Words on a Wire
Writers talking to Writers
September 16, 2014 05:33 AM PDT
Daniel talks with Dylan Landis, author of the novel "Rainey Royal," a book about a 14-year-old girl (described by Daniel as a "Mean Girl") growing up in Greenwich Village in a very unconventional household. The book follows her along a 10-year span in which she makes & breaks friendships and relationships. Dylan explains how Rainey was a character introduced briefly in an earlier short story, and after a failed attempt at a Typhoid Mary project, Dylan decided to dedicated an entire book to Rainey. http://www.dylanlandis.com/
September 14, 2014 10:56 AM PDT
Daniel talks with poet & critic, Edward Hirsch, about his latest book, A Poet's Glossary, which is not so much a book of definitions as it is an exploration of the history of the terms and how those terms interrelate to each other. Hirsch explains why it took 15 years to compile the information for this book, and why he believes it can still be more expansive (it's already over 700 pages long). We'll learn about the terms "Duende," "Flarf," and "Spam Poetry."
This week's Poem of the Week is read by our guest, Edward Hirsch. He reads "To Poetry."
For this week's Poetic License, Fresno poet Marisol Baca returns to share a couple of poems that reflect upon the world she lived in as a childhood dreamer. We'll hear "Horno" and "The Discovery."Ana Castillo
September 14, 2014 10:51 AM PDT
Daniel talks with famed Chicana writer Ana Castillo, whose latest book is "Give it to Me." She talks about the influence Charles Bukowski had on the book's main character, Palma Piedras. Palma is a woman who has contempt for most everything and has built a shell to protect herself from the world. Ana also explains why she likes to share her publishing rejection stories with other writers so they don't get discouraged. http://www.anacastillo.com/
This week's Poem of the Week is "For the Foxes" by Charles Bukowski, read by Daniel Chacon.
And California Chicana poet and activist Nancy Aidé Gonzalez reads "Needlework," a Poetic License inspired by a memoir and spirituality workshop held by Ana Castillo. In this reflection, Nancy revisits her past and her often-painful memories of her father.Michael Jaime-Becerra
May 02, 2014 01:48 PM PDT
Daniel talks with Michael Jaime-Becerra, author of the short story collection "Every Night is Ladies Night" and the novel "This Time Tomorrow." Michael is also an Associate Professor in Creative Writing at the University of California at Riverside, where he takes great pride in the success of the department. He talks about the rapid success of his very first story collection, "Every Night is Ladies Night," and how a fiction workshop he took as an MFA student inspired its writing.
April 28, 2014 12:43 PM PDT
Daniel talks with James E. Cherry, an online MFA student in the UTEP Department of Creative Writing. Cherry lives in Tennessee and is working on his MFA online. Cherry's newest poetry collection "Loose Change" is not his first book, having already published fiction and poetry prior to entering the MFA program, but he feels the program has made him a better writer, and many of the poems in "Loose Change" grew out of the MFA workshops.
April 21, 2014 04:10 PM PDT
Daniel & Ben talk with Cyrus Cassells, author of the new poetry collection, "Crossed-Out Swastika," which features poems told from the perspective of Holocaust survivors and witnesses. Cyrus explains how a trip to Auschwitz and a chance meeting with a Holocaust survivor inspired the poems. The poems are written in couplets to reflect the silence he felt was needed in the poems.
April 08, 2014 08:45 AM PDT
Daniel & Ben talk with Raphael Dagold, author of the poetry collection "Bastard Heart." Some of the poems in the collection date back two decades. He talks about the patience he endured in all the years it took to publish this book, and he never once thought of giving up.
March 31, 2014 10:59 AM PDT
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. Richard's new film, "Water and Power," is an adaptation of one of his plays, and will open in L.A. on May 2.
March 23, 2014 11:42 AM PDT
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.
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.
Maria Maloney for Mouthfeel Press
March 10, 2014 06:17 PM PDT
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.
Words on a Wire is a radio show about fiction, poetry, the writing community, and whatever other issues concern literary writers and readers of books. Hosted by Benjamin Alire Sáenz and Daniel Chacón.
Our program is excited to be in our second season! Each episode features an interview with a guest writer, a Poetic License and poem of the week. Have a rant, reflection or personal essay you want to read on the show? Submit your piece to: email@example.com for our Poetic License segment.
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