Episode 4.24 Providing Some Helpful Discomfort with Cicely Belle Blain and Vivek Shraya

I’m back from a much-needed hiatus and ready to jump into the final half-dozen episodes of season four, starting with a doozy. I talked to Vivek Shraya and Cicely Belle Blain about Vivek’s imprint VS Books, Cicely’s new book Burning Sugar, and the importance of mentorship. Also, dinosaurs. Also, links:

  • You can read Audre Lorde’s “Poetry Is Not a Luxury” here;
  • Jessica Johns’ chapbook is called How Not to Spill;
  • Here’s a quick read on Langston Hughes reporting on the Spanish Civil War;
  • And here’s Vivek’s article on the selling of marginalized people’s trauma.
Transcript to come

The podcast theme song is “Mesh Shirt” by Mom Jeans off their album “Chub Rub.” Listen to the whole album here or learn more about them here. Cicely’s theme song was “Spirit” by Beyoncé.

Secret Feminist Agenda is recorded and produced by Hannah McGregor on the traditional and unceded territories of the Squamish, Musqueam, and Tsleil-Waututh First Nations.

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