Robin and I have been good friends and writing buddies since we met at a writer’s conference in 2008. Since then, she has won numerous awards for her work and I am so thrilled to feature her brilliant writing here.
We did something a little bit different for this episode. We talked about two of her stories: “1969” featured at The New Orleans Review and “Through the Hole” a story up on PenDust Radio.
To get the most out of this podcast episode, it would be best to read and listen to these two stories first.
Many thanks to Elliot Bancel for his help editing this episode.
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Robin Luce Martin’s honors for stories and novel excerpts include the Tennessee Williams Festival Story First Prize, San Francisco PEN John Keats Soul Awakening Story Competitions, Old Scores won the 2019 Novel Manuscript and Lizardmaid 2020 Eyelands International 3Rock prize. Out Like a Lion was short listed for the Dundee International Prize and the Del Sol First Novel Prize. In 2015 she co-founded the NY author reading series, https://yeahyouwriteevents.com/
The Poetics of Wrongness Essay One: Discussion and Generative Workshop April 8th 12-2pm
In her first book of critical non-fiction, The Poetics of Wrongness, poet Rachel Zucker explores wrongness as a foundational orientation of opposition and provocation. Devastating in their revelations, yet hopeful in their commitment to perseverance, these lecture-essays of protest and reckoning resist the notion of being wrong as a stopping point on the road to being right, and insist on wrongness as an analytical lens and way of reading, writing, and living that might create openness, connection, humility, and engagement. Expanded from lectures presented for the Bagley Wright Lecture Series in 2016, Zucker’s deft dismantling of outdated paradigms of motherhood, aesthetics, feminism, poetics, and politics feel prescient in their urgent destabilization of post-war thinking. In her four essay-lectures (and an appendix of selected, earlier prose), Zucker calls Sharon Olds, Bernadette Mayer, Emily Dickinson, Adrienne Rich, Alice Notley, Natalie Diaz, Allen Ginsberg, Marina Abramović, and Audre Lorde—among others—into the conversation. This book marks a turning point in Zucker’s significant body of work, documenting her embrace of the multivocality of interview in her podcasting, and resisting the univocality of the lecture as a form of wrongness in and of itself.
In this workshop, we’ll discuss the first essay in Zucker’s book during the first hour, and write a little bit ourselves during the second hour. People who would like to share their work are always encouraged to do so, but it is not required. Sign up here.
Poetry Pop-Up Workshop on April 19th: Sign up here.
Springfed Arts Six-Week Poetry workshop starts May 3rd. Sign up here.