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- Writers' Voices - 20070105 - Tony Ellis

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Tony Ellis reads from his latest poetry collection and discusses ghostwriting projects including "On the Wings of a White Horse", Oni Vitandham's story of her escape from the killing fields of Cambodia.

- Writers' Voices - 20070112 - Doug Gorney

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San Francisco-based writer Doug Gorney tells all about ghost-writing sports hero autobiographies.

- Writers' Voices - 20070126- Sharon Bousquet

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Sharon Bousqet

- Writers' Voices - 20070323 - Jeffrey Smith

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Jeffrey Smith is the author of "Seeds of Deception," the explosive expose of the health dangers of genetically modified (GM) foods, and the forthcoming "Genetic Roulette." He will share his experiences as an investigative reporter, author and world-wide speaker; including his research methods, writing process, and how he integrates his writing and speaking careers.

- Writers' Voices - 20070427 - Janet Atwood

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Janet Atwood, coauthor of "The Passion Test" shares her passion for writing.

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Writers' Voices with Monica and Caroline welcomes Jennie Rothenberg-Gritz home to Fairfield and to KRUU-FM this Friday at 1 p.m.

Jennie Rothenberg-Gritz

Jennie Rothenberg-Gritz moved to Fairfield at the age of six and is an alumna of both Maharishi School of the Age of Enlightenment and Maharishi University of Management. She earned her masters degree in journalism from UC Berkeley in 2002 and went on to internships at Time Out London and The Atlantic Monthly. She spent two years as senior editor at Moment, a national magazine founded by Elie Wiesel, before joining the Atlantic Monthly staff full time. She is currently one of two editors responsible for all web content at The Atlantic online.

- Writers' Voices - 20070525 - David Hawthorne

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- Writers' Voices - 20070608 - John Ong

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John Ong on Writers' Voices

- Writers' Voices - 20070615 - Patricia Draznin

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- Writers' Voices - 20070622 - Betty Sheffield

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- Writers' Voices - 20070629 - Claudia Petrick

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Claudia Petrick of the Iowa Source



Monica & Caroline interview Claudia Petrick, editor of the Iowa Source.

She discusses her 24 years as publisher of the popular regional monthly magazine based out of Fairfield.




- Writers' Voices - 20070706 - Marc Freeman

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Author Bisi Gwamna with Hosts Monica Hadley & Caroline Kilborne


Today on Writer's Voices, Monica & Caroline interview teacher and author Bisi Gwamna, originally of Nigeria, now living and teaching at Iowa Wesleyan in Mount Pleasant.

- Writers' Voices - 20070824 - Jeffrey L. Smith

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Jeffrey L. Smith

Jeffrey L. Smith, founder and president of SEO Design Solutions, a Chicago web design company, discusses writing for web publications as a tool to promote yourself and establish an area of expertise. Part two features poet/performers Freddy Niagara Fonseca and Karen Carter reciting Keats' "Ode to a Nightingale."

- Writers' Voices - 20070831 - Rodney Charles

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- Writers' Voices - 20070914 - Elsa Backstrom

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- Writers' Voices - 20070921 - Jim Meade

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James Meade's "Answer to Cancer"
Writers' Voices with Monica and Caroline welcomes Fairfield author James Meade this week, Monday morning at 8.

Meade has written over 25 books, ranging from computer how-to books to "The Answer to Cancer: Is Never Giving it a Chance to Start."

Join us for another stimulating conversation on the writing process and how to get published.

- Writers' Voices - 20070928 - Janet Sussman

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Bridges by Janet SussmanAuthor, musician, and intuitive counselor Janet Sussman is Monica and Caroline's guest on Writers' Voices this week, Friday at 1 pm and Monday Oct 1 at 8 am. In addition to discussing her published works and writing process, we will be treated to some tracks from Janet's recent CD, "Subtle Bodies."

From Janet's website ( :
A pioneer in the field of time and consciousness, Janet is the author of The Reality of Time (2005) and Timeshift: The Experience of Dimensional Change (1996), both published by Time Portal Publications. Both books has received consummate praise by notable individuals such as Jean Houston and Fred Alan Wolf.

As a musician, Janet works with transformational music and sound to clear and awaken the energetic centers.

- Writers' Voices - 20071012 - Jeff Porter

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Oppenheimer is Watching Me

Author Jeff Porter

Jeff Porter, author of "Oppenheimer is Watching Me" speaks about his book and writing process with Monica and Caroline.

Porter, a teacher in the English Department at the University of Iowa, specializes in literary nonfiction, documentary film, and digital media, with particular emphasis on science and technology. "Oppenheimer is Watching Me" takes literary nonfiction in a new direction by combining a very personal childhood memoir with a close-up look at some of the most historically signficant events of the time.

- Writers' Voices - 20071019 - Interview with Huston Diehl

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Dream Not of Other WorldsMonica and Caroline's guest on Writers' Voices this week is Huston Diehl, professor of English at the University of Iowa and author of "Dream Not of Other Worlds: Teaching in a Segregated Elementary School, 1970," published by the University of Iowa Press.

When Huston Diehl began teaching a fourth-grade class in a "Negro" elementary school in rural Louisa County, Virginia, the school's white superintendent assured her that he didn't expect her to teach "those children" anything.

She soon discovered how these low expectations, widely shared by the white community, impeded her students' ability to learn."

- Writers' Voices - 20071026 - Interview with Tom Savage

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Tom Savage is author of the book "A Dictionary of Iowa Place Names"

- Writers' Voices - 20071110 - Jennifer Hawthorne

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Writers' Voices with Monica and Caroline continues their November theme of women's wisdom with this week's guest, award-winning author and international speaker, Jennifer Read Hawthorne.

