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 36: Dialogue Arts Project

Episode 36: Dialogue Arts Project

Rachel Zucker speaks with Adam Falkner, Lauren Whitehead and Carlos Andrés Gómez about their involvement with the Dialogue Arts Project, a non-profit, arts-based organization in which artist-facilitators help schools, businesses and organizations communicate more effectively across lines of social identity and difference. These three amazing artists talk about how working with DAP has affected their creative work, their teaching, their lives and their priorities. They talk about how a workshop model can be used in schools, offices, and organizations to reimagine and revitalize diversity education, the power of performance and first-person narratives, guidelines for encouraging openness and risk taking, how to invite vulnerability into the classroom in responsible ways, culture-based intentionality, the permission to start with the self, how and why to step out onto the vulnerable edge in order to dismantle the master’s house, coming out, seasonal personal and political grief, and visions for expanding the DAP’s reach.


The Dialogue Arts Project is:

Adam Falkner

Lauren Whitehead

Carlos Andrés Gémez

Jon Sands

Aaron Samuels

Nate Marshall

Elana Bell

Samantha Thornhill

Aziza Barnes

Geoff Kagan-Trenchard

José Olivarez

Caroline Rothstein

Books by Dialogue Arts Project Fellows

Geoff Kagan Trenchard’s Murder Stay Murder (Penmanship Books, 2012)

Aziza Barnes’ i be, but i ain’t (YesYes Books, 2016), me Aunt Jemima and the nailgun (Button Poetry)

Carlos Andres Gomez’s Man Up: Reimagining Modern Manhood (Gotham Books, 2012)

Jon Sands’ The New Clean (Write Bloody Publishing, 2011)

Nate Marshall’s Wild Hundreds (University of Pittsburgh Press, 2015)

Other Writers, Books and Artists Mentioned in the Episode

BreakBeat Poets: New American Poetry in the Age of Hip Hop, edited by Nate Marshall (Haymarket, 2015)

Other Relevant Links

Audre Lorde

The Goonies

Jeff Kass, Adam’s teacher

The National Intergroup Dialogue Institute at University of Michigan

Claudia Rankine on Microaggressions, Racism and White Privilege

Ilana Stein, doula

Programs for Cross Cultural Awareness at University of Pennsylvania  

The Program on Intergroup Relations at the University of Michigan

Episode 37: Sheila Heti and Sarah Manguso

Episode 37: Sheila Heti and Sarah Manguso

Episode 35: Aracelis Girmay

Episode 35: Aracelis Girmay