Textual Healing with Mallory Smart

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Mallory Smart interviews today's hottest authors about musical influences, genres, and how all of that plays into the way that they write. Some episodes can be abstract and others are just plain dorky. Either way, they're always fun and informative...

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S1E57 - INTRODUCING DJ SWEET TREAT: Ravi Mangla
00:49:55

Ravi Mangla is the author of The Observant (Spuyten Duyvil) and Understudies (Outpost19). His writing has appeared in The Atlantic, The Nation, Jacobin, The Kenyon Review, Cincinnati Review, Mid-American Review, Salon, The Paris Review Daily, Quarterly West, American Short Fiction, Tin House Online, and the Los Angeles Review of Books. He lives in Rochester, NY.

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Oct 01, 2022
S1E56 - Off The Record with Ravi Mangla: I Wanna Go Home
00:03:59

Ravi Mangla is the author of The Observant (Spuyten Duyvil) and Understudies (Outpost19). His writing has appeared in The Atlantic, The Nation, Jacobin, The Kenyon Review, Cincinnati Review, Mid-American Review, Salon, The Paris Review Daily, Quarterly West, American Short Fiction, Tin House Online, and the Los Angeles Review of Books. He lives in Rochester, NY.

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Sep 23, 2022
S1E55 - Taylor Swift Did 9/11: an interview with Jack Moody
01:34:23

Jack Moody is a novelist and short story writer from wherever he happens to be at the time. He is the author of the novel Crooked Smile, the short story collection Dancing to Broken Records, and the forthcoming novella The Monotony of Everlasting, out October 1st, 2022 with Anxiety Press. He is a former staff writer for the literary magazine and podcast Brick Moon Fiction, and his work has appeared in multiple publications including Misery Tourism, Maudlin House, Punk Noir Magazine, Scatter of Ashes, Paper and Ink Magazine, Horror Sleaze Trash, A Thin Slice of Anxiety, Bear Creek Gazette, and The Saturday Evening Post. He didn't go to college.

In this very wild episode, we talk about weird celebrity encounters, Taylor Swift, 9/11, and The Monotony of Everlasting.

It takes us 20 minutes to get to these topics because we go on a strange horror movie tangent but when we get to music and literature it gets very rad!

You can hit up his Twitter: jack_is_moody

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His website: https://linktr.ee/jackmoody

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Sep 17, 2022
S1E54 - Off The Record with Jack Moody: The Art Of Nonbeing
00:04:18

Jack Moody is a novelist and short story writer from wherever he happens to be at the time. He is the author of the novel Crooked Smile, the short story collection Dancing to Broken Records, and the forthcoming novella The Monotony of Everlasting, out October 1st, 2022 with Anxiety Press. He is a former staff writer for the literary magazine and podcast Brick Moon Fiction, and his work has appeared in multiple publications including Expat Press, Misery Tourism, Maudlin House, Punk Noir Magazine, Scatter of Ashes, Paper and Ink Magazine, Horror Sleaze Trash, A Thin Slice of Anxiety, Bear Creek Gazette, and The Saturday Evening Post. He didn't go to college.

Sep 09, 2022
S1E53 - Witchcraft and Womanhood with Hillary Leftwich
00:57:01

Hillary Leftwich is the author of Ghosts Are Just Strangers Who Know How to Knock (CCM Press/The Accomplices 2019). Her hybrid poetry and CNF collection, Saint Dymphna’s Playbook, is forthcoming from PANK Books in 2023. She is the founder and owner of Alchemy Author Services & Workshop, teaches at Lighthouse Writers, and is a creative writing professor at the University of Denver and an assistant creative writing professor at Colorado College. She focuses her writing on class struggle, single motherhood, trauma, mental illness, the supernatural, ritual, and the impact of neurological disease. She is an intuitive Tarologist and has been reading Tarot for over 25 years coupled with her clair abilities and studies under several well-known psychic medium mentors. She teaches Tarot and Tarot writing workshops focusing on strengthening divination abilities as well as writing. She lives in Denver with her partner, son, and a cat named Larry.

Her latest book, Aura, just came out from Future Tense Books. Aura is more than a memoir— it’s a spellbook for survival, a powerful promise from mother to son, and an intimate examination of power, spirituality, and the abuse of both. Leftwich weaves together the stories of her life to create startlingly raw memories that are both personal and profoundly universal. She explores the devastating impact of patriarchy in her own life while searching for answers in witchcraft, womanhood, and motherhood. Urgently portrayed and deeply felt, Aura is a complex tapestry of letters, spells, and memories. Her story is a vivid confrontation against an unforgiving world that traps women and children in the systems meant to save them. This is a story for seekers, searchers, and anyone in the process of saving themselves and their loved ones.

To get to know Hillary more, go to her Twitter: @HillaryLeftwich

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Check out her website: https://hillaryleftwich.wordpress.com/

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Sep 02, 2022
S1E52 - Off The Record with C. E. Hoffman: Writing Our Own Stories
00:03:40

C E Hoffman (they/them) was born, gave birth, and tried to die in Edmonton, AB (not necessarily in that order.) A grant recipient, Writer’s Union of Canada member, and winner of the 2022 Defunct May Day Chapbook contest, they’ve been published widely online and in print since 2010, and edited Punk Monk Magazine since 2012. 

Their #OwnVoices short story collection SLUTS AND WHORES is available via Thurston Howl Publications, their chapbook BLOOD, BOOZE, AND OTHER THINGS IN NATURE is out from Alien Buddha Press, and Bottlecap Press just released their second poetry chapbook, GHOSTS, TROLLS, AND OTHER THINGS ON THE INTERNET. Find more weirdness at cehoffman.net and follow them on Twitter @CEHoffman2

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Aug 26, 2022
S1E51 - ready for emotional internet party: an interview with Kevin Sampsell
01:28:56

Kevin Sampsell is an American writer living in Portland, Oregon. He has worked at Powell's Book Store since 1998 as an events coordinator and the head of the small press section. His memoir, A Common Pornography, was published by Harper Perennial in January 2010.

