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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12:29 pm
Sun January 26, 2014

WORDS ON A WIRE: Ire'ne Lara Silva

 

  Daniel & Ben talk with Ire'ne Lara Silva, author of "Flesh to Bone."  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.  Ire'ene also explains why her works tend to lean "dark."  She also gives us a preview of her upcoming poetry project about diabetes & healing.  

This week's Poem of the Week is by Benjamin Alire Saenz, read by the author: "Poem for Sunday."

And in this week's Poetic License, writer Conrad Romo reads "Four Jackasses," which explores what Conrad's ideal funeral would be like. http://www.tongueandgroovela.com/

Aired Jan. 26, 2014.

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12:29 pm
Sun January 19, 2014

WORDS ON A WIRE: Lee Herrick

 

   In a rebroadcast from Jan. 13, 2013, Daniel & Ben talk with Lee Herrick, whose latest collection of poems is “Gardening Secrets of the Dead.”  Herrick talks about his experience as a Korean adoptee, and how he became inspired to fill in the missing pieces of his life.   http://www.leeherrick.com/

For the Poem of the Week, Herrick reads “Circle” from “Gardening Secrets of the Dead.”

This week’s Poetic License comes from Daniel Chacon.  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. 

Daniel & Ben also talk about whether they’ve already broken their New Year’s resolutions. 

Aired Jan. 19, 2014.

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12:29 pm
Sun January 19, 2014

WORDS ON A WIRE: Lee Herrick (expanded)

  In a rebroadcast from Jan. 13, 2013, Daniel & Ben talk with Lee Herrick, whose latest collection of poems is “Gardening Secrets of the Dead.”  Herrick talks about his experience as a Korean adoptee, and how he became inspired to fill in the missing pieces of his life.  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.  He also talks about the unique connection he has with the artist who created the cover art of the book.

For the Poem of the Week, Herrick reads “Circle” from “Gardening Secrets of the Dead.” http://leeherrick.com

Aired Jan. 19, 2014.

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12:29 pm
Sun January 12, 2014

WORDS ON A WIRE: Joseph D. Haske

    Ben & Daniel talk with Joseph D. Haske, whose recently-released debut novel is "North Texas Highway."  The book grew out of a couple of stories, and  the timeline flashes back & forth between the 1990s and 1980s.  Joe explains why the fragmented nature of the book relates to the fragmented nature of the actual North Dixie Highway.  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.

For today's Poem of the Week, Ben reads "Friend" by Jean Valentine, written in memory of her friend Adrienne Rich.

In this week's Poetic License, Daniel shares a story from his childhood which demonstrates his mother's unusual (and dark) sense of humor.

Aired Jan. 12, 2014.

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12:29 pm
Sun January 5, 2014

WORDS ON A WIRE: Shin Yu Pai

  

  Daniel and guest co-host Nancy Lechuga talk with poet Shin Yu Pai, author of the collection "Aux Arcs."  She talks about why she chose to pronounce the title of her collection "Ozarks."  Shin Yu is also a visual artist, and she talks about how her photographs complement or contrast the poems in her book.   http://shinyupai.com/

For this week's Poem of the Week, Shin Yu Pai reads "Inner Space" from her collection "Aux Arcs."

Daniel Chacon contributes this week's Poetic License with a remembrance from his high school days.  It's entitled "Two Stupid Boys."

Aired Jan. 5, 2014.

Books
12:29 pm
Sun December 29, 2013

WORDS ON A WIRE: Nicky Sa-eun Schildkraut & Sheryl Luna

 

   Daniel and guest co-host Nancy Chacon talk with poet Nicky Schildkraut.  Her latest book, "Magnetic Refrain," is described by Daniel as "fierce."  She talks about how her experience as a Korean adoptee influenced her writing, and about her collaboration with avant-garde artists & composers.  Nicky reads the poem "Family History" from her collection, "Magnetic Refrain."  http://www.nickysaeun.com/

Daniel and Ben talk with poet Sheryl Luna, El Paso native and author of "Seven."  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.  Sheryl also talks about painting and how it relates to her writing.  Sheryl reads the poem "Seven" from the book of the same name.  View some of Sheryl's paintings here:  http://sherylluna.blogspot.com/

For this week's Poetic License, Ben wraps up his reflections on Memory, Language, and Memory.  Ben believes memory is necessary for words and language to exist, and that human violence can lead to the extinction of certain words.

Aired Dec. 29, 2013.

