A podcast in which Avren Keating interviews other transgender, genderqueer, and/or gender variant poets about their life and work in order to figure out xyr place in the world.
info_outline Interview with Kama La Mackerel 09/11/2020
Interview with Kama La Mackerel This month I got to speak with Kama La Mackerel about their just-released book, ZOM-FAM, published by Metonymy Press. We go in-depth in discussion about their decolonial artistic practices and inspiration for the book. Kama La Mackerel is a Montreal-based Mauritian-Canadian multi-disciplinary artist, educator, writer, community-arts facilitator and literary translator who works within and across performance, photography, installations, textiles, digital art and literature. Kama’s work is grounded in the exploration of justice, love, healing, decoloniality, hybridity, cosmopolitanism and self- and collective-empowerment. They believe that aesthetic practices have the power to build resilience and act as resistance to the status quo, thereby enacting an anticolonial practice through cultural production. Kama has exhibited and performed their work internationally and their writing in English, French and Kreol has appeared in publications both online and in print. They have lived in far-flung places such as Pune, India and Peterborough, Ontario. ZOM-FAM, their debut poetry collection is published by Metonymy Press. GO BUY ! Media, artists, books, etc mentioned in this episode: Kama will get to perform this October :) "" "" performance Artists who made the ZOM-FAM cover: Kai Yun Ching and Aun Li "" project and performance "" project by Kai Cheng Thom documentary , by Hazel Jane Plante , by Amber Dawn "," article in The Indian Express "," article in The Guardian ** ** "" article in The Mercury News "," an article for CNN. Because we definitely needed another reason to hate gender reveal parties, am I right? ** Donate to ** The Sound of Waves Breaking: "" by Menwar Editor and Social Media Manager: Mitchel Davidovitz
info_outline Interview with Như Xuân Nguyễn 04/03/2020
Interview with Như Xuân Nguyễn Như and I discussed her recent chapbook A System of Satellites and her writing practice, finding dignity as a trans poet, and writing past ingrained fear and doubt. She also asked me questions. Hear me stumble trying to answer questions about my writing practice and how I approach writing with personal experiences. Như Xuân Nguyễn is a queer and trans Vietnamese American poet and writer. A Kundiman Fellow and a graduate of the MFA program in Creative Writing at Rutgers-Newark, she won the 2018 Poetry Society of America Chapbook Fellowship with her debut chapbook A System of Satellites. Her work has appeared in The Offing, DELUGE (Radioactive Moat), The Journal, The Shade Journal, and Juked. She is currently based in New York City, where she lives with her two cats, Arya and Azula. Note: I refer to a NOLA poetry fest panel that is no longer happening due to COVID-19. Wash your hands and stay at home, everyone. People and Books Mentioned: Cathy Park Hong's Editor and Social Media Manager: Mitchel Davidovitz The Sound of Waves Breaking: , @Walter_Odington
info_outline Interview with S. Brook Corfman 05/21/2019
Interview with S. Brook Corfman I had the opportunity to talk with S. Brook Corfman at AWP this year! S. Brook Corfman is the author of Luxury, Blue Lace, chosen by Richard Siken for the Autumn House Rising Writer Prize, and two chapbooks: the letterpress Meteorites from DoubleCross Press and the digital collection of performance pieces The Anima from GaussPDF. The recipient of grants and fellowships from Lambda Literary, the Vermont Studio Center, and the Greater Pittsburgh Arts Council, recent work has appeared in DIAGRAM, Indiana Review, Muzzle, The Offing, Territory, and Quarterly West (Best of the Net Nomination), among other places. Born and raised in Chicago, Sam now lives in a turret in Pittsburgh. (chapbook) Writers, topics, etc, mentioned in the show: I should not be surprised on The Little Mermaid as transgender figure Sarah Ruhl’s S recommends This episode's Editor and Social Media Manager is Mitchel Davidovitz The Sound of Waves Breaking is during the day by JohnnyBeCrafty