His latest book, I Made an Accident: Collages and Poems, just came out from Clash Books.

If you want to know about Textual Healing or grab a "Textual Healer" t-shirt go to our site: https://textualpodcast.com/

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Be sure to check out past episodes and future ones every other Saturday. Textual Healing also has new micro-episodes called "Off The Record" that will appear every Saturday where there aren't full-length author interviews. The next "Off The Record" episode will feature C E Hoffman reading an excerpt from their new chapbook, Ghost, Trolls, And Other Things On The Internet.

Aug 19, 2022
S1E50 - Off The Record With Scott Mitchel May: Mean Men Behind meets Goin' Down South
00:03:11

Scott Mitchel May is a writer living with his wife and son in Madison, Wisconsin. His work has appeared in Maudlin House, Rejection Letters, The Bear Creek Gazette, The Maryland Literary Review, Bending Genres, and many more. He was the winner of the 2019 Poem or Page Contest at the UW Writers' Conference in the category of Literary Fiction. His debut collection of short fiction, DeKalb, Illinois is a Paradise What Eats its Own, was published by Alien Buddha in 2022. He works as an administrator for The Only in Wisconsin Giving Foundation where he coordinates grants for non-profits doing work in the areas of childhood education, healthcare, domestic violence emergency sheltering, and hunger relief. Scott holds a GED from the Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction and a BS in Literature from Edgewood College.

Aug 13, 2022
S1E49 - RED (Austin's Version)
01:08:42

In this episode, we do our best to just talk about Austin’s new book and how music plays into it! But in the classic Textual Healing style, we get into very weird tangents. Cover bands. Four Lokos. Painting Nails. Taylor Swift. Fun playlist ideas. Everything. 

Austin Davis is a poet and activist. He is the founder AZ Hugs For the Houseless. Austin is the author of LOTUS & THE APOCALYPSE, among other books. His writing has been widely published in dozens of literary journals and magazines including Pif Magazine, After the Pause, Philosophical Idiot, Soft Cartel, and Collective Unrest.

You can find Austin on Twitter @Austin_Davis17 and on Instagram @austinwdavis1.

Here is his website: https://msha.ke/austindavis/

Check out articles about his activism and writing on

LitHub: https://lithub.com/poetry-is-a-form-of-love-austin-davis-on-bridging-art-and-activism-with-az-hugs-for-the-houseless/

NPR: https://www.knau.org/knau-and-arizona-news/2022-03-03/poet-austin-davis-finds-solace-in-art-with-lotus-the-apocalypse

Maudlin House: https://maudlinhouse.net/circles-and-self-care-an-interview-with-austin-davis-about-lotus-the-apocalypse/

SODA & TELEPATHS: https://sodaandtelepaths.com/austin-davis-lotus-the-apocalypse/

There were a few times when our mics got cut off and we had to restart certain parts of our conversation. Only one of those times is left in the episode for the sake of context. Taylor Swift context.

Aug 06, 2022
S1E48 - Off The Record with Austin Davis: Lotus & Fear meets Mac Miller
00:02:10

"Off The Record" is a new micro-segment of Textual Healing. Authors on the show get to pair some of their writing with music that they think matches it best.

Aug 05, 2022
S1E47 - Reaching for Joy with Francis Daulerio
01:10:45

Francis Daulerio is a poet and teacher from Blue Bell, Pennsylvania. He received his MFA in Creative Writing from Arcadia University in 2014 before releasing If & When We Wake (Unsolicited Press 2015) and _Please Plant This Book_ (The Head & The Hand Press 2018), both with illustrations by Scottish artist, Scott Hutchison. Francis has also released All Is Not Lost, a collaborative vinyl EP of poetry-infused music to benefit the Tiny Changes charity organization, and With a Difference (Trident Boulder 2020), a split book of ‘covers’ with Philadelphia author Nick Gregorio. Francis is a mental health awareness advocate, and has performed across the United States and abroad to raise money for suicide prevention.

He just released a full-length poetry collection called Joy from Unsolicited Press.

You can check out his website: https://francisdaulerio.com/

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His Twitter: @FDWrites

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Jul 23, 2022
S1E46 - Whimsically Unhinged: an interview with Nada Alic
01:04:03

Nada Alic is a writer in Los Angeles. Her debut story collection BAD THOUGHTS is out July 12, 2022 (Vintage).

From 2014-2016 she collaborated with artist, Andrea Nakhla on an art and fiction book series called “Future You,” featured in Urban Outfitters, Cool Hunting, The Rumpus and elsewhere. In 2019, her short story, “The Intruder” was shortlisted for the CBC Short Story Prize. That summer, Nada attended the Banff Centre for the Arts writing residency. In 2020, She received a literary grant from the Canada Council for the Arts.

Previously, Nada was an editorial director and community manager for brands such as Etsy, Society6, Gap Inc and Athleta. For nearly a decade, she championed independent artists by creating opportunities to help them grow. Through education and partnerships with non-profits like Planned Parenthood, Girlschool and PS ARTS, she advocated for the growth, well-being and recognition of artists from all disciplines.

You can find out more about her work on her website: http://www.nadaalic.com/

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On her Twitter: @nadaalic

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Jul 09, 2022
S1E45 - Bleakly Comedic Suspension of Disbelief: an interview with Bud Smith
01:22:06

Bud Smith works heavy construction and lives in Jersey City, NJ. He is the author of Teenager (Vintage,  2022), Double Bird (Maudlin House, 2018), Dust Bunny City (Disorder Press, 2017), among others. His wife Rae Buleri is behind the illustrations in Teenager. You can find her on Instagram @raewatch.

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Jun 25, 2022
S1E44 - A little more magic, a little more Liver Mush: an interview with Graham Irvin
01:26:22

Graham Irvin is a writer who lives in Philadelphia. He was born in North Carolina. He is the author of Liver Mush, from Back Patio Press. And he tweets weird things  @grahamjirvin._ _

In this episode, we talk about his book, Liver Mush, the fact that it's a real thing that you eat, coffee, awkward social interactions, AWP, the last concerts we’ve gone to, and what our signs are. For those randomly interested, I'm a Virgo...

