Episode 30: Resonance and Rejection

March 22nd, 2017

This week we look at two poems by two authors, “Drink Like A Fish” by Alexa Smith and “pine” by Shabnam Piryaei

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Episode 29: The Unexamined Fisherman

March 8th, 2017

“Art of Fishing” creates a riveting discussion on genre, racism, voice, and identity. The editors in this episode all appreciate Rebec’s craft and point of view of an underrepresented culture. He presents a non-judgemental depiction of grotesque and brutal acts of exclusion. Our editorial table had a great time discussing the difference between resiliency and rationalization, and the merits of nonfiction in a piece that is, as Jason puts it, “muscular, gorgeous and direct with a lot of sentiment.”

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Episode 28: PBQ Celebrates with One Book, One Philadelphia

February 22nd, 2017

This is a special podcast episode with some help from the folks over at One Book, a signature program of the Free Library of Philadelphia that promotes literacy, library usage, and citywide conversation by encouraging the Philadelphia area to come together through reading and discussing a single book. This year’s book is The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time by Mark Haddon.

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Episode 27.5: AWP Bookfair Buzz!

February 20th, 2017


Last week, Painted Bride Quarterly made its way down to the 2017 Association of Writers and Writing Programs Conference in Washington D.C along with an estimated 12,000 individuals and 800 presses, journals, and literary organizations.

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Episode 27: Suicides and Skeleton Jazz

February 9th, 2017

This week’s discussion both took us back and made sure that none of us would see the world the same way again. With images of breakdancing, gospel choir, and the not-so-innocent Georgia Brown, we were in it. Whether we’re distinguishing jazz from jazz or this episode is filled with risky moves.

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Episode 26: Preparation H is Easier on the Mouth

January 27th, 2017

As our podcast newbie Maureen puts it, “Vultures” fosters a great discussion among our team. We all agree that the characters were natural, and created a “gripping” tension that made us keep reading. Despite the hopeful and heroic ending, we as readers were left contemplating self-awareness, desperation, and a darker view of people as merely predators and prey.

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Episode 25: Saved from Bon Joviism

January 11th, 2017

PBQ is back with the first episode of 2017! In this episode we talk about two poems by Taylor Altman and one by Heather Sagar.

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Episode 24: PBQ‘s Holiday Extravaganza!

December 28th, 2016

This week, we have a holiday special for you all! Just a few months ago, we had the privilege of hosting an event for Philalalia, a small press festival. We had a great reading at the Pen and Pencil Club in Philadelphia with a superbly talented group of writers, and we know you’re gonna love them as much as we did!

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Episode 23: The White Episode

December 14th, 2016

This week’s piece led to a lot of great discussion! While we analyzed our favorite and not-so-favorite moments in this story, our table discussed fiction as a genre: its purpose and the functions it must serve for its readers. With lingering depictions of artwork and thoughts on the process of grief, this story certainly provided conversation. However, did “White” do it for us? Listen and find out!

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Episode 022: Tea Leaves and Tastykake

November 30th, 2016

we’re transported to the sunny beaches of “Bora Bora,” where we find ourselves with some trouble in paradise. We follow that off trying to decipher “The Walrus in the Tea Leaves,” where we’re left with more questions than answers. And finally, we throwback to The Eagles’ “Hotel California” with “Déjà Vu.” Even though we do check in, we’re not so sure if we ever want to leave!

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