info_outline Interview with B'ellana Johannx 04/16/2019
Interview with B'ellana Johannx Hello, hello! Happy Spring! I'm here with another interview for you fine people. I had the opportunity to interview B'ellana Johannx aka Chloe Rose about their two upcoming chapbooks! B'ellana Johannx's gender is Rilke’s dark god: a webbed scrim made of a thousand roots drinking in silence. Also known as Chloe Rose, she/they are a fat, queer, femme, non-binary womxn-of-color living with disabilities and their cats Franz and Pepper in Tacoma, WA. Rose/Johannx has been published in The Wanderer, Dream Pop, and Aspasiology, with Pushcart and Bettering American Poetry nominations henny, so watch out! Tweet them about conlangs, antifa, witchcraft, and drag names @llanaandsuchas. If you are a faggot, you are her/their kin and they love you. May the peace of the Goddess and God be upon you. #SMIB Writers, books, ideas, musicians mentioned: and by José Esteban Muñoz by Jack Halberstam Epimemetics / cultural mimetics: This from the 90s and also the more contemporary: Thomas Hobson and Kaajal Modi, “Communist Imaginaries and Queer Futures: Memes as Sites of Collective Imagination” coming soon as part of by Raquel Salas Rivera by Wendy Trevino s by Larry Mitchell by Never Angeline North "The Sound of Waves Breaking" is titled by stanrams and made me laugh my ass off. This episode was edited and media managed by Mitchel Davidovitz
info_outline Interview with Andrea Abi-Karam 02/04/2019
Interview with Andrea Abi-Karam I'm back! Hello! I got to talk with Andrea Abi-Karam this time, and I had a blast catching up with them about their latest book "." Andrea Abi-Karam is an arab-american genderqueer punk poet-performer cyborg, writing on the art of killing bros, the intricacies of cyborg bodies, trauma & delayed healing. Their chapbook, THE AFTERMATH (Commune Editions, 2016), attempts to queer Fanon’s vision of how poetry fails to inspire revolution. Simone White selected their second assemblage, Villainy for forthcoming publication with Les Figues. They toured with Sister Spit March 2018 & are hype to live in New York. EXTRATRANSMISSION [Kelsey Street Press, 2019] is their first book. Andrea's Andrea's Spray Tan's Rob Halpern's Jennifer Terry's (Andrea didn't specifically name this paper, but I felt it was relevant). Jasbir Puar's Jasmin Gibson Wendy Travino's Mattilda Bernstein Sycamore's This episode's editor and social media manager was Mitchel Davidovitz. The "Sound of Waves Breaking" was Spray Tan's "SOLOSLUT."
info_outline Interview with June Gehringer 10/26/2018
Interview with June Gehringer This month I got to talk to June Gehringer about her latest book. June Gehringer is the author of "I Love You It Looks Like Rain" (Be About It 2017), and "I Don't Write About Race" (Civil Coping Mechanisms 2018), the latter of which was the winner of Civil Coping Mechanisms's 2017 Mainline contest. She lives in Philadelphia and has more crushes than she can count. She tweets about it , and if you're a press interested in her next book you can reach her at . She's also an editor over at . I Don't Write About Race can be purchased . Writers, presses, musicians mentioned in the show: Editor and Social Media Manager: Mitchel Davidovitz
info_outline Interview with Chase Berggrun 09/01/2018
Interview with Chase Berggrun In this episode I got to speak to Chase Berggrun about their new book R E D (Birds, LLC, 2018). Their work has appeared or is forthcoming in POETRY, Pinwheel, PEN Poetry Series, Sixth Finch, Diagram, The Offing, Prelude, Beloit Poetry Journal, and elsewhere. They received their MFA from New York University. They are Poetry Editor at Big Lucks.
