Frank with Ari Mokdad

The Centrum Residency Podcast

Centrum Residency podcastAt the Centrum Foundation Emerging Writers Residency last October, the ten residents paired up to record a podcast about our process working in our cabins for one month at Fort Worden State Park.

I was happy to record this with Ari Mokdad, my neighbor and Detroit-born poet, choreographer, dancer, and performance artist.

Frank with Ari Mokdad

It was different to be both interviewer and interviewee at the same time, and hard to resist being the radio journalist and instead just be in the moment in conversation. But Ari is delightful. I asked her to read from her poetry and she asked me about the stage play I’m developing.

desk at Fort WordenI miss my time there. I made a breakthrough on the next project, about which I am not talking for the time being, except to say that it does involve bringing to the stage — what else? — the experience of Japanese American wartime incarceration and its aftermath.

Many, many thanks to Michelle Hagewood for producing and editing this podcast and managing the Artists Program, and to George Marie, Program Manager for Writing. You can listen to the hour-long podcast here.

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