Kinda Literary Famous

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Writer, performer, and activist, Tyler Vile, joins Anthony and Cece in this month’s episode. The three discuss Tyler’s new projects (4:00), Never Coming Home and writing about childhood (8:45), disabled characters (15:00), and gender (23:00). In the Pop! section, the group talk Spice Girls reunion (30:00), Michele Obama’s book tour (37:00), and the passing of Stan Lee (39:45). In the Bang! section, Tyler and our hosts discuss their favorite—or least favorite—songs for the holidays (45:00).


Tyler’s Website

Never Coming Home

Hasidic Witch Murder

Shprintze and the Golem

Tyler's collaboration with Avi Roberts:

Janelle Monae's Dirty Computer:

Spice Girls

Michelle Obama

Stan Lee Dead

“All I Want for Christmas is You”

Weird .wav midi remix of “All I Want for Christmas is You”

“Hanukkah Dance”

“Last Christmas”

Ep. 1.11 Breaking the 4th Wall

In this month's episode, Anthony and Cece are joined by essayist and poet, Lia Pupura. The three discuss community (1:30), Lia's new collection of essays, "All the Fierce Tethers" (6:00), how essays evolve after publication (18:30), truth in creative nonfiction (22:45), and how poetry and essays feed each other (26:30). In the Pop! section, Cece, Anthony, and Lia talk the Royals (30:45) and when reality meets professional wrestling (42:45). Finally, in the Bang! section, the group share their favorite (and least favorite) book-to-move adaptations (52:45).


Value Village Clothes shop

Lia's upcoming book "All the Fierce Tethers"

Ecotone definition

Sacred 7 Erricka Bridgeford

Meghan Markle Prince Harry tour

Roman Reins Steps away from WWE

Umberto Eco, Six Walks in the Fictional Woods

The Price of Salt-Novel

For Colored Girls Who Have Considered Suicide When The Rainbow is Enuf

Blue is the Warmest Color

Night on Earth

Ep. 1.10 Live from Baltimore Bookfest!

Recorded live at Baltimore Bookfest, this episode features a free-ranging conversation with Youth Poet Laurette, Lovie, and poet/professor Ailish Hopper. Our hosts talk identity in form with Lovie (5:00), performance with Ailish (8:45), and divides in poetry communities with both guests. (12:10). In the Pop! section, the Emmy's get discussed (19:30), Childish Gambino's new music video (24:20), and the new season of SNL (29:30). Finally, in the Bang! section, the panel talk about what they would change in Baltimore at a snap of a finger if they could (32:00) and a question from the audience (37:00).


FORCE Healing Hike fundraiser

Fiona Apple's Acceptance Speech at the 1997 Video Music Awards

Childish Gambino - Feels Like Summer

Sinead O'Connor ripping Pope picture – “Fight the real enemy”

Ego Nwodim – Baltimore Native a player on Saturday Night Live

Interstate 83

Baltimore Red Line

Lester Spence

Jaan Kapelinski

The Ultimate Volta

 This month's episode features Anthony and Cece talking with poet, Kyle Dargan, about his new collection, Anagnorisis (Northwestern University, 2018). Kyle talks his hopes for the new book (7:000), the meaning of Anagnorisis (12:45), and ending collections (27:30). In the Pop! section, the group talks Iron Heart and comic literature crossover (32:15), Madonna, Aretha Franklin (36:15) and Star Wars' Kelly Marie Tran's essay in the New York Times (40:00). Finally, in the Bang! section, our hosts and Kyle discuss their favorite movie endings (45:30).

Anagnorisis -

Ross Gay's "Within Two Weeks the African American Poet Ross Gay is Mistaken for Both the African American Poet Terrance Hayes and the African American Poet Kyle Dargan, Not One of Whom Looks Anything Like the Others":

Eve Ewing to Write Ironheart:

Like a Prayer Video:

Madonna "Tribute:"

Kelly Marie Tran: I Won’t Be Marginalized by Online Harassment:

Crazy Rich Asians:


Carlito’s Way (Starring Penelope Ann Miller, not Michelle Pfeiffer):

The Usual Suspects:

Escape from Planet of the Apes:

Yona Harvey, the first black female writer for Marvel

Kyle Dargan's poem "In 2016, the African-American Poet Kyle Dragan is Asked to Consider Writing More Like the African American Poet Ross Gay"

Kevin Young

EyeWear Publishing Scandal

Death of a Salesman play

Fatimah Asghar's book If They Come for Us

Ep 1.8 Our Lady of Almost Obscure Causes

In this special episode of Lit!Pop!Bong!, hosts Anthony and Cece are on location at the OutWrite DC with Michelle Tea. First, we hear a reading from Michelle at a reading at OutWrite (5:30), and Michelle answers some questions from Anthony and Cece (31:00). Our hosts were then able to catch up with Michelle for the Pop! section (42:00) where the three discuss 23andMe, Black Girl Magic on fashion magazines (48:15), and the diversity of the new season trailer of Star Trek (50:45). Finally, in the Bang! section (55:30), Michelle, Anthony, and Cece share lesser known historical figures they want you to Google. 


Full HAGS essay:

Against Memoir:

Modern Tarot: 

 Time Square:

The City to a Young Girl by Jody Caravaglia


Beyonce's Vogue Cover

Tracee Ellis Ross Elle Canada Cover

Tiffany Haddish Glamour Cover

Tyler Mitchell

Star Trek Discover, Season 2

Pamela Colman Smith

Mary Ellen Pleasant

Bayard Rustin  

I Must Resist: Bayard Rustin's Life in Letter

Ep 1.7: Summertime Belongs to Queers!

