Molly Brodak | Episode 17

Things get rather inspirational on this episode. Not really surprising since this week our guest was Molly Brodak.

Molly is tenacious, which is evident by how she doesn't go halfway at anything. Her poetry often highlights the spaces between nature and art (check out her reading the poem "Triumph" in her backyard we recorded last year), she wrote Bandit, a non-fiction book about growing up with a bank-robbing father who was arrested by the FBI, and recently she was a contestant on ABC's The Great American Baking Show (which ended up not airing the full season due to sexual misconduct allegations against judge Johnny Iuzzini).


Molly Brodak is the author of A Little Middle of the Night (University of Iowa Press, 2010) and Bandit: A Daughter's Memoir (Grove Atlantic, 2016). Her work has appeared recently in Granta, PENAmerica, Gulf Coast, and The Best American Nonrequired Reading 2016.

Molly talks about the heartbreak that comes from having work left unseen because of the network's choice to pull the show was more a punishment to them, but we also ended up having a conversation about the unavoidable fear that comes from putting yourself out in the world for your art.

“I’m not not scared. I’m scared too. I’m just doing it anyway, " she said about the new non-fiction book she is working on that will be taking her to Ireland. “I’m scared but I’m still gonna write. You just move through it.”

You can check out Molly's great baking at The Kookie House

We hope you enjoy the episode.