Thoughts Aloud features writers contemplating their art and creative writing process while sharing in conversation, with the hope of helping fellow writers and artists grow. Produced by Fresno State’s Master of Fine Arts program, the podcast intends to mark and celebrate the presence, progress, and evolution of the university’s MFA students and alumni, capturing, acknowledging, and giving space for them to share their work.
In this dialogue, Fresno writer Mellissa Jessen-Hiser shares her thoughts on parenting and family, and things that have been left unsaid. These gaps of silence can be things we inherit and she explores what that silence means for her as an individual, but also how it has shaped her thoughts on being a mother.
Writer/host: Nou Her
Guest: Mellissa Jessen-Hiser
Editing: Jefferson Beavers
Production Assistance: Rodolfo Avelar and Elizabeth Bolaños