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 March 30, 2014

WORDS ON A WIRE: Richard Montoya

Credit Facebook (Water and Power)

  Daniel talks with playwright, actor, and filmmaker, Richard Montoya.  Richard's newest project is his directorial debut - Water and Power.  Montoya comes from what some may call "Chicano royalty."  His father was the acclaimed Chicano poet & artist Jose Montoya, his uncle is poster artist Malaquias Montoya,  and his cousin was poet Andrés Montoya, for whom the Andres Montoya Poetry Prize is named.  Richard talks about growing up surrounded by Chicano activism, and how his family's social activism paralleled those of Cesar Chavez.  He also talks about the satirical theatre troupe Culture Clash and its politically-charged evolution over the years (http://cultureclash.com/).   Richard's new film, "Water and Power," is an adaptation of one of his plays, and will open in L.A. on May 2.  https://www.facebook.com/WaterAndPowerMovie

For this week's Poem of the Week, Daniel Chacon reads the unpublished poem "Tree" by Andrés Montoya.  The poem will be featured in a forthcoming posthumous collection called "Colón-ization," which is being edited by Daniel.

Aired March 30, 2014.

Books
12:29 pm
Sun March 23, 2014

WORDS ON A WIRE: Scott Weems

 

   Ben & Daniel talk with Scott Weems, author of "Ha! The Science of When we Laugh and Why."  Scott is a neuroscientist who has been researching the science of humor.  He explains that humor is a way for our brains to make sense of the chaos in our minds.  Scott also tells us why computers are only good for creating good puns, but can't generate the nuance or complexity of a well-told joke.  And..Scott tells us the funniest joke in the world...according to science.  http://scottweems.com/

Today's Poem of the Week is Mark Strand's "Eating Poetry," read by Daniel Chacon.

And in today's Poetic License, poet Nancy Lechuga reflects on daydreaming.

Plus...Daniel & Ben talk about their experiences at the recent AWP Writer's Conference in Seattle.

Aired March 23, 2014.

Books
12:29 pm
Sun March 16, 2014

WORDS ON A WIRE: Natalie Goldberg

  In a rebroadcast from April 14, 2013, Daniel & Ben talk with Natalie Goldberg, an influential author of books on writing.  Her latest is "The True Secret of Writing."  Goldberg talks about the "True Secret Retreats" she holds in Taos, New Mexico, which inspire writers to sit, walk, and write.  Her philosophy of writing is very Zen and spiritual, and she encourages writers to just write and to "get out of the way" to allow the creative process to take place without the interference of discursive thinking.  Natalie's newest book, "Living Color: Painting, Writing, and the Bones of Seeing" was released March 11, 2014.   http://nataliegoldberg.com.

For this week's Poem of the Week, Daniel reads Frank O'Hara's "Ave Maria"...a poem inspired by some of the thoughts shared by Natalie Goldberg in the interview.

In this week's Poetic License, MFA candidate at UTEP, Jonathan Nehls, shares his thoughts on how being bilingual has affected his poetics in the entry "Cacography."

Aired March 16, 2014.

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12:29 pm
Sun March 16, 2014

WORDS ON A WIRE: Natalie Goldberg (extended)

  In a rebroadcast from April 14, 2013, Daniel & Ben talk with Natalie Goldberg, an influential author of books on writing.  Her latest is "The True Secret of Writing."  Goldberg talks about the "True Secret Retreats" she holds in Taos, New Mexico, which inspire writers to sit, walk, and write.  Her philosophy of writing is very Zen and spiritual, and she encourages writers to just write and to "get out of the way" to allow the creative process to take place without the interference of discursive thinking.  In this online extended interview, Goldberg talks more on her writing workshops and how she ended up in New Mexico after starting out in New York. 

Natalie's latest book, "Living Color: Painting, Writing, and the Bones of Seeing," came out March 11, 2014.

http://nataliegoldberg.com/

Aired March 16, 2014.

