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Write Here, Write Now: What is Plant Blindness by Farmer Nick
From Write Here, Write Now: A Vocal Podcast, What is Plant Blindness by Farmer Nick. Farmer Nick is well known across the internet for his inspiring calls to lead a greener life, but this episode gives a window into Nick’s writing. After a reading of his essay, “What is Plant Blindness,” Farmer Nick sits down with host Erica Wagner to get personal about how a life filled with plants has taught him how to be the person he wants to be.
Write Here, Write Now: Phone Calls With Mom by J. Delaney-Howe
From Write Here, Write Now: A Vocal Podcast, Phone Calls With Mom by J. Delaney-Howe. After a reading of “Phone Calls with Mom,” author J. Delaney-Howe talks with host Erica Wagner about how his deep gratitude to his mother sustains him as well as the power of expressing vulnerability in writing and life.
Write Here, Write Now: Why I'm Never Working a 9-5 Again by RJ Wade
From Write Here, Write Now: A Vocal Podcast, "Why I'm Never Working a 9-5 Job Again" by RJ Wade. The transition from corporate to creative is one that many dream of but few accomplish. RJ's “Why I’m Never Working a 9-5 Job Again” not only proves it can be done but shows how. After the reading, host Erica Wagner gets insight into Wade’s process of learning to trust herself, her work, and what it took to build a life she loves.
Write Here, Write Now: Everyone has a Yellow Coat by Flora Weston
From Write Here, Write Now: A Vocal Podcast, Everyone has a Yellow Coat by Flora Weston. People aren’t always what you expect; it’s wise to pause before rushing to judgment. After a reading of “Everyone has a Yellow Coat,” host Erica Wagner talks with author Flora Weston about how asking a simple question about an ugly coat actually changed her life.
Write Here, Write Now: My Single Friend by Caitlin Fladager
From Write Here, Write Now: A Vocal Podcast, My Single Friend by Caitlin Fladager. How do you keep that 'first date' feeling alive after 12 years of marriage? What happens when you start to yearn for your single days? In the inaugural episode of Write Here, Write Now, host Erica Wagner sits down with Caitlin Fladager, TikToker extraordinaire, passionate advocate for mental health—and a wife and mother. They cover everything from first date to first child to how her family is today.
Announcing the Ship of Dreams Titanic Challenge Winners and Runners-Up
Congratulations to Harmony Kent, author of “Lifeboat Seven” and to Ryan Smith, author of “No Man’s Land” — both worthy winners of our Ship of Dreams Challenge here on Vocal.
The Moment of Freedom: A Collection of Stories
In peace, continue your art; in war, continue your art; in freedom, continue your art; in captivity, continue your art! -Mehmet Murat ildan
Vocal Stands with Ukraine
As chaos, fear, and tensions mount during Russia’s invasion of Ukraine, people all over the world are looking for ways to help. We've all found ourselves talking about this war with friends and family, and there's a big reason for that: those conversations bring visibility to the things that matter and make room for change. They allow us to hope and imagine a future where peace, unity, and safety are accessible to everyone.
Celebrating Black History Month by Amplifying Black Voices on Vocal
Black History Month is a meaningful time for not only Black people in the United States but all those who identify with the plight and struggle Black or African Americans have faced throughout the decades. However, despite the trauma and injustice, they have always found a way to create breathtaking works of art. Which, in a lot of cases can be traced back to starting entire revolutions. Creators in the Black community are at the forefront of a variety of creative movements and pioneering trends, most of which transcend into brilliant works of art, music, fashion, and innovation.
'Denouement Among the Lilies' — Vocal 2021 Year in Review
Last year, I wrote a reflection spotlighting my favorite stories from 2020. Out of 35,000 stories, I chronicled the ones that stood out; the ones I remembered, logged in a Note on my phone, re-read more than twice, and ultimately shared in my personal iteration of "This Year on Vocal" because they were just too good to keep to myself. That reflection was titled "Am I Here," named after a poem that I will never forget.
Celebrating Juneteenth: 13 Stories from Black Vocal Creators
In a world often starved for good news, one headline on Thursday offered cause for celebration. After passing through the U.S. Congress earlier in the week, a bill was signed into law by President Biden making June 19th, colloquially referred to as "Juneteenth," a federal holiday.
Generally speaking, April is a month with a good reputation. It represents the spring holidays, the weather getting nicer, and calculating your tax refund. April is featured in soft ballads evocative of springtime warmth like “April Come She Will” and “April in Paris.” April is even the name of the most hallowed of pop culture figures, a beloved sitcom character.