Words On A Wire http://ktep.org en WORDS ON A WIRE: Cyrus Cassells http://ktep.org/post/words-wire-cyrus-cassells <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;&nbsp;</span>Daniel &amp; Ben talk with Cyrus Cassells, author of the new poetry collection, "Crossed-Out Swastika," which features poems told from the perspective of Holocaust survivors and witnesses. &nbsp;Cyrus explains how a trip to Auschwitz and a chance meeting with a Holocaust survivor inspired the poems. &nbsp;The poems are written in couplets to reflect the silence he felt was needed in the poems.</p><p>Cyrus Cassells will read this week's Poem of the Week, a new work entitled "Jasmine."</p><p>Performance poet Viva Flores delivers a Poetic License unlike any heard before on this program! &nbsp;&nbsp;<a href="http://vivaflores.com/">http://vivaflores.com/</a></p><p>...and Ben &amp; Daniel reflect on the pros &amp; cons of Facebook.</p><p><strong>Aired April 13, 2014.</strong></p><p> Sun, 13 Apr 2014 18:29:00 +0000 38324 at http://ktep.org WORDS ON A WIRE: Cyrus Cassells WORDS ON A WIRE: Raphael Dagold http://ktep.org/post/words-wire-raphael-dagold <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;&nbsp;</span></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;&nbsp;</span>Daniel &amp; Ben talk with Raphael Dagold, author of the poetry collection "Bastard Heart." &nbsp; &nbsp;Some of the poems in the collection date back two decades. &nbsp;He talks about the patience he endured in all the years it took to publish this book, and he never once thought of giving up. &nbsp;<a href="http://www.raphaeldagold.com/">http://www.raphaeldagold.com/</a></p><p>For today's Poem of the Week, Raphael Dagold reads "New Elements" from his collection "Bastard Heart."</p><p>In today's Poetic License, Antonina Parris-Yarbrough reads "Prus, The Doll, and the Internet," which reflects on the impatience we often feel when confronted with a long, difficult book that we know is going to take a long time to read.</p><p><strong>Aired April 6, 2014.</strong></p><p> Sun, 06 Apr 2014 18:29:00 +0000 37415 at http://ktep.org WORDS ON A WIRE: Raphael Dagold WORDS ON A WIRE: Richard Montoya http://ktep.org/post/words-wire-richard-montoya <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;&nbsp;</span>Daniel talks with playwright, actor, and filmmaker, Richard Montoya. &nbsp;Richard's newest project is his directorial debut - Water and Power. &nbsp;Montoya comes from what some may call "Chicano royalty." &nbsp;His father was the acclaimed Chicano poet &amp; artist Jose Montoya, his uncle is poster artist Malaquias Montoya,&nbsp; and his cousin was poet&nbsp;<span style="color: rgb(34, 34, 34); font-family: Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif; font-size: 12px; line-height: 18px;">Andrés&nbsp;</span>Montoya, for whom the Andres Montoya Poetry Prize is named.&nbsp;&nbsp;Richard talks about growing up surrounded by Chicano activism, and how his family's social activism paralleled those of Cesar Chavez. &nbsp;He also talks about the satirical theatre troupe Culture Clash and its politically-charged evolution over the years (<a href="http://cultureclash.com/">http://cultureclash.com/</a>). &nbsp; Richard's new film, "Water and Power," is an adaptation of one of his plays, and will open in L.A. on May 2. &nbsp;<a href="https://www.facebook.com/WaterAndPowerMovie" style="line-height: 1.5;">https://www.facebook.com/WaterAndPowerMovie</a></p><p>For this week's Poem of the Week, Daniel Chacon reads the unpublished poem "Tree" by&nbsp;<span style="color: rgb(34, 34, 34); font-family: Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif; font-size: 12px; line-height: 18px;">Andrés&nbsp;</span>Montoya. &nbsp;The&nbsp;poem will be featured in a forthcoming posthumous collection called "<span style="color: rgb(84, 84, 84); font-family: arial, sans-serif; font-size: small; line-height: 18.200000762939453px;">Colón-ization," which is being edited by Daniel.</span></p><p><strong>Aired March 30, 2014.</strong></p><p> Sun, 30 Mar 2014 18:29:00 +0000 37416 at http://ktep.org WORDS ON A WIRE: Richard Montoya WORDS ON A WIRE: Scott Weems http://ktep.org/post/words-wire-scott-weems <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;</span></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;&nbsp;</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;</span>Ben &amp; Daniel talk with Scott Weems, author of "Ha! The Science of When we Laugh and Why." &nbsp;Scott is a neuroscientist who has been researching the science of humor. &nbsp;He explains that humor is a way for our brains to make sense of the chaos in our minds. &nbsp;Scott also tells us why computers are only good for creating good puns, but can't generate the nuance or complexity of a well-told joke. &nbsp;And..Scott tells us the funniest joke in the world...according to science. &nbsp;<a href="http://scottweems.com/">http://scottweems.com/</a></p><p>Today's Poem of the Week is Mark Strand's "Eating Poetry," read by Daniel Chacon.