F308. Literary Podcasting: The Good, the Bad, and the Books

E141-142, Oregon Convention Center, Level 1
Friday, March 29, 2019
4:30 pm to 5:45 pm


Podcasts are exploding as a venue for writers to reach audiences beyond traditional media. How do podcasts influence our national discussion of subjects like diversity and social justice? How do they offer in-depth forums to discuss craft, theory, or the intersection of politics and writing? How can I start one? The writers on this panel discuss how they founded their own podcasts—like Portland’s own Racist Sandwich podcast—and the pleasures, pains, and opportunities of this growing medium.



Whitney Terrell cohosts the Fiction/Non/Fiction podcast at Literary Hub. He is the author of The Good Lieutenant, The King of Kings County, and The Huntsman. His nonfiction appears in the New York Times, Harper's, and the New Republic. He teaches at the University of Missouri–Kansas City.

Taz is an activist, storyteller, and politico. A cohost of #GoodMuslimBadMuslim Podcast, she was honored in 2016 as a White House Champion of Change for AAPI Art and Storytelling. She is published in Modern Loss, Good Girls Marry Doctors, Love, Inshallah, and Coiled Serpent.

Zahir Janmohamed is the cohost of Racist Sandwich, a podcast on food, race, gender, and class, as well as an MFA student at the University of Michigan. In 2017, his podcast was nominated by Saveur magazine and the International Association of Culinary Professionals as one of the best food podcasts.

David Naimon is coauthor of Ursula K. Le Guin: Conversations on Writing and host of the literary podcast Between the Covers. His work can be found in AGNI, Boulevard, VQR, Tin House, Fourth Genre, Zyzzyva, StoryQuarterly, and elsewhere.

Connor Stratton is a cohost of the poetry podcast Close Talking. He holds an MFA in poetry from the University of Minnesota. His poetry and reviews have been published in DIAGRAM, Rogue Agent, Full Stop, and Everyday Genius. He is also a mentor for the Minnesota Prison Writing Workshop.


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