Arts Calling Podcast #47 Andrea Deeken | Mother Kingdom, channeling the muse, and treading new paths

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Hi there,

Today I am so excited to be arts calling Andrea Deeken!

About Andrea:

Andrea Deeken was born in rural Missouri. Her writing has appeared in Beltway Poetry QuarterlyBeyond Queer Words, The Blue Mountain Review, Spoon River Poetry ReviewValley Voices, and elsewhere. Her awards include an Honorable Mention in the 2019 Spoon River Poetry Review Editors’ Prize Contest and second place in the 2020 Blue Mountain Review LGBTQ Chapbook Contest, among others. Her debut chapbook, Mother Kingdom, won the 2021 Slapering Hol Press Chapbook Competition and was a finalist in the Poetry: Chapbook Category of the 2022 International Book Awards. A former book editor, she has worked for the Multnomah County Library for fifteen years. She lives in Portland, Oregon with her wife and daughter.

You can order a copy of Mother Kingdom through the Slapering Hol Press online bookstore. Use the code FREESHIP for free US shipping!

Visit Andrea’s website:

Twitter @drelo and Instagram @andrea.deeken

Thanks for this inspiring conversation, Andrea!

Arts Calling is produced by Jaime Alejandro at

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Make art. Much love,


If you’re a creative in the written/visual/performing arts, and you believe the arts make us and our communities better: I’d love to talk to you! Contact me here.

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