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Jun 11, 2022
S1E43 - New Jersey, Revisited: an interview with Tobias Carroll
01:20:43

Tobias Carroll is the author of three books: one novel, one story collection, and one work of nonfiction.

His most recent book, Political Sign, was published by Bloomsbury as part of the Object Lessonsseries in 2020. Prior to that came a collection of short stories, Transitory, and a novel, Reel, on Rare Bird Books.

His second novel, Ex-Members, will be released by Astrophil Press on June 15, 2022.

He also is the managing editor of Vol.1 Brooklyn and writes the Watchlist column for Words Without Borders. He can be found on Twitter and Instagram and Patreon.

May 28, 2022
S1E42 - Punk Rock Boi with the Tape Deck Heart: an interview with Scott Mitchel May
01:08:33

Scott Mitchel May is a guy doing things like writing and skating and going to therapy and working and submitting and also too he enjoys reading and cooking and classic cars (but in a vague way where he's never owned a classic car) and punk rock and hardcore hip-hop. He loves his wife.

In this episode, we talk about musical genres and all the different elements that make them what they are, weird things that are overrated and underrated, Scott’s writing, and how psyched I was to finally interview someone who likes Frank Turner.  

Be sure to check out his website: https://www.scottmitchelmay.com/

Grab a copy of his book, DeKalb, Illinois is a Paradise What Eats Its Own: a collection of short stories from his site or on Amazon.

May 14, 2022
S1E41 - Punk Planet: an interview with Amy Klinger
00:59:37

In this episode, I got a chance to get to know first-time author, Amy Klinger. Amy just came out with the book, In Light Of Recent Events. It's a book about life, love, music, and work in the 1990s.

In the 1990s American workplace, survival of the fittest is sometimes less about clawing your way to the top than developing good camouflage. And Audrey Rohmer is doing her very best to blend in as an undistinguished middle manager. Uninspired by her job and uneasy about her father's new marriage, Audrey coasts through the workweek leaning on her “partner in apathy” – an admin assistant named Pooter – to keep her relationship with the married head of her department from becoming water cooler gossip.

Amy made a playlist for In Light Of Recent Events available on Spotify and Apple Music. You can read about it and find the links to it here: https://amyklinger.com/the-ilore-playlist/

Apr 22, 2022
S1E40 - Milestones and the Spark of an Idea: an interview with Wilson Koewing
01:22:52

In this episode, I got a chance to chat with one of my favorite writers: Wilson Koewing

Wilson is a writer from South Carolina. His work is featured in publications like X-R-A-YNew World Writing, Maudlin HouseNo ContactWigleaf, and Hobart.   His memoir "Bridges" is forthcoming from Bull City Press.  

Listen to hear us talk about his crazy writing process, Foo Fighters, what music he liked in his formative years, the mystery of Weezer, presidential campaign songs and so many other random but literary-related things.

You can check out his writing at: https://www.wilsonkoewing.com/

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His Twitter: @WKoewing

Apr 09, 2022
S1E39 - That Always Lives Rent Free In My Head For The Rest Of My Life: an interview with Lee Matthew Goldberg
01:22:00

In this episode we talk about Lee Matthew Goldberg’s new book, Vanish Me,  90’s grunge music, Heathers, Pete Davidson, SNL, public transit, his next projects, and what it's like to have your book optioned. 

Fun fact: this was recorded before the Russian/Ukraine War. Ignore our prediction that the extreme negative world events in our lifetime are slowly coming to an end and won't pop back up until global warming kills us all…

Fun fact #2: this is the last podcast I recorded before I had sinus surgery. So there is a little heavy breathing on my end 😂 

Lee Matthew Goldberg is the author of the novels THE ANCESTOR, SLOW DOWN, THE MENTORfrom St. Martin’s Press, THE DESIRE CARD, ORANGE CITYand the Young Adult series RUNAWAY TRAIN and GRENADE BOUQUETS.

His books are in various stages of development for film/TV. He has been published in multiple languages and nominated for the 2018 Prix du Polar. He is the editor-in-chief and co-founder of Fringe, dedicated to publishing fiction that’s outside-of-the-box.

After graduating with an MFA from the New School, his writing has also appeared in The Los Angeles Review of Books, The Millions, Vol. 1 Brooklyn, LitReactor, Monkeybicycle, Fiction Writers Review, Cagibi, Necessary Fiction, Hypertext, If My Book, Past Ten, the anthology Dirty Boulevard, The Montreal Review, The Adirondack Review, The New Plains Review, Underwood Press and others. He is a contributor to Pipeline Artists.

His pilots and screenplays have been finalists in Script Pipeline, Book Pipeline, Stage 32, We Screenplay, the New York Screenplay, Screencraft, and the Hollywood Screenplay contests.

Lee is the co-curator of  The Guerrilla Lit Reading Series. Follow him on  Twitter  Facebook  Instagram

Mar 19, 2022
S1E38 - Sean McCallum’s Excellent Adventure
01:37:35

In this episode, I got a chance to catch up with Sean McCallum. Sean lives outside of Toronto, Canada, with his wife and two children. He just came out with his debut novel, The Recalcitrant Stuff of Life. It's published by Outcast Press and is available to buy on Amazon. To find out more about Sean, check out his website: https://www.seanmccallum.com/. He is also on Twitter @Sean42McCallum.

We talk about his book, traveling, obscure Canadian music, best concert experiences, and my favorite: dumpster diving. I also dish on what books inspired me to make this podcast and we discuss the best way to share a soundtrack for a book.

For those who were interested in getting a "textual dealer" t-shirt, you can grab them here: https://textualpodcast.com/#merch.

