THE LIT FANTASTIC is a podcast series where authors discuss their favorite or strangest obsessions with host Neil Aitken. Recording began in fall 2016 and is ongoing. To listen, subscribe to The Lit Fantastic on SoundCloud or iTunes

Season 1: Eugenia Leigh, Helene Achanzar, Valynne E. Maetani, David Campos, Jessica Piazza, Noel P. Mariano, Jeannine Hall Gailey, Hélène Cardona, Brent Fisk, Lee Herrick

Season 2: Jon Tribble, Saba Razvi, and more to come


NEIL AITKEN [HOST] is the author of Babbage’s Dream (Sundress Publications, 2017) and The Lost Country of Sight (Anhinga Press, 2008), which received the Philip Levine Prize, as well as the poetry chapbook, Leviathan (Hyacinth Girl Press, 2016). A former computer games programmer and a past Kundiman Poetry Fellow, he holds an MFA in Creative Writing from the University of California, Riverside and a PhD in Literature and Creative Writing from the University of Southern California. He is the founding editor of Boxcar Poetry Review, curator of Have Book Will Travel, and editorial board member of Poetry East West. Visit him online at www.neil-aitken.com.

JENNA YOKOYAMA [PRODUCER]. Jenna’s obsession is audio editing. In addition to TLF, she is also a producer for the radio show Pacific Underground and is a producer for the KBOO Evening News.

KATLYN BATUIGAS [PRODUCER]. Kat is new to the Pacific Northwest but previously called Connecticut, Singapore, and the Philippines home, so it’s not a surprise that one of her current obsessions is a nice clear sunny Portland day. She has a day job in tech, and outside of which she works on helping other people tell their stories. “Deadcat” and “acoustic ecology” are her favorite audio related terms. She retweets at twitter.com/alsokrista.