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Textual Healing with Mallory Smart

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Mallory Smart interviews today's hottest authors about musical influences, genres, and how all of that plays into the way that they write. Some episodes can be abstract and others are just plain dorky. Either way, they're always fun and informative...

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October 1st, 2022


Ravi Mangla is the author of The Observant (Spuyten Duyvil) and Understudies (Outpost19). His writing has appeared in The Atlantic, The Nation, Jacobin, The Kenyon Review, Cincinnati Review, Mid-American …

S1E56 - Off The Record with Ravi Mangla: I Wanna Go Home

September 23rd, 2022


Ravi Mangla is the author of The Observant (Spuyten Duyvil) and Understudies (Outpost19). His writing has appeared in The Atlantic, The Nation, Jacobin, The Kenyon Review, Cincinnati Review, Mid-American …

S1E55 - Taylor Swift Did 9/11: an interview with Jack Moody

September 17th, 2022


Jack Moody is a novelist and short story writer from wherever he happens to be at the time. He is the author of the novel Crooked Smile, the short …

S1E54 - Off The Record with Jack Moody: The Art Of Nonbeing

September 9th, 2022


Jack Moody is a novelist and short story writer from wherever he happens to be at the time. He is the author of the novel Crooked Smile, the short …

S1E53 - Witchcraft and Womanhood with Hillary Leftwich

September 2nd, 2022


Hillary Leftwich is the author of Ghosts Are Just Strangers Who Know How to Knock (CCM Press/The Accomplices 2019). Her hybrid poetry and CNF …

S1E52 - Off The Record with C. E. Hoffman: Writing Our Own Stories

August 26th, 2022


C E Hoffman (they/them) was born, gave birth, and tried to die in Edmonton, AB (not necessarily in that order.) A grant recipient, Writer’s Union of Canada member, and winner of the 2022 Defunct May Day Chapbook …

S1E51 - ready for emotional internet party: an interview with Kevin Sampsell

August 19th, 2022


Kevin Sampsell is an American writer living in Portland, Oregon. He has worked at Powell's Book Store since 1998 as an events coordinator and the head of the small press section. His memoir, A Common Pornography, was …

S1E50 - Off The Record With Scott Mitchel May: Mean Men Behind meets Goin' Down South

August 13th, 2022


Scott Mitchel May is a writer living with his wife and son in Madison, Wisconsin. His work has appeared in Maudlin House, Rejection Letters, The Bear Creek Gazette, The Maryland Literary Review, Bending Genres, and many …

S1E49 - RED (Austin's Version)

August 6th, 2022


In this episode, we do our best to just talk about Austin’s new book and how music plays into it! But in the classic Textual Healing style, we get into very weird tangents. Cover bands. Four Lokos. Painting Nails. …

S1E48 - Off The Record with Austin Davis: Lotus & Fear meets Mac Miller

August 5th, 2022


"Off The Record" is a new micro-segment of Textual Healing. Authors on the show get to pair some of their writing with music that they think matches it best.

S1E47 - Reaching for Joy with Francis Daulerio

July 23rd, 2022


Francis Daulerio is a poet and teacher from Blue Bell, Pennsylvania. He received his MFA in Creative Writing from Arcadia University in 2014 before …

S1E46 - Whimsically Unhinged: an interview with Nada Alic

July 9th, 2022


Nada Alic is a writer in Los Angeles. Her debut story collection BAD THOUGHTS is out July 12, 2022 (Vintage).

From 2014-2016 she collaborated with …

S1E45 - Bleakly Comedic Suspension of Disbelief: an interview with Bud Smith

June 25th, 2022


Bud Smith works heavy construction and lives in Jersey City, NJ. He is the author of Teenager (Vintage,  2022), Double Bird (Maudlin House, 2018), 

S1E44 - A little more magic, a little more Liver Mush: an interview with Graham Irvin

June 11th, 2022


Graham Irvin is a writer who lives in Philadelphia. He was born in North Carolina. He is the author of Liver Mush, from Back Patio Press. And he …

S1E43 - New Jersey, Revisited: an interview with Tobias Carroll

May 28th, 2022


Tobias Carroll is the author of three books: one novel, one story collection, and one work of nonfiction.

