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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 a few minutes to talk about whatever they want.

Korean American poet, writer, and educator Sun Yung Shin is an award winning poet. She's written many works including her newest book "Unbearable Splendor". Described as "poetry as essay", Sun Yung Shin uses her experiences  as an immigrant child as inspiration for her work. 

First time poet Kenneth Robert Chacón, and the younger brother of Daniel Chacón, recently released his first book of poems "The Cholo Who Said Nothing and Other Poems". Kenneth Robert Chacón discusses how his life influenced his poems and his journey to becoming a writer. 

Daniel Grandbois is an author of poetry and prose. His absurdist humor has earned him the nickname of trickster poet. His latest work "A Revised Poetry of Western Philosophy"  is a unique collection of poetry in the guise of philosophy and humor. 

Paisley Rekdal is a poet. Her latest book "Imaginary Vessels" has been praised by the L A Times as her breakout book. Rekdal is also a recent recipient of the Amy Lowell Poetry Traveling Scholarship, where the recipient must spend a year abroad. 

Vikram Paralkar is a hematologist and researcher at the University of Pennsylvania and it was his medical knowledge along with his fond memories of the bookstores and libraries that he would frequent as a child in Mumbai that inspired his first novel, "The Afflictions".  In his novel, a librarian discovers a medical encyclopedia that describes and details a variety of pseudo diseases.

Aired March 26, 2017 

Stephen Kessler is a poet and translator. Through him and his translations the works of poets such as Julio Cortázar and Jorge Luis Borges have been able to live on and shared with a new generation of readers. He mostly recently translated the poems of Julio Cortázar, whom he personally knew, in  "Save Twilight: Selected Poems". Kessler is an expert translator able to capture the essence of Cortázar's poems without getting lost in translation. 

http://www.stephenkessler.com/index.html

Aired March 19, 2017

What would happen if you were a Black man and woke up as a White man, how would your life be different? This is the premise of Nigerian writer, A. Igoni Barrett's novel "Blackass". His novel has been compared to Franz Kafka's "The Metamorphsis" but as Barrett reveals, there is more to his novel. Join host Daniel Chacon as he has a conversation with Barrett about his novel and his inspiration and intentions for the novel.  

Aired March 12, 2017

Host Tim Z. Hernandez speaks to returning guest the author Kate Schatz to discuss her newest book "Rad Women Worldwide", the follow up to her book "Rad American Women A-Z". Plus the Poet Laureate of Texas, Laurie Ann Guerrero joins in on the conversation and provides a Poetic License. 

http://radamericanwomen.com/

http://www.arts.texas.gov/initiatives/texas-state-artist/current-state-artists/#guerrero

Aired March 5, 2017

There is much more to multi award winning bestselling poet Richard Jarrett's work. On this episode of Words on a Wire, Jarrett speaks with host Daniel Chacón about his influences and inspirations. Join in and find out how Jarrett made the switch between being a psychologist to a poet, how his small town in which he lives in and the people who inhabit it inspire and encourage his work and how he translates life experiences into surreal almost mystical poetry.  Jarrett's latest book of poetry is titled "A Hundred Million Years of Nectar Dances". 

Aired Feb. 26, 2017

Ocean Vuong is a poetry phenomena. His first and only book, thus far, titled  "Night Sky with Exit Wounds" is a poetry best seller.  Vuong joins host Daniel Chacón to discuss his book, his upcoming writing projects and his creative process.

http://www.oceanvuong.com/ 

Aired. Feb 19, 2017

Daniel Chacón is joined by poet Jeff Sirkin to speak with poet Matt Hart. Matt Hart has six books of poems two of which are companion books. Hart discusses  one of his books as well as what inspires his work and the style of his poetry. 

Aired Feb. 12, 2017

Sometimes poetry isn't about the meaning but the music in the journey. Join host Daniel Chacón and his guest poet Amy King as they discuss her latest works including her newest book, "The Missing Museun",  and the journey of poetry. 

Aired Feb. 5, 2017

A conversation with farmer and author David Mas Masumoto. Join host Tim Hernandez as he speaks with Mas Masumoto about family, farming and his new book "Changing Seasons: A Father, A Daughter, A Family Farm". 

Aired January 29, 2017

Writer and professor Randa Jarrar joins this week's show to discuss her new book, a collection of stories titled "Him, Me, Muhammad Ali". 

Poet Patrick Rosal joins host Daniel Chacón to discuss his latest book of poems "Brooklyn Antediluvian."

Local Poet Donna Snyder joins host Daniel Chacón in the studio and shares her latest collection of poems in "The Tongue Has Its Secrets."  