Jennifer is co-author of four bestselling books, including Chicken Soup for the Woman’s Soul and Chicken Soup for the Mother’s Soul. Both books reached #1 on the New York Times and #1 and #2 on USA Today’s best-seller lists and continue to be among the most popular of all books in the Chicken Soup for the Soul series.

As an author and self-esteem expert, Jennifer has appeared on CNN, Sally Jesse Raphael, Pure Oxygen,
and hundreds of national, regional and local TV and radio shows. She has been featured in numerous magazine and newspaper articles, and writes articles for national magazines such as Ladies Home Journal.

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Women’s healthcare nurse practitioner Nancy Leigh Harless, of Wever, Iowa, has written “WOMANKIND: Connection & Wisdom Around the World,” a compilation of stories from real women across the world that Harless has encountered in her travels and experience as a women’s health nurse practitioner. From the Mayan mothers in the Belize rainforest to a race for the hospital with a laboring woman in the Kosovo countryside, the author tells the stories of the women she met, separated by land but united by the grace and strength of womankind.

Nancy will share her experiences as a writer and a nurse pracitioner on Writers' Voices with Monica and Caroline this Friday, Nov 16 from 1 to 2 pm, to be rebroadcast Monday Nov 19 at 8 am.

- Writers' Voices - 20071130 - Interview w/ Meryl Runion

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Meryl Runion Tune in Friday at 1pm or Monday at 8 am as Monica and Caroline welcome another powerhouse of feminine wisdom to Writers' Voices.

For over 20 years, former Fairfield resident Meryl Runion has owned and operated a training and information service company. In addition to designing, marketing and presenting customized seminars, Meryl worked as an independent contractor for the World Plan Executive Council, presenting personal development training on their behalf. For eight years, Meryl contracted extensively for SkillPath Seminars, teaching management, communication, conflict management and personal development classes worldwide.

- Writers' Voices - 20071207 - Gangaji

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GangajiGangaji is an American-born spiritual teacher dedicated to sharing the path of freedom through simple and direct self-inquiry,as taught by the legendary sage Sri Ramana Maharshi of India. In 1990,Gangaji (then Antoinette Roberson Varner) entered this lineage through Sri H.W.L. Poonjaji. Since that time,she has traveled the world,holding gatherings and retreats with spiritual seekers of all faiths.

- Writers' Voices - 20071214 - Muriel Nellis

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Literary and Creatie Artists

Founded by Muriel Nellis in 1981, Literary and Creative Artists is now one of the largest, most active literary agencies in the Washington DC area. With solid business relationships with all the major trade houses and their imprints, LCA currently represents over eighty writers. Their client list ranges from first-time authors to best-selling nonfiction and award-winning literary fiction writers. LCA specializes in creative extension of their authors' subjects --whether fiction or non-fiction,-- into any other appropriate cross-media opportunity to impress them onto the 'public mind'.

- Writers' Voices - 20071221 - Christmas Special

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Co-hosts Caroline Kilbourn and daughter Monica Hadley share some favorite Christmas stories.


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Maya Angelou



Poet, teacher and author Maya Angelou discusses her work with Monica, as well as her support of presidential hopeful Senator Hillary Clinton. Monica then discusses a number of presidential hopeful autobiographies with several local guests.


- Writers' Voices - 20071228 - Maya Angelou Interview

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Maya Angelou



Poet, teacher and author Maya Angelou discusses her work with Monica and Caroline, as well as her support for presidential hopeful Senator Hillary Clinton.


- Writers' Voices - 20080104 - Galen Saturley

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Former Fairfielder Galen Saturley speaks with Writers' Voices host Monica Hadley about his offerings in Blue Tree Publishing's Portrait of a Restaurant series ( These beautiful books break new ground by combining

Portrait of a Restuarant

art photography and recipes, focusing on the best restaurants in a specific town. Galen recently published Portrait of a Restaurant: Cambridge and is Galen Saturleyworking on two more books in the series.


Writer's Voices airs Friday at 1pm and is rebroadcast Monday morning at 8 am.

- Writers' Voices - 20080104 - Galen Saturley

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- Writers' Voices - 20080111 - James Tipton

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Author James TiptonFormer Fairfielder James Tipton will be the featured guest on Writers' Voices with Monica and Caroline this Friday at 1 pm (rebroadcast Monday at 8 am).

Tipton will discuss his recently published historical novel "Annette Vallon: A Novel of the French Revoluion," based on the life of William Wordsworth's French lover.

What about this woman, a footnote in literary history, inspired 15 years of research and writing?

- Writers' Voices - 20080111 - James Tipton

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- Writers' Voices - 20080118 - Susan Wilson

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Susan WilsonAuthor and executive coach Susan Wilson joins Monica and Caroline on Writers' Voices Friday Jan 18 at 1 pm and Monday Jan 21 at 8 am. Susan is CEO of Executive Strategies (, working with high-performance companies and individuals. She is the author of "Gourmet Meetings on a Microwave Schedule," "Transformational Leadership," "Magnetic Leadership" and more. She also contributed to "Chicken Soup for the Woman's Soul" and "Intimate Moments with God." Susan uses her flair for storytelling to enhance her coaching work.

Plus, her coauthor on some of the books is Caroline's daughter-in-law, Deanne Herr.

Join us this week on Writers' Voices for another informative and entertaining interview.

- Writers' Voices - 20080118 - Susan Wilson

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- Writers' Voices - 20080125 - Meghan Dowd

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- Writers' Voices - 20080125 - Meghan Dowd

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Meghan Dowd


Former Fairfielder Meghan Dowd will join Monica and Caroline on Writers' Voicesthis Monday Jan 28 at 8 am. Meghan has been working in LA as a script coordinator and writing assistant for television shows such as Big Shots (currently on ABC), Reunion, Haunted and Laguna Beach: The Real OC. She's back in Fairfield on a break due to the writers' strike.

