Words On A Wire http://ktep.org en WORDS ON A WIRE: Joy Castro http://ktep.org/post/words-wire-joy-castro <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;In a rebroadcast from July 7, 2013,&nbsp;</span>Ben &amp; Daniel talk with Joy Castro, author of the novel "Hell or High Water" and the essay collection "The Island of Bones."&nbsp; Joy talks about her background as a Jehovah's Witness, a&nbsp;Cuban-American, and an&nbsp;adoptee...and why her Latino heritage isn't often acknowledged in many Latino literary anthologies.&nbsp; She also explains why that separation and alienation she experienced in life&nbsp;often finds its way into her books' characters.&nbsp; Joy also talks about discovering her characters in the process of writing them.&nbsp; <a href="http://joycastro.com/">http://joycastro.com/</a>&nbsp;<em>Since the airing of this interview, Joy has published "Nearer You," the latest book featuring her character Nola&nbsp;<span style="font-size: 12px; line-height: 18px; background-color: rgb(214, 214, 171);">Céspedes.</span></em></p><p>For today's Poem of the Week, Daniel Chacon reads Yusef Komunyakaa's "My Father's Love Letters."</p><p>Plus...Ben &amp; Daniel talk about breaking free of the stereotypes of the "Latino" or "Chicano"&nbsp;writer, and why Chicano writers shouldn't be pressured to always write about <em>abuelitas </em>making tortillas.</p><p><strong>Aired July 27, 2014. Sun, 27 Jul 2014 18:29:00 +0000 20274 at http://ktep.org WORDS ON A WIRE: Joy Castro WORDS ON A WIRE: Joy Castro (expanded interview) http://ktep.org/post/words-wire-joy-castro-expanded-interview <p>In a rebroadcast from July 7, 2013, Ben &amp; Daniel talk with Joy Castro, author of the novel "Hell or High Water" and the essay collection "The Island of Bones."&nbsp; Joy talks about her background as a Jehovah's Witness, a&nbsp;Cuban-American, and an&nbsp;adoptee...and why her Latino heritage isn't often acknowledged in many Latino literary anthologies.&nbsp; She also explains why that separation and alienation she experienced in life often finds its way into her books' characters.&nbsp; Joy also talks about discovering her characters in the process of writing them.&nbsp; <em>In this online-only extended interview, Joy also talks about whether it’s harder to write essays or novels, and how the difficulty in tracking down sexual predators post-Katrina found its way into her novel “Hell or High Water</em>.”&nbsp; <a href="http://joycastro.com/"><u>http://joycastro.com/</u></a>&nbsp;</p><p><em>Since the airing of this interview, Joy has published "Nearer You," the latest book featuring her character Nola&nbsp;<span style="font-size: 12px; line-height: 18px; background-color: rgb(214, 214, 171);">Céspedes.</span></em></p><p><strong>Aired July 27, 2013.&nbsp; Sun, 27 Jul 2014 18:29:00 +0000 20275 at http://ktep.org WORDS ON A WIRE: Joy Castro (expanded interview) WORDS ON A WIRE: Cathy Linh Che http://ktep.org/post/words-wire-cathy-linh-che <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;&nbsp;</span>Daniel talks with Cathy Linh Che, author of the poetry collection "Split," winner of the 2012&nbsp;Kundiman Poetry Prize. &nbsp;Cathy explains why she chose the contest route to try to get her works published rather than trying to find a willing publisher. &nbsp;She also talks addresses the sexual abuse that is prevalent in her poetry collection. &nbsp;&nbsp;<a href="http://cathylinhche.com/">http://cathylinhche.com/</a></p><p>Cathy Linh<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> </span>Che<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> reads today's Poem of the Week - "Pomegranate." &nbsp;</span></p><p>In this week's Poetic License, El Paso writer Azucena Dominguez shares the memory of a frightening snowy drive to Aspen (she has changed the names of those involved in this true event).</p><p>And Daniel tells us about his summer travels.