Thursday, September 24, 2009
New from Barrelhouse: Mixtape, Episode One: Baltimore
The guys at Barrelhouse are tireless. Besides making it difficult to drive anywhere (I know, that was cheap), that means that they have produced yet another fine contribution to the independent literary world. The first episode of their new monthly podcast, Mixtape, is now on the virtual air. The inaugural episode focuses on the independent literary scene in Baltimore, which, for being one of the all-too-common cities left burned-out and crumbling after the decline of manufacturing and having one of the highest murder rates in the country--despite all of that, the artistic community is strong, civic-minded, and incredibly inclusive and collaborative regardless of genre or medium. Being from a smaller but similarly depressed city myself, that gives me hope.
This first episode of what I hope will become the Indie Lit channel on XM radio focuses, specifically, on Adam Robinson and Michael Kimball, two ambitious artists/creators injecting life into Baltimore's literary scene; they're cultivating a kind of contagion of creativity and innovation that is spreading around the nation (and world?) with projects like Robinson's "outdoor journal" IsReads and Kimball's Michael Kimball Writes Your Life Story (on a postcard). I'm excited that I was able to read my poem, "The Everyday Juggernaut," from IsReads 4 for the first episode of Mixtape. Dave Housley added some city noise to the background so it sounds like I'm reading from the ledge of a tall building, which I think works really well. Thanks to Dave for asking me to record the poem and for his hard work putting the first episode of what will hopefully be a long run of more focused attention on the many facets of the independent literary world.