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Season Two of Assiduous Dust

You can listen below to Assiduous Dust episodes 1-10.

Season Two: Text

Season 2 Episode List

#1: Michael Rothenberg + Kim Dower

January 20, 2021

MICHAEL ROTHENBERG is co-founder of 100 Thousand Poets for Change and co-founder of Poets In Need, a non-profit 501(c)3, assisting poets in crisis. Recent books of poetry include Drawing The Shade (Dos Madres Press, 2016), The Pillars (Contagion Press 2020), and I Murdered Elvis Alien Buddha Press (2020). A bi-lingual edition of Indefinite Detention: A Dog Story was published by Varasek Ediciones, Madrid, Spain, 2017. In 2020, an Arabic edition of Indefinite Detention: A Dog Story, was published in Cairo, Egypt by Arwiqa Publishers. Rothenberg lives in Tallahassee, Florida where he is Florida State University Libraries Poet in Residence.

KIM DOWER, City Poet Laureate of West Hollywood from October 2016 – October 2018, and originally from New York City, has published four collections of poetry: Air Kissing on Mars, her first -- “sensual and evocative . . . seamlessly combining humor and heartache,” Los Angeles Times -- was chosen as one of the few poetry books to be honored by the state of California and is on display at the Governor’s Mansion, Slice of Moon, “unexpected and sublime,” O magazine, Last Train to the Missing Planet, “poems that speak about the grey space between tragedy and tenderness, memory and loss, fragility and perseverance,” Richard Blanco, and Sunbathing on Tyrone Power’s Grave which won the Gold Ippy Award for best poetry book from an indy press in 2019. Her poems are included in several anthologies, notably, Wide Awake: Poets of Los Angeles and Beyond, (Beyond Baroque Books/Pacific Coast Poetry Series.) She teaches workshops for Antioch University, UCLA Writer’s Extension, and the West Hollywood Library. 

#2: Chad Parenteau + Edward Vidaurre

March 5, 2021

CHAD PARENTEAU hosts Boston's long-running "Stone Soup Poetry" series. His work has appeared in journals such as Résonancee, Queen Mob's Tea-House, Cape Cod Poetry Review, Tell-Tale Inklings, Off The Coast, Ibbetson Street and Wilderness House Literary Review. He currently serves as a regular contributor to Headline Poetry & Press as well as Associate Editor of the online journal Oddball Magazine. His second collection, The Collapsed Bookshelf, has just been released.

EDWARD VIDAURRE is an award-winning poet and author of seven collections of poetry with Pandemia and Other Poems, his most recent from Aztlan Libre Press, 2020. He is the former 2018-2019 City of McAllen, TX Poet Laureate, a five-time Pushcart Prize nominated poet and publisher of FlowerSong Press and its sister imprint Juventud Press. Vidaurre is from Boyle Heights, CA and now resides in McAllen, TX with his wife and daughter.​

#3: Kalpna Singh-Chitnis + Alexis Rhone Fancher

April 2, 2021

KALPNA SINGH-CHITNIS is an Indian American poet, writer, and Editor-in-Chief of Life and Legends. She is the author of four poetry books, and her works have appeared in notable journals like World Literature Today, California Quarterly, Indian Literature, Pirene's Fountain, etc. Her full-length poetry collection Bare Soul was awarded the 2017 "Naji Naaman Literary Prize for creativity." Her awards and honors include the "Bihar Rajbhasha Award," given by the government of Bihar, India, and the "Rajiv Gandhi Global Excellence Award." Her poems have been translated into Spanish, French, Italian, German, Chez, Arabic, Nepali, Hindi, and other Indian languages. Her works have been included in several anthologies. The most recent among them are 100 Great Indian Poems (Bloomsbury, India) Unseen (Skylark Publications, UK), Collateral Damage, Carrying the Branch Poets in Search of Peace (Glass Lyre Press, USA), and Paws Healing The Earth (River Paw Press). A former lecturer of Political Science, Kalpna Singh-Chitnis holds a degree in Film Directing from the New York Film Academy and works as an independent filmmaker in Hollywood. 

ALEXIS RHONE FANCHER is published in Best American Poetry, Rattle, Poetry East, Hobart, VerseDaily, American Journal of Poetry, Duende, SWWIM, Plume, Diode, Pedestal Magazine, Wide Awake: Poets of Los Angeles, and elsewhere. She’s authored five published poetry collections, most recently, Junkie Wife (Moon Tide Press, 2018), and The Dead Kid Poems (KYSO Flash Press, 2019). EROTIC: New & Selected, from New York Quarterly, published in March, and another full-length collection (in Italian) by Edizioni Ensemble, Italia, will be published in Spring, 2021. Her photographs are published worldwide, including River Styx, and the covers of Pithead Chapel, Heyday and Witness. A multiple Pushcart Prize and Best of the Net nominee, Alexis is poetry editor of Cultural Weekly.

You can listen to Alexis' portion of Episode 3 on Spotify,, Apple Podcast, or Google Podcast

Season Two: Work
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