Group 4 Created with Sketch.
Your changes have been saved

134. Matthew Gavin Frank – Passion, Travel, Diamond Smuggling & The Writing Life

Share
station description Podcasts for Life
‎School for Good Living Podcasts
Duration: 01:36:28
All people have passion and curiosity, but Matthew Gavin Frank is notable for pushing these to the point of obsession – a creative, productive, compelling obsession.  He is the author of Preparing the Ghost and Flight of the Diamond Smugglers, among other works, and is a creative writing profe
Snippets are a new way to share audio!
You can clip a small part of any file to share, add to playlist, and transcribe automatically. Just click the to create your snippet!
Snippets: Clips of 134. Matthew Gavin Frank – Passion, Travel, Diamond Smuggling & The Writing Life that people like
There are currently no snippets from 134. Matthew Gavin Frank – Passion, Travel, Diamond Smuggling & The Writing Life.
Snippets are an easy way to highlight your favorite soundbite from any piece of audio and share with friends, or make a trailer for ‎School for Good Living Podcasts
Playlists that 134. Matthew Gavin Frank – Passion, Travel, Diamond Smuggling & The Writing Life appears on.
Up Next
Full Description
Back to Top
All people have passion and curiosity, but Matthew Gavin Frank is notable for pushing these to the point of obsession – a creative, productive, compelling obsession.  He is the author of Preparing the Ghost and Flight of the Diamond Smugglers, among other works, and is a creative writing professor in the MFA program at Northern Michigan University.  Matthew’s work has appeared widely in journals and magazines around the world.  His writing has a personal tone to it, and it reflects Matthew’s own navigation of such influences on his life as travel, food, and even personal grief.  



Matthew Gavin Frank’s life has been filled with remarkable experiences.  He has lived in Alaska, worked as a sommelier and grape harvester in Italy, spent time on the orange farm in South Africa where his wife is from, lived out of a Coleman Cimmaron in New Mexico, and held dozens of different jobs.  He’s an accomplished cook and a travel addict, has learned through the past two decades how to live well in close relationship with another person, and is committed to fixating on and losing himself in all aspects of life – the simple, the complex, and the mystifying. 



I have been fascinated reading Matthew’s work and learning about his life and am excited for him to share about everything from the story behind his latest book, to his interest in birds, to the way he thinks about the world and living well in it.  This episode, in its breadth and manner of weaving through thoughts and ideas, also represents an exploration of my own creativity. I hope it will inspire and motivate those who hear to put their own creativity to work. 



“Life is about making a mess.” – Matthew Gavin Frank







This week on The School for Good Living Podcast:



What it might look like to put your creativity to workWhy Matthew thinks life is about making a mess and like an unlocked envelopeThe reasons for Matthew’s high esteem of a very cold climateMatthew’s advice to not skip breakfast and practice of writing on barf bagsWhen traveling, say yes to everything and pack rain gearHow bewilderment can help a marriage, and the need for engaging the affirmativeA sugar packet can change a life, and cold water can force a cryWhy Matthew doesn’t think making a career of a passion is necessarily a good ideaWhy travel, exposure to diverse voices, and art are importantWhy using money for experience is to be preferred overusing for material thingsHow Matthew’s writing process is like walking through a meadowQuesting after something is more compelling than the presumption of certaintyHow grief spurred Matthew’s interest in carrier pigeons and diamond smugglingWhy Matthew isn’t sure what to call himselfUnexpected facts and words from his recent project, and how grief is beautifully smallWhy Matthew is impressed by nuanced levels of human ingenuity bordering on desperationHow Matthew would advise people on writing a book or completing a creative project







Resources Mentioned:



Preparing the Ghost, by Matthew Gavin FrankFlight of the Diamond Smugglers, by Matthew Gavin FrankSidewalks, by Valeria LuiselliKiva







Connect with Matthew Gavin Frank:



Matthew Gavin Frank&#8217;s websiteFacebookLinkedInTwitter<a href="
Up Next
Add to playlist
New playlist

Embed

COPY
Embed Options
Create Playlist
Select the Station you want to upload this audio to
Station
0 / 140
0 / 2000
Playlist Icon Image:
(.jpg, .png, min size 500x500px)
Privacy
Subscribers
Your
voice
matters.
Discover & Listen to the world’s largest free collection of audio
Password reset

Enter your email address that you used to register. We'll send you an email with your username and a link to reset your password.



If you still need help, contact Vurbl Support
Password reset sent

You have been sent instructions on resetting you password to the email associated with your account. Please check your email and signing in again.


Back to Sign In
If you still need help, contact Vurbl Support
Your
voice
matters.
Discover & Listen to the world’s largest free collection of audio
Reset password

Please enter your new password below.



If you still need help, contact Vurbl Support
Your voice matters.
Discover & Listen to the world’s largest free collection of audio
Verify Email

Enter your email address that you used to register. We'll send you an email with a link to verify your email.



Cancel
Delete Profile
Are you sure? We will miss you :'(
Delete
Delete Audio
Are you sure?
Delete
Delete Playlist
Are you sure you want to delete this playlist?
Delete
Notifications
You must be signed in to view
your notifications. Please sign in
Edit Snippet
0 / 140
0 / 140

Tag Station

Type station name to add additional tags
*Station owners will be notified when you tag them
Open this link in the Vurbl Mobile App for the full Vurbl experience.
Open in Vurbl mobile app
Continue to Vurbl website