Episode 34: Mistakes Were Made

May 17th, 2017

Due to a miscommunication, we discussed Matthew Perini’s short story, “Martha’s Rule,” without knowing that it had been published by Summerset Review. We had such a great time discussing this piece, and we think the conversation still has value. With the permission of the author and the Review, we share that conversation with you on this episode.

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Episode 33: The Lily of the Valley

May 3rd, 2017

This week, we’re back at the table discussing a fiction piece by Frank Scozzari, titled “In the Valley of the Dry Bones.”

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Episode 32: Art & Politics

April 19th, 2017

This week’s episode features special guest Adrian Todd Zuniga, creator and host of the Literary Death Match, in our discussion of art, politics, and the relationship between the two.

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Episode 31: Balance

April 9th, 2017

On this week’s podcast, we review three poems by two authors: “The Riddle of Longing” by Faisal Mohyuddin and “Pyramids” and “American Wedding” by Shayla Lawson.

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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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