Tune in to hear Meghan decribe what she calls a "great job, we get to joke around all day and tell crazy stories, and eventually we have a workable storyline for an episode."


- Writers' Voices - 20080201 - Olabisi Gwamna

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Author Olabisi Gwamna with Monica & Caroline


In honor of the publication of "Dancing With Shadows and Other Stories", Writers' Voices will be rebroadcasting Monica & Caroline's interview with Iowa Wesleyan professor and author Olabisi Gwamna.

In this book, Bisi spins tales of her early life in Nigeria. Bisi now lives in Mt. Pleasant with her husband and four sons.

Fridays at 1pm right here on KRUU-FM.

[Rebroadcast Monday mornings at 8am.]

- Writers' Voices - 20080208 - Dr. Laurel Parnell

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Dr. Laurel ParnellMonica
and Caroline welcome psychologist and teacher Dr. Laurel Parnell,
author of "Tapping In: A Step-by-Step Guide to Activating Your Healing
Resources Through Bilateral Stimulation" to Writers' Voices. Learn
about resource tapping and its development by practitioners of EMDR
(Eye Movement Desensitation and Reprocessing) healing therapies.


- Writers' Voices - 20080208 - Dr. Laurel Parnell

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- Writers' Voices - 20080215 - Susan Klopfer

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Where Rebels Roost


This Friday at 1 pm and Monday at 8 am, Writers' Voices with Monica and Caroline welcomes Mt. Pleasant author and speaker Susan Klopfer. Ms. Klopfer, an award-winning journalist and formerly an acquisitions and development editor for Prentice Hall, is the author of "Where Rebels Roost: Mississippi Civil Rights Revisted," which follows the history of African Americans and their struggle for civil rights in the Mississippi Delta region.

Ms. Klopfer's prior publications include "The Emmett Till Book," and a number of computer how-to books. Her speaking topics include "There is a Book Inside You - How to Get It Out" and "How to Market Your Book and Services on the Internet."

Join us this week on Writers Voices for another stimulating conversation about books and writing.

- Writers' Voices - 20080215 - Susan Klopfer

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Join Monica and special guest host Paul Gandy as they welcome former Fairfieldjessica hawthorne-castro resident Jessica Hawthorne-Castro to Writers' Voices.

Hawthorne-Castro was formerly a successful television literary agent for Hollywood's Endeavor Agency, representing writers, directors and producers for television and feature films. In this capacity, she assisted the creators of several top-rated TV programs, such as Entourage, The Office, Heroes, 24, and Law and Order. Jessica has since joined forces with her father, Tim Hawthorne, as the next generation of Hawthorne Direct, a Fairfield-based full-service television advertising agency.

Listen in Friday at 1pm or Monday at 8am as Jessica explains why "the writer" rules in television, how the internet is changing the rules of the game, and what it takes to make it as a writer in Hollywood.

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Fairfield artist/poet Elaine Duncan discusses creativity, breaking boundaries, and her uncommon book, "Feathered Space." (See

Children's writer and writing teacher Cheryl Fusco Johnson describes the joys of attending the University of Iowa Summer Writing Festival - see This will be Cheryl's 21st year teaching at the festival.

- Writers' Voices - 20080307 Elaine Duncan

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- Writers' Voices - 20080321 - Allan Hamilton

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A Harvard-educated neurosurgeon reveals his experiences-in and out of the operating room-with apparitions, angels, exorcism, and after-death survival, and shares the lessons he learned.
A young burn victim remains in a coma until a ghost appears.
A doctor discovers he can predict when a patient will die.
A clinically dead patient later recounts extraordinary details about the private lives of her caregivers.
A physician needs the help of a Navajo shaman to exorcise the spirit of his dead patient.

These things really happened-and neurosurgeon Allan J. Hamilton was involved in every one of them, and many more. Based on thirty years of medical experience, The Scalpel and the Soul tells the unspoken stories behind remarkable patients and strange events, and shares the moral and spiritual lessons found in them.

- Writers' Voices - 20080321 - Allan Hamilton

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- Writers' Voices - 20080328 - Anya Lobos

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Rustin Larson

They tell me that April is National Poetry Month, so help celebrate this momentous occasion by tuning into Writers' Voices Monday at 8 am as Caroline and Monica interview Fairfield poets Rustin Larson and Matthew McLeod.

We'll be talking about the role of poetry in America in the 21st
century, what motivates these poets, and more. Plus, we'll get to hear
some great poems!

Fridays at 1pm CST Rebroadcast Mondays at 8am

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- Writers' Voices - 20080411 - Deborah Madison

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This week's guest, Deborah Madison, is the founding chef of the renowned Deborah Madison restaurant Greens and is the author of "Local Flavors: Cooking and Eating from America's Farmer's Markets" and half a dozen other vegetarian cookbooks.

She is active in the Slow Food movement, and is on the board of the Seed Savers Exchange and The Southwest Grassfed Livestock Local FlavorsAssociation. Deborah writes for and, and has contributed to Cooking Light, Williams Sonoma's Taste, Vegetarian Times, Gourmet, Food and Wine, Bon Appetit, Garden Design, Fine Cooking, Organic Style, The LA Times, Orion, and others.

- Writers' Voices - 20080411 - Deborah Madison

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- Writers' Voices - 20070413-Allen Cobb

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Cave paintingsFairfield Poet Allen Cobb reads from his just-published collection, "Cave Paintings," and describes the latest phenomenon in publishing - print on demand. Listen for a thorough description of the techncial and financial details of this new method of self-publishing.

