December 2009 Write On! Radio Archives

Our guests are poet and University of Minnesota professor Ray Gonzalez and fiction writer Alan DeNiro.

Ray Gonzalez is the author of several collections of poetry, fiction, and non-fiction. He has two new books of poetry out which we will be talking about: Faith Run and Cool Auditor, a collection of prose poems.

Alan DeNiro is also in the studio to talk about his newest novel, Total Oblivion, More or Less. His previous works include a selection of short stories, Skinny Dipping in the Lake of the Dead.

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Our guests are journalists Neal Karlen and Paul Tough.

Neal Karlen is a long-time contributor to The New York Times and the author of several books, the most recent being The Story of Yiddish: How a Mish-Mosh of Languages Saved the Jews.

Paul Tough is an editor at The New York Times Magazine and the author of Whatever It Takes: Geoffrey Canada’s Quest to Change Harlem and America. He talks with Matthew Rucker about the creation of the Harlem Children’s Zone, an area in central Harlem where Geoffrey Canada has implemented a revolutionary approach to public education.

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Kim Jensen calls in to talk about her newest collection of poetry, Bread Alone. Naomi Shihab Nye has said of her work, “Kim Jensen’s poems are searing and spare. They will haunt you and stretch your vision. You won’t be the same person after reading them that you were before. More information about Bread Alone can be found at www.kimjensen.org:http://www.kimjensen.org.

In the second half, Anne Stratton calls in to talk about her debut novel Buried Heart, a tale of romantic suspense that takes place in Milwaukee and in a archeological ruin in the Mayan rain forest.

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Our guest Sue Leaf talks to us about her new book, The Bullhead Queen, a memoir that links the liturgical world with the seasons, musing on the natural world, environmental issues, and her Christian faith.

Also today, Kate Ledger joins us to talk about her novel Remedies, a book that explores the complicated nature of pain.

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We celebrate New Year’s Eve in the daytime with spoken word poets Matthew Rucker, Khary Jackson, and Brittany Delaney. They perform Monday night January 4th at the Soap Boxing Slam at the Artists Quarter in St. Paul.

Also this week, Steven Boyett talks about his novel Elegy Beach, the long-awaited sequel (26 years!) to his post-apocalyptic fantasy, Ariel.

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