Podcast

  • Our favorite co-hosts Chris Pankiewicz and Cameron Pike are back to discuss a few of their favorite things. They kick it off with a poem by Dylan Thomas Jones, “Danny in Blue,” from our 2015 issue.  Then, we hear the poem “Roads” by Edward Thomas, read by Mochila Review staff member, Samantha Bolduc. Finally,...
  • Co-hosts Chris Pankiewicz and Cameron Pike discuss the correlation between friendships and relationships in creative writing. They kick it off with a short story by Jordan Carter, “We do Shit to get High to Forget the Shit we do to get High,” last year’s MoRe Prize contest winner.  Then, we hear the poem “Love...
  • Co-hosts Chris Pankiewicz and Cameron Pike discuss the unlucky number 13, kicking it off with a short story by Marcus Rigsby, "Cat Gods and Birdhouse Altars," from our newest issue. The co-hosts discuss the rituals they have performed in the past to bring them luck in their various endeavors. Then, we hear the poem “A...
  • Say "I do" to this episode by hitting play! Here co-hosts Chris Pankiewicz and Cameron Pike discuss the intersections of writing and marriage, kicking it off with a poem by Morgan Boyle, "Ode to that Man on 12th and P who Simply Must Heckle Every Woman who Walks Past," from our 2015 issue. Then we...
  • T. S. Eliot's poem "The Love Song of J. Alfred Prufrock" is all about the failure of language -- when we can't say what we mean, when we don't mean what we say, when others misunderstand us, and so on. In this episode, co-hosts Chris Pankiewicz and Cameron Pike consider the whats, whens, and hows of...
  • Not only is Mochila Chat a "gift to your ears," now we're bringing you a whole episode on gifts! This is also the episode in which we welcome our new co-host Cameron Pike, taking the place of Lindsey Lucas who has graduated (congrats, Lindsey!). Cameron and Chris Pankiewicz discuss well-meaning but strange gifts, the gift...
  • If you've read any of Emily Dickinson's poetry, you know that punctuation matters. In this episode of Mochila Chat, co-hosts Chris Pankiewicz and Lindsey Lucas consider the importance of parentheses, semi-colons, ampersands, and more in both poetry and prose. Hear Kate Belew's poem "Spooky Little Girl," a runner-up for the Undergraduate MoRe Prize in 2015,...
  • Should you write about family? What if that writing is critical; should you then publish it? In this episode of Mochila Chat, co-hosts Chris Pankiewicz and Lindsey Lucas tackle these tough ethical questions. They find answers in Eran E. Eads' poem "," winner of our Undergraduate MoRe Prize, and also in...
  • On this episode of Mochila Chat, co-hosts Chris Pankiewicz and Lindsey Lucas talk about the influence of travel and place on poetry and fiction. We introduce a new segment titled "Why We Chose It" featuring the Editor-in-Chief of The Mochila Review, Dr. Marianne Kunkel. We hear a short story titled, “What the Water Said” by undergraduate writer Tara...
  • On this episode of Mochila Chat, co-hosts Chris Pankiewicz and Lindsey Lucas talk about the influence of music on poetry and fiction. We hear "The Piano Calms It" by Amy Randall, read by the author. Theatre student Ronald Baker reads "The Poet and His Song" by Paul Laurence Dunbar. Traveling co-host Crystal Crawford takes an...
  • On this episode of Mochila Chat, co-hosts Chris Pankiewicz and Lindsey Lucas talk about the use of food in fiction and the connections that people have with food.  We hear, "i buy two hotdogs instead" by Colleen Trittipo, read by the author, and theatre student Eric Bermsprung reads "Thompson's Lunch Room - Grand Central Station" by Amy Lowell. Traveling...
  • On this episode of Mochila Chat, co-hosts Chris Pankiewicz and Lindsey Lucas talk about home and homesickness in fiction. We hear “The Necessity” by Isabel Vazquez, read by the author. Theater student Ronald Baker reads “On an Unsociable Family” by Elizabeth Hands. Traveling co-host Crystal Crawford takes an imaginary trip to tell us about Georgia...
  • Are adjectives too overused, or are they useful? Co-hosts Chris Pankiewicz and Lindsey Lucas tackle the question in this episode of Mochila Chat, featuring J.L. Johnson Jurgenson’s “Crooked,” read by the author, and Hart Crane’s “My Grandmother’s Love Letters,” read by Aaron Burnsprung. Crystal Crawford tells us about Bowling Green State University’s MFA program. Image: "Plastic...
  • This episode features Steven Amen’s “How to Raise a Pig,” read by the author, and Emily Dickinson’s “A Bird Came Down the Walk,” read by Ronald Baker. Co-hosts Lindsey Lucas and Chris Pankiewicz talk about animals in writing. Adriann Dunn introduces us to the MFA program at Iowa State University. Image: "Laughing Blue Pig" by Robin...
  • Co-hosts Lindsey Lucas and Chris Pankiewicz talk about authors who write about daily routines. Featuring Colleen Trittipo’s "Routine," read by the author, and Thomas Hardy's "The Voice," read by Erik Burns-Sprung. Adriann Dunn gives us a look at Antioch University’s Masters program in creative writing. Image: "Ink Wash" by Aaron Gerber.