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Sep 28, 2023

In this episode:

  • How Kevin came up with the idea of writing Junior Miles and the Junkman [3:13]

  • The transition of writing poetry to writing middle grade fiction [6:24]

  • Writing compelling characters and taking them on a conflict-filled, dramatic journey [9:58]

  • Tips for telling short stories in the literary journal Molecule in 50 words or less [13:27]

  • Stealing fact from fiction [29:07]

  • Revising and tightening up your writing [31:01]

Kevin Carey is Coordinator of Creative Writing at Salem State University. Books include: The Beach People (2014), The One Fifteen to Penn Station (2012), Jesus Was a Homeboy (2016) which was an Honor book for the Paterson Literary Prize, & Set in Stone (2020). His poems have appeared on The Writers Almanac on National Public Radio three times and on The Academy of American Poets Poem a Day. Kevin is also a playwright and a filmmaker. He has co-directed & co-produced two documentaries about poets, All That Lies Between Us and Unburying Malcolm Miller. A crime novel, Murder in the Marsh, from Darkstroke Books, was released in October (2020). A new middle grade novel Junior Miles and the Junkman will be out in September of 2023 from Fitzroy Books / Regal House Publishing and a co-written poetry collection Olympus Heights (Lily Poetry Review) will hit in October of 2023. 


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