04: Azura Tyabji

Seattle’s fourth youth poet laureate Azura Tyabji is working on publishing a book. For this episode, fields chatted with 18-year-old Azura about her experience at an experimental high school, the reputation of spoken word among poets, and why it’s important to have a youth-specific poet laureate in the first place.  

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Sean Redmond
03: Seaside Tryst

For Art in Conversation’s third episode,fields spoke with two members of Seaside Tryst, a Seattle band that describes itself as super synthy "trans ass new wave" with a knack for aggressively danceable songs. Here, Seaside Tryst discusses what attracted them to Seattle's music scene and what diversity looks like within it. 

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Sean Redmond
02: Myra Lara

With Seattle’s annual Short Run convention just around the corner — an underground comics and art festival — it seems fitting to chat with an illustrator who’ll be boothing at the event this year: Myra Lara. While she’s long been interested in comics, she’s especially focused her energy on it in recent years, getting published in various comics publications in the city (like Thick as Thieves) and an Ignatz-nominated anthology, La Raza Anthology: Unidos y Fuertes. In this episode, she discusses her entry into underground comics, bilingual art, and the fusion of illustration with activism.

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Sean Redmond
01: Gabrielle Bates

In the podcast's inaugural episode, our host Manola Secaira sits down with illustrator and poet Gabrielle Bates. Bates is known for her poetry comics, an emerging hybrid genre which applies the lyric sensibility of poetry to hand-drawn images. Here, Bates shares with us her ideas on illustration, the Seattle poetry scene, and independent publishing.

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Sean Redmond