info_outline Interview with Luis Lopez-Maldonado 07/17/2018
Interview with Luis Lopez-Maldonado This month I got to talk with Luis Lopez-Maldonado. Prepare yourself, this episode gets a little more sexy than usual. Luis is a Xicanx poeta, playwright, dancer, choreographer, and educator. He earned a Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of California Riverside in Creative Writing and Dance. His poetry has been seen in The American Poetry Review, Foglifter, The Packinghouse Review, Public Pool, and Spillway, among many others. He also earned a Master of Arts degree in Dance from Florida State University, and a Master of Fine Arts degree in Creative Writing from the University of Notre Dame. He is currently a co-founder and editor at The Brillantina Project. Luis is on Instagram @luis.lopezmaldonado Follow Waves Breaking on Twitter at @WavesBreakPod, or email at Editor and Social Media Manager: Mitchel Davidovitz The Sound of Waves Breaking:
info_outline Interview with Kayleb Rae Candrilli 05/01/2018
Interview with Kayleb Rae Candrilli This month I got to chat with Kayleb Rae Candrilli. Kayleb is author of "What Runs Over," winner of the 2016 Pamet River Prize, with YesYes Books. "What Runs Over" is a 2017 Lambda Literary finalist for Transgender Poetry. Candrilli is published or forthcoming in Puerto del Sol, Booth, RHINO, Cream City Review, Hayden's Ferry Review, Adroit, Bettering American Poetry, Boaat Press, Vinyl, CutBank, Muzzle, New Orleans Review, and many others. They have served as the nonfiction editor of the Black Warrior Review and as a feature editor for NANO Fiction. They are now an Assistant Poetry Editor for Boaat Press. In 2015, Candrilli was a Lambda Literary Emerging Fellow in Nonfiction, and again in 2017 as a fellow in poetry. Kayleb is a Best of the Net winner and has been nominated for Pushcart Prizes (in prose and poetry) and for Best New Poets. They were also a 2017 recipient of a Leeway Art and Change Grant. Authors and music mentioned in this episode: Kayleb's website: https://www.krcandrilli.com Purchase "What Runs Over" here: Nabila Lovelace "Sons of Achilles" Shaelyn Smith "The Leftovers" Jamie Mortara "GOOD MORNING AMERICA I'M HUNGRY AND ON FIRE" Chase Berggrun "R E D" Lynette Reeman: Post-ironic bummer pop band Coping Skills: Swedish EDM Kasbo: https://www.edmsauce.com/tag/kasbo/ The Sound of Waves Breaking is here: https://freesound.org/people/kickhat/sounds/328969/ This episode is edited by Mitchel Davidovitz. Mitchel Davidovitz is also the Social Media Manager. You can contact Avren on twitter @WavesBreakPod, and on Facebook at "Waves Breaking Podcast," and through email email@example.com.
info_outline Interview with Nat Raha 03/20/2018
Interview with Nat Raha This month(ish) I got to interview Nat Raha! Nat Raha is a poet and trans / queer activist, living in Edinburgh, Scotland. Her poetry includes two collections countersonnets (Contraband Books, 2013) and Octet (Veer Books, 2010); and numerous pamphlets including ‘de/compositions’ (Enjoy Your Homes Press, 2017), '£/€xtinctions' (sociopathetic distro, 2017), '[of sirens / body & faultlines]' (Veer Books, 2015), 'radio / threat' (sociopathetic distro, 2014) and 'mute exterior intimate' (Oystercatcher Press, 2013). She's performed and published her work internationally. Nat co-edited the Radical Transfeminism zine, and is currently finishing PhD in on queer Marxism and contemporary poetry at the University of Sussex. (if you go here, there's pdfs of £/€xtinctions, the first edition '[of sirens...], and 'radio/threat') Ideas and writers discussed in this episode: Psychogeography Situationism Guy Debord Ivan Chtcheglov Sonic Youth My Bloody Valentine early Austerity 2011 England: The New York School Sean Bonney "The Commons" Nat Raha's essay "Transfeminine Brokenness, Radical Transfeminism" Lauren Berlant's idea of "slow death" found in her book "Cruel Optimism" Verity Spott, "Click Away Close Door Say" Linus Slug, Mendoza, Tommy Peeps, Insect Librarian: ninerrors Jay Bernard: Vahni Capildeo, Measures of Expatriation This episode was edited and social media managed by Mitchel Davidovitz The Sound of Waves Breaking is from
info_outline Interview with H. Melt 11/03/2017
Interview with H. Melt This month I had the opportunity to interview H. Melt about the anthology they've just edited: Subject to Change: Trans Poetry & Conversation. H. Melt is a poet, activist, and educator whose work proudly celebrates Chicago’s queer and trans communities. Their writing has appeared many places including In These Times, The Offing, and Them, the first trans literary journal in the United States. They are the author of The Plural, The Blurring and editor of Subject to Change: Trans Poetry & Conversation. Lambda Literary awarded them the Judith A. Markowitz Award for Emerging LGBTQ Writers and they've been named to Newcity's Lit 50 list, as well as Windy City Times' 30 under 30. H. Melt co-leads Queeriosity at Young Chicago Authors and works at Women & Children First, Chicago’s feminist bookstore. Writers, books and artists mentioned in this episode: Jesse Jacobs' work Sound of Waves Breaking: butter melting in a pan Editing and Marketing by: Mitchel Davidovitz WE HAVE SOCIAL MEDIA: check out our new facebook page at and our new Twitter account at @WavesBreakPod You can, of course, always reach me at