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12:29 pm
Sun March 9, 2014

WORDS ON A WIRE: Maria Maloney

  Ben & Daniel talk with Maria Maloney, founder of Mouthfeel Press.  Maria talks about what drove her to create the press and why she came up with the name "Mouthfeel."  Maria also talks about the friendships she creates with the authors whose works she publishes, and about the future projects we can expect from Mouthfeel Press. http://www.mouthfeelpress.com/default.html

For this week's Poem of the Week, Maria Maloney reads from collection "Pulp" by Celina Villagarcia, which is published by Mouthfeel Press.  The poem is "A Mother's Effect on the World."

In this week's Poetic License, Los Angeles writer Conrad Romo talks about connecting with his dad over a Lenten meal of nopalitos.

Aired March 9, 2014.

Books
12:29 pm
Sun March 2, 2014

WORDS ON A WIRE: W.S. Di Piero

  Ben & Daniel talk with W.S. Di Piero, author of the poetry collection "Tombo."  Di Piero talks about the patterns of sound that stir his poetry.  He also discusses the opening poem of "Tombo," and why he chose to open the collection with it.  Unlike many other poets, Di Piero doesn't concern himself over the order of the poems in a collection, unless they are following a theme.

For this week's Poem of the Week, W.S. Di Piero reads "Hub Cap: An Essay on Poetry" from his collection "Tombo."  

In this week's Poetic License, Benjamin Alire Saenz reflects on forgiveness, humility, and human rights.

And, Ben & Daniel talk about their favorite and not-so-favorite words.

Aired March 2, 2014.

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12:29 pm
Sun February 23, 2014

WORDS ON A WIRE: The Poetry Show

Frank O'Hara
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  Daniel & Ben dedicate this show to some of their favorite poems & poets.  Featured works are Frank O'Hara's "Homosexuality," Gabriela Mistral's "God Wills It," Denise Levertov's "Caedmon," Anne Sexton's "The Truth the Dead Know," Karen Fiser's "Across the Border," and Federico Garcia Lorca's "Despedida."

Aired Feb.  23, 2014.

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12:29 pm
Sun February 16, 2014

WORDS ON A WIRE: Xánath Caraza

  Daniel talks with Xánath Caraza, author of the new work of fiction, "Lo que trae la marea/ What the Tide Brings,"  a bilingual collection of stories.  Xánath talks about the women in her stories and how they connect to nature.  She also talks about the process of translating her Spanish-language works into English with the help of 2 translators.  And in a running theme throughout the show, Xánath explains how food inspires her work.

Xánath Caraza reads today's Poem of the Week: Arbol de Vida (Tree of Life).

The food theme continues with Daniel's Poetic License about his poor childhood diet and his endeavor to eat healthier.

Aired Feb. 16, 2014.

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12:29 pm
Sun February 9, 2014

WORDS ON A WIRE: Liz Scheid

  Daniel & Ben talk with Liz Scheid, author of the collection of essays, "The Shape of Blue: Notes on Loss, Language, Motherhood & Fear."  Liz is also a poet, and she explains how poetry informs her writing.  She also talks about the notes that are found at the end of each essay in "The Shape of Blue."  Those notes, far from being purely academic, are almost essays themselves.  https://www.facebook.com/pages/The-Shape-of-Blue/737257809618871?ref=stream

Liz Scheid will read the poem "Magic" for this week's Poem of the Week.

In this week's Poetic License, native El Pasoan Paul Pedroza reads "The Rain Parade."

And...Ben & Daniel talk about elegies and epitaphs.

Aired Feb. 8, 2014.

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8:17 am
Mon February 3, 2014

WORDS ON A WIRE: Verónica Reyes

  Ben & Daniel talk with Verónica Reyes, author of the poetry collection "Chopper! Chopper! Poetry from Bordered Lives."   Verónica is an East L.A. poet who studied at UTEP, and she talks about how her work reflects her activism and reaches out to Mexican-American and queer communities.  Verónica talks about the difficulties in finding a publisher, even a Latino press, because she is a Chicana lesbian and her works don't shy away from the subject.  

Verónica Reyes reads the Poem of the Week:  "Desert Rain" from "Chopper! Chopper! Poetry from Bordered Lives."

In this week's Poetic License, former UTEP student, Arizona resident, and marketing specialist William Alfred Rose shares his memories of childhood piano lessons in the reflection "Electricity."

Aired Feb. 2, 2014.

Books
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.

Books
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.

Books
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.

Books
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.

Books
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.

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 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 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

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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.

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