21 December 2009

2010 Schedule

This post will be updated as the year progresses and Woman-Stirred Radio interview dates are confirmed. Schedule of interviews for 2010:

Jan 14
5:00 Sherry Wolf, Sexuality and Socialism

Jan 21

5:00 Ellen Hart, The Mirror and the Mask (rescheduled for Feb 21st)

Jan 28

Philip Pomper, Lenin's Brother:

Feb 4

4:15 Kelli Smith and Val McDermid, publishers: Bywater Press

Feb 11
Dacher Keltner, The Compassionate Instinct

Feb 18

4:15 Ellen Hart, The Mirror and the Mask

Feb 25

4:15 Jerome Charyn, The Secret Life of Emily Dickinson
5:00 Elizabeth Oakes, The Luminescence of Everything Emily

March 18
4:15 Brad Watson, Aliens in the Prime of their Lives: Stories

April 22
5:00 Elizabeth Bradfield, Approaching Ice

18 December 2009

Some Thoughts on Beginnings and Endings: Woman-stirred radio in 20099

Yesterday's interview with Nona Caspers was my last interview of 2009, wrapping up a year of changes: Nicki Hastie gone, WSR intern Mikael Yowe moved on (he finished up his BA), I expanded the universe of interviews and guests to the straight world, knowing that exclusion is problematic on any front. And I have certainly challenged myself, interviewing some very smart writers, musicians, and policy makers.

Last January I interviewed Beth Robinson, the driving force behind the success of Vermont's right to marry movement. In February, I interviewed a local woman, Retta Dunlop, who is a Fundamentalist and home-schooler. Now that was an interesting situation, but in the end I learned something about how well dialogue and patience can work. February also brought us the amazing Judith Arcana. March gave us interviews with poet Maxine Kumin, art scholar Ben Binstock, NY writer and musician JD Glass, and feminist writer Alicia Ostriker. in early April, I went to the National Federation of Community Broadcasters (NFCB) in Portland Oregon, where I met Troy Williams, a young queer activist from Salt Lake City, who has an absolutely fantastic radio program. Poetry Month brought us Eavan Boland, Rigoberto Gonzalez, Martha Serpas, and Lisa Williams. Mary Roach returned to talk about Bonk, and Alicia Gaspar de Alba was a first time guest. may also brought the incomparable Kate Clinton, and writer Kim Addonizio, policy-maker Alison Pugh, and one of my favorite people, Dickinson scholar Martha Nell Smith.

If you have a suggestion for a guest, please contact me and we'll take it from there.

14 December 2009

Nona Casper's Little Book of Days

This week on Woman-Stirred Radio, Merry Gangemi welcomes Nona Caspers back to Woman-Stirred Radio to talk about Little Book of Days, and read from her most recent publication.

The book is disarmingly relevant and very, very interesting as Caspers presents layered meditations on the ordinary--and not so ordinary--everyday occurrences that spark and sometimes roost within us: sounds from the street, the sun bleeding through the window, memories, scents, love, passion, and past and present difficulties.

Nona Caspers is the author of the recent Little Book of Days and Heavier than Air, which received the Grace Paley Prize in Short Fiction and was a New York Times Book Review Editors' Choice.

Nona is a recipient of a National Endowment of the Arts fellowship, an Iowa Review Fiction Award, a Joseph Henry Jackson Award, a Barbara Deming Award, and a LAMBDA nomination among other honors. Her stories have been widely published in literary journals and anthologies such as Ontario Review, Cimarron Review, Iowa Review, WOMEN ON WOMEN and the HERS series. She is an Associate Professor of Creative Writing at San Francisco State University.

So please tune in or stream it live. This Thursday, December 17th at 5 p.m. (eastern) and 2 p.m. (pacific). If you want to join in the conversation, go to WGDR, and click Listen Live.

7 December 2009

Happy Birthday Emily Dickinson!!

This Thursday, Woman-Stirred Radio presents a special two-hour program to celebrate the birthday of one of the most imagined, and distinctly American poets of all time: Emily Elizabeth Dickinson, born December 10, 1830.
In the first hour Merry Gangemi will read the original work of poets from around the country, and welcome poets who will read their original poems about or inspired by Emily Dickinson, including:
Barbara Crooker, Carol Dorf, Charlotte Mandel, Claire Keyes, Elizabeth Oakes, Jane Satterfield, Janet McCann, Julie Moore, Lesley Wheeler, Rachel Dacus, Susan Rich, and Tamiko Beyer.

In the second hour, Martha Nell Smith visits Woman-Stirred Radio to talk about the possibilities of Emily Dickinson, and unpack some of the myriad ways in which Dickinson's legacy has enriched and sustained the creativity and scholarship of millions of women, redefining and re-imagining the ferocious brilliance of the Belle of Amherst (how I dislike that moniker!!). Martha Nell and Merry will also talk about the intensely passionate and intellectual relationship between Emily and her beloved sister-in-law, Susan Gilbert Dickinson.

So please join Merry Gangemi and her guests on Thursday, December 10th from 4 to 6 pm (eastern) for a delightful celebration of Emily Dickinson's 107th birthday.

Tune in at 91.1 fm (in Central Vermont) or stream the show live at WGDR Community Radio. Want to join the conversation? Call 802.454.7762 or send an email with your questions and comments to mgangemi@vtlink.net
or julierenszer@gmail.com.