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 30: Sarah Vap

Episode 30: Sarah Vap

Rachel Zucker speaks with poet Sarah Vap about Sarah’s unpublished and evolving manuscript, sentimentality, extreme susceptibility, interruptibility, raising sons, toxic masculinity, the invisible violence of the state, and the extended emergency of mothering young children. Their conversation is informed by Sarah's presentation for Protean Acts: The Art of Reinvention, a panel for the 2017 Association of Writing Programs conference in Washington D.C., of which an excerpt is also included in the episode.


Books by Sarah Vap

End of the Sentimental Journey (Noemi, 2013)

Arco Iris (Saturnalia, 2012)

Faulkner’s Rosary (Saturnalia, 2010)

American Spikenard (University of Iowa Press, 2007)

Writers on the AWP panel Protean Reinvention (included in episode)

Jaswinder Bolina

Dana Levin

Brian Teare

Writers on the AWP panel on Capitalism (Patron extra)

Julie Sheehan

Susan Briante

Patricia Spears Jones

Writers on the Sentimentality Panel at Harvard

Annie Finch

Sarah Vap

Rachel Zucker

Kevin Prufer

Joy Katz

Other writers and artists mentioned in the episode

Sally Ball

Bernadette Mayer

Miranda Field

Kevin Prufer

Laurel Snyder

Octavia Butler

William Blake

Other relevant links

“Where There Is No Love” by Diana Arterian, published in the Los Angeles Review of Books

From “Winter: Aphorisms” by Sarah Vap, published in the Boston Review

Joy Katz in conversation with Sarah Vap, published in The Conversant

Brown University

Arizona State University

The Olympic Peninsula

Los Angeles

Episode 31: Carmen Giménez Smith

Episode 31: Carmen Giménez Smith

Episode 29: Molly Peacock

Episode 29: Molly Peacock