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Kalliope's Sanctum

Welcome to Kalliope's Sanctum, a biweekly story podcast hosted by writer Sylvia V. Linsteadt. This podcast is dedicated to Kalliope, primordial and first Muse of epic poetry and ecstatic song in ancient Greece. This podcast is a place of sanctuary for her oldest stories. It is a return to the wild garden, to the spring, to the ground of being & the source of inspiration in the Earth. Here, we honor Kalliope as Muse of Earth. Here, you will find some of the stories beneath the stories of Old Europe: short fictional/poetic pieces written and read by Sylvia that explore elements of indigenous Old European mythology (a term coined by the late archaeologist Marija Gimbutas), with a focus on pre-Hellenic (pre-Patriarchal) Greece.Come sit with us in the honeyed light, among the ripe pomegranates, in Kalliope's sanctuary, where the stories that arise directly from the ground of being and lifeforce can still be safely told and celebrated. Come lean against the sun-warmed stones, with the fragrance of propolis & myrrh in the air, and the trees heavy with autumn quince. This is the garden before the fall, a sanctuary for all hearts in this time. Join us, and be revived.PODCAST ART: Catherine SieckPODCAST MUSIC: Giannis Linardakis (Cretan lute composition)PODCAST SOUND EDITING: Simon LinsteadtABOUT SYLVIA V. LINSTEADT:Sylvia V. Linsteadt is a novelist, poet, scholar of ancient history, myth and ecology, and artist. She divides her time between California & Crete, where she is currently working on a novel set in Minoan times.Her published fiction includes the middle grade children’s duology The Stargold Chronicles— The Wild Folk (Usborne, June 2018) and The Wild Folk Rising (Usborne, May 2019)— Our Lady of the Dark Country, a collection of short stories (January 2018) and Tatterdemalion (Unbound, Spring 2017); her works of nonfiction include The Wonderments of the East Bay (Heyday 2014), and Lost Worlds of the San Francisco Bay Area (Heyday, Spring 2017). Her short fiction has been published in New California Writing 2013, Dark Mountain, Beneath Ceaseless Skies, The Golden Key and Deathless Press. Her creative nonfiction can be found in Dark Mountain, Earthlines Magazine, Poecology, and News from Native California. For three years (from 2013 to 2016) Sylvia ran a stories-in-the-mail business called Wild Talewort, in which she sent out rewilded tellings of fairytales and myths to the physical-post boxes of hundreds of subscribers around the world.Lost Worlds of the San Francisco Bay Area won the Northern California Book Award in General Nonfiction in 2018.Website: http://www.sylvialinsteadt.com/Patreon: https://www.patreon.com/Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/sylviavlinsteadt/Newsletter: https://tinyletter.com/sylvialinsteadt