</p><p><strong>Aired July 20, 2014.</strong></p><p> Sun, 20 Jul 2014 18:29:00 +0000 44761 at http://ktep.org WORDS ON A WIRE: Cathy Linh Che WORDS ON A WIRE: Heather Hartley http://ktep.org/post/words-wire-heather-hartley <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;&nbsp;</span>Daniel talks with Heather Hartley, author of the poetry collection "Knock Knock." &nbsp;Heather is the Paris editor for Tin House magazine and curates Shakespeare &amp; Company Bookshop's weekly reading series in Paris. &nbsp;She was also a visiting online MFA professor at the University of Texas at El Paso. &nbsp;Heather talks about how her move to Paris inspired "Knock Knock," and why much of poetry is either about or inspired by travel. &nbsp;In this interview, she also explains why the works of Dr. Seuss were such a huge influence on her poetry, and why humor is so very important in writing poetry. &nbsp;<a href="http://www.heatherhartleyink.com/">http://www.heatherhartleyink.com/</a></p><p>For today's Poem of the Week, Heather Hartley treats us to a poem from her forthcoming collection, Adult Swim. &nbsp;</p><p>Plus, Daniel has more reflections on Dr. Seuss...including why Seuss's works remind him of that of Edgar Allan Poe.</p><p><strong>Aired July 13, 2014.</strong></p><p> Sun, 13 Jul 2014 18:29:00 +0000 44322 at http://ktep.org WORDS ON A WIRE: Heather Hartley WORDS ON A WIRE: Mary Szybist http://ktep.org/post/words-wire-mary-szybist <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;&nbsp;</span>Daniel &amp; guest co-host Nancy Lechuga talk with Mary Szybist, author of Incarnadine, the winner of the 2013 National Book Award for Poetry. &nbsp;Mary describes Incarnadine as a "religious book for nonbelievers." &nbsp;She explains why the Annunciation plays such a dominant role in her book, and why "visual poetry" (imagine a poem about an apple written in the shape of an apple), though often seen as gimmicky, was a risk she chose to take for a few of the poems in Incarnadine. &nbsp;<a href="http://maryszybist.net/">http://maryszybist.net/</a></p><p>Today's Poem of the Week is "Night Shifts at the Group Home" read by Mary Szybist. &nbsp;It comes from her award-winning collection, Incarnadine.</p><p>For today's Poetic License, Nancy Lechuga&nbsp;reads a love letter to humanity.</p><p><strong>Aired July 6, 2014.</strong></p><p> Sun, 06 Jul 2014 18:29:00 +0000 43810 at http://ktep.org WORDS ON A WIRE: Mary Szybist WORDS ON A WIRE: Mary Szybist (extended interview) http://ktep.org/post/words-wire-mary-szybist-extended-interview <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;&nbsp;</span>Daniel &amp; guest co-host Nancy Lechuga talk with Mary Szybist, author of Incarnadine, the winner of the 2013 National Book Award for Poetry. &nbsp;Mary describes Incarnadine as a "religious book for nonbelievers." &nbsp;She explains why the Annunciation plays such a dominant role in her book, and why "visual poetry" (imagine a poem about an apple written in the shape of an apple), though often seen as gimmicky, was a risk she chose to take for a few of the poems in Incarnadine. &nbsp;<em>In this online-only extended interview, we'll hear about Mary's writing process, why a knowledge of the different forms of poetry is important (or not), and Daniel &amp; Nancy tell Mary about their favorite poems from Incarnadine</em>. &nbsp;<a href="http://maryszybist.net/">http://maryszybist.net/</a></p><p><strong>Aired July 6, 2014.</strong></p><p> Sun, 06 Jul 2014 18:29:00 +0000 43811 at http://ktep.org WORDS ON A WIRE: Mary Szybist (extended interview) WORDS ON A WIRE: Jessica Soffer http://ktep.org/post/words-wire-jessica-soffer <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;&nbsp;</span>In a rebroadcast from June 30, 2013, Daniel &amp; Ben talk with Jessica Soffer, whose debut novel is&nbsp;"Tomorrow There Will be Apricots."