Mar 05, 2022
S1E37 - Friday night and the lights are low: an interview with Mike Keren
00:52:30

Mike Keren is a clinical psychologist with advanced training in psychoanalysis and family therapy. He currently maintains a private practice with adults and couples in central New Jersey, although in the past he has worked in a variety of community and correctional facilities. Although he has a general practice he has a particular interest in working with caregivers as well as helping families talk about end of life issues.

Mike enjoys a challenge in his free time and has explored the world of competitive gay tournament bowling (several trophies and a bit of prize money), golf (bored to tears) as well as stand-up comedy. His foray into stand-up comedy even became the subject of a friend’s senior thesis at film school.

Mike worked the open mic and bar comedy scene for several years but decided to leave the stage to the younger folks. He decided then to channel his humor into creative writing. If you are reading this paragraph you are holding his first book in your hands. It's called, Four Funerals, No Marriage: A Memoir.

Mike is supported in his endeavors by his loving husband, Tom, and their two canine children, Carley and Clyde. They divide their time between central New Jersey and the Pocono Mountains of Pennsylvania.

Feb 12, 2022
S1E36 - When You Were Young: pivoting with Bobby Miller
00:52:37

Bobby Miller is a writer + filmmaker known for making genre-bending comedies. His short film TUB and feature debut THE CLEANSE add horror and fantasy to the mix. The films’ world premiered at Sundance and SXSW and have screened at film festivals worldwide.

THE CLEANSE was released in theaters by Sony Pictures in 2018 and made RottenTomatoes Top 10 Best-reviewed horror films of 2018 list. It also earned several Fangoria award nominations including “Best First Feature”. He followed it up with directing, and executive-producing CRITTERS ATTACK, a reboot of the cult horror/comedy franchise, for Warner Brothers Home Video & SY FY in 2019.

Shortly before that, he wrote/directed the comedy short film: END TIMES, which played Fantastic Fest, Fantasia, and film festivals worldwide, winning several awards and premiering online as a Vimeo Staff Pick.

He's also written for animated television shows such as SUMMER CAMP ISLAND for Cartoon Network and STAR VS THE FORCES OF EVIL for Disney TV. Outside of his Film/TV work, he's been a digital comedy producer for places like BuzzFeed, SuperDeluxe, MTV, SoulPancake, and Google. He’s currently writing his first novel.

Jan 28, 2022
S1E35 - Witchcore And Music Of The Occult: an interview with Christina Rosso
00:56:25

Christina Rosso-Schneider lives and writes outside of Philadelphia with her rescue pup, Atticus Finch, and bearded husband, Alex, where they run an independent bookstore and event space called A Novel Idea on Passyunk. In 2016, she received an MFA in Creative Writing and MA in English from Arcadia University in 2016. She is the author of CREOLE CONJURE (Maudlin House) and SHE IS A BEAST (APEP Publications). Her fiction and nonfiction work centers around gender, sexuality, fairy tales, and the occult, and has been nominated for Best of the Net, Best Small Fictions, and the Pushcart Prize. When she isn’t writing or working at the bookstore, she leads various writing and occult-based workshops. Check out the events page to get information on upcoming readings and workshops.

Jan 14, 2022
S1E34 - KKUURRTT: Sound Waves And Ramblings At The American Music Festival
01:18:07

In this episode, I got a chance to speak with KKUURTT.

KKUURRTT is a fiction/comedy writer who has once been described (by someone he dislikes) as having panache. His debut novel Good at Drugs is out now on Back Patio Press. It, like most(?) of his writing, delves into music subculture, which is what made him a perfect (in his opinion) podcast guest for Textual Healing.

We kind of get into everything in this episode. Raves, jam bands, fake names, and so much more...

You can find KKUURRTT on Twitter @wwwkurtcom or on Neautral Spaces. Check out his book, Good At Drugs, from Back Patio Press.

Dec 30, 2021
S1E33 - Everybody’s Famous: an interview with Duncan Birmingham
01:04:10

In this episode, I got a chance to speak with Duncan Birmingham. 

Duncan Birmingham is a writer living in Los Angeles. He has worked on Maron on IFC. He also wrote and was co-executive producer for Blunt Talk. In 2021, he released a short story collection, The Cult in My Garage from Maudlin House. 

We talk about his latest projects, LA, jam bands, the music he’d put on a playlist for The Cult In My Garage, and first concerts.

Dec 11, 2021
S1E32 - Sad In A Good Way: an Interview with Jessie Lynn McMains
00:45:13

In this episode, I got a chance to speak with Jessie Lynn McMains. 

Jessie is a cross-genre writer, punk poet, small press publisher, and spoken word performer. Their latest work includes Self-Portrait With Ghost And Trains from Hello America Stereo Cassette and Wisconsin Death Trip from Bone and Ink Press. 

We talk about books, riot grrl music, the new Matrix movie, what the difference is between folk and country music, payphones and so much more. 

Find out more info about Jessie at recklesschants.net.

Nov 26, 2021
S1E31 - Mami Miami: an interview with Emilly Prado
00:58:09

Emilly Giselle Prado is a writer, DJ, and educator living in Portland, Oregon with roots in the San Francisco Bay Area and Michoacán, Mexico. As an award-winning multimedia journalist, Emilly spent half a decade independently reporting on a wide range of topics, most often centered on amplifying the voices and experiences of people from historically marginalized communities. Her writing and photographs have appeared or are forthcoming in more than 30 publications including NPR, Marie Claire, Bitch Media, Eater, Electric Literature, The Oregonian, and Remezcla.

Emilly is the author of Funeral for Flaca (Future Tense Books, 2021), a memoir-in-essays called, “Utterly vulnerable, bold, and unique,” by Ms. Magazine, and Examining Assimilation (Enslow, 2019), a youth non-fiction title at the intersections of identity and society. She is a Tin House and Las Dos Brujas Workshop alumna, Blackburn Fellow and MFA Candidate at Randolph College and a co-founder of Portland in Color. She also moonlights as DJ Mami Miami with Noche Libre, the Latinx DJ collective she co-founded in 2017.