KTEP Local
12:29 pm
Sun December 22, 2013

WORDS ON A WIRE: The 2013 Christmas Show

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  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. 22, 2013.

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12:29 pm
Sun December 15, 2013

WORDS ON A WIRE: Tim Z. Hernandez

 

Tim Z. Hernandez returns to the show to talk about his new book, "Mañana Means Heaven," which is a portrait of Bea Franco, the "Mexican Girl" in Jack Kerouac's writings.  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.  Tim also talks about the beat influence on Chicano writers.  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.  The deportees were buried in a mass gravesite with no identification.  Thanks to Tim's efforts, a new headstone with all their names was recently erected. http://timzhernandez.com/

For this week's Poem of the Week, Nancy Lechuga reads "Bowery Blues" by Jack Kerouac.

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 & Spanish in his writing.

Aired Dec. 15, 2013.

      

Books
12:29 pm
Sun December 8, 2013

WORDS ON A WIRE: Phantom Halo

  Daniel and guest co-host Marcia Hatfield Daudistel talk with screenwriter Anne Heffron, an old college buddy of Daniel's.  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 & directed by Antonia, "My Left Hand Man."  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.   "Phantom Halo" is currently in production.  View the short film, "My Left Hand Man," here: 

For today's Poem of the Week, Marcia keeps it Hollywood by reading "Brad Pitt" by Aaron Smith.

And for today's Poetic License, Benjamin Alire Saenz reads part 2 of his reflections on Words, Language, and Memory.  Ben reflects on why we need words as tools of remembrance, and why the process of naming things is so important to poets.

Aired Dec. 8, 2013.

KTEP Local
12:29 pm
Sun December 1, 2013

WORDS ON A WIRE: Patricia Engel

Patricia Engel
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   Daniel and guest co-host Marcia Hatfield Daudistel talk with Patricia Engel about her new novel, "It's Not Love, It's Just Paris."  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.   She also explains why she was lucky to avoid the "chick lit" label on her previous books.  http://patriciaengel.com/

In this week's Poetic License, Benjamin Alire Saenz begins a series in which he reflects on Words, Knowledge, and Memory.  In this entry, Ben explains how he approaches all three in his life and his work.

And in this week's Poem of the Week, Daniel reads "Be Drunk" by Charles Baudelaire.

Aired Dec. 1, 2013.

KTEP Local
12:29 pm
Sun November 24, 2013

WORDS ON A WIRE: Juan Ochoa

 

   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.  Juan talks about the similarities between his characters and his own experiences observing corruption and the drug trade on the border.  Juan also explains why he believes the Reagan-era policies led to the large drug organizations of today.  

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."  http://verapavlova.us/

For this week's Poetic License, Los Angeles poet and literary event coordinator Jessica Ceballos 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.  Chiwan began writing it on Facebook, has published it digitally, and is making it available for free to everyone.    Learn more at https://www.facebook.com/theweightofeverything.

Aired Nov. 24, 2013.

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12:30 pm
Sun November 17, 2013

WORDS ON A WIRE: Manuel Ramos

    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. 17, 2013.

Books
12:30 pm
Sun November 10, 2013

WORDS ON A WIRE: Marcia Hatfield Daudistel

 

   Daniel talks with Marcia Hatfield Daudistel, co-author with Bill Wright of "Authentic Texas: People of the Big Bend."  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.  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.  Marcia & Bill will present a lecture on the book on Friday, Nov. 15, at 6 p.m., at the UTEP Undergraduate Learning Center, Room 116.  They will hold a book signing on Saturday, Nov. 16, from 1-5 p.m., at the Westside Barnes & Noble (705 Sunland Park Dr.).

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."  The poem is "Nude Descending a Staircase."

Aired Nov. 10, 2013.

Books
12:30 pm
Sun November 3, 2013

WORDS ON A WIRE: Steve Yarbrough

 

   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 Nov. 3, 2013.

Books
12:30 pm
Sun November 3, 2013

WORDS ON A WIRE: Steve Yarbrough (extended)

 

  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 Nov. 3, 2013.

Books
12:30 pm
Sun October 27, 2013

WORDS ON A WIRE: Alfredo Corchado

 

   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 Oct. 27, 2013.

Books
12:30 pm
Sun October 27, 2013

WORDS ON A WIRE: Alfredo Corchado (extended)

 

  

  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 Oct. 27, 2013.

Books
12:30 pm
Sun October 20, 2013

WORDS ON A WIRE: Patrick Michael Finn

  

  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 Oct 20, 2013.

