Arts

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

Episodes

Welcome back to the Interview segment of the show. In this episode we have a riveting conversation with Texas-based artist, poet and educator Alexander P. Garza.

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Today's in-depth episode we discuss writing from a personal perspective versus writing using a persona. What are the differences? Is this design or accident? The plus and minuses of each approach.

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The twin factors of Fear and Faith intertwine our existence like speeding atoms smashing the invisible world. How we curtain and harness these forces may very well shape our destinies as writers and perhaps as productive human beings.

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There is a certain signature each writer puts out by design or accident that helps frame who they are as writers and perhaps who they are as storytellers in the eyes of the reader. This episode expands upon this theory with some facts, quotes and stories to help us learn more about our own writing and how we may be viewed in the world at large.

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This is bound to be controversial only in the sense that too many folks are not used to talking straight or hearing things without code language, metaphors or euphemisms. Candor has been given a back seat in the age of understanding. But what is understood if decisions are made through fear and self-censorship defeats bold thinking and new ideas? As writers we should be cutting through this fog of frailty and speaking firmly to help make the world a better place. 

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A fun episode reminding writers about eating and living more healthy. Health often plays a major role in writing from an energy standpoint. Hard to type up a novel or compose a poem when you are exhausted, in pain or breathing like a drunk dragon. 

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In the second installment of the Series, I delve into the bigger picture of where Publishing was, is and might be going forward. 

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On this episode I have a brief chat about technology and how it has transformed the arts in general and writing in particular. There is now more freedom to go about writing than ever before in the history of the world. 

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In this unique episode I address comments and questions posed to my international literary journal Ariel Chart and the literary podcast Strength To Be Human. A few topics include the recent "controversy" over bio's that surfaced on Facebook, to basic responsibilities of the writer and the editor. Also we name Ariel Chart's six nominations for the 2019 Pushcart Prize and a sneak peek at October's offerings.

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