21 July 2011

Joan Opry and Amie Klempnauer Miller are Woman-Stirred

Today on Woman-Stirred Radio, Merry Gangemi welcomes Amie Klempnauer, author of She Looks Just Like You: A memoir of (non-biological lesbian) motherhood, and author Joan Opyr, whose brand-new Shaken and Stirred has just been released by Bywater Press.

Up first at 4:15 is Amie Klempnauer Miller, a development consultant to the public media industry. Miller’s work has appeared in Salon and in Brain, Child, and Greater Good, magazines.

There are thousands of books published about motherhood and parenting every year, but Miller’s, She Looks Just Like You, takes us into the world of lesbian child-bearing and parenting. As the non-biological mother of her daughter, Miller explores the experience of motherhood from and through multiple prisms of lesbian and straight concepts of parenthood and family. The book is engaging, unlike so many pedantic books that grate at one’s nerves or terrify the uninitiated, moving from personal experience to abstract notions of who we are as lesbians and mothers. Sometimes confident, anxious, expectant, and funny, the book is as delightful to read as it is important to the cultural memory of lesbian mother experience.

So tune in today, Thursday, July 21st at 4:15 for a serious but casual conversation about lesbian motherhood.

Want to join the conversation? Give us a call at 802.454.7762, or email me at merrygangemi@gmail.com.

Then at 5:00, I welcome Joan Opyr to talk about her fun and snappy new novel, Shaken and Stirred, which through credible characters and authentic experiences, examines the “absurdity and devotion that holds families together.” (press release)

"Sometimes I think my story is about addiction and adultery. Other times I think it’s about bad luck with the Avon lady. And not just one—one I could chalk up to chance. Two rotten Avon ladies feel more like a curse.  (Shaken and Stirred).

So tune in to Woman-Stirred Radio, today from 4 to 6 p.m. (eastern), 91.1/91.7 fm on WGDR/WGDH, Goddard College’s community radio stations. To stream us live click HERE. Amie Miller at 4:15 and Joan Opry at 5:00. Air studio phone is 802.454.7762. Email questions to merrygangemi@gmail.com






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12 July 2011

Woman-Stirred Radio and Mind Your Own Life




This Thursday, July 14th at 5:00 p.m. (Eastern), please join Merry Gangemi in welcoming inspirational writer Aaron Anson to Woman-Stirred Radio to talk about his new book,  Mind Your Own Life, an autobiographical narrative of his childhood, life, and times. 

"Aaron Anson is an inspirational writer and new thought coach who is married and lives in Washington, DC with his partner Oliver, where they operate a small computer technology firm. He is currently at work on another book and has appeared on several radio shows and spoken at a number of literary events around the country.
His first book began as a journal of his life and eventually unfolded into a book. Before then he did not consider being a writer and accepted the creation that his writing instead chose him as a vessel for those with muted voices longing to be heard and those striving for an authentic affirmation of self-love.

Raised a devout christian in the South and endeavoring to uphold indoctrinated beliefs, he struggled to suppress his nascent sexual attraction hoping to escape the ambiguity of being gay with Christian beliefs. After a stint in the military he married and fathered two children before accepting that he was inherently a gay man.

His fascination with the arts, world cultures, and all of humanity has led him to travel six continents. Anson is passionated about empowering teenagers gay and straight alike who struggle to find their place amidst the bombardment of excessive political and religious rhetoric. He has participated in relief efforts around the world and several missions that address homelessness" (Source).

So join us, this Thursday, July 14th at 5 pm for a visit with Aaron Anson. Want to join the conversation? Give us a call: 802.454.7762. Or email your questions to merrygangemi@gmail.com