9. I Am Still Here. [Kari Bentley-Quinn.]

Kari Bentley-Quinn is a playwright based in New York City. She grew up in Connecticut, but adopted New York as home just in time to witness the September 11th attacks.  Kari's plays have been produced and presented in New York, Chicago and Dallas. She's a co-founder of Mission to (dit)Mars, a theater company based in the beautiful borough of Queens, championing new play development. Kari has an MFA in Playwriting from Hunter College. She's won the Rita and Burton Goldberg Award, and was a nominee for the Doric Wilson Playwriting Award. Kari and Michael discuss childhood optimism, musical improvisation, suicide, terrorism, polyrhythms, having a calling, why immigration is awesome, and making friends in your thirties.

Kari’s Five Songs.

I’m a Believer by the Monkees.
Marianne by Tori Amos.
Toxic by Britney Spears.
Sawdust and Diamonds by Joanna Newsom.
New York by St. Vincent.

Show Notes.

Youth Dew. Kari's personal essay about the sudden passing of her grandmother.

Song Exploder 114: St. Vincent. St. Vincent goes in depth on the writing and recording of “New York.”

Kari on Twitter, Instagram, and the web.

This Is Your Playlist! A Spotify playlist of every song from every episode of This Is Your Mixtape [if it is on Spotify].

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