Due to a last-minute schedule change at the AJC Decatur Book Festival, I found myself moderating a panel of four award-winning editors and producers of longform storytelling. We recorded this discussion on September 2, 2017 in the Historic Decatur Courthouse and edited it down for this episode. Please enjoy this conversation featuring:
Suzanne Van Atten, editor of Personal Journeys, an award-winning longform narrative feature that appears weekly in the Sunday Living & Arts section of The Atlanta Journal-Constitution. Suzanne is the author of Moon Puerto Rico, a travel guide now in its fourth edition, and a Pushcart Prize-nominated essayist, who’s been published in The Gettysburg Review, The Chattahoochee Review and Full Grown People. She is director of the Decatur Writers Studio and has taught writing classes at Emory University, Emory Continuing Education and Hub City Writers Project.
Chuck Reece is co-founder and editor-in-chief of the award-winning online magazine, The Bitter Southerner. A recent New York Times article described the Ellijay, Ga. native as “…the kind of 21st-century Southerner not always heard beyond the confines of the place. His is a white voice, simultaneously proud and conscience-stricken, screaming to be heard over the stock-car roar but always cognizant that there are other voices, in other flavors, that may deserve a hearing even more.” (Read the full text of that article here: “In Southern Magazines, Easy Pleasures and Hard Questions,” The New York Times).
Josh Jackson is president, co-founder and editor-in-chief of Paste Magazine, a website covering everything from music to books to craft beer. Under his leadership, Paste has won numerous awards and now attracts more than seven million visitors every month. Josh has been a regular music and film critic for CNN Headline News and two Atlanta radio stations; he oversaw and co-hosted four music podcasts for Coca-Cola; and he’s written more than 1,000 stories for various publications, including assignments on six continents. Now he rarely leaves the island of Decatur where he resides and works, except for twice-weekly soccer nights at Silverbacks Park and visits to Paste’s newly opened Manhattan office. Read this: “A Conversation with Josh Jackson, on the eve of Paste‘s Return to Print,” ArtsATL.
David Markowitz is co-founder and executive producer of Zero Mile Media (note: Zero Mile Media produces the Literary Atlanta Podcast). David is an award-winning audiobook director and producer who’s been at the forefront of the creation of new digital audio experiences and the creation of new markets for over 20 years. He regularly consults for startups in the audio and podcasting space on production and business development. He’s also the Head of Strategy and Partnerships at ListenUp Audio. Check out Zero Mile Media’s serialized fiction podcast, Tribulation.
Events Mentioned in This Episode
The AJC Decatur Book Festival: Journalism in our Current Environment This is a video recording of the festival’s keynote discussion, moderated by The Atlanta Journal-Constitution editor Kevin Riley, and featuring Brooke Gladstone (WNYC’s On the Media), Wesley Lowery (The Washington Post), and Carolyn Ryan (The New York Times). Recorded live on September 1, 2017.
Georgia Center for the Book | The Twelve-Mile Straight by Eleanor Henderson (Please note that I said the start time was 7:30 p.m. in this episode of the podcast. The correct start time, as listed on the GCB website, is 7:15 p.m.)