Feb 062015
 

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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 Writerpoets.org, 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.

Apr 242013
 

The Street Musicians of New Orleans

Reporter Deepak Singh was in New Orleans recently. Walking around the city, he talked with some of the street musicians and recorded their music. Take a listen!

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Feb 212013
 

And  now, our final podcast of winners from previous Big Blue Door events is Jude Silveira, who told his story in November 2012. The first annual Big Blue Door Slam is tonight at 8:00 pm at the Black Moto Saloon.

Feb 212013
 

Tonight’s the big night! The Big Blue Door Slam will be held at the Black Moto Saloon and will feature stories from previous winners of the monthly storytelling event.

Now we  bring you Browning Porter, the winner of the September 2012 event.

Feb 212013
 

Tonight, the Big Blue Door Jam will hold its first ever Big Blue Door Slam, at which previous winners of the storytelling event will try to win the annual prize. The story you about to hear was told by Ray Nedzel. The theme was Unnecessary Suffering. Be warned that this podcast contains mature themes.

Feb 192013
 

 

This Thursday, the Big Blue Door Jam will hold its first ever Big Blue Door Slam, at which previous winners of the storytelling event will try to win the annual prize.  Here, one of the participants, Miller Murray Susen, shares a story inspired by the theme of families. This story was performed in December of 2012.