120: Mindfulness, intention, and process with poet and playwright, Debra Kaufman.

I’m very grateful for this conversation with Debra Kaufman about poetry, playwriting, process, mindfulness, ego, collaboration, and more. 

Take some deep calming breaths, go on a walk with your notebook in your pocket, follow your own process inclinations, and enjoy this episode.

Debra Kaufman

Debra Kaufman is the author of four full-length poetry collections—God Shattered, Delicate Thefts, The Next Moment, and A Certain Light—as well as three chapbooks, four full-length and over three dozen short plays. She was twice a recipient of a Regional North Carolina Artist Grant and recently produced Illuminated Dresses, monologues by fourteen women, at Burning Coal Theatre in Raleigh. A Midwest native, she has lived in North Carolina for thirty years and serves as an editor for the online journal One and on the Paul Green Foundation’s board of trustees.  

This episode also has a bonus appearance of my four year old. If you listened to episode 115 with Amy Sawyers-Williams, then you are familiar with him crashing an interview. I popped that at the very end of my conversation with Debra so as not to interrupt the flow. 


This episode is brought to you by the Soapboxers, the official patrons of the Artist Soapbox. If you like these episodes and want more, get on the Soapbox!  This episode was recorded at the ASBX home studio. Artist Soapbox theme music by Bart Matthews. 

Artist Soapbox

Artist Soapbox is a platform for original scripted audio fiction and an opportunity for artists to discuss their creative work in their own voices. We do this through our interview podcast, our blog, live events, and original audio dramas.

Artist Soapbox is an anti-racist organization. We believe Black Lives Matter. In addition, as a podcast production company, ASBX has signed the Equality in Audio Pact on Broccoli Content.

Artist Soapbox is more than just a podcast.

We lead writers groups, accountability support, workshops, and events. We produce and create audio dramas too! Listen to the Master BuilderThe New Colossus Audio Drama, Jesus Pancake, Declaration of Love, Food for Thought, and ASBX Shorts. Stay tuned to hear about more projects written by the Soapbox Audio Collective Writers’ Group.

Audio Dramas

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Jesus Pancake

Jesus Pancake is the newest scripted audio fiction series from Artist Soapbox. Nine episodes of zany dark comedy.


The New Colossus

The New Colossus Audio Drama is a totally unhinged dark comedy reboot of Anton Chekhov’s classic play, THE SEAGULL.


Master Builder

This audio drama was adapted from Tamara’s 2018 stage play produced by Little Green Pig Theatrical Concern and inspired by Henrick Ibsen’s classic, The Master Builder published in 1892.


Declaration of Love

Co-producers Aurelia Belfield and Tamara Kissane of Artist Soapbox commissioned eleven NC playwrights to craft short audio scenes based on the prompt “Declaration of Love.”


Food for Thought

Three pilot episodes of new scripted audio fiction series inspired by the prompt Food for Thought.


ASBX Shorts

ASBX Shorts are six short audio fiction pieces created and produced by North Carolina artists. Artist Soapbox Shorts were specifically contributed by the artists to aid in fundraising and to get everyone excited about Jesus Pancake, our new audio fiction series in development.

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