Literature For The Halibut



Literature for the Halibut is a literary program featuring your favorite living and dead writers, some of whom you may not even know you love yet. Trust us, we are your fishing buddies. We taught you how to fish and how to read. Listen once and you'll get hooked. Produced in the studios of KDHX Community Media in St. Louis, MO.


  • 023: Lit mag collabo! Featuring: Boulevard & Natural Bridge editors & poet Adrian Matejka

    12/05/2016 Duration: 33min

    Literature for the Halibut is BACK with a terrific episode on some of our favorite themes: collaboration, badass publishers, breathtaking poetry and what happens when two genres collide. Ann & Nicky talk to two literary editors, Dusty Freund from Natural Bridge and Jessica Rogen from Boulevard. The two have joined forces to present a party and reading that celebrate their magazines' spring issues. Jessica & Dusty talk about their collaboration, print vs. digital and what it's like to meet readers face-to-face. Midway through, the group is joined by National Book Award and Pulitzer Prize finalist Adrian Matejka. Adrian reads his poem, "Famous Negro Athletes," published in the latest issue of Boulevard. He tells us about writing a script for a new graphic novel based on the life of boxer Jack Johnson. The graphic novel is a continuation of Adrian's book of poems, The Big Smoke & we are dying to read it.    Listen up! AND, if you're local, check out theses three live and in person on May 25 2016, 6:

  • 022: Jewish Noir, featuring Jedidiah Ayers & Tasha Kaminsky

    14/01/2016 Duration: 37min

    A Jewish con sells himself out by getting a swastika tattoo.  A young woman finds a strangled guy on her first day of work at a synagogue.  A turn of the century Jewish bootlegger (the last man legally hanged in Illinois) asks for a black hood at his hanging -- as one final jab at the KKK.  All this (not to mention Moses himself) is Jewish Noir, a collection of all-new short stories published in 2015 by PM Press. In this episode, Nicky speaks with two St. Louis fiction writers published in the collection, Jedidiah Ayers & Tasha Kaminsky.  The two read excerpts from their stories & talk about the seedy side of fiction, the Jewishness of noir & the background behind their narratives.  Midway through, the group is joined by Kenneth Wishnia, editor of the collection.   

  • 021: Kristie Wickwire

    02/01/2016 Duration: 21min

    In 2016, what are the limits of what a magazine can do? Please Hold Magazine is a quarterly digital publication founded by Kristie Wickwire one year ago. Each issue collects multimedia pieces built around a different theme, the most recent issue's being "Home". Expanding the idea of literature beyond the written word, Please Hold compiles pieces poetry, video, audio, and even GIFs to accomplish what a print magazine cannot. Pictured: Mohsen Zare's contribution to the "Home" issue, a GIF titled "DVLottery to Home", which is discussed in the episode.   Also discussed in the episode: to hear the rest of Michael Ridge's Found Home Recordings, click here.

  • 020: Susan Trowbridge Adams and Ted Moniak

    05/12/2015 Duration: 26min

    Nicky talks with poets and musicians Susan Trowbridge Adams and Ted Moniak about their collaborations, and the intersections between music and spoken word art.

  • 019: Stefene Russell

    21/11/2015 Duration: 44min

    Former Literature For the Halibut co-host Stefene Russell comes home to discuss her latest work, The Possum Codex, the latest in her series of Dante-inspired poetry collections. Stefene discusses  her view of the "mythical midwest", and the unusual combination of influences that led to her documenting Middle America in the style of Inferno.

  • 018: Joshua Mehigan and Emily Grise

    28/10/2015 Duration: 30min

    Nicky discusses the poetic process with Emily Grise, organizer of the Natural Bridge Debut Writers' Series, and Natural Bridge's latest guest, New York Poet Joshua Mehigan. Mehigan also reads pieces from his most recent collection, 2014's acclaimed Accepting the Disaster.

  • 017: Jen Tappenden

    23/10/2015 Duration: 20min

    Nicky talks publishing with Jen Tappenden, the chief editor at Architrave Press, the publisher that takes the "iTunes model" when it comes to selling poetry-- as their site introduces, "Why can't we we buy individual poems like we do songs?"

  • 016: Treasure Shields Redmond

    16/10/2015 Duration: 39min

    Ann and Nicky talk with poet Treasure Shields Redmond about her powerful new book Chop, a series of kwansabas about Fannie Lou Hamer, the brilliant, brave, and under-appreciated civil rights leader.

