Words On A Wire

Sundays at 12 noon

Words on a Wire is a show about fiction, poetry, the writing community, the publishing world and whatever other issues concern literary writers and readers of books. Hosted by two active writers, each show will include an interview with an established or emerging writer who has a new book, from famous award-winning veterans to hot young writers with books to watch out for.

On “Poem of the Week” we will read a poem from a collection we love or talk about a new book we have just discovered, or sometimes re-discovered. We also have a segment called “Poetic License” which is our way of giving writers their say. We hand over to writers we admire three to five minutes to talk about whatever they want.

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KTEP Local
12:29 pm
Sun December 21, 2014

WORDS ON A WIRE: The Christmas Show!

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  We proudly re-air Words on a Wire's 2013 Christmas show, which originally aired Dec. 22, 2013!  Ben & Daniel celebrate the Christmas season with reflections on their favorite memories.  Ben remembers making tamales with his mom when he was young, a tradition he continues to this day.  Daniel remembers proudly writing a Christmas poem about Santa driving a Cadillac...only to find out that his teacher doubted his authorship.  And Ben & Daniel also talk about their favorite Christmas songs and the memories they conjure.  Ben's favorite is "I'll be Home for Christmas," which he says idealizes the often-unattainable concept of "home."  Daniel tears up every time he hears "The Little Drummer Boy."  Ben will also read T.S. Eliot's "Journey of the Magi."

Aired Dec. 21, 2014.

KTEP Local
12:29 pm
Sun December 14, 2014

WORDS ON A WIRE: Azar Nafisi

  

  Daniel talks with Azar Nafisi, bestselling author of "Reading Lolita in Tehran."  Her latest book is "The Republic of Imagination: America in Three Books."  The three books referenced in this nonfiction work each describe the very American traits of nonconformity and individuality.  In this interview Nafisi explains why reading, writing, and imagination can unify and transport us - regardless of station, ethnicity, and income - to other worlds, and why this "republic of imagination" is made up of a community of readers.  http://azarnafisi.com/

Aired Dec. 14, 2014.

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12:29 pm
Sun December 7, 2014

WORDS ON A WIRE: Guy Johnson

  Daniel talks with Guy Johnson, son of the great American poet Maya Angelou, who died earlier this year at the age of 86.  Johnson helped compile over 200 of Angelou's inspirational quotes, bits of advice, and observations, and they are available in the posthumous collection, "Rainbow in the Cloud."  Johnson talks about connecting with his mother through her words after her death, and how going through her works was a way for him to not only say "goodbye" to her, but "hello."  

Johnson also reads the poem that Maya Angelou read at the 50th anniversary of the United Nations: "The Brave and Startling Truth."  You can view Maya Angelou reading the poem at the UN event here 

Also in today's show, Daniel feels betrayed by Apple's Siri app for making him pronounce Spanish words with a gringo accent.

*the music heard on this show was performed by Maya Angelou: "Stone Cold Dead in the Market" and "Run Joe"*

Aired Dec. 7, 2014.

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9:53 am
Tue December 2, 2014

WORDS ON A WIRE: Mark Strand (extended)

Poet Mark Strand died at the age of 80 on November 29th.  

Originally broadcast on Nov. 11, 2012, this is an online exclusive extended interview with former US Poet Laureate and Pulitzer Prize winner, Mark Strand.  Strand talks about why he grew weary of writing poetry, a process which he considers difficult.  He also talks about the challenges of overcoming the fame of his 2 most famous works, “Eating Poetry” and “Keeping Things Whole.”  Strand also reflects on why computers have changed the face and sound of poetry, and why the search for nothing, a common theme in “Almost Invisible,” eventually becomes about something.For this week’s Poem of the Week, Mark Strand reads “The Poem of the Spanish Poet” from his latest collection of prose poetry, “Almost Invisible.”

Aired July 14, 2013.