American poet Cynthia Cruz has published numerous poems in a variety of literary journals and magazines including New Yorker, Kenyon Review, the Paris Review and the Boston Review. ​She is the author of Wunderkammer (2014), The Glimmering Room (2012) and Ruin (2006) and joins host Daniel Chacon to discuss her fourth book of poetry, How the End Begins

It's the talk of Christmas on this special holiday edition of Words On A Wire. Hosts Tim Hernandez and Daniel Chacon are joined by a special guest as they share good tidings, holiday memories and all those wonderful things in between.

New York Times notable author Patricia Engel returns to the world of fiction with her most recent book, "The Veins of the Ocean." With her three novels published so far ("Vida," "It's Not Love, It's Just Paris" and her latest "The Veins of the Ocean,") Engel has delivered groundbreaking work. Engel has received numerous awards including the Boston Review Fiction Prize and a finalist for the PEN/Hemingway Fiction Award, and now she has returned to Words On A Wire to discuss her latest work.

Jose Skinner's latest book, "The Tombstone Race," features a collection of short stories that take place in our neighbor state of New Mexico. This is his first book after the successful publication of his much acclaimed book, "Flight." He joins host Daniel Chacon in an insightful interview on the work put into this book over the last fifteen years, and what we can expect from him in years to follow. 

Host Daniel Chacón talks about the amazing Mexican food in El Paso, and why, even though he is looked upon with derision from border residents, he enjoys eating refried beans out of a can.

Aired Dec 4, 2016

Carole Firstman's father was an eccentric researcher who traveled extensively studying scorpions and spiders.  Her childhood was full of adventure, but she and her father became estranged when Carole was a teenager. Their attempts to reconcile their relationship in her late 20s led to the material that inspired her memoir, Origins of the Universe and What It all Means.  Carole joins us to tell us more about her relationship with her father and her book's road to publication.

https://carole-firstman.com/

Aired Nov 20, 2016

Host Daniel Chacón reflects on those days on which he feels ugly...and why he chose to embrace the ugly.  He employs that level of acceptance when he feels unworthy of interviewing some of the amazing writers we have had on our program.

Aired Nov 13, 2016

For her first collection of poetry "Look," Solmaz Sharif lifted words and phrases from the US Defense Department's "Dictionary of Military and Associated Terms."  In adopting words such as "Friendly Fire," or even the title of the book "Look," Solmaz poetically re-writes the dictionary in order to remove violence from the language.

Solmaz will also read the poem "Desired Appreciation" from the collection.

https://solmazsharif.com

Aired Nov. 13, 2016

Jesús Castillo's first book, Remains, is different than most poetry collections as it is actually a serial poem - a single poem separated by stanzas and sections.  No narrative streak runs through the poem, but a reader can enter any page or any stanza and be enveloped by imagery and landscape.

Aired Nov. 6, 2016

  

Carlos Espinoza is a former student of host Daniel Chacon, and an instructor at El Paso Community College.  Espinoza is also the editor of the new literary journal Barrio Panther, a collection of art, poetry, and images that fits in the palm of your hand.  Submissions are welcome by anyone with something to share at barriopanther@gmail.com.

Espinoza is also a poet, and for our Poem of the Week, he reads "Missing Juarez" from his collection "How to Lie to a Customs Agent."

http://www.barriopanther.com/

Aired Oct. 30, 2016

WORDS ON A WIRE: James Robert Murphy

Oct 30, 2016

James Robert Murphy is a local musician and writer.  His 4th book is called "The Right to Kill," and it follows a group of characters living in a Texas where a "Right to Kill" law has been passed.  Citizens can petition the state to kill anyone they consider a nuisance, as long as the petitioner is the one carrying out the murder.

http://www.jamesrobertmurphy.com/

Aired Oct. 30, 2016

  Dr. Wendy A. Suzuki is a Professor of Neural Science and Psychology in the Center for Neural Science at New York University.  Her latest book is "Healthy Brain, Happy Life: A Personal Program to Activate Your Brain and do Everything Better."  We'll hear about the personal journey that led to the creation of this book, and ways we can stimulate our hippocampus to keep our brains active to keep our imagination and creativity flowing.  

http://www.wendysuzuki.com/

Aired Oct 23, 2016

Ana Castillo's book "Black Dove: Mamá, Mi'jo, and Me" was originally to be called "My Mother's Mexico," but it morphed into a collection of personal essays and memoir essays collected from the last 2 decades.  The title of the book was inspired by a mariachi ballad "Paloma Negra," which Ana's mother used to sing around the house.  Ana later saw "Paloma Negra / Black Dove" to mean "black sheep," which is how she, and later her son, felt.   She joins us to share stories from her youth and about her experiences raising a son as a single mother.

http://www.anacastillo.com/

Aired Oct. 16, 2016

DANA GIOIA is the current Poet Laureate for the State of California. He joins us on this program to tell us how his mixed background (Italian & Mexican) inspired his works, and why he believes poetry must be accessible to all, not just academics and other poets. Gioia's latest collection is 99 POEMS: NEW & SELECTED. http://danagioia.com/

Aired Sept 25, 2016

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