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 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.

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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
Credit patriciaengel.com

 

   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 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.

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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

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 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 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 (extended)

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.  In this online-only extended interview, Palacio explains how, as a child, she worked to sell items for her mother, and that experience gave her valuable insight into promoting her own work as a writer. 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.

Aired Aug. 18, 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.

Books
11:59 am
Sun August 11, 2013

WORDS ON A WIRE: Paisley Rekdal

Paisley Rekdal

In a rebroadcast from Dec. 16, 2012,  Daniel & Ben talk with Paisley Rekdal, author of “Animal Eye” and “Intimate: An American Family Photo Album.”  Rekdal talks about the conceptual elements evident in her book “Intimate,” which she describes as a “braided memoir,” or photo album of shorts, which interweaves literary, poetic, and memoir fragments.  She also talks about 2 of the characters featured in the book - photographer Edward Curtis, who earned fame for his photos of Native Americans; and Curtis’ Crow Indian guide, Alexander Upshaw.

Paisley Rekdal  reads one of her own poems for today’s Poem of the Week – “Why Some Girls Love Horses.”

And in this week’s Poetic License, Benjamin Alire Saenz reflects on aging.

Aired Aug. 11, 2013.

Books
11:59 am
Sun August 11, 2013

WORDS ON A WIRE: Paisley Rekdal (expanded)

Paisley Rekdal

In a rebroadcast from Dec. 16, 2012,  Daniel & Ben talk with Paisley Rekdal, author of “Animal Eye” and “Intimate: An American Family Photo Album.”  Rekdal talks about the conceptual elements evident in her book “Intimate,” which she describes as a “braided memoir,” or photo album of shorts, which interweaves literary, poetic, and memoir fragments.  She also talks about 2 of the characters featured in the book - photographer Edward Curtis, who earned fame for his photos of Native Americans; and Curtis’ Crow Indian guide, Alexander Upshaw.  The online exclusive interview contains an expanded conversation about Curtis and Upshaw.

Paisley Rekdal  reads one of her own poems for today’s Poem of the Week – “Why Some Girls Love Horses.”

Aired Aug. 11, 2013.

Books
11:59 am
Sun August 4, 2013

WORDS ON A WIRE: Kim Addonizio

  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.” www.kimaddonizio.com

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.

This week’s Poetic License comes from Blake Nemec, a 3rd year MFA candidate at the University of Texas at El Paso, Creative Writing Department.  His Poetic License is entitled “How the Cyprus Trees Stand on the El Paso/Ciudad Juarez Border.”

Aired August 4, 2013.

Books
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.

Books
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.

Books
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.

Books
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.

Books
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.

Books
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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