Nov 13, 2021
S1E30 - A Podcast About Nothing: a dorky talk with Spencer Fleury
01:30:34

Originally I wanted to name this episode Strongbox but realized that few people would get the reference. Luckily, Spencer did as I explained getting almost shut out of my building by a neighbor as I was rushing inside to make it in time to do the interview because I gambled that I grab coffee and be back within 10 minutes (I made it). After we laughed about that for a while we got into some pretty random but fun conversation about what kind of music he's into, Gen X, his new book, and how he's pro-Steely Dan (another one).

A bit more about Spencer though: He has worked as a sailor, copywriter, economics professor, and record store clerk, among other disreputable professions. He was born in the Detroit suburbs, spent most of his life in Florida, and now lives in San Francisco. His first novel, How I’m Spending My Afterlife, will be published by Woodhall Press in September 2021.

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Oct 16, 2021
S1E29 - Therapist Gone Wild: an interview with Jeff Schneider
02:09:12

In this wildly fun episode, I interview Jeff Schnieder. Jeff is a writer, founder of Pig Roast Publishing, and the former guitarist and songwriter of the noise-rock bands Arab On Radar and Made in Mexico.

We get pretty into 90’s music and talking about the major genres of the time, different generations, weird stories about his old band Arab On Radar,  and how he went from a badass musician to a badass writer.

Sep 04, 2021
S1E28 - Millennial Anxiety: an interview with Blake Wallin
00:58:06

This is a pretty chill episode. Blake Wallin comes on and about his latest book, Papal Glow, amongst other things. We get into religion, politics, music, and how anxiety-inducing it is to be a millennial. But of course, we do our best to stick to music and what the book is about.

Papal Glow is the time between centuries, that little dust mote trailing in the sun's glare between folds of the partition that separates the public from true knowledge. It is the preventative strain keeping the powers-that-be at bay while the world swirls by unnoticed. This glow imbues a young boy named Leo, who must use the papacy to divide the time between those centuries, speed up modernity at the very beginning of the 19th century, and oppose the ever-growing reign of Napoleon. But as Leo grows into his papal role, the lines between what Leo wants and can achieve grow smaller as well, until Leo sets up a miracle himself and the time between centuries becomes as small as a dust mote.

Aug 21, 2021
S1E27 - Tinder is the Touch: an interview with Nicole Morning

In this episode, I interview Nicole Morning. We talk about Tinder, punk music, what's behind her writing, and how weird it is to be an adult.

She is the author of Selftitled* from Trident Press and _*Soft Animal_ from Hello America Stereo Cassette.

The stories and poems in Selftitled—as honest and charmingly chaotic as a deathbed confession—explore an America of tinder dates, mysterious scars, unflattering selfies, motherhood, and drugs. Things can be hard here, but self-pity will only distract from life's splendor. In Morning's work, the stars themselves toss beckoning pebbles at the bedroom window.

Nicole's stories and poems on Soft Animal are hard and graceful, flawless and troubled. Her writing is modern and relatable, unpretentious but deeply refined. Her voice is unique and human; a voice made for this form. You want to listen to this on long drives. You want to listen to this when you're supposed to be working. You want to listen to this. I'm telling you right now. You do.

Aug 07, 2021
S1E26 - Infinite Playlists: an interview with Steve Gergley
00:47:52

On today’s podcast, I’ll be interviewing Steve Gergely. 

Steve Gergley is a writer and runner from Warwick, New York. His fiction has appeared or is forthcoming in Atticus Review, Cleaver Magazine, Hobart, Pithead Chapel, Maudlin House, and others. In addition to writing fiction, he has composed and recorded five albums of original music.

In this episode, we talk about 90s music, writing, Tommy Boy, Gilmore Girls, and sorts of weird things.

Jul 24, 2021
S1E25 - The Beauty of Language and Sound: an Interview with Joseph Fasano
01:12:50

In this episode, I'll be interviewing Joseph Fasano.

Fasano is the author of the novel The Dark Heart of Every Wild Thing (Platypus Press, 2020), which was named one of the "20 Best Small Press Books of 2020." His books of poetry are The Crossing(Cider Press Review, 2018), praised by Ilya Kaminsky for its "lush drive to live, even in the darkest moments"; Vincent (2015), which Rain Taxi Review hailed as a "major literary achievement"; Inheritance (2014), a James Laughlin Award nominee; and Fugue for Other Hands (2013), which won the Cider Press Review Book Award and was nominated for the Poets' Prize, "awarded annually for the best book of verse published by a living American poet two years prior to the award."

In this show, we'll be discussing his writing, folk music, fascism, and future projects he's been working on.

Jul 10, 2021
S1E24 - The Noise Behind The Book: An interview with Bart Schaneman
01:03:36

Check out Bart's books from Trident Press

Take a look at his website for more information: https://bartschaneman.com/

Jun 26, 2021
S1E23 - Before The Internet: have, has, HAD an interview with Aaron Burch
01:33:39

In this week's episode, I interviewed literary icon, Aaron Burch. 

Aaron Burch is the author of the memoir/literary analysis Stephen King’s The Body; the short story collection, Backswing; and the novella, How to Predict the Weather. He is the Founding Editor of HOBART.

He is working on a novel, a maybe-chapbook of short-short prose, and collection of essays, THIS WAS ALL BEFORE THE INTERNET, about growing up and music and religion, essays from which, about Nirvana, Nine Inch Nails, and Alice in Chains, have appeared in Salon, Catapult, and The Smart Set.

He lives in Ann Arbor, MI with his collection of almost every ticket stub from a movie and concert he went to in the 90s and early 00s. He teaches at the University of Michigan.

We took time to talk about his music essays, concert experiences, and how Hobart got started. We even spoke about road trips and lock-ins.