KTEP Local
12:29 pm
Sun November 30, 2014

WORDS ON A WIRE: Kseniya Melnik

  Daniel & Ben talk with Kseniya Melnik, author of the short story collection "Snow in May."  The stories are set during the Soviet Union in the far eastern Russian town of Magadan, where Kseniya spent her youth before coming to America.  Kseniya shares some of her early memories of Magadan, and why the town served her stories so well.  One of her stories is a fictional account about the true-life tale of Russian singer Vadim Kozin, who was sentenced by the Stalinist regime to the labor camps of Magadan for mysterious reasons.  (The song heard immediately after the interview is Kozin's "Druzhba.")  http://www.kseniyamelnik.com/

Our poem of the week is Dylan Thomas' "And Death Shall Have No Dominion," read by UTEP MFA student, Sam Calvin Brown.  (Today's guest, Kseniya Melnik, was recently short-listed for the Dylan Thomas Prize for her book, "Snow in May.")

Today's Poetic License comes from writer and retired teacher, Azucena Dominguez.  She shares an early childhood memory of her brother - "My Brother, My Hero."

And...Daniel reflects on how those books sitting on your shelves that you've never read are waiting for the right time for you to read them.

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12:29 pm
Sun November 23, 2014

WORDS ON A WIRE: Manuel Ramos

   In a rebroadcast from Nov. 17, 2013, Daniel talks with writer Manuel Ramos, whose latest work of crime fiction is "Desperado: A Mile High Noir."  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.  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.

Today's Poem of the Week is by Cesar Abraham Vallejo.  Daniel reads "Dregs."

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.

Aired Nov. 23, 2014.

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12:29 pm
Sun November 16, 2014

WORDS ON A WIRE: Dimitri Keriotis

 

   Daniel talks with his friend, author Dimitri Keriotis.  Dimitri is the author of the new story collection, "The Quiet Time."  The book is Dimitri's first, and he discusses how his travels around the globe, and especially Central Africa, inspired the stories in the collection.  http://dimitrikeriotis.com/

Today's Poetic License is presented by writer and retired El Paso teacher, Azucena Dominguez.  She reflects on her first kiss, which turned out to be quite painful!

Plus, Daniel has something to say about healthy eating, and how hard it is to eat healthy if you grew up in a Mexican household.

Aired Nov. 16, 2014.

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12:29 pm
Sun November 9, 2014

WORDS ON A WIRE: Octavio Quintanilla

  Daniel talks with poet Octavio Quintanilla, author of the collection "If I Go Missing."  Octavio tells us how the Rio Grande Valley has influenced his writing, and which other writers have moved him.  He also explains why it is important for poetry to be accessible to readers.

Octavio Quintanilla reads "Legacy" for today's Poem of the Week.  It is a sampling from his new book, "If I Go Missing."

Plus...Daniel wants to know if you're a closeted writer.  Can you fill in the blank?  "You're a writer if..."  Send your suggestions to danchacon@utep.edu, and your offerings might make it on a future Words on Wire episode!

Aired Nov 9, 2014.

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12:29 pm
Sun November 2, 2014

WORDS ON A WIRE: Tim Z. Hernandez

Tim Z. Hernandez and singer Pete Seeger, who sings the Woody Guthrie song "Deportee," heard on today's show.
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  Writer & poet Tim Z. Hernandez returns to Words on a Wire to talk about his "Plane Wreck at Los Gatos" project.  In 1948, plane crashed at Los Gatos Canyon in California killing everyone on board, including several Mexican nationals whose names were never published.  After grueling research, and lots of serendipity, Tim discovered the names of the lost souls and raised money to erect a memorial headstone in the cemetery where their remains are buried.  http://timzhernandez.com/

Tim Z. Hernandez reads one of his works for the Poem of the Week:  "Brown Christ."

Plus, Ryan Johann Perry and Mari Gomez join us in the studio to tell us about the Rio Grande Rift project.  http://www.theriogranderift.com/

And Daniel reflects on why the Latino youth of today have it better than his generation and of generations past.

To listen to a complete version of Pete Seeger's performance of "Deportee," visit 

Aired Nov. 2, 2014.

KTEP Local
12:29 pm
Sun October 26, 2014

WORDS ON A WIRE: Emma Trelles

  Daniel talks with Emma Trelles, whose 2011 poetry collection Tropicalia won the Andres Montoya Poetry Prize.  She talks about the Brazilian movement that influenced the title of the book, and how her journalistic background was influenced by her poetic leanings.  http://emmatrelles.com/

Emma Trelles reads one of her brand new poems for our Poem of the Week: "Hoodwinked."