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4. Rhea Silvia - Part 2

This episode is Part 2 of a two part reading of my short story, "Rhea Silvia," from my January 2018 story & poem collection Our Lady of the Dark Country (https://www.ptreyesbooks.com/book/9780999696606).Please listen to Part 1, the previous episode, before Part 2, or it won't make much sense! :)This is a retelling of the tale of Rhea Silvia, the so-called mother of Rome— mother of Romulus and Remus, twin brothers who were later suckled by a wolf, and who founded that great and terrible city, which paved the way for so much of the imperialism that we still live within the story of.In this telling, I try to dig beneath imperial Rome, exploring some of the last traces of the tribal cultures that had occupied the lands of Italy since prehistoric times, and that still persisted even under Roman ideology and rule. Rhea Silvia, in my mind, comes from a line of indigenous Latin people; her name suggests a far old woodland power, Vestal and yet wild. In the introduction I discuss a bit more about this, including pre-Latin, non Indo European languages.Please note that there is sensitive material in Part 2—indirect mention of rape & direct mention of violence— as there was in the original, and in this time in history. Not in any way gratuitous I pray, but necessarily present. I make this note tor listeners for whom this might be triggering. I will say though, that while the story of Rhea Silvia is certainly tragic, I hope my telling is one of deep hope and redemption.Story begins at 3:00 PODCAST ART: Catherine SieckPODCAST MUSIC: Giannis Linardakis (Cretan lute, traditional)PODCAST SOUND EDITING: Simon LinsteadtABOUT THE PODCAST:Welcome to Kalliope's Sanctum, a biweekly story podcast hosted by writer Sylvia V. Linsteadt. This podcast is dedicated to Kalliope, primordial and first Muse of epic poetry and ecstatic song in ancient Greece. This podcast is a place of sanctuary for her oldest stories. It is a return to the wild garden, to the spring, to the ground of being & the source of inspiration in the Earth. Here, we honor Kalliope as Muse of Earth. Here, you will find some of the stories beneath the stories of Old Europe: short fictional/poetic pieces written and read by Sylvia that explore elements of indigenous Old European mythology, with a focus on pre-Hellenic (pre-Patriarchal) Greece.Come sit with us in the honeyed light, among the ripe pomegranates, in Kalliope's sanctuary, where the stories that arise directly from the ground of being and lifeforce can still be safely told and celebrated. Come lean against the sun-warmed stones, with the fragrance of propolis & myrrh in the air, and the trees heavy with autumn quince. This is the garden before the fall, a sanctuary for all hearts in this time. Join us, and be revived.ABOUT SYLVIA V. LINSTEADT:Sylvia V. Linsteadt is a novelist, poet, scholar of ancient history, myth and ecology, and artist. She divides her time between California & Crete, where she is currently working on a novel set in Minoan times.Her published fiction includes the middle grade children’s duology The Stargold Chronicles— The Wild Folk (Usborne, June 2018) and The Wild Folk Rising (Usborne, May 2019)— Our Lady of the Dark Country, a collection of short stories (January 2018) and Tatterdemalion (Unbound, Spring 2017); her works of nonfiction include The Wonderments of the East Bay (Heyday 2014), and Lost Worlds of the San Francisco Bay Area (Heyday, Spring 2017).Website: www.sylvialinsteadt.com/Patreon: www.patreon.com/Instagram: www.instagram.com/sylviavlinsteadt/Newsletter: tinyletter.com/sylvialinsteadt

45mins

6 Mar 2020

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3. Rhea Silvia- Part 1

This episode is Part 1 of a two part reading of my short story, "Rhea Silvia," from my January 2018 collection Our Lady of the Dark Country. (https://www.ptreyesbooks.com/book/9780999696606)It is a retelling of the tale of Rhea Silvia, the so-called mother of Rome— mother of Romulus and Remus, twin brothers who were later suckled by a wolf, and who founded that great and terrible city, which paved the way for so much of the imperialism that we still live within the story of. In this telling, I try to dig beneath imperial Rome, exploring some of the last traces of the tribal cultures that had occupied the lands of Italy since prehistoric times, and that still persisted even under Roman ideology and rule. Rhea Silvia, in my mind, comes from a line of indigenous Latin people; her name suggests a far old woodland power, Vestal and yet wild. In the introduction I discuss a bit more about this, including pre-Latin, non Indo European languages. Please note that there is sensitive material —rape— in this story, as it is in the original. Not in any way gratuitous, but present. I make this note tor listeners for whom this might be triggering; it isn't until part 2, but if you would rather not listen from the beginning, I wanted to give this warning. I will say though, that while the story of Rhea Silvia is certainly tragic, I hope my telling is one, ultimately, of deep hope and redemption.Story begins at 10:06.PODCAST ART: Catherine SieckPODCAST MUSIC: Giannis Linardakis (Cretan lute, traditional)PODCAST EDITING: Simon LinsteadtABOUT THE PODCAST:Welcome to Kalliope's Sanctum, a biweekly story podcast hosted by writer Sylvia V. Linsteadt. This podcast is dedicated to Kalliope, primordial and first Muse of epic poetry and ecstatic song in ancient Greece. This podcast is a place of sanctuary for her oldest stories. It is a return to the wild garden, to the spring, to the ground of being & the source of inspiration in the Earth. Here, we honor Kalliope as Muse of Earth. Here, you will find some of the stories beneath the stories of Old Europe: short fictional/poetic pieces written and read by Sylvia that explore elements of indigenous Old European mythology, with a focus on pre-Hellenic (pre-Patriarchal) Greece.Come sit with us in the honeyed light, among the ripe pomegranates, in Kalliope's sanctuary, where the stories that arise directly from the ground of being and lifeforce can still be safely told and celebrated. Come lean against the sun-warmed stones, with the fragrance of propolis & myrrh in the air, and the trees heavy with autumn quince. This is the garden before the fall, a sanctuary for all hearts in this time. Join us, and be revived.ABOUT SYLVIA V. LINSTEADT:Sylvia V. Linsteadt is a novelist, poet, scholar of ancient history, myth and ecology, and artist. She divides her time between California & Crete, where she is currently working on a novel set in Minoan times.Her published fiction includes the middle grade children’s duology The Stargold Chronicles— The Wild Folk (Usborne, June 2018) and The Wild Folk Rising (Usborne, May 2019)— Our Lady of the Dark Country, a collection of short stories (January 2018) and Tatterdemalion (Unbound, Spring 2017); her works of nonfiction include The Wonderments of the East Bay (Heyday 2014), and Lost Worlds of the San Francisco Bay Area (Heyday, Spring 2017).Website: www.sylvialinsteadt.com/Patreon: www.patreon.com/Instagram: www.instagram.com/sylviavlinsteadt/Newsletter: tinyletter.com/sylvialinsteadt

