Mira Bartók studied multi-media at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago, received her MFA in painting and film at the University of Illinois at Chicago and her MFA in fiction at University of Massachusetts, Amherst’s MFA Program for Poets and Writers. She is the author of the 2011 critically acclaimed memoir, The Memory Palace, as well as over twenty-five books for children. She is also the founder of Mira’s List, a blog that helps artists find funding and residencies all over the world and is the literary advisor for TransCultural Exchange, a non-profit organization dedicated to promoting international art and the understanding of world cultures. She lives in Western Massachusetts where she runs North of Radio with her husband, musician and music producer Doug Plavin.
Drummer and music producer Doug Plavin studied music at the Berklee School of Music in Boston and has had the honor of touring and/or recording with many great musicians, including Dar Williams, Joan Baez, Ellis Paul, Bill Morrissey, Mary Gauthier, Catie Curtis, Cry Cry Cry, Duke Levine, Michael Gregory, and many more. He has also played on many film and television soundtracks, such as John Sayle’s Passionfish, Limbo, Murder on Pleasant Drive, Parenthood, PBS series: American Experience, among others. He is the co-founder of North of Radio.
The official book trailer for Mira Bartók’s illustrated memoir, The Memory Palace — a genre-bending book about memory, madness, art and the complex meaning of love, truth, and the capacity for forgiveness among family.
A radio documentary about lost fathers and the redemptive beauty of sound. Author Mira Bartók searches for her father’s 1960 radio interview with the late, great Studs Terkel. Along the way, she explores the memory of sound with neuroscientists, friends and strangers alike. (in production)
A radio documentary about music industry insider comedy tapes that were propagated, starting in the late 70s, by the likes of musician Al Kooper and others. The ensuing phenomenon of this brand of comedy was legendary among a subculture of musicians, and gave rise to many of today’s mainstream comedic references. This documentary asks: what is at the center of this type of comedy, what are the true origins of those tapes, how did they proliferate, and whether the digital age killed the notion of insider comedy culture? (in production)