Jun 12, 2021
S1E22 - Dressed To Kill: learning Brialism with Brian Alan Ellis
01:25:58

BRIAN ALAN ELLIS runs House of Vlad Press and is the author of several books, including Sad Laughter (Civil Coping Mechanisms, 2018). His writing has appeared at Juked, Hobart, Monkeybicycle, Heavy Feather Review, Electric Literature, Vol. 1 Brooklyn, Fanzine, and HTMLGIANT. He lives in Florida.

In this episode we explore all the different music mediums that you used to listen to and how we used to burn CDs and make mixtapes, obviously, we discuss KISS because he’s the man behind that question I ask almost every episode, and we hit on when we first met at a reading in Miami.

May 29, 2021
S1E21 - Chainsaws vs Aliens: everything cosmic and strange with C E Hoffman
01:18:01

In this episode, I'll be interviewing C E Hoffman. C E Hoffman was born, gave birth, and tried to die in Edmonton, AB (not necessarily in that order.) They wrote their first novel at 11 yrs old, and have continued ever since.

From 2010 onward, they have been published widely in print and online. They love life and hate bios.

On the show, I take us into wild tangents like horror movies, life in the US vs Canada, internet personas, philosophy, and literary muses.

Their novel, Sluts and Whores, is available on Amazon here: https://t.co/pazPzNjcp8?amp=1

May 15, 2021
S1E20 - G’naughty by Nature: getting to the point with Adam Gnade
01:50:52

On today’s podcast, I’ll be interviewing Adam Gnade about basically everything but focusing mostly on his record label,  Hello America Stereo Cassette, where he releases audio recordings of writers' work.

Adam is both a writer and musician whose work is released as a series of books and records that share characters and themes; the fiction writing continuing plot-lines left open by the self-described "talking songs" in an attempt to compile a vast, detailed, interconnected, personal history of contemporary American life.

May 08, 2021
S1E19 - Come As You Are: an interview about literal things with Lee Matthew Goldberg
02:06:10

In this episode, I get a chance to chat with Lee Matthew Goldberg about a wide array of things, but mostly 90's music and culture since that's at the heart of his newest book, Runaway Train.

Lee Matthew Goldberg is also the author of the novels THE ANCESTOR, SLOW DOWN, THE MENTOR from St. Martin’s Press, and THE DESIRE CARD.   He has been published in multiple languages and nominated for the 2018 Prix du Polar. His Sci-fi novel ORANGE CITY will be published in 2021 along with RUNAWAY TRAIN, the first book in a YA series. He is the editor-in-chief and co-founder of Fringe, dedicated to publishing fiction that’s outside-of-the-box.

We discuss the last concerts we went to before Covid, favorite 90's bands, what it's like to write several novels at once, and my favorite: PORTLANDIA.

May 01, 2021
S1E18 - Sad FM: an interview with Gauraa Shekhar
01:31:14

In this episode, I interview Gauraa Shekhar. Gauraa Shekhar is a Founding Editor of No Contact, the Interviews Editor at Maudlin House, and an Assistant Editor at X-R-A-Y. Her debut short story “Other Significant Others: A Glossary” was a finalist for the Francine Ringold Awards for Emerging Writers and earned a nomination for the PEN/ Robert J. Dau Award. Gauraa’s work has appeared in Nimrod, Contrary, Sonora Review, Vol.1 Brooklyn, Literary Hub, Hobart After Dark, and elsewhere. She lives in Richmond, Viriginia with her husband and young dachshund.

Show notes:

0:40- Mallory’s racist building manager

3:08- Christmas trees

7:15- names that no one pronounces  right

9:47- Coffee 

17:14- Covid

25:48- Millennials and social media 

31:35- Gen Z

32:36- whitewashing of American history

33:43- Gen Z playlist names

35:53- Blink-182

37:35- My Chemical Romance

39:08- feeling like a Tall Child

41:02- TikTok

43:12- Kevin Sterne’s tweet about perfect albums from the last 10 years 

44:13- sad girl music

48:00- Lena Dunham

49:29-  music memoirs

50:16- KISS

53:44- divisive musicians (Steely Dan, Taylor Swift…)

1:03:32- No Contact Magazine

1:04:45- Fav Music Genre

1:06:43- music vs writing

1:09:59- Allen Ginsberg

1:11:25- Gauraa’s current writing

1:13:13- Gauraa’s playlists

1:15:40- Being short at concerts

1:17:19- music festivals

1:22:28- Coping with the loss of concerts during the pandemic

1:23:15- WiFi names

1:25:38- Gauraa reads “MARISSA COOPER IS PROUD OF WHAT SHE DID AND SHE’D DO IT AGAIN”

Apr 24, 2021
S1E17 - Nonconformists Like Us: Being Real With Andrew Wilt From 11:11 Press
01:19:45

In this episode, I interview Andrew Wilt from 11:11 Press. He is not just a publisher. Andrew has also been working professionally in writing for over a decade. He is the author of Age of Agility: The New Tools for Career Success, which is currently being used as a textbook in universities, nonprofits, and Fortune 500 companies.

Timestamps 00:00 -- Intro

01:42 -- The Midwest Hello 04:26 -- Nonconformists, Like Everyone Else 07:38 -- 11:11 Press 10:55 -- Maudlin House 13:45 -- COVID 19:20 -- The News 25:21 -- Music 28:06 -- Yogananda 31:30 -- Brave New World 33:15 -- Playing Music/Religion 44:50 -- The US Work Ethic/Individualism 46:00 -- Poised Apple Records (2008)/FBI Interrogation 53:50 -- Transition to Writing/Politics 2008-now 58:58 -- Seattle/Small Presses 66:45 -- Andrew Reads from Collected Voices in the Expanded Field 78:35 -- Closing

Books/authors mentioned in this podcast:

Alain de Botton (The News: A User's Manual), Douglas Adams (The Restaurant at the End of the Universe), Aldous Huxley (Brave New World), Anton LaVey (The Satanic Bible), Paramhansa Yogananda (Autobiography of a Yogi), Alan Watts (The Wisdom of Insecurity), Robert Wright (The Moral Animal, The Evolution of God, Why Buddhism is True: The Science and Philosophy of Meditation and Enlightenment), Mallory Smart (I Want to Feel Happy but I Only Feel _ _ .), Collected Voices in the Expanded Field (34 Authors in 34 Chapters)

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Apr 17, 2021
S1E16 - Bitchcraft: Music and Lit with Leza Cantoral
01:36:16

In a very strange and wild episode of Textual Healing, I got a chance to interview Leza Cantoral who is one of my favorite people in the lit world today! It gets weird, it gets dark, and it actually gets pretty damn hysterical. It's lit.

