29 April 2010

Poets Barbara Crooker and John Amen on Woman-Stirred Radio

Today, Thursday April 29th Merry Gangemi welcomes Barbara Crooker and John Amen to Woman-stirred Radio.

Up first at 4:15 (eastern), Barbara will read and discuss poems from her new collection More, (C&R Press, 2010).
Barbara Crooker's poems have been widely anthologized and published in national journals and magazines including: The Green Mountains Review, The Hollins Critic, The Christian Science Monitor, Smartish Pace, The Beloit Poetry Journal, Nimrod, The Denver Quarterly, The Tampa Review, Poetry International, The Christian Century, and America.  She has won many awards, including the 2007 Pen and Brush Poetry Prize; the 2006 Ekphrastic Poetry Award; the 2004 WB Yeats Society of New York Award; and the 2003 Thomas Merton Poetry of the Sacred Award. Her book, Radiance, won the 2005 Word Press First Book competition and was a finalist for the 2006 Paterson Poetry Prize. Line Dance, released in 2008, won the 2009 Paterson Award for Literary Excellence. Her poetry has been read on the BBC, the ABC (Australian Broadcasting Company), and by Garrison Keillor on The Writer's Almanac. She was a recent reader in the Poetry at Noon series at the Library of Congress.

Then at 5:00 John Amen returns to Woman-Stirred Radio, to talk about his At the Threshold of Alchemy (Pressa press, 2009) and More of me Disappears (Cross-Cultural Communications, 2005----an interesting juxtaposition to Crooker's new collection More).

Amen is the author of three collections of poetry: Christening the Dancer (Uccelli Press 2003), More of Me Disappears (Cross-Cultural Communications 2005), and At the Threshold of Alchemy (Presa 2009), and has released two folk/folk rock CDs, All I’ll Never Need and Ridiculous Empire (Cool Midget 2004, 2008). His poetry has appeared in Rattle, The New York Quarterly, The International Poetry Review, Gargoyle, and Blood to Remember. He is also an artist, working primarily with acrylics on canvas. Amen travels widely giving readings, doing musical performances, and conducting workshops. He founded and continues to edit the award-winning literary bimonthly, The Pedestal Magazine (www.thepedestalmagazine.com).

So please tune in (91.1 in central VT) or stream Woman-Stirred Radio us live at WGDR. Barbara Crooker at 4:15; John Amen at 5:00. If you want to join the conversation call the air studio at 802.454.7762.

21 April 2010

Elizabeth Bradfield and Approaching Ice

This Thursday on Woman-Stirred Radio, April 22nd, at 5:00 (eastern), please join Merry Gangemi in welcoming back Elizabeth Bradfield, author of Interpretive Work (Arktoi, 2008), and a new collection of poems, Approaching Ice.

The poems in Approaching Ice "are adventures in far more than subject matter. Their themes, to be sure, involve risk and stoicism, the testing of the will and the spirit needed to confront icy wastes" (Eavan Boland).

"How I hate," Bradfield writes through the voice of Lynne Cox, the intrepid cold water swimmer, "the thoughtlessness of breath on land, the arms/ that pull me to my awkward vertical,/ the language anchored/----even here----/ to the wet shore" (96).

Elizabeth Bradfield grew up in Tacoma, Washington. She holds an MFA from the University of Alaska, Anchorage, is a former Wallace Stegner Fellow, and lives on Cape Cod. She works as a naturalist.

So please tune in or stream us live, this Thursday, April 22nd at 5:00 (eastern), on WGDR

15 April 2010

Poet Rachel Dacus and Activist-writer Liz Bradbury on Woman-Stirred Radio

This Thursday, April 15th at 4:15 poet/writer Rachel Dacus joins Merry Gangemi to kick another "April is Poetry Month" interview on Woman-Stirred Radio.  The daughter of a rocket engineer, Rachel's name is on a piece of rocket still circling the planet (that's Earth). Rachel studied English and French literature at Berkeley, in the really interesting years... the 60s. her work is widely anthologized and published in print and online. her first collection, Earth Lessons, was published in 1998; her second book of poems, Femme au chapeau, was published in 2005; and her chapbook, Another Circle of Delight (great title!) was released in 2007.

Last year, on the anniversary of Emily Dickinson's birthday, Rachel was one of the featured poets who read an original poem inspired by Emily Dickinson, "Carlo and Me."

So please join Rachel Dacus and Merry Gangemi at 4:15 for some poetry and conversation.

Then at 5:00, writer-activist Liz Bradbury joins Merry for an interesting look at her work with PA Diversity Network and some of the amazing projects and events she has organized and facilitated.

Liz is also the author of Angel Food and Devil Dogs,A Maggie Gale Mystery, was a finalist in both the mystery and debut author categories (June 2009) in the Golden Crown Literary Awards!.

So! Two great interviews in one great show. Woman-Stirred Radio! Listen Live at WGDR

7 April 2010

Poet Sandra Beasley and Writer Rachel Spangler on Woman-Stirred Radio

This week on Woman-Stirred Radio, fiction writer Rachel Spangler, and poet Sandra Beasley visit with Merry Gangemi. In concert with National Poetry Month, WW Norton has released Sandra Beasley's new collection, I Was the Jukebox, winner of the 2009 Barnard Women Poets Prize.

Winner of the Golden Crown Literary Award, Rachel Spangler's books are published by Bold Strokes press and her latest, Trails Merge, is now available.

Up first at 4:15, Merry visits with Rachel to talk about her books, her process, and her life as a lesbian writer in post-Stonewall America.
Rachel  holds degrees in politics and government, women’s studies, and English, as well as a master’s degree in college student personnel administration from Illinois State University.  Throughout her college experience, she was actively involved with PFLAG, PRIDE, FMLA, and Safe Schools, all of which influenced various aspects of her first novel, Learning Curve.

Then at 5:00 Merry welcomes Sandra Beasley, whose first book, Theories of Falling, won the 2007 New Issues Poetry Prize. Sandra's recent poems have appeared or are forthcoming in Black Warrior Review, Cave Wall, Blackbird, and Poetry.  Honors for her work include the 2008 Poets & Writers Maureen Egen Exchange Award, the Elinor Benedict Poetry Prize, and fellowships to the Sewanee Writers' Conference, the Millay Colony, and Virginia Center for Creative Arts. She serves on the Board of the Writer's Center and writes for the Washington Post Magazine in Washington, D.C. She is at work on Don't Kill the Birthday Girl: Tales from an Allergic Life.

Woman-Stirred Radio broadcasts live, every Thursday afternoon from 4 to 6 (eastern). WSR is a queer cultural journal that showcases the talents of our global community of writers, poets, musicians, visual artists, and policy makers. To stream, go to WGDR and click on Listen Live. Want to join in the conversation? Call 802.454,7762.