AD 239 | Lidia Yuknavitch
“Never Surrender Your Voice and Your Vision”

Lidia Yuknavitch is the nationally bestselling author of the novels The Book of Joan, The Small Backs of Children, and Dora: A Headcase, the story collection Verge, and the memoir The Chronology of Water. She is the recipient of two Oregon Book Awards and has been a finalist for the Brooklyn Public Library Literary Prize and the PEN Center USA Creative Nonfiction Award. She lives in Portland, Oregon.

Topics Discussed In This Episode:
  • “One life is all we have, and we live it as we believe in living it. But to sacrifice what you are, and to live without belief—that is a fate more terrible than dying.” - The Book of Joan
  • Having grit and an unwillingness to surrender as an artist
  • False notions around the idea of transcendence
  • Social conditioning
  • Patriarchy
  • The umbilical cord as a metaphoric symbol in Lidia’s writing
  • Objective correlatives
  • Intergenerational trauma
  • Her writing center “Corporeal Writing”
  • How her newest book “Thrust” is a love letter dedicated to her son and mother
  • “The edges of everything are always shimmering” - Lidia
  • Enzo circles
  • Having a competitive spirit as an athlete
  • Lidia feeling comfort in the water
  • The connection between colonization and the way we view the gender binary
  • Lidia’s process of researching while she is writing a book

People / Artists Mentioned:
  1. VOWWS (Band)
  2. Jesse Draxler (Visual Artist)
  3. David Lynch (Filmmaker)
  4. Melissa Febos (Writer)
  5. Terese Marie Mailhot (Writer)
  6. Judith Butler (Philosopher)
  7. Danez Smith (Poet)
  8. David Cronenberg (Filmmaker)
  9. Viggo Mortensen (Actor)
  10. Kristen Stewart (Actor)
  11. Jane Campion (Director)
  12. Philip K. Dick (Writer)
  13. Brandon Cronenberg (Director)
  14. Percy Bysshe Shelley (Poet)
  15. Elizabeth Moss (Actor)
  16. Margaret Atwood (Writer)

Books Mentioned:
  1. The Misfit’s Manifesto
  2. Thrust
  3. The Book of Joan
  4. It Didn’t Start With You
  5. Frankenstein

Films / TV Shows Mentioned:
  1. eXistenZ (1999)
  2. Crimes of the Future (2022)
  3. Titane (2021)
  4. Blade Runner (1982)
  5. Dead Ringers (1988)
  6. Possessor (2020)
  7. Mary Shelley (2017)
  8. Shirley (2020)
  9. The Handmaid’s Tale (2017)

Posted 7.4.2022


"I started this series as a means for exploration, an exploration of self, and an exploration of the perspectives of other artists.

This series is an unabridged documentation of conversations between artists. It’s a series dedicated to breaking down the barriers we tend to set up in our own minds. I want to inspire future creatives to have the courage to explore and experiment. This is about making dreams a reality and not about letting our dreams fall to the wayside.

My intention is to give my audience a sense of real human connection, something that feels rich and organic.

When I was thinking of a title I thought of the word “movement”.

In relation to the Renaissance period in art, my goal for this program is to signify a rebirth of consciousness towards the way we look at contemporary art."

- Yoshino