December 2011 Write On! Radio Archives

Acclaimed Native American author Leslie Marmon Silko joins us to talk about her memoir, The Turquoise Ledge. A former professor of English and fiction writing, Leslie Marmon Silko is the author of novels, short stories, essays, poetry, articles, and filmscripts.

James Lenfestey and Mark Gustafson also join us to talk about Robert Bly’s upcoming reading Monday, December 12th, of his translations of the 2011 Nobel Laureate Tomas Transtromer’s poetry in the book The Half-Finished Heaven, 7 p.m. at Plymouth Congregational Church.

No stranger to Write on Radio, James Lenfestey is a multi-faceted writer living in the Twin Cities. A journalist and author of four collections of poetry, including Cartload of Scrolls: 100 Poems in the Manner of T’ang Dynasty Poet Han-shan, he coordinated the conference Robert Bly in This World, edited a book by the same title, and chairs the Literary Witnesses series in Minneapolis.

Mark Gustafson is a classics professor and scholar of Robert Bly’s career, and is currently working on a biography of Robert Bly.

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Joining us by phone is Matt Rees, the author of the novel Mozart’s Last Aria, a mystery that opens after Mozart’s death and is told by his sister Nannerl. Matt Rees is an award-winning British crime novelist perhaps best known for his series featuring the Palestinian detective Omar Yussef.

Also joining us is Man Booker Prize-winning novelist Alan Hollinghurst, whose most recent book is A Stranger’s Child, a century-spanning saga about a love triangle that spawns a myth and a family mystery across generations.

Legendary Twin Cities musician Paul Metsa joins us to talk about his memoir, Blue Guitar Highway. Greil Marcus has said of the book, The roads Paul Metsa has traveled are so fabled you might think, opening his book, that it would be a book of footnotes—the record of a man walking in other people’s footsteps. But Metsa brings every myth the roads carry down to earth, rewriting their stories in real time, returning the roads to real life, opening them up again to both past and future.

Also this week we talk with John Harrigan about his novel, The Jeeptown Sock Hop, a bittersweet portrayal of sex abuse, revenge and interracial relationships in the 1950s that does not correspond to a Norman Rockwell painting.

We speak with our own Matthew Rucker about upcoming Slam Poetry events. Matthew Rucker is the coach of the National Champion St. Paul Slam Poetry team and is also an artist and poet in his own right. Appearing with him in the studio is Khary Jackson, a champion slam poet who resides in the Twin Cities.

Also this week we speak with Larry Watson about his new novel, American Boy, a coming-of-age story set in southwestern Minnesota. He is the author, among other works, of Montana 1948, Orchard, and Sundown, Yellow Moon. Larry Watson has also received grants and fellowships from the National Endowment for the Arts.