Strength To Be Human

Straight talk about Art & Artists. Weighing Creativity. Finding Humanity.

February 26th, 2019    

Episode 18: Interview with John Patrick Robbins

Welcome back to another invigorating interview with NC-based poet, author, editor and podcaster John Patrick Robbins. In this episode we look behind the bar scene image into an artist who is much more disciplined and daft than any will expect. 

February 25th, 2019    

Episode 17: Interview with Cat Rhoden-Goguen & Matt Rifenburg

NC-based playwright Cat Rhoden-Goguen brings another riveting play to stage. This time it's a real life tale taken from the headlines about a self taught man who reaches Cornel University and changes both their lives.

February 19th, 2019    

Episode 16: Interview with J.C. Salazar

A fascinating interview with Houston-based poet, author and retired professor J.C. Salazar on the immigrant experience, the American dream and the art of writing.

February 18th, 2019    

Episode 15: Waking the Lion: Inside Writing — Time Management

In this 3rd installment I talk about how time management is a critical component to creativity in the modern era. Art may be our Life, but our Life is more than Art. How you organize, plan and manage your time plays a paramount role in all things daily.

February 13th, 2019    

Episode 14: Guest Haus –(Slaps, Traps and Chaps)

In this installment of Guest Haus, Rossi & Robbins discuss the value of anthologies, the dangers of vanity presses and the ongoing debate regarding chapbooks vs. full books.

February 11th, 2019    

Episode 13: Waking the Lion: Inside Writing — Submissions

In the 2nd installment of the Waking the Lion ( series I discuss how important submissions on a regular basic form a pattern of work,  barrier against rejection and a means to insure your work is always circulating while creating new material. 

February 6th, 2019    

Episode 12: Waking the Lion: Inside Writing— Rejection

Waking the Lion: Inside Writing -- Rejection

Rejection is a mainstay in the world of art. Artists have struggled with this for thousands of years. In the modern era rejection has devolved into something impersonal and unproductive. This show will present a few categories and a few more thoughts on how to navigate the sea of negativity and still be successful. Not every ice cube is an iceberg and not every editor an unfeeling piece of furniture.

February 4th, 2019    

Episode 11: The Power of the Night

Since the dawn of humankind the Night has played an integral part of our lives. From rites about ancient spirits to the writer with a thought and muse the Night is a partner in our quest to find peace and promise.