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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11:59 am
Sun August 4, 2013

WORDS ON A WIRE: Kim Addonizio (extended)

  In a rebroadcast from December 2, 2012, Daniel & Ben talk to poet Kim Addonizio, author of “Lucifer at the Starlite.”  She talks about her love of teaching poetry, and why she deliberately chose not to pursue an academic career at a university.  Addonizio also talks about the instructional poetry book she co-wrote with Dorianne Laux, “A Poet’s Companion: A Guide to the Pleasures of Writing Poetry,” and her own instruction guide, “Ordinary Genius: A Guide for the Poet Within.”

In this online-only extended interview, Addonizio also talks about her late entry into the world of poetry, and why it can be difficult to overcome her image as an “edgy” poet and her poems as “drinking” poems.

Kim Addonizio reads this week’s Poem of the Week, “Another Day on Earth” from “Lucifer at the Starlight.”  The poem was written after the tragic 2004 Indian Ocean tsunami.

www.kimaddonizio.com

Aired August 4, 2013.

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11:59 am
Sun July 28, 2013

WORDS ON A WIRE: Ruben Martinez

    In a broadcast that originally aired Nov 18, 2012, Ben & Daniel talk with writer, educator, and musician Ruben Martinez, whose latest work, “Desert America: Boom & Bust in the New Old West,” explores the land & the people of the West, and the extremes of poverty & wealth found in many desert communities.  Martinez talks about how the book was born out of a desperate time in his life.  On the insistence of a trusted friend, he was drawn to Joshua Tree, California, where he discovered that the desert was not immune to the harsh realities he faced in the big city.  He also talks about the 2 other desert communities he explores in his book – the desert of Northern New Mexico, and the desert in the west Texas town of Marfa.  Martinez also shares a little U2 trivia about how the band named their legendary 1987 album “The Joshua Tree.”

Ruben Martinez also reads this week’s Poem of the Week: “Papaya” by Juan Felipe Herrera

Aired July 28,2013

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11:59 am
Sun July 28, 2013

WORDS ON A WIRE: Ruben Martinez (extended)

  In a rebroadcast from Nov 18, 2012, Ben & Daniel talk with writer, educator, and musician Ruben Martinez, whose latest work, “Desert America: Boom & Bust in the New Old West,” explores the land & the people of the West, and the extremes of poverty & wealth found in many desert communities.  Martinez talks about how the book was born out of a desperate time in his life.  On the insistence of a trusted friend, he was drawn to Joshua Tree, California, where he discovered that the desert was not immune to the harsh realities he faced in the big city.  He also talks about the 2 other desert communities he explores in his book – the desert of Northern New Mexico, and the desert in the west Texas town of Marfa.  Martinez also shares a little U2 trivia about how the band named their legendary 1987 album “The Joshua Tree.” 

The extended portion of this interview features a conversation about the English poet D.H. Lawrence and the time he spent in New Mexico.  Martinez reflects on why outside writers who move to artistic desert communities such as Santa Fe & Marfa often bring their own prejudices with them, despite the fact that they may be more liberal-minded than most other visitors or residents. http://rubenmartinez.la

Aired July 28, 2013.

KTEP Local
11:59 am
Sun July 21, 2013

WORDS ON A WIRE: Richard Yanez

  In a re-broadcast from October 7, 2012, Ben & Daniel talk with local writer Richard Yaṅez, author of "Cross Over Water." Yaṅez talks about his life as a "migrant academic worker" and how he ended up back home in El Paso after moving 8 times in 5 years. He also talks about his book "Cross Over Water," and how the main character of the book experiences life on the border as did Yaṅez and other native El Pasoans, including negotiating life around a desert, a waterless river, a mountain in the middle of the city, and crossing the border to Ciudad Juarez to drink & party. http://richardyanez.tumbler.com.

Daniel Chacon reads this week's Poem of the Week - "Poem for the Young White Man who Asked Me how I, an Intelligent Well-Read Person, Could Believe in the War Between the Races' by Lorna Dee Cervantes. http://lornadice.blogspot.com.