&nbsp; Soffer talks about the origin of the book's title, and about the two very different women at the center of the novel, who are drawn together in an Iraqi-Jewish cooking class in New York City.&nbsp; She also discusses the influence of Roberto Bolaño and Flannery O'Connor on her writing.&nbsp;&nbsp; <a href="http://jessicasoffer.com/">http://jessicasoffer.com/</a></p><p>For this week's Poem of the Week, Benjamin Alire Saenz reads one of his own poems - "The Fifth Dream: Bullets and Deserts and Borders" from the collection "Dreaming the End of War."</p><p>Daniel and Ben also talk about their summer reading plans and offer reflections on William Faulkner.</p><p><strong>Aired June 29, 2014. Sun, 29 Jun 2014 18:29:00 +0000 19715 at http://ktep.org WORDS ON A WIRE: Jessica Soffer WORDS ON A WIRE: Ana Castillo http://ktep.org/post/words-wire-ana-castillo <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;&nbsp;</span>Daniel talks with famed Chicana writer Ana Castillo, whose latest book is "Give it to Me." &nbsp;She talks about the influence Charles Bukowski had on the book's main character, Palma Piedras. &nbsp;Palma is a woman who has contempt for most everything and has built a shell to protect herself from the world. &nbsp;Ana also explains why she likes to share her publishing rejection stories with other writers so they don't get discouraged. &nbsp;<a href="http://www.anacastillo.com/content/">http://www.anacastillo.com/</a></p><p>This week's Poem of the Week is "For the Foxes" by Charles Bukowski, read by Daniel Chacon.</p><p>And California Chicana poet and activist Nancy&nbsp;<span style="font-weight: bold; color: rgb(84, 84, 84); font-family: arial, sans-serif; font-size: small; line-height: 18.200000762939453px;">Aidé&nbsp;</span>Gonzalez reads "Needlework," a Poetic License inspired by a&nbsp;memoir and spirituality workshop held by Ana Castillo. &nbsp;In this reflection, Nancy revisits her past and her often-painful memories of her father.</p><p><strong>Aired June 22, 2014.</strong></p><p> Sun, 22 Jun 2014 18:29:00 +0000 42931 at http://ktep.org WORDS ON A WIRE: Ana Castillo WORDS ON A WIRE: Natalia Trevino http://ktep.org/post/words-wire-natalia-trevino <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 &amp; Ben talk with Natalia Trevino, author of the poetry collection,&nbsp;Lavando La Dirty Laundry. &nbsp;Natalia talks about why this book almost came to be titled something else, and why a delay in the book's publishing only made it better. &nbsp;Natalia &nbsp;also tells us about her her upcoming novel inspired by a painting of the Virgen de Guadalupe. &nbsp;<a href="http://www.nataliatrevino.com/">http://www.nataliatrevino.com/</a></p><p>Natalia Trevino reads the Poem of the Week: Lavando La Dirty Laundry.</p><p>On this Father's Day episode of Words on a Wire, Taft College professor Bill Devine offers an ode to fatherhood. &nbsp;This reflection was actually an email sent to a single friend who encouraged Bill to publish it.</p><p><strong>Aired Sun. June 15, 2014.</strong></p><p> Sun, 15 Jun 2014 18:29:00 +0000 42500 at http://ktep.org WORDS ON A WIRE: Natalia Trevino WORDS ON A WIRE: Dan Vera http://ktep.org/post/words-wire-dan-vera <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;&nbsp;</span></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;&nbsp;</span>In a rebroadcast from June 2, 2013, Daniel talks with writer Dan Vera, whose newest collection of poems, "Speaking Wiri Wiri," is the recipient of the 2012 Letras Latinas/Red Hen Poetry Prize.&nbsp; Dan explains the meaning of "wiri wiri."&nbsp; He also explains how living in Washington D.C. has left him conflicted about the often-troubled history that literally surrounds him.&nbsp; Hear about his experience growing up as a Cuban-American in south Texas, and why poets Eduardo Corral and Richard Blanco are to be praised for elevating the visibility of Latino literature &amp; poetry.