Smith. Analicia is the Director of Communications and Development at Writers in the Schools. Find her online here.

A. Rafael Johnson is teaching a class on magical realism at the Loft this fall. He is the author of The Through, which was a finalist for the 2018 Minnesota Book Award in fiction. Learn more about him and his work here.

Kelly Barnhill is the Newberry medal-winning author of Dreadful Young Ladies and Other Stories, as well as many works for middle-grade readers, including The Girl Who Drank the Moon and The Witch's Boy. Visit her website here.


This episode includes the following music:

"The Crossing, "Leela," "Strange Dog Walk," "Grey Alley," and "Relay 7" by Blue Dot Sessions

"Devil in Details" by David Hilowitz

"Eight Nine (Won't You Be Mine?)" by Ava Luna


The Loft Podcast is produced by Rachel Yang, with support from Chris Jones and Melissa Wray.