Leza is a Xicana writer & Editor-in-Chief at CLASH Books. She is also the host of Get Lit With Leza. As a result of her being a megafan of Lana Del Rey & Sylvia Plath, she curated and edited an anthology of stories called Tragedy Queens: Stories Inspired by Lana Del Rey & Sylvia Plath which is available on CLASH Books. She’s the author of the surreal horror story collection Cartoons in the Suicide Forest & alt lit poetry & social media commentary about modern alienation, Trash Panda.

If the sound is a bit off at times in this episode it's because we were both a bit "lit" during the recording of it, which of course set the perfect mood for us to go off on wild tangents about cults, The Bling Ring, drugs, and how we both originally wanted to be filmmakers.

The main focus though is Leza's truly excellent and diverse taste in music. We go on about Courtney Love, Lana Del Rey, The Weeknd, Marilyn Manson, and Madonna. When we aren't talking about that, we're railing against the patriarchy, what got us both into literature, and annoying guys on the internet.

The best parts are when Leza actually reads a bit of her writing and describes some of the films she made. They aren't at the end of the episode like typical Textual Healing episodes but scattered throughout, so listen to the whole show to catch them!

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Apr 10, 2021
S1E15 - Off The Record: The 80's with Dmitry Samarov

This week on Textual Healing, we go off the record with Dmitry Samorov where he tells it as it is when it comes to the 80's.

Not just Bruce Springsteen, Madonna, and music still on MTV...

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Mar 13, 2021
S1E14 - The One With The Diet Coke Button: Weird Digressions with Dmitry Samarov
00:52:24

In this episode of Textual Healing, Dmitry Samarov talks about what it's like to be Gen X in a Gen Z world. We joke around about what the right sayings are and whether our taste in music even matters anymore.

We hit music from all angles. The Pixies, Billie Eilish, Nirvana, Kelly Hogan, and even Taylor Swift are discussed. We disagree about the awesomeness of grunge music but we do agree that Mr. Rogers is creepy. Yes, this episode is all over the place but completely on point when it comes to Dmitry's writing.

Dmitry Samarov writes dog portraits and paints book reviews in Chicago, Illinois. Dmitry has also written several books. He was born in the Soviet Union and immigrated to the United States in 1978. This both matters and doesn't. Listen to the show to find out more...

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Mar 05, 2021
S1E13 - Every Little Thing: an interview with Taylor Johnson about life
00:50:47

In this episode, Mallory Smart and Andy Tran get into all of the weird small talk with Taylor Johnson. We dish about our new favorite bands, the kind of poetry we're all into, and sadly even the weather... Lena Dunham and the Armenian Genocide is also somehow discussed as well.

No spoilers, so if you wish to connect those wild dots listen to the entire show.

Taylor Johnson is from Washington, DC. They are the author of Inheritance_ (Alice James Books, 2020), and their work appears in _The Paris Review, The Baffler, Scalawag, and elsewhere. Johnson is a Cave Canem graduate fellow and a recipient of the 2017 Larry Neal Writers’ Award from the DC Commission on the Arts and Humanities. They live in New Orleans where they listen.

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Feb 13, 2021
S1E12 - Collapsing into Music with Kevin Bigley
00:51:36

Kevin Bigley joins us to talk about his intense love of music, his new book Comaville, and his character Luke in Amazon's Upload.

Kevin is an actor and writer living in Los Angeles. He plays Luke in his latest TV role on Amazon's Upload and Reed Hollingsworth on another Amazon show called Undone.

Most central to this show, though, Kevin just debuted a novel called Comaville from Clash Books. He tells us about the process of writing it and how music isn't just something he listens to for inspiration while writing, he plays it on the side too.

We talk about garage rock, dream pop, indie record labels, and so much more...

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Feb 06, 2021
S1E11 - Two Million Hours with Zac and Giac: a show about nothing
02:05:57

In this lit episode, I am joined by Zac Smith and Giacomo Pope where we talk about nothing and everything. Music genres, literary genres, and even how a genre's name comes into being is discussed in this 2hr long round table.

Zac Smith flexes his knowledge of linguistics and genre. Giacomo Pope goes off on small presses along with an insane grasp on what shoegaze-y indie rock actually is and was. Together we discuss how writers act due to social media and how the artform has given way to clout-chasing.

Fun things to look forward to in this episode are pet names, Spotify royalties, and how I rejected one of Giac's submissions to Maudlin house 20 minutes before interviewing him on his last appearance of Textual Healing.

To get a better vibe of their music tastes check out their Giac's Spotify playlist: We Can All be Sad Bois and his artist page that includes some of Zac's music: Be Softly.****

Zac Smith's most recent book is available at Clash Books and Giacomo Pope's latest book is available at Ghost City Press.

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Jan 30, 2021
S1E10 - Las Vegas Bootlegger: Noah Cicero and The Idea of Authenticity
00:56:02

In this episode, we talk to Noah Cicero about his latest book: Las Vegas Bootlegger: Empire of Self-Importance from Trident Press. We also get into lit topics like the way Bruce Springsteen makes us feel, Smokey and the Bandit, and driving in the desert.

