209 – Cristin O’Keefe Aptowicz and Derrick C. Brown with Mike Gravagno

Another edition of Writers’ Block Live! Back in March, Cristin O’Keefe Aptowicz and Derrick C. Brown came by to read from their newest books (How to Love the Empty Air and Hello. It Doesn’t Matter. respectively). They also share about their writing processes, how a poem becomes a poem, about what it’s like being friends for twenty years!

Cristin O’Keefe Aptowicz is the author of seven books of poetry. Most recently, she released her nonfiction book, Dr. Mütter’s Marvels: A True Tale of Intrigue and Innovation at the Dawn of Modern Medicine, which spent three months on the New York Times Best Seller list. Cristin has toured widely with her poetry, at venues as diverse as NYC’s Joe’s Pub, LA’s Largo Theatre and Australia’s Sydney Opera House.

Derrick C. Brown is a comedian, poet and storyteller. He is the winner of the 2013 Texas Book of The Year award for Poetry. The New York Times calls his work, “…a rekindling of faith in the weird, hilarious, shocking, beautiful power of words.” Brown has toured with comedians and musicians such as Eugene Mirman, David Cross, Rival Sons, and Cold War Kids. He has performed on Jay Leno, and has been featured on podcasts such as This American Life with Ira Glass and The K Ohle with Kurt Braunohler. He has performed all over the United States and Europe for over 20 years.

Writers’ Block Live! is recorded at the 1888 Center in Orange, California.



Writers’ Block is a bi-weekly podcast that highlights the work of writers, poets, scientists, musicians, and more to find the story behind the pieces. Host Mike Gravagno digs into his guests work the same way he digs into pie, voraciously and without pretension, because you don’t have to be high-falutin to enjoy talking about art. Writers’ Block is a joint venture from YourPopFilter.com and Anastamos, Chapman University’s Interdisciplinary Graduate Journal, and is available wherever you get your podcasts.



1888 Center programs are recorded and archived as a free educational resource on our website or with your favorite podcast app including Apple and Spotify. Each interdisciplinary episode is designed to provide a unique platform for industry innovators to share stories about art, literature, music, history, science, or technology. Produced in partnership with Brew Sessions.

Producer and Host: Mike Gravagno
Producer: Jon-Barrett Ingels and Kevin Staniec
Manager: Sarah Becker
Guests: Cristin O’Keefe Aptowicz and Derrick C. Brown
Audio: Brew Sessions Live