</p><p>And in today's Poetic License, poet Nancy Lechuga reflects on daydreaming.</p><p>Plus...Daniel &amp; Ben talk about their experiences at the recent AWP Writer's Conference in Seattle.</p><p><strong>Aired March 23, 2014.</strong></p><p> Sun, 23 Mar 2014 18:29:00 +0000 36975 at http://ktep.org WORDS ON A WIRE: Scott Weems WORDS ON A WIRE: Natalie Goldberg (extended) http://ktep.org/post/words-wire-natalie-goldberg-extended <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;&nbsp;</span>In a rebroadcast from April 14, 2013, Daniel &amp; Ben talk with Natalie Goldberg, an influential author of books on writing.&nbsp; Her latest is "The True Secret of Writing."&nbsp; Goldberg talks about the "True Secret Retreats" she holds in Taos, New Mexico, which inspire writers to sit, walk, and write.&nbsp; Her philosophy of writing is very Zen and spiritual, and she encourages writers to just write and to "get out of the way" to allow the creative process to take place without the interference of discursive thinking.&nbsp; <em>In this online extended interview, Goldberg talks more on her writing workshops and how she ended up in New Mexico after starting out in New York.&nbsp;</em></p><p><em>Natalie's latest book, "Living Color: Painting, Writing, and the Bones of Seeing," came out March 11, 2014.</em></p><p><a href="http://nataliegoldberg.com/">http://nataliegoldberg.com/</a></p><p><strong>Aired March 16, 2014. Sun, 16 Mar 2014 18:29:00 +0000 14603 at http://ktep.org WORDS ON A WIRE: Natalie Goldberg (extended) WORDS ON A WIRE: Natalie Goldberg http://ktep.org/post/words-wire-natalie-goldberg <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;&nbsp;</span>In a rebroadcast from April 14, 2013, Daniel &amp; Ben talk with Natalie Goldberg, an influential author of books on writing.&nbsp; Her latest is "The True Secret of Writing."&nbsp; Goldberg talks about the "True Secret Retreats" she holds in Taos, New Mexico, which inspire writers to sit, walk, and write.&nbsp; Her philosophy of writing is very Zen and spiritual, and she encourages writers to just write and to "get out of the way" to allow the creative process to take place without the interference of discursive thinking. &nbsp;<em>Natalie's newest book, "Living Color: Painting, Writing, and the Bones of Seeing" was released March 11, 2014.</em>&nbsp; &nbsp;<a href="http://nataliegoldberg.com">http://nataliegoldberg.com</a>.</p><p>For this week's Poem of the Week, Daniel reads Frank O'Hara's "Ave Maria"...a poem inspired by some of the thoughts shared by Natalie Goldberg in the interview.</p><p>In this week's Poetic License, MFA candidate at UTEP, Jonathan Nehls, shares his thoughts on how being bilingual has affected his poetics in the entry "Cacography."</p><p><strong>Aired March 16, 2014. Sun, 16 Mar 2014 18:29:00 +0000 14602 at http://ktep.org WORDS ON A WIRE: Natalie Goldberg WORDS ON A WIRE: Maria Maloney http://ktep.org/post/words-wire-maria-maloney <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;&nbsp;</span>Ben &amp; Daniel talk with Maria Maloney, founder of Mouthfeel Press. &nbsp;Maria talks about what drove her to create the press and why she came up with the name "Mouthfeel." &nbsp;Maria also talks about the friendships she creates with the authors whose works she publishes, and about the future projects we can expect from Mouthfeel Press.&nbsp;<a href="http://www.mouthfeelpress.com/default.html">http://www.mouthfeelpress.com/default.html</a></p><p>For this week's Poem of the Week, Maria Maloney reads from collection "Pulp" by Celina Villagarcia, which is published by Mouthfeel Press. &nbsp;The poem is "A Mother's Effect on the World."</p><p>In this week's Poetic License, Los Angeles writer Conrad Romo&nbsp;talks about connecting with his dad over a Lenten meal of nopalitos.</p><p><strong>Aired March 9, 2014.</strong></p><p> Sun, 09 Mar 2014 18:29:00 +0000 36038 at http://ktep.org WORDS ON A WIRE: Maria Maloney WORDS ON A WIRE: W.S. Di Piero http://ktep.org/post/words-wire-ws-di-piero-0 <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;&nbsp;</span>Ben &amp; Daniel talk with W.S. Di Piero, author of the poetry collection "Tombo." &nbsp;Di Piero talks about the patterns of sound that stir his poetry. &nbsp;He also discusses the opening poem of "Tombo," and why he chose to open the collection with it. &nbsp;Unlike many other poets, Di Piero doesn't concern himself over the order of the poems in a collection, unless they are following a theme.