And on today's Poetic License, Seattle poet Raul Sanchez shares how his works came to be published, and reads his poem "All Our Brown-Skinned Angels," which has been adopted by some Chicano activists in civil protests.

Plus...Daniel shares a few anecdotes about mis-translations: "pie" is either a delicious fruity pastry, or it's the Spanish word for "foot."  And...we'll also hear about interesting Spanish-to-English and Chinese-to-English translations.  

Aired Oct. 26, 2014.

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11:29 am
Sun October 19, 2014

WORDS ON A WIRE: Roberto Trotta

  Daniel talks to physicist Roberto Trotta about his new book, The Edge of Sky: All You Need to Know about the All-There-Is."  For this endeavor, Roberto distanced himself from other science popularizers by attempting to describe the universe in the 1000 most used words in the English language, which meant "planet," "Earth," and even "universe" was off limits.  It's a literary challenge Daniel compares to poetry.  http://robertotrotta.com/

Plus...Daniel reflects on why Biblical metaphors are out and physics metaphors are in.

**To hear the music in today's show ("The Newton Boogie" by Ian Hartman; "The Particle Physics Song" by Danuta Orlowska, set to "The Bold Hippopotamus" b Flanders & Swann, recorded at the CERN Control Center by the CERN Choir!) visit http://www.haverford.edu/physics/songs/hartman/newton_boogie.htm and https://www.facebook.com/video.php?v=2025670475332**

Aired Oct. 19, 2014

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12:29 pm
Sun October 12, 2014

WORDS ON A WIRE: Richard Blanco

  Daniel welcomes Richard Blanco, the poet who read at President Obama's second inauguration.  Blanco's latest work is a memoir, "The Prince of Los Cocuyos: A Miami Childhood," and he talks about learning about himself while writing about his Cuban immigrant family, and how he had to separate himself from his "poet" self in order to write his memoir.  The discussion also focuses on the humor in the book, especially Blanco's musings on the culture clash over American vs Cuban food.  http://richard-blanco.com/

Today's Poem of the Week is "The Red Poppy" by Louise Gluck, read by local poet, Nancy Lechuga.

And...taking a page from Richard Blanco's memoir and his frequent reference to The Brady Bunch, Daniel offers HIS thoughts on The Brady Bunch and how it was NOTHING like his life at home, and how it was presciently reflective of today's modern family. 

Aired Oct. 12, 2014.

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12:29 pm
Sun October 5, 2014

WORDS ON A WIRE: Lee Ann Roripaugh

  Daniel talks with Lee Ann Roripaugh, author of the poetry collection "Dandarians."  This collection grew out of "word betrayals," English words misunderstood in transmission from her Japanese mother that came to take on symbolic ramifications in her early years.  Daniel and Lee talk about the interesting words that they have come to love over the years, and explore how Lee's musical background plays into her poetry's musicality.  

For the Poem of the Week, Lee Ann Roripaugh reads the final poem in her collection, Dandarians - "The Violin Thief."

And...Daniel ponders some very interesting collective nouns, and makes up some of his own to boot!

Aired Oct. 5, 2014.

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12:29 pm
Sun September 28, 2014

WORDS ON A WIRE: Donna J. Snyder

  Daniel talks with Donna J. Snyder about her latest collection, Poemas Ante el Catafalco: Grief and Renewal.  The book was born out of recent losses suffered by Donna in recent years and the ways she found renewal over time.  As Daniel describes her, she is a "white woman" who very easily fits into the Chicano writer community.  Follow Donna on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/DonnaJoSnyderPoet

Donna Snyder reads today's Poem of the Week, "Minnow Slip of the Finger" from Poemas Ante el Catafalco: Grief and Renewal.

Local writer and retired math teacher Azucena Dominguez shares her Poetic License with us, "Singing to All," which explores youthful memories of singing songs to anyone who would listen.

And Daniel shares some words of wisdom from the Talmud.

Aired Sept. 28, 2014.