His most recent book, Political Sign, was …

S1E42 - Punk Rock Boi with the Tape Deck Heart: an interview with Scott Mitchel May

May 14th, 2022


Scott Mitchel May is a guy doing things like writing and skating and going to therapy and working and submitting and also too he enjoys reading and cooking and classic cars (but in a vague way where he's never owned a …

S1E41 - Punk Planet: an interview with Amy Klinger

April 22nd, 2022


In this episode, I got a chance to get to know first-time author, Amy Klinger. Amy just came out with the book, In Light Of Recent Events. It's a book about life, love, music, and work in the 1990s.

In the 1990s …

S1E40 - Milestones and the Spark of an Idea: an interview with Wilson Koewing

April 9th, 2022


In this episode, I got a chance to chat with one of my favorite writers: Wilson Koewing

Wilson is a writer from South Carolina. His work is featured …

S1E39 - That Always Lives Rent Free In My Head For The Rest Of My Life: an interview with Lee Matthew Goldberg

March 19th, 2022


In this episode we talk about Lee Matthew Goldberg’s new book, Vanish Me,  90’s grunge music, Heathers, Pete Davidson, SNL, public transit, his next …

S1E38 - Sean McCallum’s Excellent Adventure

March 5th, 2022


In this episode, I got a chance to catch up with Sean McCallum. Sean lives outside of Toronto, Canada, with his wife and two children. He just came out with his debut novel, The Recalcitrant Stuff of Life. It's …

S1E37 - Friday night and the lights are low: an interview with Mike Keren

February 12th, 2022


Mike Keren is a clinical psychologist with advanced training in psychoanalysis and family therapy. He currently maintains a private practice with …

S1E36 - When You Were Young: pivoting with Bobby Miller

January 28th, 2022


Bobby Miller is a writer + filmmaker known for making genre-bending comedies. His short film TUB and feature debut THE CLEANSE add horror and fantasy to the mix. The films’ world premiered at Sundance and SXSW and have …

S1E35 - Witchcore And Music Of The Occult: an interview with Christina Rosso

January 14th, 2022


Christina Rosso-Schneider lives and writes outside of Philadelphia with her rescue pup, Atticus Finch, and bearded husband, Alex, where they run an independent bookstore and event space called A Novel Idea on Passyunk. …

S1E34 - KKUURRTT: Sound Waves And Ramblings At The American Music Festival

December 30th, 2021


In this episode, I got a chance to speak with KKUURTT.

KKUURRTT is a fiction/comedy writer who has once been described (by someone he dislikes) as having panache. His debut novel Good at Drugs is out now on Back Patio …

S1E33 - Everybody’s Famous: an interview with Duncan Birmingham

December 11th, 2021


In this episode, I got a chance to speak with Duncan Birmingham. 

Duncan Birmingham is a writer living in Los Angeles. He has worked on Maron on IFC. He also wrote and was co-executive producer for Blunt Talk. In 2021, …

S1E32 - Sad In A Good Way: an Interview with Jessie Lynn McMains

November 26th, 2021


In this episode, I got a chance to speak with Jessie Lynn McMains. 

Jessie is a cross-genre writer, punk poet, small press publisher, and spoken word performer. Their latest work includes Self-Portrait With Ghost And …

S1E31 - Mami Miami: an interview with Emilly Prado

November 13th, 2021


Emilly Giselle Prado is a writer, DJ, and educator living in Portland, Oregon with roots in the San Francisco Bay Area and Michoacán, Mexico. As an …

S1E30 - A Podcast About Nothing: a dorky talk with Spencer Fleury

October 16th, 2021


Originally I wanted to name this episode Strongbox but realized that few people would get the reference. Luckily, Spencer did as I explained getting …

S1E29 - Therapist Gone Wild: an interview with Jeff Schneider

September 4th, 2021


In this wildly fun episode, I interview Jeff Schnieder. Jeff is a writer, founder of Pig Roast Publishing, and the former guitarist and songwriter of the noise-rock bands Arab On Radar and Made in Mexico.

