Patrick Culliton is a small blue sock from South Euclid, Ohio. He holds degrees from The Ohio State University and the University of North Carolina Wilmington. His chapbook, Hornet Homily, was published by Octopus Books. Another chapbook, Horse Ballast, was published by Pavement Saw Press. Chances are very good that Patrick is swimming as you read this. His most formative memory with Jay is the night they barreled down Castle Street in the dark, singing The Smiths’ “There Is A Light That Never Goes Out” at the top of their lungs.
Jay Varner, author of Nothing Left To Burn, grew up in Central Pennsylvania. Lots of people liked his book, such as Entertainment Weekly, USA Today and NPR. While he earned his B.A. in creative writing at Susquehanna University in Selinsgrove, PA, he helped found The Susquehanna Review, one of the few national literary journals dedicated solely to undergraduate writing. He received his M.F.A. in creative nonfiction from the University of North Carolina Wilmington. While in graduate school he taught creative writing and literature courses. He also served as nonfiction editor and eventually managing editor of Ecotone: Reimagining Place. He is currently at work on a novel and several essays. He now lives in a small town outside Charlottesville, Virginia (he could name the town but assumed you’d be more impressed with the name Charlottesville since, you know, everyone just bloody loves Charlottesville). Jay can often be found staring aimlessly at skies and woods. He also enjoys the Civil War in one of those weird kinds of ways that would probably make you uncomfortable. He refers to February through August as hibernation, since there is no football. He dreams of going on one of those tours in the midwest where people track down tornadoes. His first real memory of Patrick is the time they sat in lawn chairs in the dirt lot outside their neighboring apartments and watched an air show over Wilmington. They could have walked eight blocks to the waterfront for a better view but were too lazy.
About our Advisory Board:
Chris McSween, aka Pookahontas, is The Roots to our Jimmy Fallon.
Jake Hinkson is probably staring into a raven’s eyes and thinking about Robert Mitchum right now.
Nicole Wilson listened to versions of this podcast before anyone else and offered valuable feedback. She still does.
A few episodes in, Marcus Villano joined the show with his segment “Aging Cheerleader”. These meditations on music, as the title implies, come from an honest, appreciative place. They are wise and insightful. They might even help your heart break a little more.
Sommer Browning, a previous guest and dear friend of the podcast, created our logo.
These gents and gals make up our Advisory Board. We all met in Wilmington, NC, except for Sommer. We met her on Mars.
About the show:
This podcast is birthed from Patrick and Jay’s frequent phone calls (even when we were next door neighbors we talked on the phone often) and conversations, in hopes that we can mine our obsessions and interests (writing, music, weather, hiking, movies, football, cemeteries, bears, state fairs, masks, coins, Smokey Robinson’s frozen dinners, talking to each other, friends and strangers, being afraid of each other, friends and strangers, BBQ, and the sea, to name a few) in a way that’s interesting, and even funny(and sad!), for our listeners. While we enjoy talking to each other, we take even greater pleasure in talking with/listening to others in whatever performative capacities that may be. We use Skype as our primary recording method. In addition, we both have recording devices that we use to gather material on our own from our current residences and travels. This, too, stems from other shared obsessions: field recordings, archives/archiving, collage, etc. And that, ultimately, is what we hope Talus, Or Scree is: an archive of collected experiences and voices.
About 77 Santas:
77 Santas features Christmas and holiday music during November and December, and a Christmas in July special each year. We are named after Gayla Peevey’s song “77 Santas.” If you don’t like Christmas music, we hope to change that. All songs we post are available for roughly one-week after they are first posted. We do repost songs, but only if you ask nicely and, even then, assuming we feel like it.
Previously, we were located at: http://77santas.blogspot.com/
We were a part of this Financial Times feature on Christmas music.