  • 015: Sacha Mardou

    10/10/2015 Duration: 23min

    Nicky chats with graphic novelist Sacha Mardou about her latest work, a trippy coming of age story called Sky In Stereo. 

  • 014: Jared Rourke and Bryan Borland

    24/09/2015 Duration: 24min

    Nicky talks with publisher and author Jared Rourke and Bryan Borland from Sibling Rivalry Press about how the work they've written and published has helped spotlight under-represented LGBT voices.

  • 013: Julia Vogel and Jack Probst

    14/09/2015 Duration: 22min

    How does the nature of DIY formats like zines and mini-comics liberate artists? Zine and comic artists Julia Vogel and Jack Probst join Nicki to discuss that very question, and the emotional roots of their work.

  • 012: Michael Castro and Cheeraz Gormon

    10/09/2015 Duration: 37min

    Michael Castro, Poet Laureate of Saint Louis, and Cheeraz Gormon, St. Louis poet and Halibut's first podcast guest, return to share some more of their work as well as discuss the upcoming Brick City Poetry Festival. How can St. Louis' disparate artists from different generations come together? How can we grow as an artistic community? The Brick City festival is here to help.

  • 011: Steven Reigns

    27/08/2015 Duration: 48min

    Steven Reigns, the first City Poet of West Hollywood, calls in to talk with Ann about how activism and social issues have influenced his work, what's he learned from teaching writing workshops, and his exhibition The Gay Rub. The Gay Rub is a collection of rubbings from several LGBT landmarks from all over the country, including tombstones, plaques, cenotaphs, and monuments.

  • 010: Michael Castro

    21/08/2015 Duration: 41min

    Ann and Nicky talk with Michael Castro, the poet laureate of St. Louis, about his work, the state of the local poetry scene, and pieces that couldn't be shared on live broadcasts.

  • 009: Sarah Barasch-Hagans and Shoshana Williams

    08/08/2015 Duration: 19min

    Nicky talks with Sarah Barasch-Hagans and Shoshana Williams about the Fargesn Media Project, a recently launched video series focusing on people in Saint Louis telling their stories about their experiences with race relations in Saint Louis.

  • 008: Poems From the Aftermath of Ferguson, Part 2

    01/08/2015 Duration: 25min

    Nicky presents the second half of work from local poets from her recording earlier this month of several local artists reading poems about the aftermath of Michael Brown's shooting and its effect on the community. 

  • 007: Poems From the Aftermath of Ferguson, One Year Later

    17/07/2015 Duration: 19min

    Nearly one year ago, Michael Brown's death had a seismic impact on the way people in St. Louis think about race relations. Nicky Rainey invited several prominent local poets to KDHX's studios to record pieces that were written in the aftermath of the shooting and the protests that followed. Here she shares eight of those poems that speak to how the average local citizen was affected by the tragedy.

  • 006: Claudia Rankine

    10/07/2015 Duration: 49min

    Jonathon Smith and I talk with poet and playwright Claudia Rankine about her powerful book, Citizen: An American Lyric; the collection combines poetry, prose and art in a masterful commentary on racism in America. Citizen has garnered many awards, the most recent, PEN American Center's Open Book Award. Citizen combines poetry, prose and art in a masterful commentary on racism in America. Written before the death of Michael Brown and published in the aftermath, Claudia Rankine's book addresses leaning on words and meanings, the horror of the ordinary, and the realities of what it is to be inside a community where young black men and women could die at any moment.    --Ann

  • 005: Nathaniel Farrell

    02/07/2015 Duration: 35min

      Nicky talks with poet and KDHX DJ Nathaniel Farrell about his new book “Newcomer”, a longform poem exploring war and the quieter moments experienced by those involved. Nicky and Nathaniel also discuss the prominent role that music plays in his writing, and how he explores the thoughts and psychology of characters with unfamiliar experiences.

  • 004: Anne Valente

    26/06/2015 Duration: 33min

      This week we bring you the director’s cut of Nicky's on-air interview from last fall with Anne Valente, a fiction writer whose work is heavily influenced by life in Saint Louis, despite living in Cincinatti. On air, we didn’t have time to finish her reading of her short story “Everything That Was Ours” from her collection “By Light We Knew Our Names”, but now we’re able to deliver the full audio of Anne’s reading, and her wrap-up interview with Nicky. 

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