Author: Marcos McPeek Villatoro

  • The Panther in the Cage

    The Panther in the Cage

    Today’s show is a recording of a poetry show I did at Mount St. Mary’s University in Los Angeles, where I teach. I took Rainer Maria Rilke’s poem “The Panther,” memorized it, and performed it for the students, along with other poems that followed the theme. The all about the cages that we live in, […]

  • Writer Susana Marcelo, The Old Country and New Writing

    Writer Susana Marcelo, The Old Country and New Writing

    Susana Marcelo is a professor at California State University Northridge, a writer, poet, essayist, and. . .well, a lot more! In our interview, we spend time on what it means to write in the different genres (poetry, fiction, nonfiction), and how many of us like to push against those definitions, crossing from one genre to […]

  • Kennia Lopez: A New Voice in Literature

    Kennia Lopez: A New Voice in Literature

    Ken Lopez is a Mexican and Salvadoran poet from Kansas City. She hopes her work will, like Chinua Achebe said, tell the story of the hunt from the perspective of the lion. She will be pursuing her MFA in poetry at Brooklyn College in the fall. I had the chance to interview her at the […]

  • José Orduña: Writing and Justice

    José Orduña: Writing and Justice

    I met José Orduña at the Associated Writing Program conference in Tampa, Florida this past spring. He had arrived at the conference about 48 hours after getting arrested in D.C. for civil disobedience, fighting for the rights of DACA recipients. José is a Professor of creative writing at the University of Nevada. His take on […]

  • George Plimpton, Graywolf Press and the State of Literature Today

    George Plimpton, Graywolf Press and the State of Literature Today

    Today’s podcast of The Writing Bull offers you a two-fer: Years ago I had the opportunity to interview one of the founders and the editor of The Paris Review, George Plimpton. You might recognize him, his face popped up all over the place in the second half of the twentieth century, playing in a professional baseball game […]