Mattathias Reads the Lit Blitz! Episode 7: “In the Locker Room at the Temple” by Darlene Young

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I meet digitally with mormon poet Darlene Young to discuss The Association for Mormon Letters, our affection for Utah as native Utahns, road tripping to Berkeley, and her poem “In the Locker Room at the Temple" with all that that entails. We talk about finding Mormon literary communities, the power of having an audience to write for, and Darlene's ongoing effort to get the pulse of Lit Blitz readership.

We spend a while early in the episode reminiscing about the Berkeley Road Trip. If you don't want to hear cryptic hints about a road trip where we solved all the world's problems, skip to 19:20 in the episode to hear Darlene read her poem. If you want to rain on our parade and tell us, like Aaron to Ammon, not to get carried away to boasting, first off, follow President Uchtdorf's advice to parade stormclouds everywhere and Stop It! Secondly, know that this podcast is a boasting-safe zone for shy, reserved people who need to be prompted a little to blow their own trumpets, kazoos, or shofars loudly, ad maiorem Dei gloriam, of course.

And by golly, Darlene can make a beautiful song on that celestial instrument of hers! Listen to her play, and celebrate the joyful noise!

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If you'd like to read Darlene's truly excellent collection, find it here: https://bookshop.org/books/homespun-and-angel-feathers/9781948218177

To read more about it, see http://associationmormonletters.org/blog/2020/05/2019-aml-award-winners/

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