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Wild Precious Life

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Join author, educator, and learner, Annmarie Kelly as she laughs, cries, and kvetches with the writers, musicians, entrepreneurs, and wanderers who inspire all of us to reach beyond our divisions and discover what it means to be wild, precious, and brave.

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Defy Expectations with Kirstin Chen

June 23rd, 2022

47:26

Kirstin Chen’s recent book, COUNTERFEIT, is one of the most anticipated novels of the summer, in which two Asian American women grow a fake handbag …

Travel Through the Pages with Jennifer E. Smith

June 9th, 2022

58:13

Jennifer E. Smith spent years editing other people’s manuscripts before finally finding her footing to publish her own. To date, she’s now written eleven books, including THE STATISTICAL PROBABILITY OF LOVE AT FIRST …

Have a Good Talk with Mira Jacob

May 26th, 2022

55:40

Mira Jacob is a novelist, memoirist, illustrator, and cultural critic whose graphic memoir GOOD TALK has been described as “exactly the book America …

Embrace Your Weird with Carrie Harris

May 12th, 2022

41:25

As a child, Carrie Harris was the kind of girl who played STAR WARS with the boys. Even at that young age, she yearned for more female roles and …

Translate Love and Compassion with Haleh Liza Gafori

April 28th, 2022

47:22

As a child, Haleh Liza Gafori was introduced to Rumi’s Persian poetry, and as an adult, she began singing and translating these same poems. Annmarie …

Climb Your Mountain with Silvia Vasquez-Lavado

April 14th, 2022

56:35

Silvia Vasquez-Lavado climbs mountains. In fact, she is one of the few women in the world to complete the Seven Summits, ascending the highest peak on each continent. In this episode, Silvia and Annmarie talk about the …

Unlearn Your Lessons with Elizabeth Lesser

March 31st, 2022

1:02:10

Elizabeth Lesser is a well-known author whose latest book, CASSANDRA SPEAKS, challenges us to think about how when women are the storytellers, the human story changes. In this episode, Annmarie and Elizabeth discuss the …

Surrender and Live with Barb Roose

March 17th, 2022

46:48

Barb Roose is a popular speaker and author who is passionate about teaching women to live in courage and faith. Annmarie and Barb discuss hometown …

We Are All We Need with Bodhi Calagna and Wilson Rodriguez

March 3rd, 2022

1:09:28

Bodhi Calagana and Wilson Rodriguez have something in common: a love of sound. Specifically EDM or Electronic Dance Music. In this episode, Bodhi, Wilson, and Annmarie discuss finding acceptance, healing, and refuge in …

Adopt Love and Understanding with Julia Brewer Daily

February 17th, 2022

47:31

Julia Brewer Daily began her career in Marketing, but she always knew she had a story to tell. Now in her 60s, Julia recently published her debut …

Look to the Future with Laura Maylene Walter

February 3rd, 2022

52:01

Laura Maylene Walter is the author of BODY OF STARS, a novel in which women’s bodies predict the future. Annmarie and Laura discuss love and loss and the power of manifesting our dreams through storytelling.

Keep the Flame Alive with Thrity Umrigar

January 20th, 2022

49:37

At the age of 21, Thrity Umrigar left India to study journalism in the United States. Decades later, she is the acclaimed author of more than a dozen books, including her latest, HONOR, in which a reporter searches for …

Embrace Self-Love with Megan Logan

January 6th, 2022

46:18

Megan Logan is a therapist, mom, and author of the SELF-LOVE WORKBOOK FOR WOMEN. In this episode, we open up about past struggles and current opportunities. Annmarie and Megan also discuss nude beaches, skydiving, and …

Just Say YES with Emily Ford Revisited

December 30th, 2021

44:15

During this holiday season, we've decided to reissue our episode featuring Emily Ford. In case you don't remember, Emily was the first woman to …

Dream with Your Eyes Open with Naki Akrobettoe

December 16th, 2021

42:01

Naki Akrobettoe is a poet, a Ghanaian princess, and most importantly a mother. In this episode, Naki and Annmarie talk about the tricky balance of creativity and parenthood, the need for safe mental health practices, …

