85. Being Drawn to Teaching w/ Cristina Migliaccio

Dan invites fellow Saint John’s University alum, Dr. Cristina Migliaccio, from CUNY Medgar Evers College in Brooklyn, NY to discuss culturally & linguistically inclusive digital pedagogy, the professional depth & dedication of the Medgar Evers College Adjunct Faculty, loving the craft of teaching, their graduate school experiences, the coded messaging of the phrase, “Oh, you’re one of those,” Cristina’s work with the Calandra Italian American Institute, and so much more.

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84. Embodying Your Digital Self w/ Dr. Regina Duthely

Dan invites fellow Saint John’s University alum Dr. Regina Duthely from the University of Puget Sound in Tacoma, WA to talk about the possibilities of digital teaching & digital rhetorics away from current Zoom-emergency pedagogy, the digital space being a place to fully embody the self, the burden of extra labor/service that scholars of color, particularly women of color, take on in academia, how students thrive when we expand past “just the essay,” what Regina is excited about coming up in her career, and so much more.

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83. Writing From the Velvet Ditch w/ Up and Coming Writer Elz

To celebrate National Poetry Month, Dan invites Elz on to discuss the release of their debut book did I tell You What Happened? a fragmented memoir, living & writing in Oxford, MS, the role writing plays to communicate and navigate Bipolar Disorder and Major Depressive Disorder, why we still have the need for genres, and so much more.

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82. Scratching Beyond Kerouac’s Surface w/ Saloni Srivastava & David O’Connor

In the final special episode celebrating American author Jack Kerouac’s centennial birthday, Dan invites Advanced PhD scholar of American Literature Saloni Srivastava & Poet David O’Connor to talk about the all-consuming meditative power of driving on the road, living at The Kerouac house in Orlando, FL, the spiritual depth of Kerouac’s writing, seeking one’s lineage, and a whole lot more. This is an episode that virtually traversed many timezones to happen.

Listen to the first Kerouac episode: 80. Celebrating Jack Kerouac’s 100th Birthday w/ Tim Hernandez & Nate Jordan

Listen to the second Kerouac episode: 81. Honoring Kerouac’s Impact on American Poetry w/ S.A. Griffin & Richard Modiano

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81. Honoring Jack Kerouac’s Impact on American Poetry w/ S.A. Griffin & Richard Modiano

In the second of three special episodes celebrating Kerouac’s 100th birthday, Dan invited S.A. Griffin & Richard Modiano to talk about Kerouac’s contribution to American poetry, his haiku mastery, spiritual questing, the challenge of adapting Kerouac’s novels on film, and so much more.

Listen to the first Kerouac episode: 80. Celebrating Jack Kerouac’s 100th Birthday w/ Tim Hernandez & Nate Jordan

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80. Celebrating Jack Kerouac’s 100th Birthday w/ Tim Hernandez & Nate Jordan

In honor of Jack Kerouac’s 100th birthday, Dan invited writers and fellow Naropa alumni Tim Hernandez & Nate Jordan to talk about how Kerouac influenced their writing & personal journeys. They discuss Tim’s 2013 novel about Bea Franco (Terry/”The Mexican Girl” from On the Road) Mañana Means Heaven, understanding the influence of the published Joan Anderson Letter (2020) on Kerouac’s writing style, the importance of Neal Cassady, Kerouac the spiritual and knowledge seeker, and so much more.

This is the first of three special Kerouac episodes being released this month.

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79. Being in Isolation with Tara Bradway

In Episode 79, Dan Dissinger is joined by Guest Host Danielle Lee to talk to Saint John’s University alum Tara Bradway about life after the PhD, the complex issues facing contingent faculty, the challenges of being the artistic director of the Adirondack Shakespeare Company during the COVID-19 pandemic, and the impact of isolation on mental health.

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78. Writing Movie Trailers with Brandon Martin

In Episode 78, we talk to screenwriter Brandon Martin about transitioning from working as a touring musician to writing movie trailers, creating a comic strip during quarantine, finding inspiration in life experiences and other artistic pursuits, and selling his first movie script for -$100.

We share a couple of announcements at the beginning of the episode, including the news that Writing Remix was awarded the 2021 John Lovas Award by Kairos for Outstanding Online Project in Writing Studies! If you want to jump straight to the episode, skip to 4:55.

Brandon Martin is an award-winning copywriter and screenwriter and an American Music Award-nominated musician. His hobbies include double-neck guitars, bingeing Vulfpeck videos on Youtube, (fitness) boxing, and watching any movie or TV series involving three-or-more ninjas. He is represented by Leyla Kader Dahm at Zero Gravity Entertainment.

Learn more at Brandon’s website and be sure to check out his animated web series, Gnat & Tina: Episode 1, Episode 2, and Episode 3.