</p><p>For this week's Poem of the Week, W.S. Di Piero reads "Hub Cap: An Essay on Poetry" from his collection "Tombo." &nbsp;</p><p>In this week's Poetic License, Benjamin Alire Saenz reflects on forgiveness, humility, and human rights.</p><p>And, Ben &amp; Daniel talk about their favorite and not-so-favorite words.</p><p><strong>Aired March 2, 2014.</strong></p><p> Sun, 02 Mar 2014 19:29:00 +0000 35650 at http://ktep.org WORDS ON A WIRE: W.S. Di Piero WORDS ON A WIRE: The Poetry Show http://ktep.org/post/words-wire-poetry-show <p></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;&nbsp;</span></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;&nbsp;</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Daniel &amp; Ben dedicate this show to some of their favorite poems &amp; poets. &nbsp;Featured works are Frank O'Hara's "Homosexuality," Gabriela Mistral's "God Wills It," Denise Levertov's "Caedmon," Anne Sexton's "The Truth the Dead Know," Karen Fiser's "Across the Border," and Federico Garcia Lorca's "Despedida."</span></p><p><strong><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Aired Feb. &nbsp;23, 2014.</span></strong></p><p> Sun, 23 Feb 2014 19:29:00 +0000 35181 at http://ktep.org WORDS ON A WIRE: The Poetry Show WORDS ON A WIRE: Xánath Caraza http://ktep.org/post/words-wire-x-nath-caraza-0 <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;&nbsp;</span>Daniel talks with&nbsp;<span style="color: rgb(32, 32, 32); font-family: Verdana; font-size: 13px;">Xánath</span>&nbsp;Caraza, author of the new work of fiction, "Lo que trae la marea/ What the Tide Brings," &nbsp;a bilingual collection of stories. &nbsp;<span style="color: rgb(32, 32, 32); font-family: Verdana; font-size: 13px; line-height: 1.5;">Xánath talks about the women in her stories and how they connect to nature. &nbsp;She also talks about the process of translating her Spanish-language works into English with the help of 2 translators. &nbsp;And in a running theme throughout the show,&nbsp;</span><span style="color: rgb(32, 32, 32); font-family: Verdana; font-size: 13px; line-height: 1.5;">Xánath explains how food inspires her work.</span></p><p><span style="color: rgb(32, 32, 32); font-family: Verdana; font-size: 13px;">Xánath&nbsp;Caraza reads today's Poem of the Week: Arbol de Vida (Tree of Life).</span></p><p><span style="color: rgb(32, 32, 32); font-family: Verdana; font-size: 13px; line-height: 1.5;">The food theme continues with Daniel's Poetic License about his poor childhood diet and his endeavor to eat healthier.</span></p><p><strong><span style="color: rgb(32, 32, 32); font-family: Verdana; font-size: 13px; line-height: 1.5;">Aired Feb. 16, 2014.</span></strong></p><p> Sun, 16 Feb 2014 19:29:00 +0000 34735 at http://ktep.org WORDS ON A WIRE: Xánath Caraza WORDS ON A WIRE: Liz Scheid http://ktep.org/post/words-wire-liz-scheid <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;&nbsp;</span>Daniel &amp; Ben talk with Liz Scheid, author of the collection of essays, "The Shape of Blue: Notes on Loss, Language, Motherhood &amp; Fear." &nbsp;Liz is also a poet, and she explains how poetry informs her writing. &nbsp;She also talks about the notes that are found at the end of each essay in "The Shape of Blue." &nbsp;Those notes, far from being purely academic, are almost essays themselves. &nbsp;<a href="https://www.facebook.com/pages/The-Shape-of-Blue/737257809618871?ref=stream">https://www.facebook.com/pages/The-Shape-of-Blue/737257809618871?ref=stream</a></p><p>Liz Scheid will read the poem "Magic" for this week's Poem of the Week.</p><p>In this week's Poetic License, native El Pasoan Paul Pedroza&nbsp;reads "The Rain Parade."</p><p>And...Ben &amp; Daniel talk about elegies and epitaphs.</p><p><strong>Aired Feb. 8, 2014.</strong></p><p> Sun, 09 Feb 2014 19:29:00 +0000 34346 at http://ktep.org WORDS ON A WIRE: Liz Scheid WORDS ON A WIRE: Verónica Reyes http://ktep.org/post/words-wire-ver-nica-reyes <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;&nbsp;</span>Ben &amp; Daniel talk with Verónica Reyes, author of the poetry collection "Chopper! Chopper! Poetry from Bordered Lives." &nbsp;&nbsp;Verónica is an East L.A. poet who studied at&nbsp;UTEP, and she talks about how her work reflects her activism and reaches out to Mexican-American and queer communities. &nbsp;Verónica talks about the difficulties in finding a publisher, even a Latino press, because she is a Chicana lesbian and her works don't shy away from the subject. &nbsp;</p><p>Verónica Reyes reads the Poem of the Week: &nbsp;"Desert Rain" from "Chopper! Chopper! Poetry from Bordered Lives."