Books
12:30 pm
Sun October 13, 2013

WORDS ON A WIRE: Eduardo C. Corral

 

 

   

   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 Oct. 13, 2013.

Books
12:30 pm
Sun October 6, 2013

WORDS ON A WIRE: Sergio Troncoso

 

   Ben & Daniel talk with Sergio Troncoso, author of "From This Wicked Patch of Dust" and "Crossing Borders: Personal Essays."  Troncoso is the co-editor (with Sarah Cortez) of "Our Lost Border: Essays on Life amid the Narco-Violence."  The collection features essays from writers on both sides of the U.S./Mexico border who share their experiences living amid the escalating violence spawned by the 2008 drug war.  Troncoso also talks about why he is choosing to re-write his earlier book "The Nature of Things," and about his return home to El Paso to receive the Literary Legacy Award on November 9, 2013.  http://www.sergiotroncoso.com/

For today's Poem of the Week, Daniel Chacon reads Sheryl Luna's "Seven" from the collection of the same name.  

And in today's Poetic License, El Pasoan Paul Pedroza reads an excerpt from the essay he contributed to "Our Lost Border."  The essay is entitled "The Bridge to an Alien Nation."

Plus...Daniel & Ben talk about the Polish translation of Ben's hit YA novel, "Aristotle & Dante Discover the Secrets of the Universe."  And...more talk about broccoli.

Aired Oct. 6, 2013.

Books
12:30 pm
Sun September 29, 2013

WORDS ON A WIRE: Megan Bohigian

 

     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 Sept. 29, 2013.

Books
12:30 pm
Sun September 22, 2013

WORDS ON A WIRE: Laura Cesarco Eglin

 

   

  Ben & Daniel talk with Laura Cesarco Eglin, author of "Tailor Shop: Threads" and "Sastreria."  Lau (as she likes to be called) talks about finishing her first book while studying at UTEP, and what events inspired her book "Sastreria."  Lau describes herself as a tailor of words, following in the footsteps of her maternal grandfather, who himself was a tailor of clothes.  She also talks about negotiating her time for writing and pursing a PhD.  

For today's Poem of the Week, Lau reads her poem, "Kaddish and Rachamim."   http://laucesarco.blogspot.com/

This week's Poetic License features Melinda Palacio, author of "How Fire is a Story Waiting."  Melinda talks about...poetic license.

Plus, Daniel & Ben talk about their upcoming reading in McAllen, Texas.

Aired Sept. 22, 2013.

Books
12:30 pm
Sun September 22, 2013

WORDS ON A WIRE: Laura Cesarco Eglin (extended)

  Ben & Daniel talk with Laura Cesarco Eglin, author of "Tailor Shop: Threads" and "Sastreria."  Lau (as she likes to be called) talks about finishing her first book while studying at UTEP, and what events inspired her book "Sastreria."  Lau describes herself as a tailor of words, following in the footsteps of her maternal grandfather, who himself was a tailor of clothes.  She also talks about negotiating her time for writing and pursing a PhD.  In this on-line extended version of the interview, Lau talks about how living in so many places around the world has educated her in ways she never imagined.  She also explains why, coming from Uruguay, living in El Paso almost felt like home.

For today's Poem of the Week, Lau reads her poem, "Kaddish and Rachamim."   http://laucesarco.blogspot.com/

Aired Sept 22, 2013.

Books
12:29 pm
Sun September 15, 2013

WORDS ON A WIRE: Juan Felipe Herrera

Juan Felipe Herrera
Credit Image courtesy of The Poetry Foundation

  

  Ben & Daniel welcome poet Juan Felipe Herrera back to the show for his 3rd appearance.  Juan Felipe is the California Poet Laureate, and he talks about speaking at the grand opening of the San Francisco-Oakland Bay Bridge on September 2.  His upcoming projects include a Latino heroes collection which is challenging him to think outside the poetic box, and a wordless poem which only consists of numbers and drawings of drone sightings.  (Juan Felipe recorded this interview while waiting for his car to be fixed at a VW dealership in California!)  http://www.juanfelipepoet.com/

For today's Poem of the Week, Benjamin Alire Saenz reads "Canada in English" by Juan Felipe Herrera.

And for today's Poetic License, Nancy Lechuga talks about growing up with El Cucuy, the boogeyman of the Mexican culture, and about the different forms it has taken throughout her life.

Plus...since today's guest, Juan Felipe Herrera, was being interviewed in a car dealership, the conversation between Ben & Daniel turns to cars.  Ben talks about his trusty Toyota, and Daniel talks about his "ghetto" car.

