March 2012 Write On! Radio Archives

We chat with Kris Bigalk, whose first full-length collection of poetry, Repeat the Flesh in Numbers, is forthcoming from New York Quarterly Books in 2012. Kris’ poetry has appeared in Hip Mama, Silk Road, and The Water~Stone Review. She is currently Director of Creative Writing at Normandale Community College.

Also joining us is Lyda Morehouse, a.k.a. Tate Hallaway, to discuss Almost Everything, the third and final book in the Vampire Princess of St. Paul series under the Tate Hallaway pen name. The previous books in that series are Almost to Die For and Almost Final Curtain. Lyda Morehouse is also the author of the Shamus Award-winning Archangel Protocol series.

Novelist Arthur Phillips calls in to talk about his newest novel, The Tragedy of Arthur, a witty book about a supposed newly discovered play by Shakespeare. It was named a New York Times Notable Book of 2011. Arthur Phillips is also the author of Prague and Angelica, among other works.

We also speak with Donovan Holn, author of Moby-Duck: The True Story of 28,800 Bath Toys Lost at Sea and of the Beachcombers, Oceanographers, Environmentalists, and Fools, Including the Author, Who Went in Search of Them. It was also declared a New York Times Notable Book of 2011, among other awards garnered. More information is available at

Gregory Crouch calls in to talk about his new book, China’s Wings: War Intrigue, Romance, and Adventure in the Middle Kingdom During the Golden Age of Flight. His work has appeared in The Atlantic, National Geographic (“Stone Cold Ascent,” 3/00, and “Caves of Oman,” 4/03), Outside, National Geographic Adventure, American History, and many others. His book, Enduring Patagonia (Random House, 2001), was chosen for the Barnes & Noble “Discover Great New Writers” program.

We also speak with acclaimed author Heid Erdrich about her new collection of poetry, Cell Traffic. A recipient of Minnesota State Arts Board fellowships, awards from The Loft Literary Center, the Archibald Bush Foundation and elsewhere, she has published three previous collections, including National Monuments and The Mother’s Tongue. She is a member of the Turtle Mountain Band of Ojibway.

We celebrate KFAI’s spring pledge drive with author Matthew Pearl, who joins us to talk about his new book, The Technologists. He is the author of the novels The Dante Club, The Poe Shadow, and The Last Dickens. His books have been New York Times bestsellers and international bestsellers translated into more than 30 languages.

In the second half of the show, we discuss the popularity of such post-apocalyptic works as The Hunger Games and The Road, and venture opinions as to why they’re so successful right now.