Make/Work Episode 29: David Meltzer and Julie Rogers

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Episode 29 of Make/Work is the fifth of a sub-series where host Scott Pinkmountain interviews couples in which both partners are artists, addressing some of the unique issues that may arise in those relationships and talking about the challenges and benefits of building a life with someone who’s also engaged in a creative pursuit.

This week, Scott speaks with poets David Meltzer and Julie Rogers. Husband and wife, reading and performing partners, Meltzer and Rogers also share a Beat sensibility with Buddhist leanings. The ostensible occasion for the interview is to plug Meltzer’s recent release from City Lights, an expanded version of his 1977 book Two Way Mirror. But the conversation takes on a life of its own, ranging from the value of maintaining a long term creative practice, the role of poetry in the US, to music, politics, and life in general.

When you create something, you’re birthing a baby. When you share it with others, the baby walks. —Rogers

Listen to Episode 29 (and subscribe to Make/Work!) now in iTunes. Or, get the direct download. And you can now get Make/Work through Stitcher.

Watch a 2013 reading by Meltzer and Rogers at Beyond Baroque in LA below (or click here):

Every creative laborer has a different story to tell about how they negotiate their relationship between their creative work and their paycheck and how they balance their lives to sustain their creative practice. In Make/Work, Scott will speak with emerging and established artists working in a wide range of creative mediums about how they survive, how they make a living, and how they maintain their work over the long term. New episodes will be released the third Thursday of every month.


Scott Pinkmountain is a writer and musician living in California. He is the creator and host of The History Channeler comedy podcast and has written for This American Life, A Public Space, HTMLGIANT, and other publications. He has also released dozens of albums of both instrumental music and songs including the recent No Country Music. He can be found at http://www.scottpinkmountain.com/. More from this author →