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YabYum Seven: Conrad Miszuk

My name is Conrad Miszuk. I wear a lot of hats, but I mostly make audio fiction. I’ve been making a podcast called Kakos Industries in Phoenix (and briefly in Los Angeles) for around five and a half years. Kakos Industries is a darkly comedic science fiction story about a company that helps its clients to “Do Evil Better”. I’ve also started a new project called The Never Rad Miscellany, which is combining that far reaching audience I’ve gathered from Kakos Industries and a very local, live presence. I’ve put together a team of incredibly talented writers, actors, musicians, and sound designers, and we put on live shows where we perform these modernized science fiction radio plays. The live shows are then recorded and released online as a podcast…

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YabYum Seven: Noel Franklin

I am Noel Franklin. Glad you asked! I am a cartoonist, illustrator, poet and grant writer. I primarily create short pieces of comic journalism and autobiographical stories. Nonfiction is mostly my thing, though I do enjoy an excursion into dark folk tales every now and then. I’m from Seattle, and I used to draw for the local entertainment newspapers there…

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YabYum Seven: Chris Ayers of PHX Film Collective

Who are you and what do you do?
Chris Ayers: Up until three months ago I was an Art Director for television, having worked for CBS 5 and the nationally-syndicated TV show RightThisMinute, which is produced right here in Phoenix. I just launched my own design business at ChrisAyersCreative.com where I specialize in animation, illustration and logo design. But my real passion project is PHX Film Collective, whose goal is to open a great nonprofit indie movie theatre in Central Phoenix. Our short term goal is to put on educational film events all over Phoenix…

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YabYum Seven: Marla Wentz of Hothouse Orchid

Who are you and what do you do?
I’m Marla Wentz. Aside from being a wife & mom, I’m a wannabe drag racer and pastry chef. I love exploring and photographing abandoned buildings. I make all kinds of art but my main focus is jewelry. Because my tastes are multifaceted, I make a wide variety of styles using many different materials and media. All proceeds from my jewelry sales are donated to a different charity each month…

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YabYum Seven: Piper Daniels

My name is Piper J. Daniels, and I’m thrilled to say I’m a writer. My debut essay collection, Ladies Lazarus, received the Tarpaulin Sky Book Prize, was longlisted for the PEN/Diamonstein Spielvogel Award for the Art of the Essay, and was named one of Entropy’s favorite nonfiction books of 2018. I am in the process of completing my second book, El Mirage, which focuses on love, gender, illusion, and the Sonoran Desert. I worked for many years as a ghostwriter but burned out on narcissism and moved to full-time manuscript consultation, where I help working and aspiring writers see and improve upon the beauty of their work…

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