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12:29 pm
Sun September 28, 2014

WORDS ON A WIRE: Donna J. Snyder (extended)

  Daniel talks with Donna J. Snyder about her latest collection, Poemas Ante el Catafalco: Grief and Renewal.  The book was born out of recent losses suffered by Donna in recent years and the ways she found renewal over time.  As Daniel describes her, she is a "white woman" who very easily fits into the Chicano writer community.  In this online-exclusive extended interview, Donna explains why Neruda changed her life, and how she goes about arranging the order of her poems when she is putting together a collection.

Follow Donna on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/DonnaJoSnyderPoet

Aired Sept. 28, 2014.

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12:29 pm
Sun September 21, 2014

WORDS ON A WIRE: Sergio Troncoso

  Daniel & Ben sit down in the studio for a chat with author Sergio Troncoso, an El Paso native who has republished his novel "The Nature of Truth," which follows a half-Mexican, half-German Yale research student who tracks down the Nazi past of one of his professors.  Sergio explains what drove him to republish the work, and he reads an excerpt for us.  Sergio also explains to us why Ysleta is his favorite part of El Paso...and in this online-exclusive extended conversation,  he, Ben and Daniel argue over which El Paso restaurants are the best.   http://www.sergiotroncoso.com/ 

Aired Sept 21, 2014.

KTEP Local
12:29 pm
Sun September 14, 2014

WORDS ON A WIRE: Dylan Landis

  Daniel talks with Dylan Landis, author of the novel "Rainey Royal," a book about a 14-year-old girl (described by Daniel as a "Mean Girl") growing up in Greenwich Village in a very unconventional household. The book follows her along a 10-year span in which she makes & breaks friendships and relationships.  Dylan explains how Rainey was a character introduced briefly in an earlier short story, and after a failed attempt at a Typhoid Mary project, Dylan decided to dedicated an entire book to Rainey. http://www.dylanlandis.com/

Today's Poem of the Week is Gwendolyn Brooks' "A Song in the Front Yard," read by local poet Nancy Lechuga.

And today's Poetic License is a reflection on remembrance read by Carolynne Muehsam-Ayoub.  The piece is entitled "Garden Tomatoes."

Aired Sept. 14, 2014.

KTEP Local
12:29 pm
Sun September 7, 2014

WORDS ON A WIRE: Lucha Corpi

The image of the Chicano writers mentioned in the interview. Lucha Corpi is seated wearing all white, Ben Saenz is just over her left shoulder, wearing white.

  Daniel & Ben begin their 4th season of shows with famed Chicana novelist and poet, Lucha Corpi.  Lucha's latest book is "Confessions of a Book Burner: Personal Essays + Stories," and she explains why this is her first foray into memoir.  Lucha writes her poetry in Spanish and her prose in English, and she describes the process that goes into both.  Lucha Corpi is also the author of a series of mystery novels that feature the character Gloria Damasco.  Learn more at http://voices.cla.umn.edu/artistpages/corpiLucha.php

Lucha Corpi reads one of her own poems today's Poem of the Week: "Cancion de Invierno / Winter Song" in both Spanish & English.

In today's Poetic License, Michael Jaime Becerra, author of "Every Night is Ladies' Night," shares a few memories of the arcade where he spent his youth.

Plus...Daniel & Ben talk about their latest projects, as well as an award Daniel recently won for his short story collection, Hotel Juarez: Stories, Rooms & Loops (the PEN Oakland-Josephine Miles Award for Excellence in Literature).

Aired Sept. 7, 2014.

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12:29 pm
Sun August 31, 2014

WORDS ON A WIRE: Steve Yarbrough (extended)

 

 In a rebroadcast from November 3, 2013, Ben & Daniel talk with novelist Steve Yarbrough, whose latest book is "The Real of Last Chances."   Yarbrough talks about why his book isn't set in the South or features Southern characters like in his past novel.  He also talks about his early start as a writer and when he first discovered Southern writers such as Faulkner.  Despite the Southern influence in his writing, many would be surprised at Yarbrough's fondness for Eastern European, Irish, and Latin American authors.  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.  http://steveyarbrough.net/

Aired Aug. 31, 2014.