We get pretty …

S1E28 - Millennial Anxiety: an interview with Blake Wallin

August 21st, 2021


This is a pretty chill episode. Blake Wallin comes on and about his latest book, Papal Glow, amongst other things. We get into religion, politics, …

S1E27 - Tinder is the Touch: an interview with Nicole Morning

August 7th, 2021

In this episode, I interview Nicole Morning. We talk about Tinder, punk music, what's behind her writing, and how weird it is to be an adult.

She is …

S1E26 - Infinite Playlists: an interview with Steve Gergley

July 24th, 2021


On today’s podcast, I’ll be interviewing Steve Gergely. 

Steve Gergley is a writer and runner from Warwick, New York. His fiction has appeared or is forthcoming in Atticus Review, Cleaver Magazine, Hobart, Pithead …

S1E25 - The Beauty of Language and Sound: an Interview with Joseph Fasano

July 10th, 2021


In this episode, I'll be interviewing Joseph Fasano.

Fasano is the author of the novel The Dark Heart of Every Wild Thing (Platypus Press, 2020), which was named one of the "20 Best Small Press Books of 2020." His books …

S1E23 - Before The Internet: have, has, HAD an interview with Aaron Burch

June 12th, 2021


In this week's episode, I interviewed literary icon, Aaron Burch. 

Aaron Burch is the author of the memoir/literary analysis Stephen King’s The Body; …

S1E22 - Dressed To Kill: learning Brialism with Brian Alan Ellis

May 29th, 2021


BRIAN ALAN ELLIS runs House of Vlad Press and is the author of several books, including Sad Laughter (Civil Coping Mechanisms, 2018). His writing has appeared at Juked, Hobart, Monkeybicycle, Heavy Feather Review, …

S1E21 - Chainsaws vs Aliens: everything cosmic and strange with C E Hoffman

May 15th, 2021


In this episode, I'll be interviewing C E Hoffman. C E Hoffman was born, gave birth, and tried to die in Edmonton, AB (not necessarily in that …

S1E20 - G’naughty by Nature: getting to the point with Adam Gnade

May 8th, 2021


On today’s podcast, I’ll be interviewing Adam Gnade about basically everything but focusing mostly on his record label,  Hello America Stereo Cassette, where he releases audio recordings of writers' work.

Adam is both a …

S1E19 - Come As You Are: an interview about literal things with Lee Matthew Goldberg

May 1st, 2021


In this episode, I get a chance to chat with Lee Matthew Goldberg about a wide array of things, but mostly 90's music and culture since that's at the …

S1E18 - Sad FM: an interview with Gauraa Shekhar

April 24th, 2021


In this episode, I interview Gauraa Shekhar. Gauraa Shekhar is a Founding Editor of No Contact, the Interviews Editor at Maudlin House, and an Assistant Editor at X-R-A-Y. Her debut short story “Other Significant …

S1E17 - Nonconformists Like Us: Being Real With Andrew Wilt From 11:11 Press

April 17th, 2021


In this episode, I interview Andrew Wilt from 11:11 Press. He is not just a publisher. Andrew has also been working professionally in writing for …

S1E16 - Bitchcraft: Music and Lit with Leza Cantoral

April 10th, 2021


In a very strange and wild episode of Textual Healing, I got a chance to interview Leza Cantoral who is one of my favorite people in the lit world today! It gets weird, it gets dark, and it actually gets pretty damn …

S1E15 - Off The Record: The 80's with Dmitry Samarov

March 13th, 2021

This week on Textual Healing, we go off the record with Dmitry Samorov where he tells it as it is when it comes to the 80's.

Not just Bruce Springsteen, Madonna, and music still on MTV...

Support Textual Healing with …

S1E14 - The One With The Diet Coke Button: Weird Digressions with Dmitry Samarov

March 5th, 2021


In this episode of Textual Healing, Dmitry Samarov talks about what it's like to be Gen X in a Gen Z world. We joke around about what the right sayings are and whether our taste in music even matters anymore.

