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The Lift Up

18 EpisodesProduced by Tamara Crawford and Vina OrdenWebsite

A monthly transatlantic conversation hosted by Tamara Crawford and Vina Orden about books, writing, identity, and representation, centered on marginalized voices and stories.

18 Episodes | 2020 - 2021

S2 E8 SABRINA & CORINA: Writing a Place for Oneself

November 3rd, 2021


In this episode, we discuss Sabrina & Corina by Kali Fajardo-Anstine; a collection which evokes a powerful sense of place in these stories set in …

S2.E7 ISLAND QUEEN: Bringing Hidden Histories to Light

October 6th, 2021


In time for Black History Month in the UK, hosts Tamara Crawford and Vina Orden discuss Vanessa Riley’s epic historical fiction novel Island Queen. Island Queen is based on the life of historical figure Dorothy Kirwan …

S2. E6 THE MERMAID OF BLACK CONCH: Cultural Collisions / Convergence

August 11th, 2021


The Lift Up is excited to be back after our brief summer break with Season 2, Episode 6, featuring Monique Roffey's genre-bending novel The Mermaid of Black Conch! On one level, The Mermaid of Black Conch is a story of …

S2. E5 THE SEEP: What it means to be human

June 2nd, 2021


As we’re trying to see our way out of the pandemic, The Seep proves a timely read. It’s a story about social transformation brought about by an alien entity The Seep, which seeks to ameliorate human suffering—poverty; …


May 12th, 2021


In time for Asian American Pacific Islander (AAPI) Heritage Month in the US and the launch of a campaign to establish East and South East Asian (ESEA) Heritage Month in the UK, hosts Tamara Crawford and Vina Orden …

S2. E3 NIGHT SKY WITH EXIT WOUNDS / THE TRADITION: American Beauty | American Violence

April 7th, 2021


Both with National Poetry Month around the corner, and with the anti-Black & anti-Asian violence going on in the US, it is timely that The Lift …

S2.E2 BREASTS AND EGGS: Reclaiming our bodies and ourselves

March 3rd, 2021


In recognition of Women’s History Month in the US and in the lead-up to International Women’s Day on March 8, hosts Tamara Crawford and Vina Orden discuss celebrated Japanese writer Mieko Kawakami's Breasts and Eggs, …

S2.E1 RED AT THE BONE: The selves we inherit & invent

February 3rd, 2021


This New York Times Bestseller and Notable Book of the Year (2019) is a story of two families told from the perspectives of various family members. …

Episode 7 - Hurricane Season: On breaking the silence & impunity around femicide

November 4th, 2020


In this month's episode - our final episode for Season 1 - hosts Vina Orden and Tamara Crawford discuss Fernanda Melchor’s English-language debut …

Episode 6 - THE CITY WE BECAME / FRIDAY BLACK: On the choices & futures we make

October 7th, 2020


It's sci-fi month on The Lift Up! Hosts Tamara Crawford and Vina Orden discuss The City We Became, the latest novel by award-winning author N. K. Jemisin, and Friday Black, Nana Kwame Adjei-Brenyah's debut short story …

Episode 5 - THE GOOD IMMIGRANT: Resisting myths & creating possibilities

September 2nd, 2020


In this month's episode, hosts Tamara Crawford and Vina Orden discuss both the UK (2016) and US (2018) editions of The Good Immigrant, a collection …

Episode 4 - PATSY: A Journey to Love & Freedom

August 5th, 2020


In this month's episode, hosts Vina Orden and Tamara Crawford talk about Nicole Dennis-Benn's sophomore novel, Patsy, which explores the story of a …

Episode 3 - THERE THERE: On the violence of silence & the privilege of culture

July 1st, 2020


Hosts Tamara and Vina discuss Tommy Orange's 2018 debut novel, There There, which delves into the lives of twelve "urban Natives" from Oakland who …

BONUS Interview with Gina Apostol, Part 2

June 24th, 2020


In Part 2 of our interview with the writer Gina Apostol, whose novel Insurrecto was featured this month on The Lift Up, we discuss gate-keeping in …

BONUS Interview with Gina Apostol, Part 1

June 17th, 2020


Writer Gina Apostol joins hosts Tamara and Vina for a conversation (in two parts) about her fourth novel, Insurrecto, as well as football (or soccer, …

Episode 2 - INSURRECTO: Histories, realities, & other confusions

June 3rd, 2020


In the lead-up to Philippine Independence Day on June 12, hosts Tamara and Vina discuss Gina Apostol's Insurrecto, exploring the forgotten …

Episode 1 - Allow Us to Introduce Ourselves

May 13th, 2020


Who are Tamara and Vina, and why did they start The Lift Up? Listen to find out more about your hosts and their motivations in starting this monthly literary podcast...

The Lift Up - Trailer

May 6th, 2020


Welcome to The Lift Up -  a transatlantic conversation about books, hosted by Tamara Crawford and Vina Orden.

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