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 48: Poets at MacDowell: Destiny Birdsong, Juleen Johnson, Jenny George, Eloisa Amezcua, & Amanda Galvan Huynh

Episode 48: Poets at MacDowell: Destiny Birdsong, Juleen Johnson, Jenny George, Eloisa Amezcua, & Amanda Galvan Huynh

Host Rachel Zucker talks with poets Destiny Birdsong, Juleen Johnson, Jenny George, Eloisa Amezcua, and Amanda Galvan Huynh in Savage Library at MacDowell Artist Colony in Peterborough, New Hampshire.

They talk about their particular interests—writing about women of color, writing about place, writing from unknowing or from knowing to unknowing, writing about the relationship between humans and animals, working with found texts, writing about assimilation and loss of culture, bi-linguality—and about their shared experiences at MacDowell. They offer advice for folks who might be headed to a residency, talk about various writing processes, and about what was wonderful and what was challenging about being at the residency including their feelings about being selected and about the selection process and not having to do the kind of labor one does in normal life.

Extra Materials for Episode 48

MacDowell Fellows in this Episode

Eloisa Amezcua

Destiny Birdsong

Jenny George

Amanda Galvan Huynh

Juleen Johnson

Other MacDowell Fellows who were there at the same time as we were, some of whom we mention in this episode—all of whom were important in our work:

Koji Nakano

Greg Marshall

Alexandria Smith

Dahlia Elsayed

Marc Ohrem-Leclef

Maude Mitchelland Lee Bruer

Uchenna Awoke

Justin Sherin

Haruko Tanaka

Andrew May

Joyce Zonana

Janie Geiser

Mona Mansour

Erik den Breejen

Edgar Kunz

Jonathan Berger

Erin M. Riley

Episode 49: CAConrad

Episode 49: CAConrad

Episode 47: Erin Riley

Episode 47: Erin Riley