INTRODUCTION | Episode 1

Welcome to the first episode of Lit & Bruised: An Atlanta Literary Podcast. What better way to start season one than for us to introduce ourselves and explain how Lit & Bruised got started.

Lit & Bruised is an Atlanta based literary podcast hosted by John Carroll and Matt DeBenedictis.

ATL’s literary art community is known for its boundary pushing styles, readings that are parties, and writers unafraid to push themselves while fighting to unite a community separated by deep transit limitations.  Lit & Bruised is documenting this community that we love.

Episodes are long form conversations with local writers that feature readings and audio recordings from our always growing archive. New episodes are released weekly through iTunes and Spreaker.

This episode features field recorded audio from Alayna Huft Tucker from the The Five Hundred’s book release, We Wrote a Book, and Topher Payne reading at Write Club. Both selections are from 2016 highlighting community and surviving Atlanta while embracing the beauty of the scars that can come from both.  

 Left to Right: Matt's first reading | Purge Reading Poster (John's first reading hosted by Matt) | John reading at the Star Bar Circa 2012

Left to Right: Matt's first reading | Purge Reading Poster (John's first reading hosted by Matt) | John reading at the Star Bar Circa 2012

Mentioned in this episode the It's Not Me, It's You reading from 2011, Matt's first ever reading at Wordsmith Bookstore (RIP), and John reading at the Star Bar (probably being heckled by some drunk biker). Also, if you're wondering where the groove and funk of our opening music came from, Monochrome Sweatsuit is who to check out.