50mins

14 Feb 2020

Rank #2

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5. The Nunnery & the Queen

This week, I wanted to offer a space of respite, of nourishment, and of comfort in these wildly unknowable, difficult, but profound times. So the Nunnery of Iona came to me, coupled with a sister poem, The Queen of Moss & Green, both of which I wrote during my time in the Scottish highlands and Hebrides this past August of 2019. I hope these words bring you deeper into the sanctuary of your body and of the Earth right where you are, today, into the wellspring of tenderness that is there when we ask, and listen. I also hope they bring you into the root & crown of the power that is only yours, that is indwelling, that you came here with, and that is waiting for you to sit down in, and name. PODCAST ART: Catherine SieckPODCAST MUSIC: Giannis Linardakis (Cretan lute, traditional)PODCAST SOUND EDITING: Simon LinsteadtABOUT THE PODCAST:Welcome to Kalliope's Sanctum, a biweekly story podcast hosted by writer Sylvia V. Linsteadt. This podcast is dedicated to Kalliope, primordial and first Muse of epic poetry and ecstatic song in ancient Greece. This podcast is a place of sanctuary for her oldest stories. It is a return to the wild garden, to the spring, to the ground of being & the source of inspiration in the Earth. Here, we honor Kalliope as Muse of Earth. Here, you will find some of the stories beneath the stories of Old Europe: short fictional/poetic pieces written and read by Sylvia that explore elements of indigenous Old European mythology, with a focus on pre-Hellenic (pre-Patriarchal) Greece.Come sit with us in the honeyed light, among the ripe pomegranates, in Kalliope's sanctuary, where the stories that arise directly from the ground of being and lifeforce can still be safely told and celebrated. Come lean against the sun-warmed stones, with the fragrance of propolis & myrrh in the air, and the trees heavy with autumn quince. This is the garden before the fall, a sanctuary for all hearts in this time. Join us, and be revived.ABOUT SYLVIA V. LINSTEADT:Sylvia V. Linsteadt is a novelist, poet, scholar of ancient history, myth and ecology, and artist. She divides her time between California & Crete, where she is currently working on a novel set in Minoan times.Her published fiction includes the middle grade children’s duology The Stargold Chronicles— The Wild Folk (Usborne, June 2018) and The Wild Folk Rising (Usborne, May 2019)— Our Lady of the Dark Country, a collection of short stories (January 2018) and Tatterdemalion (Unbound, Spring 2017); her works of nonfiction include The Wonderments of the East Bay (Heyday 2014), and Lost Worlds of the San Francisco Bay Area (Heyday, Spring 2017).Website: www.sylvialinsteadt.com/Patreon: www.patreon.com/Instagram: www.instagram.com/sylviavlinsteadt/Newsletter: tinyletter.com/sylvialinsteadt