- Writers' Voices - 20080416 - Shanta Small

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Shanta SmallShanta Small, formerly of Fairfield, is currently the Associate Director of PublicityPenguin
and Marketing at Tarcher/Penguin, an imprint of Penguin Group USA, Inc.
She has worked with both adult and children's book authors, including
Judy Collins (The Seven T's), Julia Cameron (The Artist's Way), Martha
Frankel (Hats & Eyeglasses), Carl Hiaasen (Flush), Markus Zusak
(The Book Thief), and John Feinstein (Last Shot).


- Writers' Voices - 20080425 - Sherri Brooks Vinton

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Sherri Brooks VintonA cross-country motorcycle tour brought Sherri Brooks Vinton face-to-face with the negative impacts of industrial agriculture and compelled her to trade in her career as a executive to begin a quest for food raised with integrity. Her first book, The Real Food ReReal Food Revivalvival: Aisle by Aisle, Morsel by Morsel, (Tarcher/Penguin) is a result of that search and offers practical tips for eaters who, like herself, want a more delicious, sustainable future. The Real Food Revival was a Publisher’s Weekly Starred Selection and was nominated for the 2005 “Books for a Better Life” award.

Sherri Brooks Vinton will be a featured speaker at Fairfield's EcoFair on May 3. Join Monica and Caroline on Writers' Voices, broadcasting live Friday April 25 at 1 pm, to meet this author at the forefront of the Real Food movement. Rebroadcast Monday April 28, 8 am.

You can learn more about Sherri and her "Sustainable Solutions" at

- Writers' Voices - 20080502 - Bernie DeKoven

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Funsmith Bernie DeKoven


Monica Hadley interviews funsmith Bernie DeKoven, author of The Well-Played Game and Junkyard Sports, who was a part of Junkfest, this year's Youth Arts Festival.

- Writers' Voices - 20080509 - Tony Ellis

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Fairfield poet Tony Ellis, author of "There is Wisdom in Walnuts," will discuss his Wisdom in Walnuts

work in process resulting from a weeks-long retreat at Soul Mountain writers' retreat. Soul Mountain was founded by poet Marilyn Nelson in rural Connecticut and is sponsored by the University of Connecticut. It offers residencies for up to four writers at a time. “When my book of poems about the scientist-saint George Washington Carver started to bear surprising fruit, I suddenly had enough money for a down-payment on a childhood dream. ...[Now,] poems not my own are being written under my roof. My guest book is filled with gratitude. So am I."

- Writers' Voices - 20080523 - Jennie Rothenberg

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Writers' Voices with Monica and Caroline welcomes former Fairfield resident Jennie Rothenberg-Gritz back to the show on Friday May 23 at 1pm to discuss her recent ventures into multimedia story tellilng and her behind-the-scenes coverage of the David Lynch weekend for The Atlantic Monthly.

Jennie Gritz



Jennie is an alumna of both Maharishi School of the Age of Enlightenment and Maharishi University of Management. She earned her masters degree in journalism from UC Berkeley in 2002 and went on to internships at Time Out London and The Atlantic Monthly. She spent two years as senior editor at Moment, a national magazine founded by Elie Wiesel, before joining the Atlantic Monthly staff full time. She is currently one of two editors responsible for all web content at The Atlantic online.

- Writers' Voices - 20080530 - Karen Lemansky

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- Writers' Voices - 20080606 - Robert Herron

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Dr. Robert HerronWriters' Voices with Monica and Caroline welcomes Robert E. Herron, Ph.D. this week to speak about his recent book, "New Knowledge for New Results: A Comprehensive Strategy for Reducing Sky-Rocketing Medical Costs." Dr. Herron is an independent researcher, writer, speaker, and consultant in medical cost reduction and health policy. He holds a B.A. in English, an MBA and doctoral degree in management, and has completed a post-doctoral program in the epidemiology of cardiovascular disease that was funded by the National Institutes of Health. Herron has taught a wide range of business and government policy courses. In his book, he reports the results of his research into the cost-effectiveness of various methods of disease prevention and alternative medicine.

- Writers' Voices - 20080613 - Abby Marks Beale

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Join Monica and Caroline on Writers' Voices Friday June 13 at 1 pm as they speak with a writer who is also a reading expert.Speed Reading

The tips and examples offered in The Complete Idiot's Guide® to Speed Reading teach readers how to speed through and understand books, articles, and professional journals and also build their personal reading confidence and competence.

Abby Marks Beale


- Writers' Voices - 20080627 - Daphne Gray Grant

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- Writers' Voices - 20080704 - Marilyn Nelson

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Marily Nelson

Marilyn Nelson, former Poet Laureate of Connecticut, English professor, and founder of Soul Mountain Retreat for poets, is our guest on Writers' Voices this week. Among her 12 published books and 3 chapbooks are two National Book Award finalists, Newberry Honor Books and a Coretta Scott King Honor book. She has received numerous other honors and awards for her writing and teaching.

In recent years, Nelson has focused largely on writing poems that explore African American history using traditional poetic forms such as the sonnet. Although written for adults, they have been
published as illustrated books for young adults, receiving widespread acclaim. In "A Wreath for Emmet Till" she uses a very complex form, the heroic crown sonnet, to tell a tragic story from our not-so-ancient past.

Join Monica and Caroline Monday morning at 8am for a delightful wide-ranging conversation with poet Marilyn Nelson.