And Benjamin Alire Saenz delivers this week's Poetic License, "Hunger is Not the Right Word," in which he reflects on the desperate need to write to survive.

Aired July 21, 2013.

KTEP Local
11:59 am
Sun July 21, 2013

WORDS ON A WIRE: Richard Yanez (extended)

  In a rebroadcast from Oct. 7, 2012, an online exclusive expanded interview with local writer Richard Yañez, author of "Cross Over Water." Yañez talks about his life as a "migrant academic worker" and how he ended up back home in El Paso after moving 8 times in 5 years. He also talks about his book "Cross Over Water," and how the main character of the book experiences life on the border as did Yañez and other native El Pasoans, including negotiating life around a desert, a waterless river, a mountain in the middle of the city, and crossing the border to Ciudad Juarez to drink & party. In the extended interview, Yañez also talks about what inspires his writing process, and why writing is always a risk.

Aired July 21, 2013.

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11:59 am
Sun July 14, 2013

WORDS ON A WIRE: Mark Strand

    

In a rebroadcast from Nov. 11, 2012, Ben & Daniel talk 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.

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.”

Daniel Chacon contributes this week’s Poetic License, reflecting on JS Bach and hobos.

Plus, Ben & Daniel give their thoughts on the merger between Random House & Penguin publishing houses.

Aired July 14, 2013.

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11:59 am
Sun July 14, 2013

WORDS ON A WIRE: Mark Strand (extended)

From 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.

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11:59 am
Sun July 7, 2013

WORDS ON A WIRE: Joy Castro


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/


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 7, 2013.

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11:59 am
Sun July 7, 2013

WORDS ON A WIRE: Joy Castro (expanded interview)


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/  Aired July 7, 2013. 

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11:59 am
Sun June 23, 2013

WORDS ON A WIRE: Laurie Ann Guerrero

A Tongue in the Mouth of the Dying


Daniel & Ben talk with Laurie Ann Guerrero, author of "A Tongue in the Mouth of the Dying," winner of the 2012 Andres Montoya Poetry Prize.  Guerrero talks about the overwhelming feeling of winning the prize for a book that took over 10 years to write.  Guerrero, who is also a CantoMundo Fellow, talks about why she felt like an outsider when getting her MFA, but instantly felt a sense of familia, support, and freedom when she attended a CantoMundo workshop (http://www.cantomundo.org/).  Many of Guerrero's poems focus on food and the violence that often accompanies the preparation of food, and she explains why her background has everything to do with the inspiration behind her poems.


For this week's Poem of the Week, Laurie Ann Guerrero reads "When I Made Eggs This Morning" from her collection "A Tongue in the Mouth of the Dying."


http://laurieguerrero.com/home.php


Aired June 23, 2013.

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11:59 am
Sun June 16, 2013

WORDS ON A WIRE: Xánath Caraza



Daniel & Ben talk with Xánath Caraza about her poetry collection "Conjuro" and the chapbook "Corazon Pintado: Ekphrastic Poems."  Caraza talks about how her career path took her from Veracruz to the east coast of the U.S. to the American Midwest, and how these geographical changes affected her writing.  She also talks about how her father, a teacher, inspired her early interest in poetry.  Caraza explains why she is so touched and inspired by the 15th century female poet Macuilxochitzin, whose only surviving work is a song of war.


For this week's Poem of the Week, Xánath Caraza reads her poem "Conjuro" in both English in Spanish.


And, in anticipation of summer, we'll hear a Poetic License which originally aired August 26, 2012.  Benjamin Alire Saenz offers his reflections of summers past and present.


Aired June 16, 2013.

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11:59 am
Sun June 9, 2013

WORDS ON A WIRE: Daniel Chacon



Ben talks to his co-host Daniel Chacon about Daniel's brand new book, "Hotel Juarez: Stories, Rooms and Loops."  Now that Daniel has taken the plunge into short fiction, will he ever write novels again?  Daniel also talks about why his way of writing can often be described as sparse or minimalist, and why the Stanislavski method of acting inspires his writing process.  He also discusses a couple of the stories in the book, "Mujeres Muertas" and "Mais, Je Suis Chicano."   Aired June 9, 2013.