We hit …

S1E13 - Every Little Thing: an interview with Taylor Johnson about life

February 13th, 2021


In this episode, Mallory Smart and Andy Tran get into all of the weird small talk with Taylor Johnson. We dish about our new favorite bands, the kind of poetry we're all into, and sadly even the weather... Lena Dunham …

S1E12 - Collapsing into Music with Kevin Bigley

February 6th, 2021


Kevin Bigley joins us to talk about his intense love of music, his new book Comaville, and his character Luke in Amazon's Upload.

Kevin is an actor …

S1E11 - Two Million Hours with Zac and Giac: a show about nothing

January 30th, 2021


In this lit episode, I am joined by Zac Smith and Giacomo Pope where we talk about nothing and everything. Music genres, literary genres, and even how a genre's name comes into being is discussed in this 2hr long round …

S1E10 - Las Vegas Bootlegger: Noah Cicero and The Idea of Authenticity

January 16th, 2021


In this episode, we talk to Noah Cicero about his latest book: Las Vegas Bootlegger: Empire of Self-Importance from Trident Press. We also get into lit topics like the way Bruce Springsteen makes us feel, Smokey and the …

S1E9 - Florida Man: What's on the Menu with Chase Griffin

January 2nd, 2021


In today's episode, we have an hour-long conversation full of zany non-sequiturs with Chase Griffin. My co-host, Andy Tran, joins me while we talk …

S1E8 - Live from IKEA: D.T. Robbins, Meatballs, and Tampons

December 12th, 2020


In today's episode, Mallory and Andy hit up D.T. Robbins. They talk about folk music, punk rock, Phoebe Bridgers, Bright Eyes, Elton John, and David …

S1E7 - It’s My Sniffle Party And I’ll Yacht Rock If I Want To: an interview with Claire Hopple

December 5th, 2020


In this episode, Mallory and Andy get a chance to interview Claire Hopple about her love of dreamy indie music like Goth Babe, Sniffle Party, and then whatever the hell Yacht Rock is.

Claire Hopple lives in Asheville, …

S1E6 - We Can All Be Sad Bois: a random conversation with Giacomo Pope

November 21st, 2020


Giacomo Pope is the author of Chainsaw Poems & Other Poems and the founder of Neutral Spaces.

Much like his writing, this episode is all about passion and obsession. We go further and deeper than we've gone before …

S1E5 - Lo-Fi Stories with Joshua Bohnsack

November 7th, 2020


Joshua Bohnsack is the author of Shift Drink (Spork Press, forthcoming 2020) and Burnt Sienna: Cocktails & Stories (Throwback Books, 2017) and his work has appeared in The Rumpus, Hobart, SAND, LitHub, Five:2:One, …

S1E4 - Who’s Greta Gerwig: an interview with Kat Giordano

October 24th, 2020


We get a chance to chat with Kat Giordano. Kat wrote The Poet Confronts Bukowski's Ghost, which is a book of poetry you can still buy on Amazon.

She also wrote the novel The Fountain, which is forthcoming from Thirty …

S1E3 - "the more things you like, the more fun you have" an interview with Nathaniel Kennon Perkins

October 10th, 2020


Today I get to interview Nathaniel Kennon Perkinsfrom Trident Press. We talk about garages, punk rock, DIY ethic, and the best music to write to. He is the author of the novel Wallop (House of Vlad, 2020). the short …

S1E2 - Very Online: Shoegazing with Mallory Smart and Andy Tran

September 27th, 2020


Hosts Mallory Smart and Andy Tran finally take the time to introduce themselves to the Textual Healing listeners by discussing all things weird. We quiz each other on new writing, Boogie Nights, chill music, and …

S1E1 - Unbridled Enthusiasm: A Conversation With Nick Gregorio

September 10th, 2020


Nick Gregorio comes on as our special guest where we talk about all things Punk, COVID, and the release of his new book, With A Difference , from Trident Press.

He lives, writes, and teaches just outside of …

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