Nov 192015

On July 11, 2015, the Kluge-Ruhe Aboriginal Art Collection held a one-day festival called ARTInstead.  The event featured a panel discussion on race, identity and art with Tony Albert, Gerald Cournoyer, Madhavi Reddi, and Frank Walker. The event was facilitated by Margo Smith.

ArtInstead event at Kluge Ruhe Aboriginal Art Collection at the University of Virginia

Nov 072015

GarySpringerPublicist Gary Springer talks about four films that he brought to this years Virginia Film Festival: Lady in the Van, with the great Maggie Smith; Reconquest of the Useless, a documentary following up on Werner Herzog’s 1982 Peruvian film adventure Fitzcarraldo; The Looking Glass, with esteemed British actress Dorothy Tristan; and Price of Love, a hard­-hitting look at life on the streets in Ethiopia.

Nov 072015

Director Jason Mann’s film The Leisure Class was the winner in this season Project Greenlightjasonmann-leisureclass on HBO. Jason stops by to talk about the making of the film and the challenges of being a documentary film subject himself. The Leisure Class screened Friday November 6 in the new Violet Crown cinema.

Nov 062015

MikeDion-InspiredToRideSean McCord speaks with Mike Dion, the director of Inspired to Ride.  This documentary about the ultra-endurance Trans-Am bike race was distilled down from over 2,000 hours of footage as cyclists crossed the country from Oregon to Virginia. Find out why many cyclists have shirts that read “It’s Mike Dion’s fault” The film will be released on iTunes and other digital outlets on November 13. 

Nov 062015

HallowedGroundSean McCord speaks with Mark Rozzo, Sam Erickson, and Matthew Amster about their film Hallowed Ground which made its film debut at the Virginia Film Festival on Friday at the Southern. The film is a documentary about the “sacred American space” that is Gettysburg. How do people who are drawn there think about the Civil War battle that defined the space and the history of the United States? That’s  the topic the film explores.

Feb 062015


The WH House 100 Thousand Poets for  Change Global 2014 Event Reading was one of  650 events that occurred internationally on  September 27th.

At WH, a broad poetic spectrum of poetry,  including slam, hip-hop,experimental, free  verse and rhymed was presented by sixteen  readers: Catherine Twomey, Bill Prindle, Erika  Castillo, Mary Burns, Tom Brown, Fred Maus,  Joanna Lee, William Sypher, Fred Wilbur,  Sigrid Mirabella, Jamie Reaser, Jason Kirkey,  James McDowell, Patsy Ascuncion, Susan Shafarzek, and Polly Lazaron — Writer House 100 Thousand Poets for Change Event Volunteer Coordinator.

Aug 222014

2013-12-13-1-JarrettOn December 13, 2013, award-winning poet TJ Jarrett discussed her book Ain’t No Grave, and ways of entering the historical poem as means to a greater understanding of history, as well as the pitfalls of inserting the self into the historical moment. Thanks to our moderator, poet Amy Woolard.

Aug 112014

2014-07-27-1On July 27, 2014, author Josh Weil talked to UVA Slavic studies professor Andrew D. Kaufman about the challenges, both internal and external, of breaking far away from yourself in your fiction, and the ways in which doing so can bring you closer to your core project at the same time. He also discussed his relationship with Russian culture and his current fascination with humanity’s efforts to bring light into darkness.

Jul 292014

Cecilia_LlompartOn May 22nd, 2014 Cecilia Llompart discussed her new book The Wingless and explored what it meant to be an artist, specifically that it may require feeling you’re on the “outside” at one point or other in your life. The discussion went into whether differing languages have different beauties, and what it’s like to live as an artist and to attempt to make a living as an artist.

Cecilia Llompart was born in Puerto Rico and raised in Florida. Her first collection, The Wingless, was published by Carnegie Mellon University Press in the spring of 2014. She is the recipient of two awards from the Academy of American Poets, and her poems have appeared inTriQuarterly, The Caribbean, and other journals. Most recently, she served as guest editor for Matter: A Journal of Political Poetry and Commentary, and she will be teaching high school students while serving as chair of creative writing for BLUR: The Blue Ridge Summer Institute for Young Artists in June 2014.


Jul 122014

James Magruder reading from his novel, Let Me See It, at WriterHouse

James Magruder reading from his novel, Let Me See It, at WriterHouse

On June 26, 2014, James Magruder, who started his first short story in 2001 after sixteen years in show business as a dramaturg, translator, and musical book writer, discusses of his new story collection, Let Me See It, and how his career in professional theatre has both warped and enhanced his writing. Thanks to our moderator, Gare Gailbraith

Feb 092014

On February 6, 2014, Dean King, author of  The Feud, talked with Henry Wiencek (author of Master of the Mountain: Thomas Jefferson and His Slaves) about the interaction of myth and history and how to write about events and people that are already larger than life. Members of both the Hatfield and McCoy families were in the audience.

Jan 262014

On Thursday, January 25, 2014 novelist Chad Harbach spoke with WTJU radio host Jordan Taylor about his novel The Art of Fielding and the MFA vs. NYC writing cultures.