KTEP Local
11:59 am
Sun June 9, 2013

WORDS ON A WIRE: Daniel Chacon (extended)


Ben talks to his co-host Daniel Chacon about Daniel's brand new novel, "Hotel Juarez: Stories, Rooms and Loops."  Now that Daniel has taken the plunge into short fiction, will he ever write novels again?  Daniel also talks about why his way of writing can often be described as sparse or minimalist, and why the Stanislavski method of acting inspires his writing process.  He also discusses a couple of the stories in the book, "Mujeres Muertas" and "Mais, Je Suis Chicano.”  In the online-only extended interview, Daniel also talks about the story “Broca’s Area.”  Click here to view the NPR book review of Hotel Juarez http://www.npr.org/2013/03/21/174976074/book-review-hotel-juarez Aired June 9, 2013.

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11:59 am
Sun June 2, 2013

WORDS ON A WIRE: Dan Vera (extended)


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.  Dan explains the meaning of "wiri wiri."  He also explains how living in Washington D.C. has left him conflicted about the often-troubled history that literally surrounds him.  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 & poetry.  Dan also reads the poems "Tower of Babel" and "Playing Scrabble with Cousin Fela."  In this online-only extended interview, Dan talks about the influence of religion in his book and about his latest projecthttp://danvera.com


Aired June 1, 2013.

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11:59 am
Sun May 26, 2013

WORDS ON A WIRE: Nicole Georges


Daniel talks with Nicole Georges, author of the graphic memoir, "Calling Dr. Laura."  Daniel is unfamiliar with the genre, and Nicole tells him about other acclaimed graphic memoirs, such as Art Spiegelman's "Maus" and Alison Bechdel's "Fun Home."  Nicole also talks about the writing process and the lessons she's learned from her mistakes.   http://nicolegeorges.com


Ben reads Stanley Kunitz's "The Layers" for this week's Poem of the Week.


And, in this week's Poetic License, Daniel takes a page from Nicole Georges and shares a selection from his memoir (which is still a work in progress). 


Aired May 26, 2013.

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11:59 am
Sun May 19, 2013

WORDS ON A WIRE: AWP Show, Part 3


Ben & Daniel present the 3rd and final presentation of their conversations with writers at the 2013 AWP (Association of Writers & Writing Programs) Annual Conference & Bookfair.  Jose Gonzalez, editor of "Latino Boom: An Anthology of U.S. Latino Literature" (http://latinostories.com) talks about his upcoming book of poetry; Steven Church, author of "The Guinness Book of Me," talks about working on a new collection of essays and about the online Normal School Journal (http://thenormalschool.com), of which he is founding editor; Celeste Guzman Mendoza, a poet and CantoMundo Fellow, talks about her new book-length poem about family violence; Eddie Gonzalez, a fiction writer & poet, talks about receiving his MFA at the University of Houston, and how he works as a chaplain for a hospice program; Kristin Dykstra talks about her latest project with the University of Alabama Press, and about Alabama's writer exchange program with Cuba; Bojan Louis, a poet and fiction writer talks about being a member of the Navajo Nation, and about his work as an electrician and English instructor (http://bojanlouis.com/); and Sherwin Bitsui, also of the Navajo Nation, talks about his recent move to Albuquerque (http://www.bitsui.com/)


For this week's Poem of the Week, Daniel Chacon reads his own poem, "Father's Writing." 


Aired May 19, 2013.

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11:59 am
Sun May 12, 2013

WORDS ON A WIRE: Alex Espinoza


Daniel & Ben talk with Alex Espinoza, author of "The Five Acts of Diego Leon," a novel which follows a Mexican-born actor who breaks into Hollywood at the dawn of the era of the "talkies" in the 1920s & `30s.  Espinoza explains how the story grew out of an interview he read about actor Ricardo Montalban and the struggles he faced in being typecast in TV and film.  Espinoza also talks about the extensive research he did for the novel, and how a Mexican mask maker inspired him to draw a parallel between acting and the wearing of masks to reveal or conceal who we really are. www.alexespinoza.com


For this week's Poem of the Week, Ben reads e.e. cummings' "somewhere i have never traveled, gladly beyond."