21mins

21 Mar 2020

Rank #3

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6. The Garden

This episode of Kalliope's Sanctum is a reading of my story The Garden, from my 2018 collection, Our Lady of the Dark Country. It was inspired partly by one of Rilke's Sonnets to Orpheus, which I read in the introduction, and partly by the truly enchanted garden of my dear friend Nao who lives on Vancouver Island, and is a beekeeper, dance teacher, keeps a B&B cottage, and tends the extraordinary flowers & vegetables of Honey Grove.PODCAST ART: Catherine SieckPODCAST MUSIC: Giannis Linardakis (Cretan lute, traditional)PODCAST SOUND EDITING: Simon LinsteadtABOUT THE PODCAST:Welcome to Kalliope's Sanctum, a biweekly story podcast hosted by writer Sylvia V. Linsteadt. This podcast is dedicated to Kalliope, primordial and first Muse of epic poetry and ecstatic song in ancient Greece. This podcast is a place of sanctuary for her oldest stories. It is a return to the wild garden, to the spring, to the ground of being & the source of inspiration in the Earth. Here, we honor Kalliope as Muse of Earth. Here, you will find some of the stories beneath the stories of Old Europe: short fictional/poetic pieces written and read by Sylvia that explore elements of indigenous Old European mythology, with a focus on pre-Hellenic (pre-Patriarchal) Greece.Come sit with us in the honeyed light, among the ripe pomegranates, in Kalliope's sanctuary, where the stories that arise directly from the ground of being and lifeforce can still be safely told and celebrated. Come lean against the sun-warmed stones, with the fragrance of propolis & myrrh in the air, and the trees heavy with autumn quince. This is the garden before the fall, a sanctuary for all hearts in this time. Join us, and be revived.ABOUT SYLVIA V. LINSTEADT:Sylvia V. Linsteadt is a novelist, poet, scholar of ancient history, myth and ecology, and artist. She divides her time between California & Crete, where she is currently working on a novel set in Minoan times.Her published fiction includes the middle grade children’s duology The Stargold Chronicles— The Wild Folk (Usborne, June 2018) and The Wild Folk Rising (Usborne, May 2019)— Our Lady of the Dark Country, a collection of short stories (January 2018) and Tatterdemalion (Unbound, Spring 2017); her works of nonfiction include The Wonderments of the East Bay (Heyday 2014), and Lost Worlds of the San Francisco Bay Area (Heyday, Spring 2017).Website: www.sylvialinsteadt.com/Patreon: www.patreon.com/Instagram: www.instagram.com/sylviavlinsteadt/Newsletter: tinyletter.com/sylvialinsteadt

27mins

30 Mar 2020

Rank #4

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10. The Dark Country - Part 1

This is part one of my novella The Dark Country, set on the imagined, Greek-inspired island of Kefthyra. In it, a maiden, mother and crone call forth the old language, and the snakes that live in the Earth, to try to overthrow a colonial empire.I will be sharing the full novella in four or five parts over the coming weeks. May these words be seeds in this season, rising Earth's old language, and justice, through each of you.Read the full novella in my collection Our Lady of the Dark Country.www.ptreyesbooks.com/book/9780999696606PODCAST SOUND EDITING: Simon LinsteadtPODCAST ART: Catherine SieckPODCAST MUSIC: Giannis Linardakis (Cretan lute, traditional)ABOUT THE PODCAST:Welcome to Kalliope's Sanctum, a biweekly story podcast hosted by writer Sylvia V. Linsteadt. This podcast is dedicated to Kalliope, primordial and first Muse of epic poetry and ecstatic song in ancient Greece. This podcast is a place of sanctuary for her oldest stories. It is a return to the wild garden, to the spring, to the ground of being & the source of inspiration in the Earth. Here, we honor Kalliope as Muse of Earth. Here, you will find some of the stories beneath the stories of Old Europe: short fictional/poetic pieces written and read by Sylvia that explore elements of indigenous Old European mythology, with a focus on pre-Hellenic (pre-Patriarchal) Greece.Come sit with us in the honeyed light, among the ripe pomegranates, in Kalliope's sanctuary, where the stories that arise directly from the ground of being and lifeforce can still be safely told and celebrated. Come lean against the sun-warmed stones, with the fragrance of propolis & myrrh in the air, and the trees heavy with autumn quince. This is the garden before the fall, a sanctuary for all hearts in this time. Join us, and be revived.ABOUT SYLVIA V. LINSTEADT:Sylvia V. Linsteadt is a novelist, poet, scholar of ancient history, myth and ecology, and artist. She divides her time between California & Crete, where she is currently working on a novel set in Minoan times.Her published fiction includes the middle grade children’s duology The Stargold Chronicles— The Wild Folk (Usborne, June 2018) and The Wild Folk Rising (Usborne, May 2019)— Our Lady of the Dark Country, a collection of short stories (January 2018) and Tatterdemalion (Unbound, Spring 2017); her works of nonfiction include The Wonderments of the East Bay (Heyday 2014), and Lost Worlds of the San Francisco Bay Area (Heyday, Spring 2017).Website: www.sylvialinsteadt.com/Patreon: www.patreon.com/sylvialinsteadtInstagram: www.instagram.com/sylviavlinsteadt/Newsletter: tinyletter.com/sylvialinsteadt

1hr 8mins

17 Feb 2021

Rank #5