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 2: Nick Flynn

Episode 2: Nick Flynn

Nick Flynn’s creativity knows no bounds. While he has written many books of poetry, including My Feelings, his most recent out from Graywolf Press, he is also the author of a play, a textbook, and three memoirs, one of which was adapted into the film Being Flynn. He’s also won many awards, including the PEN/Martha Albrand Award for the Art of the Memoir, a Guggenheim Fellowship, and the PEN/Joyce Osterweil Award for Poetry. In his words, he has worked as “a ship's captain, an electrician, [and] a case-worker with homeless adults” though now he holds a prestigious teaching position at the University of Houston.

Episode 3: John Murillo

Episode 3: John Murillo

Episode 1: David Trinidad

Episode 1: David Trinidad