Noah Cicero is 40-years-old, grew up in a small town near Youngstown, Ohio. He has lived in Eugene, Oregon, Grand Canyon, Arizona, Seoul, South Korea and currently resides in Las Vegas, Nevada. He has a movie made of his first book called The Human War which won the 2014 Beloit Film Festival award for Best Screenplay. He has books translated into Turkish, Kurdish and Spanish. His first book of poetry Bipolar Cowboy was voted one of the best books on Goodreads in 2015. He has many short stories, articles, and poems published at such places as Thought Catalog, 3AM Magazine, Wales Review, and Amphibi.us.

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Jan 16, 2021
S1E9 - Florida Man: What's on the Menu with Chase Griffin
01:03:45

In today's episode, we have an hour-long conversation full of zany non-sequiturs with Chase Griffin. My co-host, Andy Tran, joins me while we talk with our favorite Florida Man about things like Kanye, SNL, polar vortexes, and Chase's latest novel: _What's On the Menu?_

Chase Griffin lives in Tampa, Florida. His work has been featured in The Oyez Review, Breadcrumbs Mag, Funny Looking Dog Quarterly, Maudlin House, and more. His debut novel, What's on the Menu?, was published by Long Day Press. He has a podcast called The Rocco Atleby Foundation presented by Zero Point Fiction.

Spoiler Alert: Andy might have randomly thrown down a rap during this episode...

Jan 02, 2021
S1E8 - Live from IKEA: D.T. Robbins, Meatballs, and Tampons
00:46:51

In today's episode, Mallory and Andy hit up D.T. Robbins. They talk about folk music, punk rock, Phoebe Bridgers, Bright Eyes, Elton John, and David Lynch. All of which influence his mood and writing. Accents, shoes, IKEA, and so much more are also brought up in this extremely odd podcast.

D.T. Robbins lives in Southern California with his wife and two kids. He’s the founding editor of Rejection Letters. You can find some of his work in Hobart, Maudlin House, and X–R-A-Y Lit.

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Dec 12, 2020
S1E7 - It’s My Sniffle Party And I’ll Yacht Rock If I Want To: an interview with Claire Hopple
00:45:14

In this episode, Mallory and Andy get a chance to interview Claire Hopple about her love of dreamy indie music like Goth Babe, Sniffle Party, and then whatever the hell Yacht Rock is.

Claire Hopple lives in Asheville, NC, though she is quick to claim her Western Pennsylvania roots. She is the author of Tell Me How You Really Feel (Maudlin House, 2020 Tired People Seeing America (Dostoevsky Wannabe, 2019), and Too Much of the Wrong Thing (Truth Serum Press, 2017).

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Dec 05, 2020
S1E6 - We Can All Be Sad Bois: a random conversation with Giacomo Pope
01:20:00

Giacomo Pope is the author of Chainsaw Poems & Other Poems and the founder of Neutral Spaces.

Much like his writing, this episode is all about passion and obsession. We go further and deeper than we've gone before in this Special Extended Episode of Textual Healing where we discuss not just music and how it relates to an author's specific writing, but ALL writing. Weird cultural habits, philosophy, and travel are also discussed. Things get weird. Things get random. But it always comes down to music and lit.

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Nov 21, 2020
S1E5 - Lo-Fi Stories with Joshua Bohnsack
00:40:56

Joshua Bohnsack is the author of Shift Drink (Spork Press, forthcoming 2020) and Burnt Sienna: Cocktails & Stories (Throwback Books, 2017) and his work has appeared in The Rumpus, Hobart, SAND, LitHub, Five:2:One, Queen Mob’s Teahouse, and others. He is the founding editor of Long Day Press, a hand-bound chapbook publisher, an MFA graduate in creative writing at Northwestern University, the assistant managing editor for TriQuarterly, and former managing editor of Curbside Splendor Publishing.

He grew up on a farm and ran an ice cream shop in rural Illinois until he moved to Chicago. In addition to writing & publishing, he makes music.

He is featured on today's show where he reads his essay, Mountain, that was published on Vol. 1 Brooklyn. We also get a chance to rant about the band KISS, making your own indie music, and frenemies.

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Nov 07, 2020
S1E4 - Who’s Greta Gerwig: an interview with Kat Giordano
00:35:17

We get a chance to chat with Kat Giordano. Kat wrote The Poet Confronts Bukowski's Ghost, which is a book of poetry you can still buy on Amazon.

She also wrote the novel The Fountain, which is forthcoming from Thirty West Publishing House in November 2020.

Today we got a chance to talk to her about all things relating to indie culture, her forthcoming novel, and a Spotify playlist she made for it.

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Oct 24, 2020
S1E3 - "the more things you like, the more fun you have" an interview with Nathaniel Kennon Perkins
00:40:04
Today I get to interview Nathaniel Kennon Perkinsfrom Trident Press. We talk about garages, punk rock, DIY ethic, and the best music to write to. He is the author of the novel Wallop (House of Vlad, 2020). the short story collection, The Way Cities Feel to Us Now (Maudlin House, 2019), the short novel, Cactus (Trident Press, 2018), and the ongoing literary zine series, Ultimate Gospel.
Oct 10, 2020
S1E2 - Very Online: Shoegazing with Mallory Smart and Andy Tran
00:22:24

Hosts Mallory Smart and Andy Tran finally take the time to introduce themselves to the Textual Healing listeners by discussing all things weird. We quiz each other on new writing, Boogie Nights, chill music, and everything else rad going on in our lives.

the title of the film Andy and I couldn't remember was Nick & Norah's Infinite Playlist

Hit us up on Twitter @malsmart or @AndyT187 for any questions or info you might have relating to the show!

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Sep 27, 2020
S1E1 - Unbridled Enthusiasm: A Conversation With Nick Gregorio
00:38:16

Nick Gregorio comes on as our special guest where we talk about all things Punk, COVID, and the release of his new book, With A Difference , from Trident Press.

He lives, writes, and teaches just outside of Philadelphia. Nick is the author of three books of fiction and is also in the Philadelphia-area punk rock band Grayson. You can check him on his monthly podcast book.record.beer. or buy any of three books from Maudlin House and Trident Press. His latest album from Grayson is available now to stream on Apple Music and Spotify.

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Sep 10, 2020