</p><p>In this week's Poetic License, former&nbsp;UTEP&nbsp;student, Arizona resident, and marketing specialist William Alfred Rose shares his memories of childhood piano lessons in the reflection "Electricity."</p><p><strong>Aired Feb. 2, 2014.</strong></p><p> Mon, 03 Feb 2014 15:17:28 +0000 34039 at http://ktep.org WORDS ON A WIRE: Verónica Reyes WORDS ON A WIRE: Ire'ne Lara Silva http://ktep.org/post/words-wire-irene-lara-silva <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;</span></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;&nbsp;</span>Daniel &amp; Ben talk with Ire'ne Lara Silva, author of "Flesh to Bone." &nbsp;Ire'ne talks about making the leap from being a poet to a fiction writer, and shares a memory of a nightmare from her childhood that inspired her to write. &nbsp;Ire'ene also explains why her works tend to lean "dark." &nbsp;She also gives us a preview of her upcoming poetry project about diabetes &amp; healing. &nbsp;</p><p>This week's Poem of the Week is by Benjamin Alire Saenz, read by the author: "Poem for Sunday."</p><p>And in this week's Poetic License, writer Conrad Romo reads "Four Jackasses," which explores what Conrad's ideal funeral would be like.&nbsp;<a href="http://www.tongueandgroovela.com/">http://www.tongueandgroovela.com/</a></p><p><strong>Aired Jan. 26, 2014.</strong></p><p> Sun, 26 Jan 2014 19:29:00 +0000 33352 at http://ktep.org WORDS ON A WIRE: Ire'ne Lara Silva WORDS ON A WIRE: Lee Herrick http://ktep.org/post/words-wire-lee-herrick <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;</span></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;&nbsp;</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">In a rebroadcast from Jan. 13, 2013, Daniel &amp; Ben talk with Lee Herrick, whose latest collection of poems is “Gardening Secrets of the Dead.”&nbsp; Herrick talks about his experience as a Korean adoptee, and how he became inspired to fill in the missing pieces of his life. &nbsp;&nbsp;</span><a href="http://www.leeherrick.com/"><span style="line-height: 1.5;">http://www.leeherrick.com/</span></a></p><p>For the Poem of the Week, Herrick reads “Circle” from “Gardening Secrets of the Dead.”</p><p>This week’s Poetic License comes from Daniel Chacon.&nbsp; In “Upside Down Broom,” he shares a memory from a relationship he had with a woman who was a complete contradiction to who he was at the time.&nbsp;</p><p>Daniel &amp; Ben also talk about whether they’ve already broken their New Year’s resolutions.&nbsp;</p><p><strong>Aired Jan. 19, 2014. Sun, 19 Jan 2014 19:29:00 +0000 8540 at http://ktep.org WORDS ON A WIRE: Lee Herrick WORDS ON A WIRE: Lee Herrick (expanded) http://ktep.org/post/words-wire-lee-herrick-expanded <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;&nbsp;</span>In a rebroadcast from Jan. 13, 2013, Daniel &amp; Ben talk with Lee Herrick, whose latest collection of poems is “Gardening Secrets of the Dead.”&nbsp; Herrick talks about his experience as a Korean adoptee, and how he became inspired to fill in the missing pieces of his life.&nbsp; <em>In this online exclusive interview, Herrick explains why he wants readers of the book to find a way to mine the dead for their secrets.&nbsp; He also talks about the unique connection he has with the artist who created the cover art of the book.</em></p><p>For the Poem of the Week, Herrick reads “Circle” from “Gardening Secrets of the Dead.” <a href="http://leeherrick.com">http://leeherrick.com</a></p><p><strong>Aired Jan. 19, 2014. Sun, 19 Jan 2014 19:29:00 +0000 8541 at http://ktep.org WORDS ON A WIRE: Lee Herrick (expanded) WORDS ON A WIRE: Joseph D. Haske http://ktep.org/post/words-wire-joseph-d-haske <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;&nbsp;</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;&nbsp;</span>Ben &amp; Daniel talk with Joseph D. Haske, whose recently-released debut novel is "North Texas Highway." &nbsp;The book grew out of a couple of stories, and &nbsp;the timeline flashes back &amp; forth between the 1990s and 1980s. &nbsp;Joe explains why the fragmented nature of the book relates to the fragmented nature of the actual North Dixie Highway. &nbsp;Joe also talks about balancing his life as a writer and as the Chair of the English Department at South Texas College in the border town of McAllen, Texas.