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The Creative Nonfiction Podcast with Brendan O'Meara

May 31, 2019

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"You gotta fall in love with your subject, and sometimes people have to pull you out," says Julian Smith (@juliansmith on Twitter).

Julian is the co-author of Aloha Rodeo: Three Hawaiian Cowboys, the World's Greatest Rodeo, and a Hidden History of the American West. It is published by William Morrow.

Thanks to Goucher...


May 24, 2019

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"It's like wet jeans, that's the feeling of generating a bunch of crappy writing," says Amanda Petrusich, a staff writer for The New Yorker. 

Amanda can be found @amandapetrusich on Twitter.

She's the author of Don't Sell at Any Price and she came by the show to talk about her career and early struggles.

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May 17, 2019

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"For a writer, ignorance and curiosity are a magical combination," says Philip Gerard.

Philp Gerard, author of The Last Battleground: The Civil War Comes to North Carolina and the novel Cape Fear Rising, returns to CNF to talk about his latest book.

Philip is a professor at the University of North Carolina Wilmington...


May 10, 2019

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"Find something else that is so absorbing to you. That is a place you can go to get away from [social media]," says Jenny Odell.

Jenny Odell, author of How to Do Nothing, came by the show.

Thanks to Goucher's MFA in Nonfiction and Bay Path's MFA in Creative Nonfiction for the support.

Be sure keep the conversation...


May 3, 2019

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"A good idea knows no experience level or age," says Ian Frisch, @IanFrisch on Twitter.

Ian Frisch, author of Magic is Dead: My Journey into the World's Most Secretive Society of Magicians.

We dig deep into the book, as well his approach to freelancing.

Thanks to our show's patrons in Goucher College's MFA...