- Writers' Voices - 20080711 - Cyndi Dale

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Cyndi Dale


Cyndi Dale is an internationally renowned author, speaker, intuitive healer, and visionary. She is president of Life Systems Services, a corporation that offers intuitive-based healing, destiny coaching, and corporate consulting. Cyndi has been trained in multiple healing modalities, including shamanism, intuitive healing, Lakota medicine, and Reiki. She has written several groundbreaking books on the chakras, including Advanced Chakra Healing, Attracting Prosperity Through the Chakras, and New Chakra Healing, and her work has been translated into nine languages.
Join Monica and Caroline on Writers' Voices this Friday, July 11, from 1 - 2 pm in an inquiry into Cyndi's latest book, Illuminating the Afterlife: Your Soul's Journey Through the Worlds and Beyond, recently released by Sounds True. Our interview with Cyndi will be rebroadcast Monday July 14 at 8 am.

- Writers' Voices - 20080718 - Mike Palacek

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"Terse and funny and dry as a dead Iowa corn snake baking in the sun. Palecek delivers a quick, deadpan slap to reactionary, mindless post-9/11 America. The sting is delightful."

Mark Morford, columnist, San Francisco Chronicle


Mike Palecek


Mike Palecek was a peace prisoner in the 1980's, serving time in county jails and federal prisons for civil disobedience at Offutt Air Force Base.

During the 1990s he was a reporter for small-town newspapers in Nebraska, Iowa, Minnesota. The small newspaper Ruth and Mike owned in southeast Minnesota was named the Newspaper of the Year for 1994 by the Minnesota Newspaper Association.

- Writers' Voices - 20080711 - Cyndi Dale

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- Writers' Voices - 20080801 - Randy Hobler

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- Writers' Voices - 20080808 - Leslie Kagen

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- Writers' Voices - 20080815 - Richard Edson

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- Writers' Voices - 20080822 - Dale Salwak

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- Writers' Voices - 20080829 - Natalie Goldberg

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Old Friend From Far Away



Tune into KRUU 100.1 FM this Friday at 1 pm to hear Natalie Goldberg live on Writers’ Voices.
Ms. Goldberg is the author of “Writing Down The Bones: Freeing The
Writer Within” (1986), which sold over one million copies and was
translated into fourteen languages.

University of Iowa writing teacher Cheryl Fusco Johnson will join co-host Caroline Kilbourn
to delve into Ms. Goldberg’s latest book, “Old Friend from Far Away:
The Practice of Writing Memoir.” Cheryl says “If this book doesn’t get
you writing, nothing will.”

The interview will be rebroadcast Monday at 8 am.

- Writers' Voices - 20080725 - Kathi Macias

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Train of Thought


Kathi Macias is a multi-award winning writer who has authored 22 books and ghostwritten several others. A former newspaper columnist and string reporter, Kathi has taught creative and business writing in various venues and has been a guest on many radio and television programs. Kathi is a popular speaker at churches, women’s clubs and retreats, and writers’ conferences.

Join Monica and Caroline on Writers' Voices Friday July 25 at 1 pm as Kathy reveals the secrets behind the Train of Thought method of how best to turn your thoughts and dreams into a clear,
compelling, readable manuscript.

For information on this and Kathi's other books, please see

- Writers' Voices - 20080905 Debengle- Dianeglass

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Writers' Voices with Monica and Caroline welcomes Iowans Diane Glass and Deb Engle, coauthors of "Tending Your Inner Garden: A notebook of personal transformation and renewal."


Tune in to hear about this program of spirituality and creativity just for women, based on the cycles of Nature as a model of change. "Tending Your Inner Garden" encourages women to use journaling, art and meditation to get in touch with their inner desires and find fulfillment.

Tending Inner Garden


- Writers' Voices - 20080926 Mary Swander

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Click here for Mary Swander's website

Award-winning author Mary Swander
talks with us about her memoir, "Out of this world: A Journey of Healing" this Friday on Writers' Voices with Monica and Caroline

In addition to her two memoirs, three books of poetry, and other creative works, Ms. Swander has published individual poems, essays, short stories and articles in such places as The Nation, National Gardening Magazine, The New Republic, The New Yorker, The New York Times Magazine, and Poetry magazine.

- Writers' Voices - 20081003 Robert McDowell

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Robert McDowell



Tune in to KRUU 100.1 FM this Monday at 8am to hear Robert McDowell on Writers' Voices. We'll be discussing his book, Poetry as Spiritual Practice.

At once an engaging technical primer on the mechanics and terminology
of poetry, a profound meditation on the relationship between poetry and
the Divine, and an inspirational guide for integrating poetry into
daily spiritual practice, Poetry as Spiritual Practice will become a cherished companion, inviting you to recognize poetry as "the pure sound and shape of your spirit."


- Writers' Voices - 20080919 Dr. Loreen Herwaldt

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Our guest this week on Writers' Voices with Monica and Caroline is Iowa City physiPatient Listeningcian Loreen Herwaldt,
who uses the illness narratives of two dozen writer-patients to teach
listening skills to medical students, residents, physicians, and other
health care providers.

Herwaldt skillfully pares each narrative down to its
most basic elements, rendering them into powerful found poems that she
has used successfully in her role as a teacher and in her own practice.
Drawing from narratives by writers who are both emerging and well
known, each poem reveals the experience of illness and treatment from
the patient's perspective.

Join us on Writers' Voices Friday at 1 pm or Monday 8
am for insights on the use of poetry in the practice of medicine from
Dr. Loreen Herwaldt, author of "Patient Listening: A Doctor's Guide."