</p><p>For today's Poem of the Week, Ben reads "Friend" by Jean Valentine, written in memory of her friend Adrienne Rich.</p><p>In this week's Poetic License, Daniel shares a story from his childhood which demonstrates his mother's unusual (and dark) sense of humor.</p><p><strong>Aired Jan. 12, 2014.</strong></p><p> Sun, 12 Jan 2014 19:29:00 +0000 32380 at http://ktep.org WORDS ON A WIRE: Joseph D. Haske WORDS ON A WIRE: Shin Yu Pai http://ktep.org/post/words-wire-shin-yu-pai <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;&nbsp;</span></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;&nbsp;</span>Daniel and guest co-host Nancy Lechuga talk with poet Shin Yu Pai, author of the collection "Aux Arcs." &nbsp;She talks about why she chose to pronounce the title of her collection "Ozarks." &nbsp;Shin Yu is also a visual artist, and she talks about how her photographs complement or contrast the poems in her book. &nbsp;&nbsp;<a href="http://shinyupai.com/" style="line-height: 1.5;">http://shinyupai.com/</a></p><p>For this week's Poem of the Week, Shin Yu Pai reads "Inner Space" from her collection "Aux Arcs."</p><p>Daniel Chacon contributes this week's Poetic License with a remembrance from his high school days. &nbsp;It's entitled "Two Stupid Boys."</p><p><strong>Aired Jan. 5, 2014.</strong></p><p> Sun, 05 Jan 2014 19:29:00 +0000 32009 at http://ktep.org WORDS ON A WIRE: Shin Yu Pai WORDS ON A WIRE: Nicky Sa-eun Schildkraut & Sheryl Luna http://ktep.org/post/words-wire-nicky-sa-eun-schildkraut-sheryl-luna <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;</span></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;&nbsp;</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;</span>Daniel and guest co-host Nancy Chacon talk with poet Nicky Schildkraut. &nbsp;Her latest book, "Magnetic Refrain," is described by Daniel as "fierce." &nbsp;She talks about how her experience as a Korean adoptee influenced her writing, and about her collaboration with avant-garde&nbsp;artists &amp; composers. &nbsp;Nicky reads the poem "Family History" from her collection, "Magnetic Refrain." &nbsp;<a href="http://www.nickysaeun.com/" style="line-height: 1.5;">http://www.nickysaeun.com/</a></p><p>Daniel and Ben talk with poet Sheryl Luna, El Paso native and author of "Seven." &nbsp;She talks about why "Seven" took 7 years to write, and why she decided to split it into 7 parts to reflect the 7 Deadly Sins. &nbsp;Sheryl also talks about painting and how it relates to her writing. &nbsp;Sheryl reads the poem "Seven" from the book of the same name. &nbsp;View some of Sheryl's paintings here: &nbsp;<a href="http://sherylluna.blogspot.com/" style="line-height: 1.5;">http://sherylluna.blogspot.com/</a></p><p>For this week's Poetic License, Ben wraps up his reflections on Memory, Language, and Memory. &nbsp;Ben believes memory is necessary for words and language to exist, and that human violence can lead to the extinction of certain words.</p><p><strong>Aired Dec. 29, 2013.</strong></p><p> Sun, 29 Dec 2013 19:29:00 +0000 31630 at http://ktep.org WORDS ON A WIRE: Nicky Sa-eun Schildkraut & Sheryl Luna WORDS ON A WIRE: The 2013 Christmas Show http://ktep.org/post/words-wire-2013-christmas-show <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;&nbsp;</span></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;&nbsp;</span>Ben &amp; Daniel celebrate the Christmas season with reflections on their favorite memories. &nbsp;Ben remembers making tamales with his mom when he was young, a tradition he continues to this day. &nbsp;Daniel remembers proudly writing a Christmas poem about Santa driving a Cadillac...only to find out that his teacher doubted his authorship. &nbsp;And Ben &amp; Daniel also talk about their favorite Christmas songs and the memories they conjure. &nbsp;Ben's favorite is "I'll be Home for Christmas," which he says idealizes the often-unattainable concept of "home." &nbsp;Daniel tears up every time he hears "The Little Drummer Boy." &nbsp;Ben will also read T.S. Eliot's "Journey of the Magi."</p><p><strong>Aired Dec. 22, 2013.</strong></p><p> Sun, 22 Dec 2013 19:29:00 +0000 31170 at http://ktep.org WORDS ON A WIRE: The 2013 Christmas Show WORDS ON A WIRE: Tim Z. Hernandez http://ktep.org/post/words-wire-tim-z-hernandez-0 <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;</span></p><p>Tim Z. Hernandez returns to the show to talk about his new book, "Mañana&nbsp;Means Heaven," which is a portrait of Bea Franco, the "Mexican Girl" in Jack Kerouac's writings. &nbsp;Tim tells Daniel and guest co-host Nancy Lechuga about what led him to write about Bea, and about the long search to find her. &nbsp;Tim also talks about the beat influence on Chicano writers. &nbsp;We'll also hear about the research Tim undertook to identify the Mexican deportees killed in a plane crash in 1948 in Los Gatos Caynon in California. &nbsp;The deportees were buried in a mass gravesite with no identification. &nbsp;Thanks to Tim's efforts, a new headstone with all their names was recently erected.