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12:29 pm
Sun August 31, 2014

WORDS ON A WIRE: Steve Yarbrough

 

  In a rebroadcast from November 3, 2013, Ben & Daniel talk with novelist Steve Yarbrough, whose latest book is "The Real of Last Chances."   Yarbrough talks about why his book isn't set in the South or features Southern characters like in his past novel.  He also talks about his early start as a writer and when he first discovered Southern writers such as Faulkner.  Despite the Southern influence in his writing, many would be surprised at Yarbrough's fondness for Eastern European, Irish, and Latin American authors.  http://steveyarbrough.net/

For this week's Poem of the Week, Ben reads Federico Garcia Lorca's "City that Does Not Sleep."

And in this week's Poetic License, Daniel talks about the importance of mentors, specifically about his mentor, Steve Yarbrough.

Aired Aug. 31, 2014.

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7:58 am
Mon August 25, 2014

WORDS ON A WIRE: Alfredo Corchado (extended)

 

  

 In a rebroadcast from Oct. 27, 2013, Ben & Daniel talk with journalist and author, Alfredo Corchado.  Corchado's newest book is "Midnight in Mexico," and he talks about his often difficult journey back home to Mexico in researching the book.  Alfredo talks about his cautious optimism about Mexico, and why Mexico's resilient population hold out hope for the future.   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.  http://alfredocorchado.com/

Aired Aug 24, 2014.

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12:29 pm
Sun August 24, 2014

WORDS ON A WIRE: Alfredo Corchado

 

  In a rebroadcast from Oct. 27, 2013, Ben & Daniel talk with journalist and author, Alfredo Corchado.  Corchado's newest book is "Midnight in Mexico," and he talks about his often difficult journey back home to Mexico in researching the book.  Alfredo talks about his cautious optimism about Mexico, and why Mexico's resilient population hold out hope for the future.

In our Poem of the Week, Daniel reads "Walking Around" by Pablo Neruda.

And in our Poetic License, poet Paisley Rekdal reflects on literary obscurity.

Aired Aug. 24, 2014.

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12:29 pm
Sun August 17, 2014

WORDS ON A WIRE: Patrick Michael Finn

  

 

  In a rebroadcast from Oct. 20, 2013, Daniel & Ben talk with Patrick Michael Finn, author of the short story collection, "From the Darkness Right Under Our Feet."  Patrick talks about spending 10 years the book, and why he gave it a second chance by reworking and revising it.  "From the Darkness" eventually won the Hudson Prize in 2009.  Patrick also talks about why he has to think of writing as "fun," and if he's ever tempted to venture into popular fiction.  Patrick also reminds Ben that he was responsible for Patrick's first published story.

For today's Poem of the Week, Ben reads "Meow Meow Kitty Kitty Death Rattle" from Shin-Yu Pai's poetry collection, Aux Arcs.

And in today's Poetic License, Daniel distinguishes between literary fiction and popular fiction - "lit fic v pop fic."

Aired Aug. 17, 2014.

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12:29 pm
Sun August 10, 2014

WORDS ON A WIRE: Eduardo C. Corral

 

 

   

  In a rebroadcast from October 13, 2013, Daniel talks with poet Eduardo C. Corral, author of the collection "Slow Lightning."  Corral talks about the notebooks he uses to stitch together his poems - "Slow Lightning" came together from 7 or 8 boxes of notebooks.  He also explains why he employs code switching - switching between English & Spanish - in his poems, and why he refuses to italicize the Spanish words.  Corral also talks about being accidentally placed in a writing workshop and eventually falling in love with poetry and the works of Jose Montoya. http://www.eduardocorral.com/

For our Poem of the Week, Corral reads "Ditat Deus" from his collection "Slow Lightning."

In this week's Poetic License, artist Pat Olchefski-Winston reads a chapter from her new book "The Curious Childhood of Patty O." which explains how she learned to fight back.  http://www.olchefski.com/

Aired August 10, 2014.

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12:29 pm
Sun August 3, 2014

WORDS ON A WIRE: Megan Bohigian

 

    In a rebroadcast from Sept 29, 2013, Ben & Daniel talk with Megan Bohigian, author of the collection "Sightlines."  Megan talks about the theatrical term "sightlines" and how she's adapted it to take on a literary meaning in revisiting memories from different perspectives.  Bohigian teaches Creative Writing at Fresno City College, and she talks with Daniel (a Fresno native) about why so many writers come out of Fresno.