Aired Sept. 15, 2013.

Books
12:30 pm
Sun September 8, 2013

WORDS ON A WIRE: J.L. Powers

  

  Ben & Daniel talk with J.L. (Jessica) Powers, author of the novel "This Thing Called the Future."  Jessica talks about what led her from UTEP's MFA program to become an Africanist.  Her interest in Africa led her to extensively study Zulu and live with a host family in South Africa, which is where "This Thing Called the Future" is set.  Jessica talks about the stigma often associated with being a white writer talking about the black experience.  Plus, she explains why she goes by the professional name "J.L." as opposed to her first name, Jessica.  http://jlpowers.net/

For today's Poem of the Week, Benjamin Alire Saenz reads "Arabic" by Naomi Shihab Nye.

And on this week's Poetic License, writer Lisa Garibay shares her memories of going off to college for the first time.

Plus, Ben & Daniel talk about what they did on their summer vacation.

Aired Sept. 8, 2013.

Books
12:30 pm
Sun September 8, 2013

WORDS ON A WIRE: J.L. Powers (extended)

 

   Ben & Daniel talk with J.L. (Jessica) Powers, author of the novel "This Thing Called the Future."  Jessica talks about what led her from UTEP's MFA program to become an Africanist.  Her interest in Africa led her to extensively study Zulu and live with a host family in South Africa, which is where "This Thing Called the Future" is set.  Jessica talks about the stigma often associated with being a white writer talking about the black experience.  Plus, she explains why she goes by the professional name "J.L." as opposed to her first name, Jessica.  In this online-only extended interview, Jessica talks more about being a white writer writing about South African characters, and why her book "Amina" is only available in Australia and the U.K.   http://jlpowers.net/

Aired Sept. 8, 2013.

Books
11:59 am
Sun September 1, 2013

WORDS ON A WIRE: Alberto Rios (extended)

In a rebroadcast from March 10, 2013, Ben & Daniel talk with Alberto Rios, author of the poetry collection "The Dangerous Shirt."  Rios, a professor of English at Arizona State University, talks about how teaching feeds into his work.  He also talks about how the landscape of Arizona influences his poetry.  Rios, whose mother was English, reveals how he learned to see the world through her eyes as an outsider in predominately Hispanic surroundings.  In this online-only extended interview, Rios also talks about the poem "The Cities Inside Us," which explores the worlds of imagination inside of us.

For this week's Poem of the Week, Alberto Rios reads "My Dog, That Stranger" from his latest collection, "The Dangerous Shirt."

http://www.public.asu.edu/~aarios/

Aired March 10, 2013

Books
11:59 am
Sun September 1, 2013

WORDS ON A WIRE: Alberto Rios

In a rebroadcast from March 10, 2013, Ben & Daniel talk with Alberto Rios, author of the poetry collection "The Dangerous Shirt."  Rios, a professor of English at Arizona State University, talks about how teaching feeds into his work.  He also talks about how the landscape of Arizona influences his poetry.  Rios, whose mother was English, reveals how he learned to see the world through her eyes as an outsider in predominately Hispanic surroundings.

For this week's Poem of the Week, Alberto Rios reads "My Dog, That Stranger" from his latest collection, "The Dangerous Shirt."

http://www.public.asu.edu/~aarios/

Aired September 1, 2013.

Books
11:59 am
Sun August 25, 2013

WORDS ON A WIRE: Happiness Show

  In a rebroadcast from Feb. 3, 2013, Ben & Daniel present a special show all about Happiness.   Ben reflects on happiness as he makes his way through his 58th year of life.  Daniel presents an audio essay on things that make him happy, in particular, buildings and homes.  Ben & Daniel also read a few poems that make them smile.  Aired Aug. 25, 2013.

Books
11:59 am
Sun August 18, 2013

WORDS ON A WIRE: Melinda Palacio

In a rebroadcast from Jan. 20, 2013,  Daniel & Ben talk with Melinda Palacio, author of the new poetry collection, “How Fire is a Story, Waiting.”  Palacio talks about the start of her career as a columnist for the Arizona Republic, and how her interest in poetry grew after the death of her mother.  She also talks about how her grandmother and other female ancestors inspire & influence her work.  http://melindapalacio.com

Melinda Palacio reads this week’s Poem of the Week: “How Fire is a Story, Waiting,” from the book of the same name.

In this week’s Poetic License, Benjamin Alire Saenz reflects on well-earned rest.

Aired Aug. 18, 2013.

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