On this week's Poetic License, Lauren Espinoza talks about Latino identity in poetry.  Espinoza is currently a graduate student in the M.F.A. Program in Poetry at Arizona State University where she is the Teaching Artist for the Young Writers Program.  She is a CantoMundo intern, and an inaugural member of the Letras Latinas Young Poets Initiative (where the text for this Poetic License comes from).  http://www.enthuse.me/lauren_espinoza


Aired May 12, 2013.

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11:59 am
Sun May 12, 2013

WORDS ON A WIRE: Alex Espinoza (extended)


Daniel & Ben talk with Alex Espinoza, author of "The Five Acts of Diego Leon," a novel which follows a Mexican-born actor who breaks into Hollywood at the dawn of the era of the "talkies" in the 1920s & `30s.  Espinoza explains how the story grew out of an interview he read about actor Ricardo Montalban and the struggles he faced in being typecast in TV and film.  Espinoza also talks about the extensive research he did for the novel, and how a Mexican mask maker inspired him to draw a parallel between acting and the wearing of masks to reveal or conceal who we really are.  In this online-only extended interview, Espinoza talks about how the Mexican town of Morelia in Michoacan served as an inspiration for the novel.  He also talks about how he chose the name “Diego Leon” for his main characterwww.alexespinoza.com


Aired May 12, 2013.

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11:59 am
Sun May 5, 2013

WORDS ON A WIRE: Denise Duhamel


Daniel talks with writer Denise Duhamel, author of "Blowout," a collection of poems inspired by the breakup of her marriage.  She talks about why the poems in the book were actually harder to lay out and put in order than they were to write.  The poems in "Blowout" tend to depict emotions that shift throughout the book, passing through the stages of grief to acceptance.  She and Daniel, who also went through a recent divorce, also talk about writing as a therapeutic device.  Denise contributes this week's Poem of the Week: "My Strip Club" from "Blowout."


In today's Poetic License, Daniel offers insight into his recent divorce.


And...Daniel talks about a recent documentary which inspired and moved him, "Searching for Sugar Man."


Aired May 5, 2013.

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11:59 am
Sun May 5, 2013

WORDS ON A WIRE: Denise Duhamel (extended)


Daniel talks with writer Denise Duhamel, author of "Blowout," a collection of poems inspired by the breakup of her marriage.  She talks about why the poems in the book were actually harder to lay out and put in order than they were to write.  The poems in "Blowout" tend to depict emotions that shift throughout the book, passing through the stages of grief to acceptance.  She and Daniel, who also went through a recent divorce, also talk about writing as a therapeutic device.  Denise contributes this week's Poem of the Week: "My Strip Club" from "Blowout."  In this online exclusive extended interview, Denise talks more about the healing power of writing and how the end of "Blowout" brings her experience to an emotional conclusion.


Aired May 5, 2013.

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1:08 am
Tue April 30, 2013

Vibrant 'Club' Links Two Countries In Award-Winning Book

Author Benjamin Alire Saenz writes about life on the U.S.-Mexico border. Here he holds his latest book, Everything Begins and Ends at the Kentucky Club, in front of "$26," a painting by Francisco Delgado (the presidents in the painting appear on American bills worth a collective $26).
Mark Lambie Courtesy El Paso Times

Originally published on Tue April 30, 2013 11:17 am

On a Saturday night, the bridge that links downtown El Paso, Texas, to Ciudad Juarez in Mexico is hauntingly still. Once, this was a border crossing flush with life; now, after years of brutal drug violence, it's like a graveyard. It's certainly not the border that American author Benjamin Alire Saenz recalls from his high school days.

"We'd all pile in a couple of cars. There'd be like 10 of us and we'd come over to Juarez," Saenz remembers. "We'd go to all these places like The Cave, the Club Hawaii ... the Kentucky Club ... and we would just have a good time and laugh."