&nbsp;<a href="http://timzhernandez.com/" style="line-height: 1.5;">http://timzhernandez.com/</a></p><p>For this week's Poem of the Week, Nancy Lechuga reads "Bowery Blues" by Jack Kerouac.</p><p>And in this week's Poetic License, Benjamin Alire Saenz contributes part 3 in his "Words, Language, and Memory" series with a reflection on how words decipher the world, and about the movement between English &amp; Spanish in his writing.</p><p><strong style="line-height: 1.5;" xml:lang="es">Aired Dec. 15, 2013.</strong></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;&nbsp;</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp; &nbsp;</span></p><p> Sun, 15 Dec 2013 19:29:00 +0000 30590 at http://ktep.org WORDS ON A WIRE: Tim Z. Hernandez WORDS ON A WIRE: Phantom Halo http://ktep.org/post/words-wire-phantom-halo <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;&nbsp;</span>Daniel and guest co-host Marcia Hatfield Daudistel talk with screenwriter Anne Heffron, an old college buddy of Daniel's. &nbsp;Anne co-wrote the screenplay for "Phantom Halo" with Antonia Bogdanovich (daughter of director Peter Bogdanovich), and it's based on a short film written &amp; directed by Antonia, "My Left Hand Man." &nbsp;Anne talks about casting actors for the film, her collaborative experience with Antonia, and why her next project may be writing a book about her experience growing up as an adoptee. &nbsp; "Phantom Halo" is currently in production. &nbsp;View the short film, "My Left Hand Man," here:&nbsp;<a href="http://vimeo.com/44402775" style="line-height: 1.5;">http://vimeo.com/44402775</a></p><p>For today's Poem of the Week, Marcia keeps it Hollywood by reading "Brad Pitt" by Aaron Smith.</p><p>And for today's Poetic License, Benjamin Alire Saenz&nbsp;reads part 2 of his reflections on Words, Language, and Memory. &nbsp;Ben reflects on why we need words as tools of remembrance, and why the process of naming things is so important to poets.</p><p><strong>Aired Dec. 8, 2013.</strong></p><p> Sun, 08 Dec 2013 19:29:00 +0000 30058 at http://ktep.org WORDS ON A WIRE: Patricia Engel http://ktep.org/post/words-wire-patricia-engel <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;</span></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;&nbsp;</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;</span>Daniel and guest co-host Marcia Hatfield Daudistel&nbsp;talk with Patricia Engel about her new novel, "It's Not Love, It's Just Paris." &nbsp;Patricia explains why the book is a result of wanting to write a "Paris" novel as well as a love story without being a stereotypical "French romance" book. &nbsp; She also explains why she was lucky to avoid the "chick lit" label on her previous books. &nbsp;<a href="http://patriciaengel.com/" style="line-height: 1.5;">http://patriciaengel.com/</a></p><p>In this week's Poetic License, Benjamin Alire Saenz begins a series in which he reflects on Words, Knowledge, and Memory. &nbsp;In this entry, Ben explains how he approaches all three in his life and his work.</p><p>And in this week's Poem of the Week, Daniel reads "Be Drunk" by Charles Baudelaire.</p><p><strong>Aired Dec. 1, 2013.</strong></p><p> Sun, 01 Dec 2013 19:29:00 +0000 29884 at http://ktep.org WORDS ON A WIRE: Patricia Engel WORDS ON A WIRE: Juan Ochoa http://ktep.org/post/words-wire-juan-ochoa <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;</span></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;&nbsp;</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;</span>Daniel welcomes guest co-host Nancy Lechuga, a local poet, for a conversation with Juan Ochoa, author of the novel "Mariguano," a book set on the South Texas/Mexico border during the Reagan-era War on Drugs. &nbsp;Juan talks about the similarities between his characters and his own experiences observing corruption and the drug trade on the border. &nbsp;Juan also explains why he believes the Reagan-era policies led to the large drug organizations of today. &nbsp;</p><p>For today's Poem of the Week, guest co-host Nancy Lechuga reads 3 short poems by the Russian poet, Vera Pavlova: "Am I Lovely? Of Course!", "He Marked the Page with a Match," and "I am in Love, Hence Free to Live." &nbsp;<a href="http://verapavlova.us/" style="line-height: 1.5;">http://verapavlova.us/</a></p><p>For this week's Poetic License, Los Angeles poet and literary event coordinator Jessica Ceballos&nbsp;has a conversation with writer Chiwan Choi about his recent book, "It was Always the Weight of Everything," which is a social experiment in publishing. &nbsp;Chiwan began writing it on Facebook, has published it digitally, and is making it available for free to everyone. &nbsp; &nbsp;Learn more at&nbsp;<a href="https://www.facebook.com/theweightofeverything" style="line-height: 1.5;">https://www.facebook.com/theweightofeverything</a>.