Brené with Jennifer Rudolph Walsh and
Ashley C. Ford on Hungry Hearts
In this episode, I’m talking with Jennifer Rudolph Walsh and Ashley C. Ford about their work, their lives, and the new anthology Hungry Hearts, a collection of intimate stories and essays on courage, desire, and belonging. I just love talking to the storytellers and magic-makers!
Jennifer Rudolph Walsh
Jennifer Rudolph Walsh sat at the nexus of entertainment and media for nearly thirty years. She was WME’s sole female board member and global head of its literary, lectures, and conference divisions. In addition to representing me and my work, she represented other luminous clients such as Oprah Winfrey, Alice Munro, and Sue Monk Kidd. In 2016, she co-founded Together Live, a diverse and inclusive traveling women’s tour driven by the mission of finding purpose and community through authentic and heartfelt storytelling. Over four years, the tour visited 35 cities, lit 50,000 souls on fire, and produced three seasons of a widely streamed podcast.
Ashley C. Ford
Ashley C. Ford is a writer, host, and educator who lives in Indianapolis, Indiana with her husband, poet and fiction writer Kelly Stacy, and their chocolate lab Astro Renegade Ford-Stacy. Her memoir, Somebody’s Daughter, will be published by Flatiron Books on June 1, 2021. Ford is the former host of The Chronicles of Now podcast, co-host of The HBO companion podcast Lovecraft Country Radio, seasons one & three of MasterCard’s Fortune Favors The Bold, as well as the video interview series PROFILE by BuzzFeed News, and Brooklyn-based news & culture TV show, 112BK. She was also the host of the first season of Audible’s literary interview series, Authorized. She has been named among Forbes Magazine‘s 30 Under 30 in Media (2017), Brooklyn Magazine‘s Brooklyn 100 (2016), Time Out New York’s New Yorkers of The Year (2017), and Variety’s New Power of New York (2019).
Hungry Hearts: Essays on Courage, Desire and Belonging by Jennifer Rudolph Walsh (editor) features innovators, creatives, and thought leaders as they share intimate stories of uncovering beauty and potential through moments of fear, loss, heartbreak, and uncertainty. Sixteen beloved Together Live speakers offer moving, inspiring, deeply personal essays as a reminder that we can heal from grief and that divisions can be repaired. Bozoma Saint John opens herself up to love after loss; Cameron Esposito confronts the limits of self-reliance in the wake of divorce; Ashley C. Ford learns to trust herself for the first time. A heartfelt anthology of transformation, self-discovery, and courage that also includes essays by Luvvie Ajayi Jones, Amena Brown, Austin Channing Brown, Natalie Guerrero, Sue Monk Kidd, Connie Lim (MILCK), Nkosingiphile Mabaso, Jillian Mercado, Priya Parker, Geena Rocero, Michael Trotter and Tanya-Blount Trotter of The War and Treaty, and Maysoon Zayid, Hungry Hearts shows how reconnecting with our own burning, undeniable intuition points us toward our unique purpose and the communities where we most belong.
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