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11:59 am
Sun April 21, 2013

WORDS ON A WIRE: AWP Show, pt 2


Ben & Daniel once again take their microphones to the 2013 AWP (Association of Writers & Writing Programs) Conference & Bookfair, which took place this past March in Boston MA.   In this 2nd of 3 AWP shows, Ben & Daniel talk to a number of writers:


Rich Villar talks about his latest projects; M. Evelina Galang talks about "Her Wild American Self, and Patrick Rosal talks about an ongoing project using excerpts from interviews to create poetry;  Jose Skinner, author of "Flight and Other Stories," talks about his latest project;  Xanath Caraza de Holland reads an excerpt from a poem from her collection "Conjuro," and Denise Low, former Kansas Poet Laureate stops in for a brief moment;  Juan Luis Guzman and Liz Scheid talk about how to get into AWP on a budget;  Mark Brunetti talks about his underground literary magazine, The Idiom Mag;  Juan Ochoa talks about his book "Marijuano," Joe Haske talks about his latest book on the working class, and poet Rodney Gomez talks about a manuscript he is shopping around;  Dan Vera, author of "Speaking Wiri Wiri" talks about winning the Letras Latinas/Red Hen Poetry Prize and his upbringing in South Texas;  Fresno poet Andre Yang talks about being a founding member of the Hmong American Writers Circle;  and Antonio Farias, an army veteran, talks about a program which introduces poetry to cadets at the U.S. Coast Guard.


Aired April 21, 2013.

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11:59 am
Sun April 7, 2013

WORDS ON A WIRE: Bobby Byrd


Ben & Daniel talk with Bobby Byrd, poet, essayist, and owner & publisher with Cinco Puntos Press with his wife Lee (www.cincopuntos.com).  Byrd talks about some of the poems in his latest collection, "White Panties, Dead Friends and Other Bits and Pieces of Love" and reads some selections from his upcoming release, "Talking to My Wife While She's Away at Church."  He also talks about whether the recent drug wars in Mexico have affected his poetry, and why he decided to start a publishing house, Cinco Puntos Press.


For this week's Poetic License, UTEP graduate student and teaching assistant Sylvia Aguilar Zéleny shares 3 stories that explain how she became a writer and translator.


Plus, Ben & Daniel talk about their summer travel plans.


Aired April 7, 2013.

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11:59 am
Sun March 31, 2013

WORDS ON A WIRE: AWP Interviews (part 1)


Ben & Daniel take the "Words on a Wire" microphones to the Associated Writing Programs (AWP) Conference in Boston MA.  We'll hear them talk with Tino Villanueva,  a Boston resident who has written 6 books of poetry.  He was honored at AWP at the Con Tinta celebration by Letras Latinas


Ben & Daniel also conduct rapid-fire interviews with a number of writers attending the Con Tinta celebration.  Fred Arroyo talks about the future of American letters...Tim Z. Hernandez talks about an upcoming book about Kerouac's brief relationship with a Mexican girl...Sergio Troncoso talks about his essays on narco violence on the border...Melinda Palacio talks about promoting Tia Chucha Press at AWP...Aaron Michael Morales explains why he wants to revise his novel, "Eat Your Children"...Francisco Alarcon shares some personal stories with Ben and talks about breaking the news to Laurie Ann Guerrero that she had won the Andres Montoya Poetry Prize (Guerrero joins in the conversation)...and Francisco Aragon talks more about Letras Latinas and Con Tinta.


The first in a series of AWP-related programs.  Aired March 31, 2013.

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11:59 am
Sun March 24, 2013

WORDS ON A WIRE: Tim Z Hernandez


Daniel talks with writer and performance artist Tim Z. Hernandez, author of the collection "Natural Takeover of Small Things."  Hernandez talks about his unconventional path to publication - he already had books published before he ever decided to pursue his MFA (Master in Fine Arts) degree.  He also talks about working in a theater group with California Poet Laureate Juan Felipe Herrera, and how the late Chicano poets Andres Montoya and Omar Salinas influenced his poetry.  Hernandez talks about a new project which revealed the names of the forgotten Mexican deportees who died in a plane crash 65 years ago and were buried in a mass grave in Fresno.  Learn more about Tim Z. Hernandez and his latest project at http://timzhernandez.com/


Tim Z. Hernandez reads this week's Poem of the Week: "Brown Christ" from his new collection, "Natural Takeover of Small Things."