</p><p><strong>Aired Nov. 24, 2013.</strong></p><p> Sun, 24 Nov 2013 19:29:00 +0000 29415 at http://ktep.org WORDS ON A WIRE: Juan Ochoa WORDS ON A WIRE: Manuel Ramos http://ktep.org/post/words-wire-manuel-ramos <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;&nbsp;</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;&nbsp;</span>Daniel talks with writer Manuel Ramos, whose latest work of crime fiction is "Desperado: A Mile High Noir." &nbsp;Manuel talks about why the gentrification of the north part Denver plays such a strong role in the book and how it affects lead character, Gus Corral. &nbsp;Manuel also tells us whether he's one of those writers who knows how their books are going to end before he ever writes one word. Manuel will also talk about his day job as an attorney working for Colorado Legal Services.</p><p>Today's Poem of the Week is by Cesar Abraham Vallejo. &nbsp;Daniel reads "Dregs."</p><p>And in today's Poetic License, Patrick Michael Finn talks about his years-long struggle with rejection when it came to publishing his first collection of stories.</p><p><strong>Aired Nov. 17, 2013.</strong></p><p> Sun, 17 Nov 2013 19:30:00 +0000 28855 at http://ktep.org WORDS ON A WIRE: Manuel Ramos WORDS ON A WIRE: Marcia Hatfield Daudistel http://ktep.org/post/words-wire-marcia-hatfield-daudistel <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;</span></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;&nbsp;</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;</span>Daniel talks with Marcia Hatfield Daudistel, co-author with Bill Wright of "Authentic Texas: People of the Big Bend." &nbsp;Marcia talks about how the idea arose for the book, which profiles just a few of the unique characters who decided to make the Big Bend region of Texas their home. &nbsp;Marcia shares some interesting tidbits about some of the people featured in the book, and how their personalities were captured in Bill Wright's photographs. &nbsp;Marcia &amp; Bill will present a lecture on the book on <strong>Friday, Nov. 15, at 6 p.m.,</strong> at the UTEP Undergraduate Learning Center, Room 116. &nbsp;They will hold a book signing on <strong>Saturday, Nov. 16, </strong><span style="line-height: 1.5;"><strong>from 1-5 p.m.</strong>, a</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">t the Westside Barnes &amp; Noble (705 </span>Sunland<span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;Park Dr.).</span></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">For this week's Poem of the Week, Marcia Hatfield Daudistel reads a poem by her sister Frances Hatfield, from her collection "Rudiments of Flight." &nbsp;The poem is "Nude Descending a Staircase."</span></p><p><strong><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Aired Nov. 10, 2013.</span></strong></p><p> Sun, 10 Nov 2013 19:30:00 +0000 28341 at http://ktep.org WORDS ON A WIRE: Marcia Hatfield Daudistel WORDS ON A WIRE: Steve Yarbrough http://ktep.org/post/words-wire-steve-yarbrough <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;</span></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;&nbsp;</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;</span>Ben &amp; Daniel talk with novelist Steve Yarbrough, whose latest book is "The Real of Last Chances." &nbsp; Yarbrough talks about why his book isn't set in the South or features Southern characters like in his past novel. &nbsp;He also talks about his early start as a writer and when he first discovered Southern writers such as Faulkner. &nbsp;Despite the Southern influence in his writing, many would be surprised at Yarbrough's fondness for Eastern European, Irish, and Latin American authors. &nbsp;<a href="http://steveyarbrough.net/" style="line-height: 1.5;">http://steveyarbrough.net/</a></p><p>For this week's Poem of the Week, Ben reads Federico Garcia Lorca's "City that Does Not Sleep."</p><p>And in this week's Poetic License, Daniel talks about the importance of mentors, specifically about his mentor, Steve Yarbrough.</p><p><strong>Aired Nov. 3, 2013.