Unreliable Narrators: Episode 1

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A literary podcast created by NOCCA Creative Writing students Izzy Chaplain, Meredith DeLong, Libby Northup, Paul Reiger, Ida Schenk and Ruby Whitaker under the guidance of writer, podcaster and NOCCA faculty member Anya Groner. Special thanks to Joe Ceponis and the Media Arts department for their assistance in recording.

In this podcast the students interview New Orleans-based authors about their exciting debut novels.

Episode one:
“A trip to the dead side of town.”

In this episode we dive into the enchanting and lyrical world of Alex Jennings’ novel The Ballad of Perilous Graves.

Alex Jennings is lifelong fan and creator of SFF who lives in New Orleans. His writing has appeared in The Magazine of Fantasy and Science Fiction, Africa Risen, and New Suns 2. He is a graduate of the University of New Orleans. He was born in Wiesbaden (Germany) and raised in Gaborone (Botswana), Paramaribo (Surinam), and Tunis (Tunisia) as well as the Columbia, MD. He is also an instructor of popular fiction at the University of Southern Maine’s Stonecoast MFA program. He has been short-listed for numerous awards, and his debut novel, The Ballad of Perilous Graves is available wherever books are sold.

Music is magic in the inventive debut novel set in an enchanted version of New Orleans where a fight for the city’s soul stirs up between two young mages, a vengeful spector, and one powerful song.

The Ballad Of Perilous Graves explores ideas of history, love and community; all with the magic of the city of New Orleans embedded into it. It’s a masterful novel with a fresh perspective.