Aired March 24, 2013.

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2:14 pm
Sun March 17, 2013

WORDS ON A WIRE: W.S. Di Piero


Ben & Daniel talk with W.S. Di Piero, author of the poetry collection, Nitro Nights.  Di Piero discusses whether his poetry gets easier or harder over time, and whether it is driven by pain and conflict.  He also talks about how he became an accidental art critic.


For this week's Poem of the Week, W.S. Di Piero reads "The Invention of Photography" from "Nitro Nights."


Plus, Daniel talks about some of the high-profile recognition that Ben has received for his latest short-story collection, "Everything Begins & Ends at the Kentucky Club."


Aired March 17, 2013.

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11:59 am
Sun March 3, 2013

WORDS ON A WIRE: Carlene Bauer


Ben & Daniel talk with Carlene Bauer, author of “Frances and Bernard,” a novel told in letters inspired by the lives of Flannery O’Connor and Robert Lowell.  Bauer talks about the inspiration behind creating a relationship between these two characters, and why she rather enjoys writing about 19th century characters instead of contemporary ones.  She also reveals how the religious beliefs she grew up with found their way into the book.


For the Poem of the Week, Benjamin Alire Saenz reads “First Love” by Edwin Rolfe, from his 1952 collection “First Love and Other Poems.”


And in this week’s Poetic License, Ben offers his reflections on the state of Western education.


Aired March 3, 2013.

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11:59 am
Sun February 24, 2013

WORDS ON A WIRE: Tara Betts


Ben & Daniel talk with writer Tara Betts, author of the new collection "Arc & Hue."  Betts talks about how her politics & passions find her way into her work.  She also talks about her early introduction to poetry and reading at open mics and poetry slams in Chicago.  Betts also talks about the people who influence her poetry.  http://tarabetts.net


Tara Betts reads this week's Poem of the Week: "What It's Like to be a Mixed Girl for Those of You Who Aren't," from her collection "Arc & Hue." 


In this week's Poetic License, El Paso poet & musician Gene Keller talks about the pain, both physical and emotional, he has endured and imposed, and how music & poetry are "The Best Happy Pills."  Keller is the author of the poetry collection "Tongue Tied on the Border."


And...Ben & Daniel are looking for the "Words on a Wire" listener who is the farthest from El Paso, geographically speaking.  Let them know where you are when you listen to our show!  Email bsaenz@utep.edu or danchacon@utep.edu.


Aired Feb. 24, 2013.

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11:59 am
Sun February 24, 2013

WORDS ON A WIRE: Tara Betts (extended)


Ben & Daniel talk with writer Tara Betts, author of the new collection "Arc & Hue."  Betts talks about how her politics & passions find her way into her work.  She also talks about her early introduction to poetry and reading at open mics and poetry slams in Chicago.  Betts also talks about the people who influence her poetry.   In this online-only extended interview , Betts also talks about her musical & artistic influences, and how social media affects her poetry.  http://tarabetts.net


Tara Betts reads this week's Poem of the Week: "What It's Like to be a Mixed Girl for Those of You Who Aren't," from her collection "Arc & Hue." 


Aired Feb. 24, 2013.

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11:59 am
Sun February 17, 2013

WORDS ON A WIRE: Matthew Dickman (expanded)


Ben & Daniel talk with Matthew Dickman, author of the poetry collection "Mayakovsky's Revolver."  Dickman talks about how Frank O'Hara and a dream inspired the title to his newest collection.  He also explains how he got interested in poetry (a girl played a part in it), and how an old photo of beatnik poets persuaded him to pursue his interest.  Dickman also talks about starring with his twin brother (and fellow writer) Michael Dickman in the Steven Spielberg sci-fi drama, "Minority Report."  In this online-exclusive expanded interview, Dickman also talks about his "day jobs," which include working as Poetry Editor of "Tin House Magazine," and freelance writing for a Portland advertising firm. 


Matthew Dickman reads the Poem of the Week: "Gas Station" from "Mayakovsky's Revolver."


Aired Feb. 17, 2013.

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