</strong></p><p> Sun, 03 Nov 2013 19:30:00 +0000 28115 at http://ktep.org WORDS ON A WIRE: Steve Yarbrough WORDS ON A WIRE: Steve Yarbrough (extended) http://ktep.org/post/words-wire-steve-yarbrough-extended <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;</span></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;&nbsp;</span>Ben &amp; Daniel talk with novelist Steve Yarbrough, whose latest book is "The Real of Last Chances." &nbsp; Yarbrough talks about why his book isn't set in the South or features Southern characters like in his past novel. &nbsp;He also talks about his early start as a writer and when he first discovered Southern writers such as Faulkner. &nbsp;Despite the Southern influence in his writing, many would be surprised at Yarbrough's fondness for Eastern European, Irish, and Latin American authors. &nbsp;<em>In this online exclusive interview, Daniel shares some memories from taking Steve Yarbrough's fiction-writing class in college, and Yarbrough talks about the influence of Eastern European writers in his latest book.</em>&nbsp;&nbsp;<a href="http://steveyarbrough.net/" style="line-height: 1.5;">http://steveyarbrough.net/</a></p><p><strong>Aired Nov. 3, 2013.</strong></p><p> Sun, 03 Nov 2013 19:30:00 +0000 28116 at http://ktep.org WORDS ON A WIRE: Steve Yarbrough (extended) WORDS ON A WIRE: Alfredo Corchado http://ktep.org/post/words-wire-alfredo-corchado <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;</span></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;&nbsp;</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;</span>Ben &amp; Daniel talk with journalist and author, Alfredo Corchado. &nbsp;Corchado's newest book is "Midnight in Mexico," and he talks about his often difficult journey back home to Mexico in researching the book. &nbsp;Alfredo talks about his cautious optimism about Mexico, and why Mexico's resilient population hold out hope for the future.</p><p>In our Poem of the Week, Daniel reads "Walking Around" by Pablo Neruda.</p><p>And in our Poetic License, poet Paisley Rekdal reflects on literary obscurity.</p><p><strong>Aired Oct. 27, 2013.</strong></p><p> Sun, 27 Oct 2013 18:30:00 +0000 27560 at http://ktep.org WORDS ON A WIRE: Alfredo Corchado WORDS ON A WIRE: Alfredo Corchado (extended) http://ktep.org/post/words-wire-alfredo-corchado-extended <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;</span></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;&nbsp;</span></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;&nbsp;</span>Ben &amp; Daniel talk with journalist and author, Alfredo&nbsp;Corchado. &nbsp;Corchado's&nbsp;newest book is "Midnight in Mexico," and he talks about his often difficult journey back home to Mexico in researching the book. &nbsp;Alfredo talks about his cautious optimism about Mexico, and why Mexico's resilient population hold out hope for the future. &nbsp;&nbsp;<em>In this online-only exclusive, Alfredo also talks about the most difficult obstacle in writing "Midnight to Mexico," the book's recent translation into Spanish, and why he still experiences stress when he returns to Mexico. &nbsp;</em><a href="http://alfredocorchado.com/" style="line-height: 1.5;">http://alfredocorchado.com/</a></p><p><strong>Aired Oct. 27, 2013.</strong></p><p> Sun, 27 Oct 2013 18:30:00 +0000 27561 at http://ktep.org WORDS ON A WIRE: Alfredo Corchado (extended) WORDS ON A WIRE: Patrick Michael Finn http://ktep.org/post/words-wire-patrick-michael-finn <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;&nbsp;</span></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;&nbsp;</span>Daniel &amp; Ben talk with Patrick Michael Finn, author of the short story collection, &quot;From the Darkness Right Under Our Feet.&quot; &nbsp;Patrick talks about spending 10 years the book, and why he gave it a second chance by reworking and revising it. &nbsp;&quot;From the Darkness&quot; eventually won the Hudson Prize in 2009. &nbsp;Patrick also talks about why he has to think of writing as &quot;fun,&quot; and if he&#39;s ever tempted to venture into popular fiction. &nbsp;Patrick also reminds Ben that he was responsible for Patrick&#39;s first published story.</p><p>For today&#39;s Poem of the Week, Ben reads &quot;Meow Meow Kitty Kitty Death Rattle&quot; from Shin-Yu Pai&#39;s poetry collection, Aux Arcs.</p><p>And in today&#39;s Poetic License, Daniel distinguishes between literary fiction and popular fiction - &quot;lit fic v pop fic.&quot;</p><p><strong>Aired Oct 20, 2013.</strong></p><p> Sun, 20 Oct 2013 18:30:00 +0000 27001 at http://ktep.org WORDS ON A WIRE: Patrick Michael Finn