This month, Cece and Anthony are joined by dave ring. In the episode, they discuss dave's newest project, editing the Broken Metropolis anthology for Mason Jar Press (6:45), representation in literature (14:15), dave's work with OutWrite DC (18:30), and microagressions (27:00). In the Pop! section, Anthony and Cece take on Elon Musk's views on Socialism (34:45), The Carters (39:30), and another Queer Eye update (54:00). Finally, in the Bang! section, dave rejoins the hosts to talk dream gay bar dates with deceased authors (57:30).

Show Notes:

Disquiet Residency:

OutWrite DC

Broken Metropolis

Elon Musk Story

Black Socialists of America

Enoch Pratt Library:

The Carters – Apesh*t:

Leslie Feinberg’s book on Cuba:

About Allen Ginsberg:

Octavia Butler’s Xenogenesis Trilogy:

Culture Comes From the Bottom Up

In this month's episode, Cece and Anthony are joined by the author of The Poet X, Elizabeth Acevedo. The three discuss Elizabeth's novel and form (4:00), writing in multiple languages (11:00), if success has changed the work (18:30), and where the boundaries exist or don't between page and stage (24:00). In the Pop! section, Anthony and Cece talk Royal Wedding (33:00), Karamo of Queer Eye getting engaged (40:00), and Lando Calrissian's sexuality (42:30). Finally, in the Bang! section, Elizabeth rejoins the hosts to talk unexpected influences (49:00).

Annie Finch's book Exaltation of Forms

Girl by Jamaica Kincaid

Reviews of The Poet X

Dominican musician Juan Luis Guerra

Karamo's Engagement

Abby and Tom engaged

black Twitter's response to Royal wedding

Everything you need to know about the Royal Wedding

Donald Glover on Lando Calrissian's Sexuality

I Can't Believe You've Never Seen The Movie Hook!

In this months episode, Anthony and Cece are guest free. They discuss the panels they've been on lately (1:20), Anthony's new book (5:30), the Split This Rock Festival (15:50), and other going-ons (20:00). In the Pop section (26:15), Kanye West is examined as well as the White House Correspondents' Dinner (35:45). Finally, in the Bang section, Cece and Antony trade first celebrity crushes (42:15) and maybe even sing a little.

Show Links:

City Lit Project

Out of Step: A Memoir

Split This Rock Festival

Baltimore Youth Poet Laureate Competition

Mayor Catherine Pugh’s Poetry

Kanye tweet


21 Jump Street

Johnny Depp Sucks

The Wizard

“Cool it Now”

Ep 1.4 Scrooge McDuck of Poetry

Cece and Anthony are joined by Dora Malech for our poetry month episode. In this episode, the group discuss Dora's background and what she's up to now (1:20), what Dora loves about poetry (6:50), and what she wishes she could change about it (12:30). Dora then speaks toward the sonic nature of her poetry (20:50) and what it was like publishing with a UK press (24:00). In the pop section, the group tackle the proposed cultural appropriation of Bruno Mars (28:35) and the issues with Cambridge Analytica and Facebook at large (42:30). Finally, in the Bang section, the group share their most embarrassing stories from the literary world (51:55).

Dora Malech Faculty Page 

Love poem by Dora Mallech:

Dora's blogs on Kenyon Review:

Cathy Park Hong essay:

Why Poetry by Matthew Zapruder

Story about Bruno Mars

Story about Facebook and Cambridge Analytica

"Introduction to Poetry" by Billy Collins

Ep 1.3 Thank God for Representation

Recorded before news broke about the closing of the Baltimore Beat, Anthony and Cece speak with the Editor-in-Chief of that publication, Lisa Snowden-McCray. In this episode, the group discuss Lisa's path to journalism (3:00), to the Beat (10:50), and the state of journalism as an institution and business (14:45). Later, in the Pop section, Anthony, Celeste, and Lisa talk Black Panther and black representation in media (28:30) and the reboot of Queer Eye on Netflix (41:45). In the Bang segment, Anthony crowd-sources how he can find new music (52:15).

The critical review written on Black Panther from the Boston Review

The World of Wakanda

Washington Blade

Baltimore Beat

Baltimore Beat newspaper closes four months after it started 

Rose McGowan confronted by Trans woman

Splendid Table

Out of the Blocks

Ep 1.2 Bring Poetry to Your Meetings

Cece and Anthony are joined by poet and "Split This Rock" co-founder, Sarah Browning, to discuss life, poetry, and politics (0:00). Later, Cece and Anthony talk Fire and Fury (36:30), Game of Thrones hiatus (41:50). and the Olympics (46:00). Sarah then rejoins the hosts to imagine their dream literary course to teach/take (53:10).

Split This Rock

The Quarry

Killing Summer by Sarah Browning

Open Culture

 “Ballad of Orange and Grape” by Muriel Rukeyser

Astoria Books

Follow us on Twitter

Ep 1.1—No Apologies 2018

Cece and Anthony talk with current and previous Youth Poet Laureates of Baltimore, Mohammed Tall and Hannah Sawyerr (0:16) . Later, they discuss banned words at the CDC (21:15), Omarosa's resignation (29:31) and the people they want to see less of in the coming year (37:10). 

Mohammed's poem Do the Right Thing

Hannah's website and book For Girls Growing into Their Hips

Letter to my Daughter by Maya Angelou

Banned Words:

Omarosa resignation:

March Trilogy from Rep. John Lewis: