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Welcome to Now Appalachia Radio with host and thriller author Eliot Parker. The show will profile Appalachian writers and creative people. Proud to be part of the August on the Air Global Radio Network. Authors on the Air Global Radio Network is an international digital media corporation comprised of radio talk shows, podcasts, book reviews and anthology publishing with 3 million listeners in 40 countries and over one million social media friends. Support this podcast: https://anchor.fm/elio ...
 
How Far One Can Go features conversations centered around the world of endurance sports. We interview professional and amatuer endurance athletes, subject matter experts, and innovators in the space. Our hope is to guide you on your journey of discovering what you're capable of and inspire you to go further. After all, only those who risk going too far can possibly find out how far one can go (-T.S. Eliot).
 
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On the latest episode of Now, Appalachia, Eliot interviews poet Thomas Richardson. Thomas is a teacher and writer. Born in Raleigh, North Carolina, and raised in Columbus, Mississippi, he earned his bachelor's degree from Millsaps College and master's degrees from Vanderbilt University and Mississippi University for Women. He teaches English at the…
 
This past summer, Luke Sweet completed his first double iron-distance triathlon (known as a Double Anvil) in just over 30 hours. For those unfamiliar with triathlon, the double anvil consists of a 4.8 mile swim, a 224 mile bike, and a 52 mile run; all in 36 hours or less. Luke possesses a humble tenacity like nobody I've ever met before. This was t…
 
On the latest episode of Now, Appalachia, Eliot speaks with author and linguist Dr. Michael Rost about his latest book THE JOURNEY HOME: PORTRAITS OF HEALING. Michael is a renowned American linguist, specializing in psycholinguistics, language acquisition, language loss, in dementia. He has worked on language project in multiple countries and gover…
 
On the latest episode of Now, Appalachia, Eliot interviews author Rebecca Bernard about her new short story collection OUR SISTER WHO WILL NOT DIE. Rebecca is an Assistant Professor in the English Department at Angelo State University. Her work has appeared in Colorado Review, Southwest Review, Juked, Pleiades, and elsewhere and has been recognized…
 
On the latest episode of Now, Appalachia, Eliot interviews author Culley Holderfield about his debut novel HEMLOCK HOLLOW. Culley learned to love storytelling on the porch of a cabin in the mountains of North Carolina. After graduating from UNC-Chapel Hill, he ventured to South America, Africa, and Europe. When not writing or working in community d…
 
On this episode, Leanda Cave (former pro triathlete, Ironman World Champion (70.3 & 140.6), and one of CNN's 10 Fittest Women in the World) shares her story of completing her first Ultraman Triathlon (6.2 mile swim, 261 mile bike, 52 mile run). Enjoy! Click here to learn more about our charity endurance team: team a.i. Click here to visit Leanda's …
 
On the latest episode of Now, Appalachia, Eliot interviews mystery author Kelly J. Ford about her latest novel REAL BAD THINGS. Kelly J. Ford is the author of the award-winning Cottonmouths, a novel of “impressive depths of character and setting” according to the Los Angeles Review, which named it one of their Best Books of 2017. An Arkansas native…
 
Parker Olson is surely one of the most unique individuals I've ever had the pleasure of meeting. He's an entrepreneur, an adventurer, and in 2021 - he became an Ironman (having never even done a triathlon or other endurance event before signing up). Using inexpensive used equipment, goofy outdated apparel, and homemade whole food endurance fuel - t…
 
On the latest episode of Now, Appalachia, Eliot profiles publisher Orison Books with founder Luke Hankins. Luke Hankins is the author of two full-length poetry collections, Radiant Obstacles and Weak Devotions, as well as a forthcoming chapbook, Testament (Texas Review Press, 2024). He is also the author of a collection of essays, The Work of Creat…
 
On the latest episode of Now, Appalachia, Eliot speaks with author Christopher Kelder about his new book THE SECRET OF COBB CREEK: A DEPRESSION ERA STORY OF E. KENTUCKY. Christopher lives in Lexington, Kentucky and is an award winning filmmaker as well as the author of several children's books. This book is his most recent work. --- Support this po…
 
If you've been to a nightclub in Vegas or LA, there's a good chance you've seen today's guest before: DJ Vice. And while many people know Vice as the resident DJ of Vegas's biggest clubs, not many people know that the man is a runner! In fact, he's run a mile a day every day for the last four years. Sometimes he runs further than a mile; like when …
 
On the latest episode of Now, Appalachia, Eliot interviews author Zach Steele about his new novel THE WEIGHT OF ASHES. Broadleaf Writers Association Founder & Executive Director Zachary Steeleis the author of Anointed: The Passion of Timmy Christ, CEO and Flutter: An Epic of Mass Distraction. He has been featured by NPR, The Atlanta Journal-Constit…
 
James Mayo is the CEO and founder of the innovative hydration brand, SOS Hydration. On this episode, James (a former championship winning pro sprinter) shares the story of how him, his wife, and his brother set out to create a sports drink unlike any other in the market. Interested in trying SOS? Find it online, at your local CVS, or at your neares…
 
On the latest episode of Now, Appalachia, Eliot welcomes back author John Vercher to talk about his new novel AFTER THE LIGHTS GO OUT. John lives in the Philadelphia area with his wife and two sons. He has a Bachelor’s in English from the University of Pittsburgh and an MFA in Creative Writing from the Mountainview Master of Fine Arts program. He i…
 
On the latest episode of Now, Appalachia, Eliot interviews journalist Ronnie Greene about his latest book HEART OF ATLANTA: FIVE BLACK PASTORS AND THE SUPREME COURT VICTORY FOR INTEGRATION. Ronnie is a graduate of Virginia Commonwealth University and a veteran investigative reporter, who, over the years, has worked at the Center for Public Integrit…
 
Ramsey Hanna is an ultra-cyclist on a journey to discover what he's capable of. In 2021, he came in 6th place at the Dirty Water 500km (a single stage 310 mile race across the state of Ohio) and he also completed the TransVA 560 ride in 75 hours (typically a 9 day event). Ramsey holds a PhD in organic chemistry and bakes his own bread from scratch.…
 
On the latest episode of Now, Appalachia, Eliot interviews author Sheila Myers about her new novel THE TRUTH OF WHO YOU ARE. Sheila Myers is an award-winning author and college professor in Upstate New York. Her penchant for research and meanderings through the wilderness, lakes, mountains, and vistas (and the occasional trip to a cemetery) in the …
 
On the latest episode of Now, Appalachia, Eliot interviews author Scott Blackburn about his new thriller novel IT DIES WITH YOU. Scott is an English instructor and a 2017 graduate of the Mountainview MFA program. He lives in High Point, North Carolina with his wife and two children. When he is not writing and teaching, Scott enjoys training in comb…
 
On this episode, I chat with Jen Comfort - one of the head coaches from the world's first AI driven training app: PKRS.AI. An accomplished athlete as well, Jen has competed in 13 Ironman races and has qualified for the Ironman World Championship 3 separate times (she certainly walks the walk). In this conversation, Jen shares valuable training insi…
 
On the latest episode of Now, Appalachia, Eliot interviews Eliot interviews co-hosts of the Pantsuit Politics podcast as well as authors Beth Silvers and Sarah Stewart Holland. In addition to the podcast, they are the authors of "Now What?: How to Move Forward When We're Divided (About Basically Everything)." Sarah attended Transylvania University …
 
On the latest episode of Now, Appalachia, Eliot speaks with author Jamie Lyn Smith about her latest book TOWNSHIP. Jamie Lyn Smith is a writer, editor, and teacher. She earned her BA in English and Theatre from Kenyon College, her Masters in Education from Fordham University, and her MFA in Creative Writing from Ohio State University. Jamie Lyn is …
 
On this episode, Mark Dowdle tells his inspiring story of running across the entire state of Minnesota. This guy is full of both wisdom and joy and I'm excited to share our conversation with you! Follow Mark's journey on social at @markdowdle22. Click here to learn more about his nonprofit, Love Like Laurie. Check out https://www.teamai.org/ for mo…
 
On the latest episode of Now, Appalachia, Eliot interviews author Valerie Nieman about her latest novel IN THE LONELY BACKWATER. Valerie has been a farmer, a sailor, a journalist, a teacher. To the Bones, a genre-bending novel about Appalachia, was published by West Virginia University Press in 2019, joining three earlier novels, a short fiction co…
 
On the latest episode of Now, Appalachia, Eliot interviews Ohio author Michael Wayne Hampton about his new novel DREAM KIDS. Michael Wayne Hampton is the author of five books of fiction. His criticism, essays, fiction, and poetry have appeared in numerous publications such as Atticus Review, The Southeast Review, 3AM Magazine, and Fiction Southeast…
 
If you've had as much trouble as I've had finding the right info for proper fueling, this episode is for you. Lauren Thomas (LT) is a sports dietician that works primarily with tactical teams/special ops teams based in the nation's capital. Prior to that, she worked as a sports dietician for the University of Georgia's college athletes. LT provides…
 
Admezzy is a mindset jedi. The guy was already physically fit and mentally tough when he met Jesse Itzler but after living with him for a week and watching him train for the "Last Man Standing" ultra race, Admezzy was inspired to see how far he could go. This past November, he ran 100 miles in under 24 hours and raised over $20k to fight human traf…
 
On this episode, I sit down with Dr. MR Blank to learn about the impact of visualization and imagery on human performance. Dr Blank has a PhD in sport & performance psychology and is a cognitive psychology consultant for military special ops teams. This episode will likely change the way you train for endurance events, forever! Want to work with MR…
 
Blue Benadum (aka Marathon Man) has run more than 70 marathons, has a PR of 2:23, and has trained many Hollywood celebs (Kevin Hart, Theo Rossi, and John Gourley to name a few) as the former Head Running Coach of Nike. Today, him and his wife are gearing up to launch the innovative coaching platform, Guru Running. Check out https://www.gururunning.…
 
On this episode, I sit down with Steve Spear, a man who in 2013 ran from Santa Monica, CA to Annapolis, MD in 150 days (roughly a marathon a day). He also managed to raise over half a million dollars to help bring clean water to communities that need it around the globe. Awesome person. Awesome story. Enjoy. Check out https://www.teamai.org/ for mo…
 
On the latest episode of Now, Appalachia, Eliot interviews author Jess Montgomery about her latest novel THE ECHOES. Jess writes a Writer's Digest magazine column, "Level Up Your Writing (Life)" and was formerly the “Literary Life” columnist for the Dayton Daily News. Based on early chapters of the first book in the Kinship Series, The Widows, Jess…
 
On the latest episode of Now, Appalachia, Eliot interviews Virginia historian Jonathan White about his new book: A HOUSE BUILT BY SLAVES: AFRICAN AMERICAN VISITORS TO THE WHITE HOUSE. Jonathan White is associate professor of American Studies at Christopher Newport University. He is the author of ten books and over 100 articles, essays, and reviews …
 
On the latest episode of Now, Appalachia, Eliot interviews author Nancy Allen about her novel RENEGADE. Nancy Allen, author of the Ozarks Mystery Series, practiced law for fifteen years as Assistant Missouri Attorney General and Assistant Prosecutor in her native Ozarks. She’s tried over thirty jury cases, including murder and sexual offenses, and …
 
On the latest episode of Now, Appalachia, Eliot interviews author Robert Gwaltney about his novel THE CICADA TREE. Robert Gwaltney, a writer of southern fiction, is a graduate of Florida State University. He resides in Atlanta Georgia where he is an active member of the Atlanta literary community. By day, he serves as Vice President of Easter Seals…
 
On the latest episode of Now, Appalachia, Eliot interviews author Jessica Weible about her new non-fiction book DEAD LETTERS: DELIVERING OPENED MAIL FROM A PENNSYLVANIA GHOST TOWN. Jess Weible is a freelance writer and reporter. She is also a founding editor for The Watershed Journal, an inclusive, regional literary magazine for the western Pennsyl…
 
On the latest episode of Now, Appalachia, Eliot interviews science fiction author J.V. Hilliard about his latest book THE LAST KEEPER. Born of steel, fire, and black wind, J.V. Hilliard was raised as a highlander in the foothills of a once-great mountain chain on the confluence of the three mighty rivers that forged his realm’s wealth and power for…
 
On the latest episode of Now, Appalachia, Eliot interviews Kentucky author Ashley Blooms about her latest novel WHERE I CAN'T FOLLOW. Ashley Blooms is the author of Every Bone a Prayer, which was long-listed for the Crook’s Corner Book Prize and which NPR said “bears within its pages striking beauty and strangeness in equal measure.” Her second nov…
 
On the latest episode of Now, Appalachia, Eliot interviews Ohio poet laureate, Keri Gunter-Seymour. Five times a Pushcart nominee, Kari Gunter-Seymour's work can be found in many fine journals, anthologies and publications - Rattle, Still, CALYX, Main Street Rag, The American Journal of Poetry and The LA Times- as well as on her website: http://www…
 
On the latest episode of Now, Appalachia, Eliot interviews Virginia author John Copenhaver about his latest book THE SAVAGE KIND. John is the author of Dodging and Burning, which won the Macavity Award for Best First Mystery Novel and garnered Anthony, Strand Critics, Barry, and Lambda Literary Award nominations. Copenhaver writes a crime fiction r…
 
On the latest episode of Now, Appalachia, Eliot interviews children's author and illustrator Ashley Belote. She earned her BFA from Alderson Broaddus University and then completed the Whole Book Approach Course through Simmons College at the Eric Carle Museum of Picture Book Art in Amherst, Massachusetts. She earned her Masters degree in Arts Admin…
 
On the latest episode of Now, Appalachia, Eliot interviews author Yasmin Angoe about her debut thriller HER NAME IS KNIGHT. Hailing from Northern Virginia, Yasmin Angoe is a first-generation Ghanaian American who grew up in two cultural worlds. She taught English in middle and high schools for years, served as an instructional coach for virtual tea…
 
On the latest episode of Now, Appalachia, Eliot speaks to author Tyler Barton about his latest collection of short stories, ETERNAL NIGHT AT THE NATURE MUSEUM. Tyler Barton is a literary advocate and cofounder of Fear No Lit, home of the Submerging Writer Fellowship. His fiction has appeared in The Iowa Review, Gulf Coast, Subtropics, and elsewhere…
 
On the latest episode of Now, Appalachia, Eliot interviews author Michael Amos Cody. Michael Amos Cody grew up in the village of Walnut, jewel of Madison County, North Carolina, not far from the ruins of Runion, a place he has reimagined for stories appearing in Yemassee, Tampa Review, Still, and other publications, as well as in his first novel Ga…
 
On the latest edition of Now, Appalachia, Eliot interviews author Kimi Cunningham Grant. Kimi is the author of Fallen Mountains, Silver Like Dust, and These Silent Woods. Kimi is a two-time winner of a Dorothy Sargent Rosenberg Memorial Prize in Poetry and a recipient of a Pennsylvania Council on the Arts fellowship in creative nonfiction. Her poem…
 
On this episode of Now, Appalachia, Eliot interviews author Jayne Waldrop about her new novel DROWNED TOWN. Jayne Waldrop is a western Kentucky native who is the author of Retracing My Steps, a finalist in the 2018 New Women's Voices Chapbook Contest, and Pandemic Lent: A Season in Poems. Waldrop's work has appeared in the Anthology of Appalachian …
 
On the latest episode of Now, Appalachia, Eliot speaks with author Matthew Pearl about his latest book "The Taking of Jemima Boone." His novels have been international and New York Times bestsellers translated into more than 30 languages. His nonfiction writing has appeared in the New York Times, the Boston Globe, The Atavist Magazine, and Slate. T…
 
On the latest episode of Now, Appalachia, Eliot interviews journalist Stephen Kurczy about his new book THE QUIET ZONE. Stephen Kurczy is an award-winning journalist whose work has appeared in The NewYork Times, The New Yorker, The Economist, The Christian Science Monitor, and VICE, among other outlets. He graduated from the Columbia University Gra…
 
On the latest episode of Now, Appalachia, Eliot interviews author Evan Morgan Williams about his new book STORIES OF THE NEW WEST. Evan Morgan Williams is the author of three collections of short stories. His latest collection, Stories of the New West, will be released in September, 2021, by Main Street Rag Press. Pre-orders are welcome! Click on “…
 
On the latest episode of Now, Appalachia, Eliot interviews author Wiley Cash about his latest novel WHEN GHOSTS COME HOME. Wiley Cash is the New York Times best selling author of When Ghosts Come Home, The Last Ballad, A Land More Kind than Home, and This Dark Road to Mercy. He currently serves as Alumni Author-in-Residence at the University of Nor…
 
Gervais Hagerty grew up in Charleston, South Carolina. After reporting and producing the news for both radio and television, she taught communications at The Citadel. When not writing, she works on local environmental and transportation issues. She lives in Charleston with her husband and two daughters. In Polite Company is her first novel. --- Sup…
 
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