info_outline Interview with Venus Selenite 09/29/2017
Interview with Venus Selenite This month, I had the pleasure of meeting Venus Selenite in person while she started her first leg of her #RehabYearTour. Venus is a Bettering American Poetry 2016 nominee, a 2017 Pink Door Fellow, and one of the most notable trans women of color interdisciplinary artists in the United States. She is the author of two books: trigger and the fire been here. She lives in Washington, D.C. and the internet. James Baldwin, Her new book: Their new book Also, shameless plug for back on Episode 10 The Sound of Waves Breaking is by , a recording of voices in Washington, D.C. near the Jefferson Memorial. The editor is , and the show is produced by me.
info_outline Interview with Raquel Salas Rivera 08/11/2017
Interview with Raquel Salas Rivera This month I speak with Raquel Salas Rivera from their residence in Puerto Rico. Raquel Salas Rivera es una poeta, traductora, ensayista y educadora puertorriqueña que vive y trabaja en Filadelfia. Ha publicado poemas, traducciones y ensayos en numerosas revistas y antologías; también ha publicado cuatro libros de poesía: Caneca de anhelos turbios (2011), oropel/tinsel (2016), huequitos/holies (2016) y tierra intermitente (2017). En el 2018, publicará el libro lo terciario/the tertiary con Timeless, Infinite Light. Actualmente, es editora contribuyente y traductora para The Wanderer. Si para Roque Dalton no existe revolución sin poesía, para Raquel no existe poesía sin Puerto Rico. Puedes aprender más sobre su trabajo si visitas . Raquel Salas Rivera is a Puerto Rican poet, translator, essayist, and educator living and working in Philadelphia. They have published poetry, translations, and essays in numerous anthologies and journals, and as well as four poetry books: Caneca de anhelos turbios (2011), oropel/tinsel (2016), huequitos/holies (2016), and tierra intermitente (2017). In 2018, Timeless, Infinite Light will publish their fifth book, lo terciario/the tertiary. Currently, they are a Contributing Editor at The Wanderer. If for Roque Dalton there is no revolution without poetry, for Raquel there is no poetry without Puerto Rico. You can find out more about their work at . Artists and other things mentioned in this month's episode V (Raquel notes that was great) This episode was edited by and produced by me. The Sound of Waves Breaking is of the coquí hanging out at night, found on freesound.org
info_outline Interview with Kenyatta JP Garcia 07/04/2017
Interview with Kenyatta JP Garcia I got to talk on the phone with poet Kenyatta JP Garcia and their most recent collection Slow Living. Kenyatta JP Garcia is the author of They Say, Slow Living and ROBOT. JP was raised in Brooklyn but currently resides in Albany, N.Y. where they received degrees in English and linguistics. They are an editor at both Rigorous and Five 2 One Literary Magazine. In a past life, they were a cook for about a dozen years. In this modern incarnation, they get paid to put boxes on shelves by night and by day they read comics, pine, worry, and attempt to craft something worth reading. not the article JP mentioned, but hopefully helps some H.D.'s Jean Toomer's (not Bill Kartalopoulos like I said in the episode!!) Brooklyn Radio's Johnny Cash & Family If you can, check out specifically examines the sentimentality-vs-modernism forced schism more clearly than how I articulated it
info_outline Interview with Julian Shendelman 05/31/2017
Interview with Julian Shendelman In this interview, I get to talk IN-PERSON with Julian Shendelman about his new chapbook, (Nomadic Press, 2017). Julian Shendelman has a weird looking dog (part fawn, part fruit bat) and a nice Jewish boyfriend. After 10 years of living in Oakland, where he was an organizer for the Bay Area Trans Writers Workshop, Julian is relocating to Philadelphia with hopes of having more time to write. He was a 2016 Pushcart nominated poet for his piece in Bat City Review, and won a Literary Death Match with a true story about queer punk cannibalism. His first published chapbook, “Dead Dad Club,” was released by Nomadic Press in March of this year. Poets and groups mentioned in this episode: () (if you're in the area, not-cisgender and not a jerk, please come!) by Natasha Dennerstein by Juliana Delgado Lopera (sign up for a subscription!)
