Feb 23 • 28M

Episode 82: Changing Up Your Creative Practice with Brad Aaron Modlin

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Christie Aschwanden
Rosemerry Wahtola Trommer
Emerging Form is a podcast about the creative process in which a journalist (Christie Aschwanden) and a poet (Rosemerry Wahtola Trommer) discuss creative conundrums over wine. Each episode concludes with a game of two questions in which a guest joins in to help answer questions about the week's topic. Season one guests include poets, novelists, journalists, a song writer, a circus performer, a sketch artist and a winemaker.
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What kinds of creative habits work best for you? How do different practices bring out a new flavor or new thrill in your art? We talk with professor and poet Brad Aaron Modlin, the Reynolds Endowed Chair of Creative Writing at University of Nebraska, Kearney, about various challenges and approaches he’s used with his students. We also talk about how engaging with strangers is an important part of his creative practice, resources for keeping you on track and healthy as you meet your goals, and he reads us his famous poem “What You Missed That Day You Were Absent from Fourth Grade.”

Brad Aaron Modlin’s book Everyone at This Party Has Two Names won The Cowles Poetry Prize. His poetry has been the text for orchestral scores; the springboard for an NYC art exhibition; and the focus of an episode of The Slowdown with U.S. Poet Laureate Ada Limón. The premier episode of Poetry Unbound with Pádraig Ó Tuama was about his poem “What You Missed That Day You Were Absent from Fourth Grade.” An Associate Professor of poetry, he teaches graduates and undergrads both in-person and online; coordinates the visiting writers series; and forgets where in the classroom he left his flip-flops.   


Invitation to January Writing Blitz

Joy Workout

Everyone at This Party Has Two Names from SEMO Press

@BradAaronModlin (Twitter) 

brad.aaron.modlin.writer (Instagram) 

The in-person/online creative writing graduate program at University of Nebraska, Kearney.