- Writers' Voices - 20080912 Melissa Delbridge

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Delbridge knows sorrow like she knows the rhythm
of her own heart. . . . Fans of Carson McCullers won't want to miss
this one—witty, tragic, and relentlessly wise.”—Booklist, starred review

Family Bible

Melissa Delbridge, author of this intense, funny and
tragic memoir of growing up in the deep South, joins Monica and
Caroline on Writers' Voices this week. "Family Bible" was published by
the University of Iowa Press as part of their Sightline Books: the Iowa
Series in Literary Nonfiction.

Delbridge has published essays and short stories in the Antioch Review, Southern Humanities Review, Third Coast, and other journals. She is an archivist in the Rare Book, Manuscript, and Special Collections Library at Duke University.

Join us Friday at 1 pm or Monday at 8 am for this exploration of the modern memoir form.

- Writers' Voices - 20081128 - Gregory Paul Johnson

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Gregory Paul Johnson

Put Your Life on a Diet: Lessons Learned Living in 140 Square Feet is the ultimate resource for living a simpler life as well as leaving behind a smaller environmental footprint and living a healthier life for you and the planet. In this book, author Gregory Paul Johnson guides us in five significant areas -- housing, food, technology, utilities, and transportation.

Writers' Voices with Monica and Caroline
warmly welcomes author Gregory Paul Johnson, as well as guest host Steve Cooperman, this Friday, November 28 at 1pm. Steve Cooperman is a former journalist and KRUU show host who is currently involved in numerous community projects. Steve put his own life on a diet about a year ago when he moved into a 500 sq ft cottage with a wood stove, close to the town square, greatly reducing driving miles.

- Writers' Voices - 20081205 - Laurie Keinlen

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Jill Bolte Taylor

My Stroke of Insight author Dr. Jill Bolte Taylor is this week's guest on Writers' Voices with Monica and Caroline. Tune in to KRUU 100.1 FM Friday Jan 9, 1pm, or Monday Jan 12, 8am. Dr. Taylor, a brain scientist, had a stroke and recovered to tell the story of how her consciousness shifted during the experience. One of Time magazine's 100 most influential people of 2008, and featured on Oprah, Dr. Taylor feels that greater peace is possible by choosing to cultivate our right-brained consciousness, and that this is a message worth spreading.

Dr. Taylor first became interested in the functions of the mind when she was a child, growing up with a brother with schizophrenia. She has devoted her career to the study of severe mental illnesses as a Harvard-trained neuroanatomist.

- Writers' Voices - 20090109 - Jill Bolte Taylor

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Jill Bolte Taylor

My Stroke of Insight author Dr. Jill Bolte Taylor is this week's guest on Writers' Voices with Monica and Caroline. Tune in to KRUU 100.1 FM Friday Jan 9, 1pm, or Monday Jan 12, 8am.
Dr. Taylor, a brain scientist, had a stroke and recovered to tell the story of how her consciousness shifted during the experience. One of Time magazine's 100 most influential people of 2008, and featured on Oprah, Dr. Taylor feels that greater peace is possible by choosing to cultivate our right-brained consciousness, and that this is a message worth spreading.

Dr. Taylor first became interested in the functions of the mind when she was a child, growing up with a brother with schizophrenia. She has devoted her career to the study of severe mental illnesses as a Harvard-trained neuroanatomist.

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Dieppe CrossingA story about friendship, life and adventures take center stage as Betty L. McLane-Iles creates a book that will surely inspire you. Dieppe Crossing takes you to the days of the resistance and retribution of the Spanish Civil War, the French Resistance, and the Occupation of France and back toward the present

Betty McLane-Iles has een a Professor of French at Truman State University in northeast Missouri since 1982. She works on historical biography and fiction, frequently in partnership with her husband, Lawrence Irvine Iles, a British historian and Labour politician. Her perspective on art and life has been strongly influenced by her congressional service, travels, teaching, community and union activism, and by the progressive
humanitarian principles of the European and Quebecois women leaders she has known.

Iowa City Author Thomas Dean on Writers' Voices

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Thomas DeThomas Deanan“A beautifully written memoir . . . a moving journey through the author's personal life and its continual relationship to the landscape he accepts and honors.” -
Jim Heynen
Thomas Dean is a writer and editor with a deep interest in our connections to place, our relationship with the natural world, and the cultural life of the Midwest. A pushcart Prize nominee, Dean has recently published a book of personal essays, Under a Midland Sky (Ice
Cube Press, 2008). This collection focuses on Midwesters life through the experience of seasons, weather, and other phenomena in the sky, exploring Dean's personal efforts at finding home, as well as ruminations on what it means for all of us to seek a sense of place.

Christian author Janet Thompson on Writers' Voices

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Janet ThompsonPlease help us welcome Janet Thompson to Writers' Voices
this Friday at 1pm. Janet has been prolific in sharing her personal experiences with Breast Cancer, once being and then having a "prodigal daughter", and in Christian mentoring. In addition to being a speaker and mentor, Janet is the author of three books, with three more in the works, and is the founder of About His Work Ministries and Publishing.

"Dear God, They Say It's Cancer" is the book that Janet wished he had when she was going through breast cancer. "Praying for Your Prodigal Daughter" offers hope through the success stories of both herself and her daughter. "Woman to Woman Mentoring" is Janet's answer to a call from God that has become her life's passion. She has also published a Bible study series entitled, "Mentoring God's Way".

Janet is currently working on three books, "Dear God, Why Can't I Have a Baby?", "Lunch with Jesus", and "The Team that Jesus Built".

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Writers' Voices celebrates the Fairfield Film Festival by interviewing MUM Filmmakers Geoff Boothby and Cullen Thomas about their film, Wormtooth NationWormtooth Nation this Friday, Feb 6, at 1pm.

Originally conceived as a "steampunk Midsummer Night's Dream set in an underground city where no one ever dies", Wormtooth nation is a 9 part series available for viewing at or this weekend at the Film Festival.

