Recap of ‘Conversations With Cait’ episode 1: Kayla King on writing, editing and ‘The Elpis Pages’ – The Record

December 19, 2021 by No Comments

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“Conversations With Cait,” a new podcast that centers on the arts, culture and race and gender politics, is set to air on 91.3 WBNY-FM on Monday at 7:30 a.m.

Don’t have time to tune in? “Conversations With Cait” is now available on YouTube and SoundCloud. Here’s a recap of episode one.

For the first episode, published fiction and poetry author Kayla King shared with listeners her journey as a writer and more about her two collectives, “Pages Penned In Pandemic,” and “The Elpis Pages,” both of which are collections of poetry, short stories, flash fiction, essays and more.

King says all proceeds from “The Elpis Pages” will be donated to Planned Parenthood Action Fund, an organization which helps protect access to safe, legal abortion and reproductive rights.

What’s the story behind these two collectives?

For “Pages Penned in Pandemic,” she began a featured interview series in summer 2020.

“I was really interested in hearing from other authors and seeing how they were coping with the pandemic, if they were avoiding their art or using their writing as a catharsis to get through such difficult times,” King said.

She reached out to her best friend in New York City who’s an editor to help start this project, and in total, they received over 70 works from all over the world ranging from Germany to Singapore.

Kayla King (Golden Rose Creative)

“It was so wonderful seeing all these people come together, and sharing their artwork, sharing their writing,” King said.

What sparked her interest to launch “The Elpis Pages,” was the passing of the Texas abortion law, also known as Senate Bill 8.

The Elpis Pages

She, along with many others around the world, were upset about the decision.

When we can find common ground and similarities between everybody, it lets us know we’re not alone,” King said. “It also shows that womanhood is more than one thing, and that not everybody has the same experience.”

How did she reach worldwide participants?

It was all thanks to Twitter and Instagram, the two primary platforms that glues the writing community together.

She also reached out to her personal writing group as well.

Using Google Forms for interview questions, in only two months, they received over 300 submissions for “Pages Penned In Pandemic,” from all around the world.

For “The Elpis Pages,” they received over 200 submissions in just one month.

What led her to become a writer?

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