31 December 2007

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Happy New Year’s Eve to all in the Woman-Stirred universe!

We send you greets from Vermont, Oakland, Maryland, and Nottingham for a lovely new year celebration and a wonderful 2008.

As 2007 winds down, you may need to catch up on your listening to Woman-Stirred Radio. The great women over at Wow! Women’s World have pulled together all of the recent shows and made them available for listening live on the web or downloading to your ipod. Check them out and be stirred by the fabulous Merry Gangemi!

While over at Wow! Women’s World, you can also check out Julie’s new series, CIVILesbianIZATION.

See you in 08 at Woman-Stirred!

Poet Jeanne Lupton Comes to Woman-Stirred Radio!

Poet Jeanne Lupton comes to Woman-Stirred Radio to ring in the New Year with Merry Gangemi this Thursday, January 3.

Jeanne Lupton is a fine performer of her poetry as well as a mistress of the tanka form and of free verse. She leads writing groups in the East Bay of the San Francisco Bay Area. She hosts Frank Bette Center for the Arts Second Saturdays Poetry and Prose reading series on the island of Alameda.

Her collection of tanka but then you danced is available through Jeanne's website and from that of her publisher, RAW ArT PRESS. She's working on a collection of "skinny narrative memory free verse" poems with the working title "Sacramento Street." She currently has work in languageandculture.net and Haight Ashbury Literary Journal.

Tune in this Thursday, January 3, for some beautiful poetry and conversation. Interview begins at 5 p.m. (EST), 2 p.m. (PST on WGDR 91.1fm from Goddard College in Plainfield, Vermont. Stream it live at WGDR.

27 December 2007

Tune in to Woman-Stirred Radio's holiday show

Join Merry Gangemi today for a holiday-themed edition of Woman-Stirred Radio. The queer cultural journal broadcasts every Thursday, 4pm to 6pm EST, on WGDR 91.1fm from Goddard College in Plainfield, Vermont. Wherever in the world you may be for the holidays, listen in to the live stream from the WGDR website.

Expect seasonal music, new musical treats, and observations on life from an LGBT perspective as the year end draws near. At 4.30pm Nicki Hastie joins Merry for a discussion of all things Christmassy - the good and the not-so-good.

Do we develop our own traditions, and what new meanings can we bring? How do we maintain ourselves at this peculiarly family-oriented time, when definitions of family often seek to exclude LGBT individuals? Is the holiday season really worse for lesbians, as a recent survey suggests? What have been the highlights of the year, and what political and cultural events have made our personal, or collective, blood boil?

Then there's 2008 to anticipate, as Woman-Stirred Radio looks ahead to a third year on air. Don't forget you can add to the debate and express your opinion by phoning in to the studio: 802 454 7762. What makes or breaks your holiday?

13 December 2007

Jianda Visits Woman-Stirred Radio

Please join me in welcoming Jianda to Woman-Stirred Radio.

Jianda is a Berkley-based singer-songwriter whose music and film work brings lesbian creativity to a new level. You can listen to her music at MySpace, or her Jianda.net.

A health-conscious artist, musician, vocalist and widely-published writer, Jianda’s also a poet, guitarist, actress and singer-songwriter with singles/albums that are both self-released and available on several international independent labels including: Om Records, Merck, Ghostly, Kinkysweet Records, Jam Music Australia and Gammaphone.

A regular Pride, Open Mic and Feature performer, Jianda’s many genres include electronica, conscious soul, jazz and acoustic folk. In various venues, she primarily performs as a solo acoustic act. Jianda also improvs and jams with DJs, rap artists and other artists, performs her poetry or that of others and collaborates in staged readings live and in-studio.

She spent many years creating content and artist promotions for the then San Diego-based MP3.com, and also facilitates and teaches workshops.

She’s written, recorded and videotaped interviews, prose, features, reviews and interviews for websites like MP3.com, ChickClick (defunct), SonicNet, B-gyrl.com, BlogCritics, Saucyvox.com, Doorknobs and Bodypaint, UC Irvine’s “Faultine,” ScarletLetters, CleanSheets, About.com, RollingStone.com, Emusic.com, Africana.com and GoGirlsmusic.com. She sings. Plays guitar and piano, and writes screenplays and songs…. Mouthsful.

Look for “Faster Pussycats” (Alyson ) and “Zaftig: Well-Rounded Erotica” (Cleis Press ) in progressive bookstores near you–she’s in them.

Previously, she was an editor and contributor at RollingStone.com, EMusic.com and MP3.com, doing promo and A&R for artists of all stripes. Passion Flower is her drug of choice. Sample her wares at SugarmamaPR.com & Jianda.net.

Currently, she works in label promotion, and is a featured supporting actress in Griot Soul Films’ “She
Wasn’t Last Night.” She’s also been a regular contibutor to The Lavender Lens (www.thelavenderlens.com) and the Promotions Director for Griot Soul Films (www.griotsoulfilms.org).

Jianda has a sincere love for harmony, cultural enrichment and communicating love through entertainment, art, sharing
and song. Jianda’s flexible and able to perform as a solo feature or as part of an ensemble or a multiple bill event.

And as usual, Nicki Hastie will share her thoughts and perspectives about the lesbian world across the Pond.

Woman-Stirred Radio, every Thursday 4 to 6 (EST). Want to join the conversation? the air studio phone is 802.454.7762. So tune in stream it live at WGDR. Interviews begin at 5:00

5 December 2007

Dickinson Scholar Martha Nell Smith Visits Woman-Stirred Radio!

Well-known Dickinson scholar Martha Nell Smith comes to Woman-Stirred Radio this Thursday, December 6, at 5:00 p.m. (EST), to talk about Open Me Carefully, a work that illuminates the correspondence between Emily Dickinson and her friend, confidant, and sister-in-law, Susan Huntington Dickinson.

For more than thirty-five years, Emily and Susan wrote to each other almost daily. The uncensored letters and poems in Open Me Carefully "invite[s] a dramatic new understanding of Emily Dickinson's life and work.... Here is Dickinson in her own words--humorous, playful, passionate, and fully alive."

Emily Dickinson has been variously described as a weird recluse and a brilliant poet, whose body of work still mesmerizes and influences millions of readers.

Through the research and scholarship of Martha Nell Smith and Ellen Louise Hart, Open Me Carefully reveals the truth about the poet and her relationship with Susan, a passionate friendship that has been hidden, erased, and reconstructed to fit a heterosexual paradigm.

So join Merry Gangemi and Martha Nell Smith for an exploration into the life and love of Emily Dickinson. Interview begins at 5:00 p.m.

Woman-Stirred Radio, the premier queer cultural journal, can be streamed live at WGDR.

Nicki Hastie joins me afterwards to continue our discussion of what lesbians read.

4 December 2007

Recent guests on Woman-Stirred Radio

Sharon Rudahl, author of A Dangerous Woman: The Graphic Biography of Emma Goldman, visited Woman-Stirred Radio on November 29th.

Goldman was a beloved but vilified activist for equality, peace, reproductive rights, feminism, and workers rights. She came to America in the late-19th century, settled in New York City and immersed herself in the immigrant experience. She was incarcerated at least three times: for fighting the draft during WWI, teaching birth control, and inciting a riot.

"Red Emma" was a social activist who never gave up, or stood down, when confronted with injustice and oppression.

Graphic artist Sharon Rudahl lives in Hollywood, CA. Her work includes Wobblies!: A Graphic History, and her work has can be found in Marvel Comics, and many underground newspapers and magazines.

Sharon's enthusiasm, intelligence and sense of humor was delightful!