A series of intimate and captivating interviews by Rachel Zucker with poets and artists about quotidian objects, experiences or obsessions, Commonplace conversations explore the recipes, advice, lists, anecdotes, quotes, politics, phobias, spiritual practices, and other non-Literary forms of knowledge that are vital to an artist’s life and work. One feels, when listening to Commonplace, the pleasure of eavesdropping on the kind of unexpected, intriguing connections that only happen when interesting people sit together in a small room and talk about their real concerns and ordinary lives.

Episode 1: David Trinidad

Episode 1: David Trinidad

A native of Los Angeles, David Trinidad has written numerous books of poetry, the most recent being Notes on a Past Life, published by BlazeVOX books. His work is intimate, filled with confessional outpourings, while drawing on sparkling references to television, Hollywood and kitsch. David lives in Chicago, and teaches at Columbia College, where he co-founded the literary journal Court Green. James Schuyler has described his work as “[turning] the paste jewels of pop art into the real thing.”

 

Episode 2: Nick Flynn

Episode 2: Nick Flynn