For this week's Poem of the Week, Megan Bohigian reads "Learning to Dive, Chapman Compound Pool, 1962," from her collection "Sightlines."

In today's Poetic License, JL Powers, author of "This Thing Called the Future," talks about paralyzing fear...from the strange noises at night as a child, or as an adult of being raped or murdered in South Africa.

Plus, Daniel & Ben talk about their love/hate relationship with broccoli (Daniel loves it, Ben hates it).

Aired Aug. 3, 2014.

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12:29 pm
Sun July 27, 2014

WORDS ON A WIRE: Joy Castro

 In a rebroadcast from July 7, 2013, Ben & Daniel talk with Joy Castro, author of the novel "Hell or High Water" and the essay collection "The Island of Bones."  Joy talks about her background as a Jehovah's Witness, a Cuban-American, and an adoptee...and why her Latino heritage isn't often acknowledged in many Latino literary anthologies.  She also explains why that separation and alienation she experienced in life often finds its way into her books' characters.  Joy also talks about discovering her characters in the process of writing them.  http://joycastro.com/ Since the airing of this interview, Joy has published "Nearer You," the latest book featuring her character Nola Céspedes.

For today's Poem of the Week, Daniel Chacon reads Yusef Komunyakaa's "My Father's Love Letters."

Plus...Ben & Daniel talk about breaking free of the stereotypes of the "Latino" or "Chicano" writer, and why Chicano writers shouldn't be pressured to always write about abuelitas making tortillas.

Aired July 27, 2014.

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12:29 pm
Sun July 27, 2014

WORDS ON A WIRE: Joy Castro (expanded interview)

In a rebroadcast from July 7, 2013, Ben & Daniel talk with Joy Castro, author of the novel "Hell or High Water" and the essay collection "The Island of Bones."  Joy talks about her background as a Jehovah's Witness, a Cuban-American, and an adoptee...and why her Latino heritage isn't often acknowledged in many Latino literary anthologies.  She also explains why that separation and alienation she experienced in life often finds its way into her books' characters.  Joy also talks about discovering her characters in the process of writing them.  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.”  http://joycastro.com/ 

Since the airing of this interview, Joy has published "Nearer You," the latest book featuring her character Nola Céspedes.

Aired July 27, 2013. 

Books
12:29 pm
Sun July 20, 2014

WORDS ON A WIRE: Cathy Linh Che

  Daniel talks with Cathy Linh Che, author of the poetry collection "Split," winner of the 2012 Kundiman Poetry Prize.  Cathy explains why she chose the contest route to try to get her works published rather than trying to find a willing publisher.  She also talks addresses the sexual abuse that is prevalent in her poetry collection.   http://cathylinhche.com/

Cathy Linh Che reads today's Poem of the Week - "Pomegranate."  

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).

And Daniel tells us about his summer travels.

Aired July 20, 2014.

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12:29 pm
Sun July 13, 2014

WORDS ON A WIRE: Heather Hartley

  Daniel talks with Heather Hartley, author of the poetry collection "Knock Knock."  Heather is the Paris editor for Tin House magazine and curates Shakespeare & Company Bookshop's weekly reading series in Paris.  She was also a visiting online MFA professor at the University of Texas at El Paso.  Heather talks about how her move to Paris inspired "Knock Knock," and why much of poetry is either about or inspired by travel.  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.  http://www.heatherhartleyink.com/

For today's Poem of the Week, Heather Hartley treats us to a poem from her forthcoming collection, Adult Swim.  

Plus, Daniel has more reflections on Dr. Seuss...including why Seuss's works remind him of that of Edgar Allan Poe.

Aired July 13, 2014.

KTEP Local
12:29 pm
Sun July 6, 2014

WORDS ON A WIRE: Mary Szybist

  Daniel & guest co-host Nancy Lechuga talk with Mary Szybist, author of Incarnadine, the winner of the 2013 National Book Award for Poetry.  Mary describes Incarnadine as a "religious book for nonbelievers."  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.  http://maryszybist.net/

Today's Poem of the Week is "Night Shifts at the Group Home" read by Mary Szybist.  It comes from her award-winning collection, Incarnadine.

For today's Poetic License, Nancy Lechuga reads a love letter to humanity.

Aired July 6, 2014.

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