Out of Print is a podcast featuring conversations with Orlando and Florida writers about a specific piece of their work (and sometimes others’). It’s like an audiobook, only shorter… and with director’s commentary, sort of. Tune in to discover contemporary books, poems, essays, short stories, and your new favorite writers.

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Introduction to the host

Get to know your host Ryan Rivas.

amy watkins

Amy Watkins talks mythology, her fear of birds, and discovering Florida as a landscape worthy of literature.

Work read & discussed: "Knowing My Place" (essay); "Crossing the River" (poem).

ABOUT THE AUTHOR: Amy Watkins grew up with the rattlesnakes and armadillos in the central Florida scrub. The oldest child of a nurse and a carpenter, she dreamed of becoming a doctor, a painter, and a contestant on Star Search. She became a writer instead. She is the author of the chapbook Milk & Water, a regular reviewer for The Drunken Odyssey with John King, and art editor for Animal: A Beast of a Literary Magazine

mike wheaton

Michael Wheaton talks driverless cars, research as inspiration, and the promise and dangers of technology.

Work read & discussed: "I Robot, Driver" (short fiction).

ABOUT THE AUTHOR: Michael Wheaton teaches Composition at Valencia College. He holds an MFA from Pacific University. His work appears in Fantastic Floridas, Diagram, and the Bath Flash Fiction Award Anthology.

Brianna Johnson

Brianna Johnson talks Bad Brains, punk rock, race and indentity.

Work read & discussed: "I Against I" (short fiction).

ABOUT THE AUTHOR: Brianna Johnson is an emerging writer from Orlando, FL. She received her MFA from The University of Tampa, and currently works as an adjunct professor of English at Seminole State College & Valencia College. Along with teaching, she is the managing editor of Burrow Press's online literary journal, Fantastic Floridas. Her short story, “I Against I” was recently published in Cosmonauts Avenue.

Lucianna Chixaro Ramos

Lucianna Chixaro Ramos talks experimental writing, chance operations, challenging poetic forms, and bees.

Work read & discussed: excerpts from "Cell" (poetry collection).

ABOUT THE AUTHOR: Lucianna Chixaro Ramos is a Brazilian-American poet. She is the Editor in Chief of Obra/Artifact, a journal of experimental literature, and an MFA student at Stetson University's MFA of the Americas. Her work can be found in the journals New South and Otoliths.

jared silva

Jared Silvia talks about the idea of "weightlessness" in fiction, lice, bad chiropractors, and absurdism.

Work read & discussed: "Infestation" (short fiction); "The Good Chiropractor" (short fiction).

ABOUT THE AUTHOR: Jared Silvia’s fiction has appeared in Sierra Nevada Review, decomP, Monkeybicycle, Dime Show Review, Rabble Lit, Bridge Eight, Fantastic Floridas, and other journals. He was the winner of the 2017 Brian Turner Literary Arts Prize in Fiction, and was a resident at the 2017 DISQUIET writing residency in Ponta Delgada, Azores. He received his MFA from The University of Tampa in 2014. You can find links to his work at jaredsilvia.com.

Racquel Henry

Racquel Henry talks about her love/hate relationship with Orlando, discovery in the writing process, her novel in progress, and Young Adult fiction.

Works read & discussed: "When To Stay" (essay).

ABOUT THE AUTHOR: Racquel Henry is a Trinidadian writer and editor with an MFA from Fairleigh Dickinson University. She is also a part-time English Professor and owns the writing center, Writer’s Atelier, in Winter Park, FL. In 2010 Racquel co-founded Black Fox Literary Magazine, where she still serves as an editor. She is also a board member for The Jack Kerouac Project, an Orlando-based writing residency. Her fiction, poetry, and nonfiction have appeared in places like Lotus-Eater Magazine, Moko Caribbean Arts & Letters, Thrill of the Hunt: Welcome to Whitebridge, Reaching Beyond the Saguaros: A Collaborative Prosimetric Travelogue (from Serving House Books, 2017), and We Can't Help It If We're From Florida (from Burrow Press, 2017), among others.

david james poissant

Talk about the portrayal of Oviedo in the book The New World, and the good/bad writing about Florida places.