Episode 17: Encouraging Writers

Our favorite co-hosts Chris Pankiewicz and Cameron Pike are back to discuss a few of their favorite things. Today on The Mochila Review we talk about encouraging writers. They start it off with the poem “The Word Writer” from our 2017 issue. Then we hear the poem “Writing” by William Allingham. Finally, we get to […]

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Episode 16: Politics and Diversity

Our favorite co-hosts Chris Pankiewicz and Cameron Pike are back to discuss a few of their favorite things. They kick it off talking about the politics of the past year and the national conversations of racism and religious intolerance of a positive discussion to a negative discussion. In the times we live in now, literature […]

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Episode 15: A Few of our Favorite Things

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, our […]

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Episode 14: Love and Friendship

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 and […]

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Episode 13: Unlucky Number 13?

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 […]

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Episode 12: Marriage

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 […]

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Episode 11: Language

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 […]

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Episode 10: Gifts

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 […]

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Episode 9: Punctuation

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, […]

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Episode 8: Family

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 “[My grandmother says I’m cold],” winner of our Undergraduate MoRe Prize, and also in […]

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