First, Jasmin gives us a report from the Mercy For Animals Hidden Heroes Gala featuring interviews with Alicia Silverstone, Our Hen House episode 189 guest Emily Deschanel, Elliot Knight (Once Upon A Time), Evanna Lynch (the Harry Potter film series), and Maggie Q (Nikita, Mission Impossible III).
Then, Jasmin talks to author John Yunker about his new anthology, Writing For Animals, how to effectively include animals and animal rights issue in literature, and why writers have so much difficulty honoring the realities of animal activism. John Yunker is a writer of plays, short stories and novels focused on human/animal relationships. He is co-founder of Ashland Creek Press, a vegan-owned publisher devoted to environmental and animal rights literature. He is also author of the novel The Tourist Trail and the children’s book Bird Words. His full-length play Meat the Parents was a finalist at the Centre Stage New Play Festival (South Carolina) and semi-finalist in the AACT new play contest. Species of Least Concern was a finalist in the 2016 Mountain Playhouse Comedy Festival. His short play, Little Red House, was published in the literary journal Mason’s Road, and produced by the Studio Players Theatre in Lexington, Kentucky. In 2017, the short play Of Mice and Marines was workshopped and given a staged reading at the ATHE (Association for Theatre in Higher Education) conference in Las Vegas. His short stories have been published by literary journals such as Phoebe, Qu, Flyway, and Antennae.
We’ve also got News and Rising Anxieties from Mariann.
As always, the award-winning weekly Our Hen House podcast is hosted by Mariann Sullivan and Jasmin Singer.
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