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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12:30 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.

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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.

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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 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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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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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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 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.

Books
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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