On today’s show I go back and look at how the EYW has evolved from the first episode (before it was EYW) on January 8 to now. I’ve changed the opening video four times, the logo twice and the name once. Somehow it survived a first season which includes 20 shows, 12 guests, and eight poetry spotlights.

Much to my surprise, not only has it survived, but it has thrived. Currently I’m booked solid until mid-July and I added a mid-week show for flexibility. Upcoming guests include people I never thought I would know, like Alma Katsu and Kyle Toucher, let alone interview. It’s become something I can offer to help others, including charities like The Pixel Project. More on that below.

All the credit for this goes to friends and viewers. I’m looking at you. Seriously, thank you.

Going forward for a second season, I aim to have a written interview posted on this blog for each guest (if they are willing) to supplement the show. Links, read-a-longs, and anything mentioned during the show should be linked here on the blog. If it isn’t, message me and I’ll add it in.

I don’t like YouTube videos that drown in dozens of links so I’m limiting each show to no more than three. One will be the show recap with the cluttery link list at the bottom of the page (see below). The second will be a link to sign up for my calendar newsletter. The third link is optional if it can benefit.

Season One was a lot of me just trying to figure out what I was doing. Season Two will be a lot cleaner and focused on my goal. What is the goal? To build a bigger stage for writers so we can show everyone that we quiet creatives can shine when given the opportunity. That’s what you will find with every guest I’ve had so far. Subtle, talented shine.

And now that link list from today’s show:

By Angela Yuriko Smith

Angela Yuriko Smith is a third-generation Ryukyuan-American, award-winning poet, author, and publisher with 20+ years in newspapers. Publisher of Space & Time magazine (est. 1966), two-time Bram Stoker Awards® Winner, and HWA Mentor of the Year, she shares Authortunities, a free weekly calendar of author opportunities at authortunities.substack.com.

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