Slush Pile Episode 013: Creature Triple Feature

July 27th, 2016


On this episode we discussed three poems by Dana Sonnenschein, all submitted for our Monsters issue!

Dana is a professor of English at Southern Connecticut State University. Her manuscript, Bear Country was selected as winner of the 2008 Stevens Poetry Book Manuscript Competition. Her writing can also be found in Pith Journal and Poemeleon.

Dana love wolves, ravens, black cats, Universal horror films, folklore from around the world, and the kind of cookbooks that feature ingredients like mummy and shavings from human skulls. And yes, she does wear white glove when she handles manuscripts!

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Slush Pile Episode 012: Who Killed the Cat?

July 14th, 2016


Hello and welcome to Episode #12 of PBQ’s Slush Pile!
For the first time on our podcast, we are discussing fiction! Today, we will talk about a short story, “Prufrock” by Terry Dubow. We were nervous about discussing this longer format, but super excited to try it out.

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Slush Pile Episode 011: The One With Heart, Brain, and Balls

June 30th, 2016

Welcome to Episode 11 of PBQ’s Slush Pile!

In this podcast, we discuss three of Laura McCullough’s poems.

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Slush Pile Episode 010: Mangoes and Monsters

June 17th, 2016


Welcome to Episode 10 of the PBQ’s Slush pile! Episode 10!!!! Can you believe it? Thus far, we have released 10 episodes of our podcast. We’d like to say thank you to our listeners, supporters, authors and editorial board!

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Slush Pile Episode 009: All Abu Dhabi All the Time

June 6th, 2016


All 3 of the poems on today’s episode were submitted by poet Brittney Scott.* The Abu Dhabi editors flagged Scott’s previous submissions—we wanted to publish them!—but we moved too slowly. Other publications nabbed them. So Scott sent us another batch of poems to consider and we discussed them on this special edition of “The Slush Pile,” the “all Abu Dhabi all the time edition,” featuring members of our Abu Dhabi editorial board.

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Slush Pile Episode 008: The Brazilian

May 20th, 2016


First up in this episode is Todd Pierce, with “If Only You Could Remember” which had us both as lost as the speaker (in a good way) and mesmerized. Todd is currently rereading War Music: An Account of Homer’s Iliad, by Christopher Logue and the chapbook Weird Vocation, by Art Zilleruelo. He hopes that 2016 is the year that he finishes Don Quixote. Oher facts: he once flew a plane without crashing it, and once crashed a bicycle without riding it.

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Slush Pile Episode 007: Howl

May 4th, 2016


Both of the poems we discussed in Episode 7 were submitted for our “Monsters” Issue and both poems, Coyote and Coyotes,were written by Paul Nelson. Tantalizing and intriguing, we were “seduced into loving this animal that will eat your face,” as Tim pointed out. We now love coyotes and the unanimous “yes” votes prove we love these poems too!

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Slush Pile Episode 006: Wait, Wait, You Said “No?!”

April 20th, 2016

As we prepared for Episode 6, something new happened: a poet whose work we wanted to read and discuss on our podcast said, “No.” It was bound to happen some time and it did—a month a half in. We talked about it and acknowledged that some people are simply not going to be ready, some people are going to let fear win over curiosity, and some people are simply not going to ever want their work discussed in such a public manner—a recorded manner that will always exist.

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Slush Pile Episode 005.5: AWP+PBQ+LDM = Umbrella Drinks

April 12th, 2016

AWP 2016 in Los Angeles was la-la lovely. Marion and I flew out together, for the first time in all of these years of traveling to different cities. Our first bit of business? We discussed what our podcast from AWP would be about.

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Slush Pile Episode 005: Fascinating and Terrifying

March 30th, 2016


When we asked Maggie Queeney for permission to discuss her work in this podcast, her response was “this sounds fascinating and terrifying!” We’re considering that as our tag line (and a life philosophy).

We discussed Queeney’s pieces, “Last Case on the Murder Task Force,” and to be honest, we didn’t want to stop, even when all of the editors’ comments clearly illustrated how the vote would go! This poem’s craft is so beautiful to linger in, even though the images are heart wrenching and tragic.

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