Lush, Specific Detail Is Key | Interview with Susannah Felts
Susannah Felts is a writer, editor, and cofounder/co-director of The Porch, a nonprofit literary arts organization in Nashville, Tenn. Her fiction and essays have appeared or are forthcoming in Best American Science and Nature Writing, Longreads, Catapult, Guernica, Oxford American, StorySouth, Smokelong Quarterly, The Sun, and other publications. She is the author of a novel, This Will Go Down on Your Permanent Record, and is at work on a second novel.
Where did the idea for Versify come from?
How did The Porch start, and could you give you a bit more background to the work that Porch do?
What do you look for in a story from a person on the show that means it will make a good podcast story as well as good material for a poem?
There is a long tradition of non-fiction podcasts from America, which ones were your inspiration when producing the show?
Do you think that podcasts lend themselves to poetry and spoken word because of the intimate atmosphere, often around very personal stories, that they can create for the listener?
What poets are you reading/listening to at the minute?
What next for Versify, are there plans to develop the podcast?
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