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Hearing Voices + Podcast Interview With Writers & Artists
Hearing Voices

January-February, 2008

Mental Contagion

Dennis Cass Minneapolis, MN
Interviewed by Stephanie Wilbur Ash & Geoff Herbach
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Dennis Cass is a writer, journalist and occasional teacher and public speaker. His work has appeared in the New York Times Magazine, GQ, Slate, Harper's Magazine and Restaurant Business, where he once wrote an informative, exceptionally well-crafted article about pudding. Of late, he's been on tour hawking his brain book: "Head Case: How I Almost Lost My Mind Trying To Understand My Brain."  He lives with his wife and son in Minneapolis, MN, and wouldn't have it any other way.



Heather McElhatton

Heather McElhatton St. Louis Park, MN
Interviewed by Stephanie Wilbur Ash & Geoff Herbach
MPR | Pretty Little Mistakes


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Heather McElhatton is an independent radio producer and host for Minnesota Public Radio and Public Radio International. Her novel, Pretty Little Mistakes (out in May, from Harper Collins), is the first choose-your-own-adventure novel for adults. It's also her first published novel, but not the first one she's written. Here, she talks fate, choice, writing maniacally and how it feels to rise from the ashes of your own perceived failures and then write a book that allows the reader to both fail and succeed.



Frank Warren

Frank Warren Germantown, Maryland
Interviewed by Stephanie Wilbur Ash and Geoff Herbach
PostSecret | Photo courtesy of the author

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Frank Warren is the creator of the popular blog PostSecret, an online collection of 4 x 6 postcards displaying secrets sent to him from strangers all over the world. The blog gets 2.3 million unique visitors a month, is counted as one of the top blogs in the country and has spawned four books. The third "The Secret Lives of Men and Women," is currently a New York Times bestseller.

Frank calls himself an "accidental artist." Expecting to receive about a hundred postcard secrets for his small community art project, he has received hundreds of thousands. Posting 10-20 postcards every Sunday, he takes care to preserve the strangers' anonymity, humanity and artfulness. The result is a cathartic mass intimacy, made possible only by the marriage of the Internet and the post office.


Sandy Beach

Sandy Beach Minneapolis, MN
Interviewed by Geoff Herbach
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Sandy Beach was awarded a month's residency to the Ezra Pound Center for Literature in Merano, Italy in 2005. As a Loft Mentor participant, she studied and read with poet Elizabeth Alexander. She writes and reads poetry in response to art at various Minneapolis galleries with TalkingImageConnection. Her poems have appeared in Water-Stone Review, the anthology To Sing Along the Way: Minnesota Women Poets from Pre-Territorial Days to the Present, Sojourn Journal, Perigee, Poetry Motel, and the National Women’s Art Museum Archives in Washington, D.C.


Megan Mayer

Megan Mayer Minneapolis, MN
Interviewed by Geoff Herbach
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Megan Mayer is a choreographer and dancer originally from Milwaukee, Wisconsin. Childhood preoccupations included ballet, disco, piano, viola and mimicking comedy routines, all of which helped to shape what would become her future choreographic voice. Megan's work has premiered at Walker Art Center, Bryant-Lake Bowl Theater, Bedlam Theater, Southern Theater, Creative Electric Studios and Hennepin Center for the Arts Studio 6A. She frequently choreographs out of her kitchen, and has a new solo work to premiere entitled "Unfit," which appears to be an intermingling of John McEnroe and bossa nova. Geoff and Megan talked on the hottest day of the summer in a terribly hot office.



Scott Seekins Minneapolis, MN
Interviewed by Geoff Herbach | Photos by Karen Kopacz
Special thanks to Jeff Kearns for technical audio assistance.


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Scott Seekins is everywhere in the Twin Cities. You will see him at an art opening in Northeast. You will see him at a bus stop in St. Paul. You will see him in a bowling alley in Uptown. You will see him at his open studio downtown. You will see him holding cardboard signs in front of the Walker Art Center, sending enigmatic messages to the flow of traffic in front. Now you will hear him on your computer.


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