info_outline Interview with Ching-In Chen 04/11/2017
Interview with Ching-In Chen This month I had the pleasure of interviewing Ching-In about their recent publication, recombinant. We got to talk about archive, language, history, and gender. Ching-In Chen is the author of The Heart's Traffic (Arktoi Books) and recombinant (Kelsey Street Press) and co-editor of The Revolution Starts at Home: Confronting Intimate Violence Within Activist Communities (South End Press; AK Press) and Here is a Pen: an Anthology of West Coast Kundiman Poets (Achiote Press). A Kundiman, Lambda, Watering Hole and Callaloo Fellow, they are part of the Macondo and Voices of Our Nations Arts Foundation writing communities. Their work has appeared in The Best American Experimental Writing, The &NOW Awards 3: The Best Innovative Writing, and Troubling the Line: Trans and Genderqueer Poetry and Poetics. They are a senior editor of The Conversant and poetry editor of the Texas Review. They serve on the Executive Board of Thinking Its Presence: Race, Advocacy, Solidarity in the Arts as the Director of Membership and Social Media. Have a listen, spread the word! Artists and works mentioned in this episode: The Peabody Essex Museum's collected artifacts of the and conference: The Sound of Waves Breaking this week is from J just in case you're curious. This episode was edited by Mitchel Davidovitz,
info_outline Interview with Tyler Vile 02/28/2017
Interview with Tyler Vile While I was on the East Coast to attend/table AWP, Tyler Vile and I got the chance to meet up with each other in D.C.'s Green Lantern bar to talk poetry and punk. The photo for this month's episode was taken just after our interview. Tyler Vile is a writer, performer, and activist from Baltimore, MD whose novel-in-verse, Never Coming Home, is available on . She is a member of the Baltimore Transgender Alliance leadership team and the vocalist in a punk band called Anti-Androgen. Her interactive poetry zine, Hassidic Witch Murderer is available on her website. She aspires to one day become the world’s greatest transsexual yenta. Artists/Bands Mentioned in the show: Anti-Androgen's the the The Sound of Waves Breaking this week was a demo version of "FUCK THE WOLVES" by Anti-Androgen.
info_outline Interview with Aristilde Kirby 01/17/2017
Interview with Aristilde Kirby It was such a gift to speak with emerging-talent Aristilde Kirby for this month's episode! Aristilde Kirby is a twenty-five year old lesbian trans-woman poet and songsmith originally from Bronx, NY, but now resides from Carrollton, GA. She is a UGA Master Gardener. She is working on a chapbook entitled [bitácora total bust] and an EP entitled [LA POESÍA DEL CANTE JONDO], which will be out sometime in future recent history, hopefully. Authors, artists, and books mentioned in this episode: Jamie Berrout's translation of Esdras Parra's Frederico Garcia Lorca's Trans Women Writer's Collective Kay Gabriel's The name of the woman whose name escaped Aris's mind was we were talking about Aris's recent publication was . You can donate to her for her to help cover medical expenses, food, and secure housing. ! You can ! / ピーチー・パレード Allen Thomas No Name's Mitski's The Sound of Waves Breaking is Aris's poetic soundscape "Opaline Y Hyalite" . Editing was done by .