Steampunk is a genre of retrospective science fiction in which fanciful technologies are suggested, even after we know better. Steam-powered space ships or coal-burning robots would be examples of

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Elaine Aron

In her national bestseller, The Highly Sensitive Person: How to Thrive When the World Overwhelms You, author Elaine Aron, Ph.D. defines a distinct personality trait that affects as many as one out of every five people. According to Dr. Aron's definition, the Highly Sensitive Person (HSP) has a sensitive nervous system, is aware of subtleties in his/her surroundings, and is more easily overwhelmed when in a highly stimulating environment.
The HSP personality trait has been accepted into mainstream psychology. Dr. Aron's findings have been published in Counseling Today, Counseling and Human Development, and the prestigious Journal of Personality and Social Psychology.

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Karol Truman will be our guest on Writers' Voices this week.  We will be discussing her book, "Feeligns Buried Alive Never Die."

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Fran Capo


Besides being a motivational speaker, adventurer, actress, comedian, mother, and Guinness Book of World Records holder for fastest talking female, Fran Capo is also the author of 10 books and working on her 11th.

Please join us on Writers Voices as we talk with Fran about three of her books, Adrenalin Adventures about fun and unusual things to do, Almost a Wise Guy, a novel about her father's escapades between the Mob and law enforcement, and Hopeville; City of Light, a children's book that emerged from an angelic encounter.

Fran Capo has been on over 250 television shows, including Entertainment Tonight,Larry King Live, Last Call with Carson Daly, Good Morning America, Nick at Night, Discovery Channel, and the Martha Stewart Show.

Steve Semken on Writers' Voices

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Ice Cube PressSharing, creating and learning since 1993, Ice Cube Press
books have specialized in Midwestern stories about the world in which we live. Sometimes this means examining the wild and the natural, sometimes we must pay attention to the social, the human, even the reptilian.

Who and what have helped us evolve in our place? ICP books tread deeply into new ideas such as living with topsoil, exploring tornadoes, blizzards, sometimes digging down to Devonian fossil beds. At other times ICP books explore humor, or landscape art. Whether it’s weather patterns, food, or prairies.

Ice Cube Press has earned a number of awards, including A Kansas Book Award, A Midwest Connections Pick and the Radish Magazine Award. ICP has worked closely with groups such as Humanities Iowa and the Iowa Arts Council.

Ron Khare on Writers' Voices

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The Sharp Knife of Forced Simplicity; the Numinous Rebellion is the intriging title that we will discuss this week on Writers' Voices. Sharp Knife
What does it mean to truly be an American? How much freedom does a person have in the world? What is "forced simplicity" and why is it a sharp knife? When do problems really start to become a problem? What is real power and how can we use it in life? Is idealism the dream of the immature, or a path to fulfillment? What does "numinous" mean anyway?
These are some of the questions that local author and philosopher Ron Khare tackles in surpsising ways in this collection of essays.
"The writing is clean and clear, and the insights are informed with the passion and excitement of original discovery." -- Angela Mailander, Ph.D.

Anthony Starr and Roma Gal on Writers' Voices

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Zippy and TippyTwo of our own Fairfield authors, Anthony Starr Roma Galat
1pm and and Roma Gal at 1:30pm, will be our guests this Friday on Writers Voices. Tune in to hear about how self-publishing can open doors for writers, from children’s books to steamy romance novels.

Anthony Starr created Zippy and Tippy’s New Family, a beautifully photographed children’s book in which two Midland Painted Box Turtles,who have been longtime friends, discuss and decide to become mates and create a family of their own. This book describes what they must go through to become proud parents while including some of the other animals who share their home, with an emphasis on what humans can do to positively impact their home and nature in general.

Anthony will be doing a reading at Revelations on Saturday,March 28 at 3pm.

Business Writer Paul Lima on Writers' Voices

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Paul Lima


Our guest this week on Writers' Voices is Toronto-based business writer and business writing trainer Paul Lima. Paul has written several books on writing, including "The Six-Figure Freelancer; How to Find, Price, and Manage Corporate Writing Assignments", "The Business of Freelance Writing; How to Develop Article Ideas and Sell them to Newspapers and Magazines", and "How to Write a Non-Fiction Book in 60 Days."

Paul also offers seminars and workshops on search engine optimization, presentations and speeches, media interviews, copywriting, media release writing, and effective emailing.

Please join Monica Hadley and her cohost/mom Caroline this Friday at 1pm to hear from this experienced writer.

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Monica and Caroline get to sit on the other side of the table this week as guest host Chamaigne Montana interviews them about Writers' Voices, started in 2006.  Daughter and Mother team are also writers, musicians, and songwriters themselves.  Quite the dynamic duo, they have performed around Fairifield for many years.  Caroline Kilbourn has been in radio for 50 years, hosting "Talk About Town" in Fairfield and a current program on Christian radio in Burlington.  Tune in to learn more.

- Writers' Voices - 20090410 - Thomas Gates

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Thomas Gates


Thomas Gates is a contributing author of “Thank God I, Book 2”. Book 1 was a best seller. He is also the author of “Nobody Gets out of Here Dead!”, coming out in August. Many years ago, when Thomas was 22, he had an extensive near death experience. As a result, he now inspires and empowers audiences with his presentations, workshops, training programs and consultations as he shares the unique healing gifts and insights that came from his remarkable near death journey.

In his workshops he gives simple, yet powerful techniques to enjoy greater physical, emotional, and spiritual well being and teaches a self treatment healing method.

Please join us for what promises to be a rewarding conversation with Thomas Gates on Writers' Voices, this Friday, April 10 at 1pm.