&nbsp; Dan also reads the poems "Tower of Babel" and "Playing Scrabble with Cousin Fela."&nbsp; <a href="http://danvera.com">http://danvera.com</a></p><p><strong>Aired June 8, 2014. Sun, 08 Jun 2014 18:29:00 +0000 17911 at http://ktep.org WORDS ON A WIRE: Dan Vera WORDS ON A WIRE: Edward Hirsch http://ktep.org/post/words-wire-edward-hirsch <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;&nbsp;</span>Daniel talks with poet &amp; critic, Edward Hirsch, about his latest book, A Poet's Glossary, which is not so much a book of definitions as it is an exploration of the history of the terms and how those terms interrelate to each other. &nbsp;Hirsch explains why it took 15 years to compile the information for this book, and why he believes it can still be more expansive (it's already over 700 pages long). &nbsp;We'll learn about the terms "Duende," "Flarf," and "Spam Poetry." &nbsp;</p><p>This week's Poem of the Week is read by our guest, Edward Hirsch. &nbsp;He reads "To Poetry."</p><p>For this week's Poetic License, Fresno poet Marisol Baca returns to share a couple of poems that reflect upon the world she lived in as a childhood dreamer. &nbsp;We'll hear "Horno" and "The Discovery."</p><p><strong><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Aired June 1, 2014.</span></strong></p><p> Sun, 01 Jun 2014 18:29:00 +0000 41722 at http://ktep.org WORDS ON A WIRE: Edward Hirsch WORDS ON A WIRE: Michael Nava http://ktep.org/post/words-wire-michael-nava <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;&nbsp;</span>Daniel talks with writer Michael Nava, whose latest novel, The City of Palaces, is set in pre-Revolutionary War Mexico during the dictatorship of Porfirio Diaz. &nbsp;Nava is also a lawyer who is a staff attorney at the California Supreme Court, and he explains how he balances his time as an attorney and a working writer. &nbsp;Nava also talks about his Henry Rios mystery series, which were centered around an openly-gay Los Angeles criminal defense lawyer, published from 1986-2000. &nbsp;<a href="http://michaelnavawriter.com/">http://michaelnavawriter.com/</a></p><p>For this week's Poem of the Week, local poet Nancy Lechuga reads "Myrtle" by John Ashbery.</p><p>And in this week's Poetic License, writer Marisol Baca reflects on her grandmother's kitchen in Albuquerque, where she spent much of her youth. &nbsp;The piece is called The Kitchen Table.</p><p><strong>Aired May 25, 2014.</strong></p><p> Sun, 25 May 2014 18:29:00 +0000 41266 at http://ktep.org WORDS ON A WIRE: Michael Nava WORDS ON A WIRE: Shirley Reva Vernick http://ktep.org/post/words-wire-shirley-reva-vernick <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;&nbsp;</span>Daniel talks with Shirley Reva Vernick, author of the YA novel, "Remember Dippy." &nbsp;Shirley started out as a print journalist and later made the move to fiction writer. &nbsp;She talks about how she connects with a teenage brain to tell a relatable story. &nbsp;"Remember Dippy" is published by El Paso's own Cinco Puntos Press, and Shirley, who is based out of New England, talks about why she felt at home with Cinco Puntos. &nbsp;Aside from being a writer, she also runs the popular storytelling website,&nbsp;<a href="http://storybee.org/">http://storybee.org/</a>.&nbsp; Learn more about Shirley and her work at&nbsp;<a href="http://shirleyvernick.wordpress.com/">http://shirleyvernick.wordpress.com/</a>.</p><p>Sam Calvin Brown, a bilingual MFA student at UTEP in Creative Writing, reads today's Poem of the Week: &nbsp;"The Lake Isle of Innisfree" by William Butler Yeats.</p><p>And in this week's Poetic License, Emily Yoon, an MFA Poetry student at New York University, explains why poetry is like a hand, reaching out to its reader. &nbsp;Emily is the host of the podcast "Late Night New York" &nbsp;<a href="http://latenightlibrary.org/category/podcasts-2/late-night-new-york/">http://latenightlibrary.org/category/podcasts-2/late-night-new-york/</a>, a short-form podcast featuring a diverse array of talented authors reading at the Franklin Park Reading Series in Crown Heights Brooklyn.