info_outline Interview with Jayy Dodd 12/12/2016
Interview with Jayy Dodd This month’s interview is with none other than Jayy Dodd! In this episode we talk about their work in other genres of art and critique, compensation for labor, and their newest chapbook, [sugar in the tank]. Donate to Jayy for their work and The Sound of Waves Breaking is Lucille Clifton reading her work a poem I return to often in this post-election climate.
info_outline Interview with Vita E. Cleveland 10/27/2016
Interview with Vita E. Cleveland I am so honored to get to speak with Vita E. Cleveland about her recent chapbook Dedications. The conversation, of course, wanders toward her percussion expertise, musings on art's intersection with activism, slut shaming in activist circles, and more. Notes of Poets Mentioned in this episode: Vita E's Vita E's Vita's new ebook, giving a talk at the Humanist Hall Edited by: Mitchel Davidovitz, whose experimental audio work you can check out at his . "The Sounds of Waves Breaking" was Vita E's drum solo "Clave." You can listen to the entirety of Transcripts forthcoming.
info_outline Interview with Jay Besemer 09/16/2016
Interview with Jay Besemer In this month's episode, Jay Besemer and I talk about his recent book, , along with other topics, including: living with chronic illness, our relationship with nature, sci-fi, poetry comics, and time. Books and things mentioned in this episode: Samuel Delany's Petra Kuppers' essay in Oliver Baez Bendorf's Clover Bianca Stone's Warren Craghead III's Theme Music is by Bahati Kiro Music throughout is by Chris Zorn Transcripts forthcoming from Amir Rabiyah The Sound of Waves Breaking is the ambient noise of Terok Nor from Star Trek: Deep Space Nine.
info_outline Interview with Cameron Awkward-Rich 08/01/2016
Interview with Cameron Awkward-Rich In this episode I talk with about his approaches to poetry and theory, and the poetry in his new book Sympathetic Little Monster. Cameron has published poems in The Journal, cream city review, Muzzle Magazine, Hobart, The Seattle Review, The Offing and elsewhere. He is a Cave Canem Fellow, a poetry editor at Muzzle Magazine, and currently a doctoral candidate in Modern Thought & Literature at Stanford University. Cam is the author of the chapbook Transit (Button Poetry, 2015) and his debut collection, Sympathetic Little Monster, was published by Ricochet Editions in 2016. Go check out , its a wonderful collection. Writers who were mentioned in the shout outs: James Baldwin's essay The Sound of Waves Breaking this week is the sound of opening an attic, as found on freesound.org
info_outline Interview with Jai Arun Ravine 07/03/2016
Interview with Jai Arun Ravine Jai Arun Ravine talks to me about their newest book, The Romance of Siam, just released from Timeless, Infinite Light. We talk about their use of humor in critiquing orientalism, the tourist industry in Thailand, and their process as an interdisciplinary artist. The sound of waves breaking is "Once in a Lifetime," the theme song for Thailand's tourism campaign. Jai’s website: The Romance of Siam: Jai’s performance piece from 2010, “TOMBOIGATOEYMANGO”: https://vimeo.com/15429089 Once in a Lifetime Commercial: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=V5_zFBH4wqU Ambient Asian Space: noodlecroons.tumblr.com Jo Ann Wasserman’s book of sestinas, “The Escape”: http://www.futurepoem.com/books/the-escape Gabriel Ojeda-Sague & Jai Arun Ravine in conversation about adjacency: Gabriel’s book: Jim Thompson, the Unsolved Mystery: Information about W. Somerset Maugham in Thailand:
info_outline Interview with Zoe Tuck 05/29/2016
Interview with Zoe Tuck In this episode I get to talk to Zoe Tuck in a coffee shop in Oakland. We discuss speculative fiction, the second wave feminism she navigated during her coming of age years, spirituality, trans identities and collective memory, and more. Zoe's website is here: zoetuck.com and you can order Terror Matrix from TIL here: Other writers and thinkers brought up in this show: David Antin: Interview that Tom Leger was part that I referenced: "What is Bay Area Poetry" Podcast: Zoe’s review of Archipelago: Connie Willis: Ursula K. Le Guinn: Laura Moriarty: Alice Notley: Zach Ozma: bell hooks on arts education and visual politics: http://www.amazon.com/Art-My-Mind-Visual-Politics/dp/1565842634