Never Run Out of Stories with Rebecca Makkai

December 2nd, 2021

40:23

Rebecca Makkai is the author of Pulitzer Prize finalist, THE GREAT BELIEVERS, which tells the story of the AIDS epidemic in Chicago. Rebecca and …

Make Sense of Your Self with Derdriu Ring

November 11th, 2021

43:58

Derdriu Ring always knew she wanted to act, and when she moved from Ireland to the United States, she continued to make this dream come true. Derdriu …

Chase Your Dreams with Nayomi Munaweera

October 28th, 2021

51:49

Nayomi Munaweera is currently drafting her third novel. However, her first book took over ten years to write. Through dozens of revisions, rejections, and doubts, Nayomi learned the craft and never gave up on her dream. …

Be A Survivor with Jonathan Penner

October 14th, 2021

45:47

Jonathan Penner is an actor and screenwriter well-known for his multiple appearances on the show Survivor. But he joins us today to talk about …

Maybe You Should Talk to Someone with Lori Gottlieb

September 30th, 2021

43:22

In this episode, Annmarie speaks with writer and therapist Lori Gottlieb about the power of talk therapy to transform our story. After jobs in …

Reclaim Your Story with Vanessa Angélica Villareal

September 16th, 2021

48:36

Does poetry scare you? Does it leave you feeling more lost than found? If so, you aren’t alone. In this episode, Annmarie talks to poet Vanessa Angélica Villareal about owning your truth, storytelling as survival, and …

Discover Your Superpowers with Sanyin Siang

September 2nd, 2021

46:27

Annmarie first met Sanyin in college. They passed each other in the halls and said, “Hey.” But it wasn’t until years later that they actually …

Believe in Doubt with Matthew Paul Turner

August 19th, 2021

49:58

Matthew Paul Turner was raised in a religious family and has spent his career authoring books about faith. However, in this episode, Annmarie and …

Dwell in Possibility with Eliese Goldbach

August 5th, 2021

39:05

Eliese Goldbach was a part-time seasonal house painter. She had no health care. She felt lost. Then she applied for a job as a steelworker and spent …

Dare to Be Challenged with Mikki Kendall

July 22nd, 2021

45:32

Mikki Kendall is a writer, activist, and “occasional feminist” whose book, Hood Feminism, challenges us to rethink our perspectives on what it means to be a woman, an ally, and a progressive member of any community. …

Take a Soul Detour with Francisco X. Stork

July 8th, 2021

39:53

Francisco X. Stork spent thirty-three years working at one job, but felt in his heart he was called to pursue another. He is a grandfather now and has just published his 9th book. Francisco draws upon his experiences as …

Permission to Fail with Rachel Simmons

June 24th, 2021

41:19

When was the last time you did something that scared you? Not just bungee jumping or mountain biking, but even little fears, like talking to a stranger or asking for a raise at work? This week, Annmarie talks to author, …

Your Black Friend, Fred Joseph

June 10th, 2021

44:47

Whether he’s empowering kids around the world to see the film Black Panther or providing food and shelter to thousands of families during the Covid pandemic, Frederick Joseph is a tireless agent of social change. His …

The Last Day of My First Life with Katherine Standefer

May 27th, 2021

40:30

When Katherine Standefer woke up in a parking lot with gravel in her forehead, she knew her life would never be the same. The incomparable author of 

Just Say YES with Emily Ford

May 13th, 2021

44:15

Emily Ford recently became the first woman to solo hike the entire Ice Age Trail in winter. Emily’s love of the outdoors, her incurable optimism, and …

Finding Faith with Bunmi Laditan

April 29th, 2021

39:47

Bunmi Laditan is a mom, writer, and self-proclaimed "domestic failure." She has written a number of fantastic books including the hilarious Honest Toddler, and her most recent heartfelt title, Dear God. In this episode, …

Introducing: Wild Precious Life with Annmarie Kelly

April 9th, 2021

2:14

Join author, educator, and learner, Annmarie Kelly as she laughs, cries, and kvetches with the writers, musicians, entrepreneurs, and wanderers who inspire all of us to reach beyond our divisions and discover what it …

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