On this episode, Blake chats with author Megan Baxter about her new memoir, Farm Girl. Plus, HBO's Allen v. Farrow, Ulster County's Covid-19 vaccine update, and new music from P!nk and Rag'n'Bone Man.

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Playlist:

  1. STEVE WINWOOD: Valerie
  2. CARLY SIMON: Coming Around Again
  3. YOLA: Lonely the Night
  4. BRITTANY HOWARD: Stay High
  5. ALABAMA SHAKES: Sound & Color
  6. NO DOUBT: Just a Girl
  7. THE WHITE STRIPES: We’re Going to Be Friends
  8. COLD WAR KIDS: Hang Me Up to Dry
  9. BRANDON FLOWERS: Lonely Town
  10. FLORENCE + THE MACHINE: Cosmic Love
  11. KINDNESS feat. ROBYN: The Warning
  12. SOLANGE: Lovers in the Parking Lot
  13. THE 1975: Pressure
  14. CARLY RAE JEPSEN: All That
  15. P!NK feat. WILLOW SAGE HART: Cover Me in Sunshine
  16. JONI MITCHELL: Conversation
  17. EMILY KING: Remind Me
  18. RAG’N’BONE MAN feat. P!NK: Anywhere Away from Here

About Megan Baxter

Megan Baxter holds an MFA in Creative Nonfiction from Vermont College of the Fine Arts and a BFA in Poetry from Goddard College. In 2004, when she graduated from Interlochen Arts Academy as a Creative Writing Major, Megan was honored as a Presidential Scholar in the Arts. While working for the South Carolina Governor’s School for the Arts and Humanities Megan taught “pop-up” writing workshops at public schools in South Carolina, including poetry writing sessions in under-served and at-risk educational communities. In 2019 and 2020 she returned to Interlochen Arts Camp as an instructor of high-school level fiction and nonfiction.

Megan’s first book The Coolest Monsters, A Collection of Essays was published in 2018 by Texas Review Press. Her memoir Farm Girl is forthcoming from Green Writers Press in 2021. Megan is pleased to announce that her essay collection 'The Body(Electric) will be published by Mad Creek Books from Ohio State Press as part of their 21st Century Essay Series. Megan is currently seeking representation for her debut novel.

Megan has won numerous national awards including a Pushcart Prize. Her work has been listed in The Best American Essays of 2019. Recent publications included pieces in The Threepenny Review, Hotel Amerika, The Florida Review, and Creative Nonfiction Magazine. Megan serves as a mentor to young writers and loves developing cross-genre and innovative creative writing pedagogy for her workshops and classes. Megan lives in New Hampshire where she loves walking her dogs, running, and cooking with local foods. She teaches writing at Colby-Sawyer College .

About Farm Girl

Farm Girl is a memoir of urgent grace that crosses boundaries of genre and time. In her second year of college, Megan finds herself bonded to a lover spiraling into addiction and two thousand miles away from her heart’s home—a stretch of forty certified-organic acres along the banks of the Connecticut River separating Vermont and New Hampshire. In the crucible of a rainy Portland winter, Megan is forced to decide whether to embrace her future as a farm girl or to continue growing into the woman everyone hopes she’ll become. Farm Girl is about two love affairs that force a decision: the love between two people and the love between Megan and the landscape. With innovative prose and lush description, Farm Girl raises the earth up as a character and asks questions about the work we choose to sustain us—how careful attention and devotion to the earth transcends human tragedy.