This episode was recorded on January 10, 2022. Because we recorded via Zoom, there may be occasional audio hiccups. Our theme song is “4 am” by Makaih Beats. You can subscribe to the podcast on Apple PodcastsSpotify, and Stitcher and follow us on Twitter @WritingRemixPod

People and Texts Mentioned in the Episode

“I decided that writing was really what I wanted to do because I loved the idea of depending on myself for my future, as opposed to depending on a drummer.” -Brandon Martin

“When you make decisions that are in line with who you are, these doors open that you would never have even imagined.” -Brandon Martin

“[Making movie trailers] is more involved than anyone would imagine.” -Brandon Martin

“We work the hardest on bad movies or TV shows.” -Brandon Martin

“[Writing trailer scripts] is a really great job for someone who wants to be a screenwriter.” -Brandon Martin

“Writing is like a muscle that you learn to flex.” -Brandon Martin

“You want to learn and learn and learn so you can then forget.” -Brandon Martin

“For me, [writing] is just a stepwise journey of internalizing.” -Brandon Martin

“Everything informs everything, so I try to just keep being creative always.” -Brandon Martin

“It’s the tiny little moments that really inspire me more than the big ones.” -Brandon Martin

“Chase your dreams. Lose $100.” -Brandon Martin

“This city is filled with jobs you never knew existed.” -Brandon Martin

77. Processing Grief w/ Merissa Nathan Gerson

In Episode 77, we talk with writer & Tulane professor Merissa Nathan Gerson about her book Forget Prayers, Bring Cake: A Single Woman’s Guide to Grieving, the many ways people experience grief in their daily lives, and the interconnected impact grief has on the mind, body, & spirit. Also, Dan & Merissa do some reminiscing on their time together at Naropa University.

Merissa Nathan Gerson is Visiting Assistant Professor of Communication at Tulane University and the author of Forget Prayers, Bring Cake: A Single Woman’s Guide to Grieving (Mandala Publishing / Simon & Schuster, August 2021)She was the intergenerational trauma consultant to Amazon’s hit show Transparent and has writing featured in The New York Times, CNN.com, Playboy Magazine, The Atlantic, Elle.com, Tablet Magazine, Lilith Magazine, and beyond. After releasing a 2018 ELI Talk on consent and Talmud, she founded www.KenMeansYes.org to address the need for consent education in Jewish spaces.

Visit Merissa’s website to learn more!

This episode was recorded on December 1st, 2021. Because we recorded via Zoom, there may be occasional audio hiccups. Our theme song is “4 am” by Makaih Beats. You can subscribe to the podcast on Apple PodcastsSpotify, and Stitcher and follow us on Twitter @WritingRemixPod

People and Texts Mentioned in the Episode

“I think that generally, grieving, even without a pandemic, is so isolating.” –Merissa Nathan Gerson.

“I have lots of feelings about [my book], like good, bad, and in between, but I do think the process of writing it in some way was a blessing […] I live alone in New Orleans, and I was grieving and I wasn’t really allowed to leave my house. So in some ways it was like a torturous task to sit at home alone and write about grief everyday, but on the other hand, […] it kept me connected to the world because I was writing to this imagined group of women that now have come forward and said thank you.”
–Merissa Nathan Gerson

“Every time I had hell come through me, or if I’d fall to my knees in grief, I’d be like, ‘Oh, take a note and put that in the book.’ So that was, in some way, really nice because it forced me to witness myself and be in community at the same time even though I was alone.”
–Merissa Nathan Gerson.

“I come from a Holocaust survivor family […] there’s this element of grief in my family that existed since the day I was born.”
–Merissa Nathan Gerson

“Grief rips time out.” –Merissa Nathan Gerson

“I want grief to be something that we integrate as like a normal human experience.”
–Merissa Nathan Gerson

“I had a lot of conversations with friends, particularly with Black women who were saying, ‘Your expectation to just sort of like spend the time to clean out your insides and find peace with your grief it’s rude almost because it’s presuming there’s a space between griefs.’” –Merissa Nathan Gerson

76. Celebrating Critical Fan Studies w/ Cara Marta Messina

In Episode 76, we talk to Dr. Cara Marta Messina about the academic job market, open-access research and critical fan studies, the parallels between fanfiction and fantasy football, and teaching writing for podcasting.

Dr. Cara Marta Messina is an Assistant Professor of English with a focus on professional writing at Jacksonville State University in Alabama. Her research is in fan studies, digital humanities, digital rhetoric, and feminism. In 2019, she won the national Kairos Teaching Award for her work in interdisciplinary critical digital pedagogy. Cara received her Ph.D. in English, focusing on Writing and Rhetoric, from Northeastern University in 2021. Her dissertation, The Critical Fan Toolkit, is an open-access, digital project that traces critical fanfiction writing practices. If you’d like a CFT vinyl sticker, feel free to DM Cara on Twitter @cara_messina or email her at cmessina@jsu.edu

This episode was recorded on November 22, 2021. Because we recorded via Zoom, there may be occasional audio hiccups. Our theme song is “4 am” by Makaih Beats. You can subscribe to the podcast on Apple PodcastsSpotify, and Stitcher and follow us on Twitter @WritingRemixPod

People and Texts Mentioned in the Episode

“In my classroom, I try to make it very clear that I have particular politics and that I expect students to follow a particular class environment, practicing inclusivity, no racism, no homophobia, no ableism.” @cara_messina

“I really do believe in open-access, especially when you’re doing research about particular communities.” @cara_messina

“I really believe everyone is a fan of something.” @cara_messina

“In fanfiction you can really do that sort of close reading and that analysis and reimagine those characters, think about justice, think about representation. Who is represented? Whose stories are told? Whose stories are not told?” @cara_messina

“Fanfiction, at least for me, that dissecting, breaking down the different media…and then untangling the politics, that was central to my identity and how I began to see myself and see the world, see how not only how stories are written but how they reflected the world.” @cara_messina

“I try to get a general sense of who [my students] are and what they’re invested in. And then I try to build their interests into what we listen to and then what we talk about.” @cara_messina

“[In my class,] we’ve been talking about the importance of not just the podcast itself but the writing around the podcast.” @cara_messina