Category Archives: theidiommag Podcasts

The Idiom Podcast at AWP!

Idiom Podcast #5 at AWP

“If they’re doing something aesthetically with the cover, they must be doing something aesthetically with the work”  a quote from Bobby Fischer as we discuss how to choose what to buy at AWP….

I recorded this podcast at AWP a writer’s convention up in Boston.  With me are three guys who have graduated from the MFA creative writing program at William Paterson University.  Their names are linked to their twitter  or facebook accounts,

Tim O’Donnell   Bobby Fischer    and Charlie Ricardelli

We talked about some of the people we met and magazines or books we bought and enjoyed and I tried to find links to all of their sites listed below….the podcast does cut short at the end while reading A Ring of Muscle because I tried shaking my ipad as it was saving for some reason….

Prime Magazine    -the interactive online magazine that works really well on your tablets

the Bill Murray T-shirt that Charlie wore (couldn’t find the exact one but hers a bunch)

Don Dellillo

Matthew Dickman

Tin House Magazine   Matthew Dickman is the poetry editor

Amber Sparks 

Balloon Pop Outlaw Black     I looked up the author….she is really cute

Toad Suck Reivew

Unstuck Magazine

Intentional Walk Review   the online magazine of sports writing that advertised on stress baseballs

Bull Magazine  a magazine of men’s fiction

Hobart Press     the press that gave us whisky

Hoot Review a magazine that sends you lil postcards

Punk Hostage Press    the press that imitates book covers for their books

Openletter press     the press that has great translations

Calamari Press

Idiot’s Books   I also found this press that I didn’t mention on the podcast but I bought their book for my girlfriend and now she reallllllly likes me

40 on Berkely   the hostile I stayed at


Idiom Podcast #4 with Chris McIntyre

Erin Baird, Mark Brunetti, Keith Baird, and Chris Mcintyre gather around for his podcast...

Erin Baird, Mark Brunetti, Keith Baird, and Chris Mcintyre gather around for his podcast…

We interviewed Chris Mcintyre for the fourth Idiom Podcast.

We kind of themed it nostalgia as a lot of the poems seem to look back on the past. The creation of Walking English is discussed, Chris’s use of parodying other writers he admires in his writing, his connection of rhythm in his poems to his musical background, and historical connections to the present.


Interview w/ an upcoming novelist and our podcasts

Here’s a link to an interview from the author Bud Smith and his upcoming book Tollbooth published by Pisataway House Publications!

Very excited to be working with him on this project and he’ll be on an idiom podcast soon, till then check out our latest podcast interview with Chris McIntyre at the idiom website

Maslow’s Hierarchy of Needs and the myth of the starving artist….

So during the end of the recent Idiom Podcast we discussed the myth of the starving artist and how practical it is for someone to create things under the poorest of conditions….while discussing this with other writers and friends the notion of Maslow’s Hierarchy of Needs came up…


He says that a person can’t move from one level of the pyramid to the next till their basic needs are met and fulfilled, and at the top is where all creative inspiration and notions take place…Now of course this doesn’t happen all of the time and it is a broad generalization…but the idea of a starving artist rising from nothing and becoming successful is a similar rare occurrence from someone deviating from Maslow’s ideas….usually the starving artist stories are very exaggerated….

I know that may have not been the main point of Josh’s essay….and I also know that we just argued a point made in a book that we just published…but it’s the end of the world and time for a new way of looking at things, maybe demythifying this belief can be the right direction towards a better artistic tomorrow….

Here’s the podcast

The Idiom Podcast #3 with Josh Ballard

Here’s our third Idiom podcast with local Jersey poet, Josh Ballard…..His book “I Keep Going” is going to be released by Piscataway House Publications on December 30 (more info on the main idiom site or in the podcast)

Sometimes I consider myself an awkward person when talking to people….I accent the wrong words I trip up over things and when I talk I throw in random vague pronouns that don’t really explain what I have to say or what I intend them to mean….you would think that I would be better with words….at one point during this podcast I’m talking about the act of communion from a priest and I clearly say, “you know when the priest puts his thing in your mouth”  Out of context it sounds horrible….in context it doesn’t sound any better….

Why I’m doing a podcast I’m not sure and I hope to improve on it with every interview and prepare myself better so that I can better explain how I feel about a piece….

Well here it is check it out and if you are interested in having your work reviewed, send over some poems and we’ll consider them for a future podcast…


Mark Brunetti

The Idiom Podcast with Josh Ballard

The Idiom Podcast #2 with Ron Kolm

The Idiom Podcast #2 with Ron Kolm

Our second podcast we traveled to the lower East side of New York with our new microphone to talk with Ron Kolm about some of his poems. This is part 1 where we discuss the two pieces below and then we also talked about a longer piece title “The Divine Comedy” which we will give to you in a few months. Ron Kolm is part of a group of poets called The Unbearables who have done some pretty cool things for the underground writing scene. Check out his bio and The Unbearables ( sites for more information about them.

Also check out The Idiom Homepage to see some upcoming events!

Theidiommag’s Podcast! #1 featuring Ink


So The Idiom has started a podcast and the first one is up and running!

Our first submission was by Ink a regular contributor to The Idiom. Also on the site are his poems so you can read along with the podcast and it’s comments. If you have any of your own responses feel free to submit a comment on The Idiom’s Blog post in reference to the Podcast.

(It may take a minute for the podcast to download)

So here’s how the The Idiom Podcast works: A writer sends 4-6 pieces to The editors, Mark Brunetti and Keith Baird go through the poems, critique and discuss them, then the writer comes on the show and we discuss our opinions about the poems….where they came from, what the poet things about our critique or perhaps what they really meant…..Really the focus of the show is on the actual poems and a close reading of them.