Podcast Episode 6: Vivian, Radiant

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Welcome back to the Reckoning Press podcast! Reckoning is a nonprofit, annual journal of creative writing on environmental justice. I’m Michael J. DeLuca, publisher.

Reckoning 4 comes out the first of the year, which is in less than two weeks!

In the meantime, we have for you a reading by Dayna K. Smith of Bernard M. Cox’s story “Vivian, Radiant” from Reckoning 3, which you can read for free on our website, reckoning.press.

Dayna K. Smith is a writer and comics creator living in north Chicago.

She’s an Intrepid Soul from the 2015 Clarion Science Fiction & Fantasy Writers’ Workshop at University of California, San Diego. That adventure left her richer 20-some-odd best friends and one reverse mermaid tattoo.

She also wandered into the 2014 CSSF Spec Fic Novel Workshop, and wandered back out as a Merchant of Anarchy. Novels are brewing….

…And she brews them with the Happy Little Comets retreat each year!

Frequent attendee of WisCon Writer’s Conference in Madison, Wisconsin. She may even be teaching a workshop or gabbing on a panel… Come say hi!

Known to draw if no one’s watching, sing when you’d rather she not, and bake cookies by the hundreds.

Website: www.daynaksmith.com
Twitter: @daynasm

Bernard M. Cox is a 2015 graduate of the Clarion Science Fiction and Fantasy Writers’ Workshop and received an MFA in Creative Writing from Roosevelt University.

Bernie has taught fiction writing, screenwriting, literature, and composition; curated FeedBack, an experimental music concert series; ran a staged reading series for screenwriters; served as Assistant Artistic Director for the Tamale Hut Café Reading Series in North Riverside, IL; served on the Board of Directors of the University City Arts League in Philadelphia; and recently worked as a volunteer at the Lambda Archives of San Diego.

Stories in Five on the Fifth, A cappella Zoo, Blood and Lullabies, Collective Fallout, Crack the Spine, and Up the Staircase Quarterly. Visit www.bernardmcox.com or @bernardmcox on Twitter.

This is a story about toxic masculinity and the love of nature. It’s dark, it’s unsettling, there’s sexual violence. It’s an important story to me. Honestly, I hope it’s a story you don’t need. I hope you’re safe and secure in your identity enough to share that with others and encourage them to find the same thing. I hope you get to love nature–and people–the way you want to, as hard as you want to. But even if you do, I think there’s always fulfillment to be had in hearing about another person’s struggle to achieve that.

I’ll leave you with a quote from Vivian’s dad’s co-worker Rick, the best man in this story. “We’re all posing at being the men our fathers wanted us to be, and it ain’t cracked up for shit.”

Thanks for listening.

This podcast is licensed under Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-NoDerivatives 4.0 International (CC BY-NC-ND 4.0). Content and audio recording are copyright by the author.

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Author: Bernard M. Cox

Bernard M. Cox is a 2015 graduate of the Clarion Science Fiction and Fantasy Writers’ Workshop and received an MFA in Creative Writing from Roosevelt University.

Bernie has taught fiction writing, screenwriting, literature, and composition; curated FeedBack, an experimental music concert series; ran a staged reading series for screenwriters; served as Assistant Artistic Director for the Tamale Hut Café Reading Series in North Riverside, IL; served on the Board of Directors of the University City Arts League in Philadelphia; and recently worked as a volunteer at the Lambda Archives of San Diego.

Stories in Five on the Fifth, A cappella Zoo, Blood and Lullabies, Collective Fallout, Crack the Spine, and Up the Staircase Quarterly. Visit www.bernardmcox.com or @bernardmcox on Twitter.

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