</p><p><strong>Aired May 18, 2014.</strong></p><p> Sun, 18 May 2014 18:29:00 +0000 40627 at http://ktep.org WORDS ON A WIRE: Shirley Reva Vernick WORDS ON A WIRE: John Hoppenthaler http://ktep.org/post/words-wire-john-hoppenthaler <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;&nbsp;</span>Daniel &amp; Ben talk with poet John Hoppenthaler, whose books of poetry include "Anticipate the Coming Reservoir" and "Lives of Water." &nbsp;His forthcoming book is "Domestic Garden," and it grew out of his own domesticity, having recently married one of his former students after reconnecting with her after a number of years. &nbsp;John discusses why it took so long to get his first poetry manuscript published, and why Toni Morrison is partially responsible for its publication.</p><p>John Hoppenthaler reads one of his works for today's Poem of the Week: Dinner at the Wok 'n' Roll Buffet.</p><p>In this week's Poetic License, Sam Calvin Brown, a student in UTEP's&nbsp;Bilingual MFA Program, talks about MFA workshops and why they don't work.</p><p><strong>Aired May 11, 2014.</strong></p><p> Sun, 11 May 2014 18:29:00 +0000 40100 at http://ktep.org WORDS ON A WIRE: John Hoppenthaler WORDS ON A WIRE: Maceo Montoya http://ktep.org/post/words-wire-maceo-montoya <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;&nbsp;</span>Daniel &amp; Ben talk with artist and writer Maceo Montoya. &nbsp;Maceo&nbsp;a member of Chicano royalty of sorts, belonging to the famous Montoya family. &nbsp;Maceo's father is artist &amp; activist&nbsp;Malaquias Montoya, his cousin is filmmaker Richard Montoya, and his brother is the late poet&nbsp;<span style="font-family: Arial, 'Helvetica Neue', Helvetica, sans-serif; font-size: 16px; line-height: 21.760000228881836px; text-align: justify; background-color: rgb(198, 198, 198);">Andrés</span>&nbsp;Montoya. &nbsp;Maceo is the author of the book "The Deportation of Wopper Barraza." &nbsp;He talks about the inspiration behind the book, as well as the narrative structures of his paintings. &nbsp;&nbsp;<a href="http://maceomontoya.com/">http://maceomontoya.com/</a></p><p>For today's Poem of the Week, Maceo Montoya reads a poem by his brother, the late poet&nbsp;<span style="font-family: Arial, 'Helvetica Neue', Helvetica, sans-serif; font-size: 16px; line-height: 21.760000228881836px; text-align: justify; background-color: rgb(198, 198, 198);">Andrés</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;Montoya. &nbsp;We will hear "The Ice Worker Sings."</span></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">And in this week's Poetic License, Fresno writer Joseph Rios wonders aloud "Why Fresno?" &nbsp;Fresno, California, is fertile ground not just for agriculture, but for writers &amp; poets.</span></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">And...Ben &amp; Daniel talk about their love of art.</span></p><p><strong><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Aired May 4, 2014.</span></strong></p><p> Sun, 04 May 2014 18:29:00 +0000 39724 at http://ktep.org WORDS ON A WIRE: Maceo Montoya WORDS ON A WIRE: Maceo Montoya (extended interview) http://ktep.org/post/words-wire-maceo-montoya-extended-interview <p><span style="font-size: 10.5pt; line-height: 115%; font-family: Georgia, serif;">&nbsp;&nbsp;</span></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;&nbsp;</span></p><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 artist and writer<span class="apple-converted-space">&nbsp;</span>Maceo<span class="apple-converted-space">&nbsp;Montoya. &nbsp;</span>Maceo&nbsp;a member of Chicano royalty of sorts, belonging to the famous Montoya family. &nbsp;Maceo's<span class="apple-converted-space">&nbsp;father is artist &amp; activist&nbsp;</span>Malaquias<span class="apple-converted-space">&nbsp;Montoya, his cousin is filmmaker Richard Montoya, and his brother is the late poet&nbsp;</span><span style="font-size: 10pt; line-height: 115%; font-family: Georgia, serif; background-color: rgb(198, 198, 198); background-position: initial initial; background-repeat: initial initial;">Andrés</span><span style="font-size: 10pt; line-height: 115%; font-family: Georgia, serif;">&nbsp;</span><span style="font-size: 10.5pt; line-height: 115%; font-family: Georgia, serif;">Montoya. &nbsp;</span>Maceo<span class="apple-converted-space">&nbsp;is the author of the book "The Deportation of<span class="apple-converted-space">&nbsp;</span></span>Wopper<span class="apple-converted-space">&nbsp;</span>Barraza." &nbsp;He talks about the inspiration behind the book, as well as the narrative structures of his paintings. &nbsp;<em>In this online-exclusive expanded interview,<span class="apple-converted-space">&nbsp;</span>Maceo&nbsp;talks about his literary influences, and why the thought of combining his art and words into a graphic novel would be simply tedious</em>. &nbsp;<a href="http://maceomontoya.com/">http://maceomontoya.com/</a></p><p><strong>Aired May 4, 2014.</strong></p><p> Sun, 04 May 2014 18:29:00 +0000 39725 at http://ktep.org WORDS ON A WIRE: Maceo Montoya (extended interview) WORDS ON A WIRE: Michael Jaime-Becerra http://ktep.org/post/words-wire-michael-jaime-becerra <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;&nbsp;</span>Daniel talks with Michael Jaime-Becerra, author of the short story collection "Every Night is Ladies Night" and the novel "This Time Tomorrow." &nbsp;Michael is also an Associate Professor in Creative Writing at the University of California at Riverside, where he takes great pride in the success of the department. &nbsp;He talks about the rapid success of his very first story collection, "Every Night is Ladies Night," and how a fiction workshop he took as an MFA student inspired its writing.</p><p>This week's Poem of the Week is "Close Reading" by Mary Szybist, the winner of the 2013 National Book Award for Poetry. &nbsp;The poem comes from the collection "Incarnadine," and is read for us by local poet, Nancy Lechuga.</p><p>And in today's Poetic License, Daniel is transported to Los Angeles, where he phones in his reflection on &nbsp;local ethnic communities like Little Ethiopia in L.A. &nbsp;What would a "Little U.S.A." in a foreign country be like?</p><p><strong>Aired April 27, 2014.</strong></p><p> Sun, 27 Apr 2014 18:29:00 +0000 39171 at http://ktep.org WORDS ON A WIRE: Michael Jaime-Becerra WORDS ON A WIRE: James E. Cherry http://ktep.org/post/words-wire-james-e-cherry <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;&nbsp;</span>Daniel talks with James E. Cherry, an online MFA student in the UTEP Department of Creative Writing. &nbsp;Cherry lives in Tennessee and is working on his MFA online. &nbsp;Cherry's newest poetry collection "Loose Change" is not his first book, having already published fiction and poetry prior to entering the MFA program, but he feels the program has made him a better writer, and many of the poems in "Loose Change" grew out of the MFA workshops.</p><p>For this week's Poem of the Week, James E. Cherry reads "Suspect" from his collection "Loose Change."</p><p>In this week's Poetic License, fellow UTEP online MFA student Guadalupe Mendez (who lives in San Antonio) reflects on the legacy of books, and why he feels Latino writers and poets need to be heard by wider audiences.</p><p><strong>Aired April 20, 2014.</strong></p><p> Sun, 20 Apr 2014 18:29:00 +0000 38772 at http://ktep.org WORDS ON A WIRE: James E. Cherry 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 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: 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: 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