20090417 Writers Voices George Foster

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Chicken Soup CoverBook publishers call George Foster “the besIssat
book cover designer in the country,” “a master at designing book covers that sell,” “a creative person’s dream to work with,” and even “a lucky charm.” He has designed the cover for more than a thousand books for publishers large and small including Simon & Schuster, Harcourt Brace, Pearson Education, St. Martin’s Press, and early books in the Chicken Soup for the Soul series.

Mr. Foster wrote the chapter on book cover design for the perennial bestseller “1001 Ways to Market Your Books” and will be featured in a new book to be published in August 2009, “The Writer’s
Essential Toolbox”.

Please join Monica and Caroline this Friday on Writers' Voices at 1pm on KRUU to help us welcome local artist George Foster.

Carol Bodensteiner and Lance OKones on Writers’ Voices

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Lance OKonesCarol Bodensteiner

Please join us this week for Writers’ Voices with Monica and Caroline as we hear from two local authors.

Carol Bodensteiner will join us from 1 to 1:30 to talk about her book, Growing Up Country: Memories of an Iowa Farm Girl. While she then heads to the Fairfield Public Library to give a talk at 2pm, we’ll be joined by another Iowa author, Lance OKones, from 1:30 to 2:00.

Father & Son, Rodney & Aman Charles on Writers' Voices

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This week on Writers' Voices, Chamaigne Montana and Caroline Kilbourn will talk with Fairfield's own Rodney Charles, founder of 1st World Publishing, and his son Aman Charles, author of Camp Ghoulog, among others.
Camp GhoulogMiracles of the Saints

Both have a passion for publishing and want to encourage others to give it a whirl. Aman says, "I love writing books because I learn so much while I am writing them." Rodney says, "I'd love to see more Fairfield authors get published. You can make money and just have a blast
promoting books."

In this interview, we will discuss Aman's Camp Ghoulog, Rodney's best seller Miracles of the Saints, and the wonderful world of publishing.

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Visits with the AmishPlease join us on Writers' Voices this week to welcome Linda Egenes, adjunct faculty member at MUM and author of Visits with the Amish. Linda visited with her Old Order Amish neighbors in Southeast Iowa for thirteen years before writing this informative book. She has also written about the Amish for Cobblestone, Plain, Iowa Source, and the Plain Reader. Hosted this week by Chamaigne Montana and Caroline Kilbourn, this is an episode not to be missed by anyone interested in a deeper understanding of Amish culture. “Direct, respectful, and informative, Visits with the Amish takes us into the very homes and businesses of the plain people. There we enter a culture so different from the American mainstream that we are forced to examine our own spiritual beliefs, identities, and values. This slim, quiet book should assume a big place on the bookshelves of anyone interested in anthropology, religion, folklore, or the Amish culture."--Mary Swander

Maximum Security author Alan Gompers on Writers' Voices

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Maximum SecurityAlan Gompers, author of Maximum Security - The True Meaning of Freedom, will be our guest on Writers' Voices this Friday, May 22, at 1pm.

Monica Hadley and Chamaigne Montanab will take a look inside this profound book about a man whose search for worldly security landed him in prison where he discovered real security and freedom through meditation and the teachings of Swami Muktananda.

He takes us on his journey with him through high finance, selling drugs, navigating the dangerous waters of prison, and finding unshakable peace. A former con-man, in this book he describes a spiritual awakining, profound insights, and inner peace with clarity that can't be faked.

Ellen Greene on Writers' Voices

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Ellen Greene

For twenty years, Ellen Greene kept a running list of the thoughtful, funny, touching things that her husband said and did. She wrote them down secretly, and each Valentines Day, he would find pages from her "Sweet Things List" tucked inside a card.

In this beautiful tribute to a man and a marriage, Greene intersperses selections from her "Sweet Things List" with recollections from their years together. Heartrending and frank, this unabashed love story tells of selfless acts and shared adventures, as it reminds us once again to pay attention to the goodness in our lives and our relationships.

Chamaigne Montana and Caroline Kilbourn host this week's episode of Writers' Voices with Ellen Greene talking about her book, "Remember the Sweet Things".

Mary Foster and Alan Gompers on Writers' Voices

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Mary FosterTwo guests on Writers' Voices this week will talk about Alan Gompersspiritual freedom.

Mary Foster from 1 to 1:30 will talk about her contribution to Thank God I, book 2. This is a book with stories of finding gratitude for painful experiences. Book 1 was a best seller and Book 2 has been eagerly anticipated. Mary will be doing a book signing at Revelations on Sunday June 7 at 1pm along with Thomas Gates who is a contributing author to books 1 and 2.

Kevin Roose on Writers' Voices

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Kevin RooseWhat would happen if a student at one of America’s most secular colleges spent a semester at Reverend Jerry Falwell’s “Bible Boot Camp” for young evangelicals?

The Unlikely Disciple answers that question, following Brown University sophomore Kevin Roose during his semester as a new transfer student at Liberty University, the world’s largest evangelical Christian college.

Hoping to connect with his conservative Christian peers, Roose leaps across the God Divide and embeds himself among Liberty’s 10,000 undergraduates, who call themselves “Champions for Christ.” At Liberty, he sings in Rev. Falwell’s church choir, takes classes like Evangelism 101, and makes surprising discoveries about the true nature of America’s culture war.

The chronicle of Roose’s journey is timely, hilarious, and thought-provoking, and will inspire and entertain believers and non-believers alike.

Gary Douglas and Dain Heer on Writers' Voices

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Talk to the Animals

Join us on Writers' Voices this week as we talk with Gary Douglas and Dain Heer, founder and partner in Access Energy Transformation work. We will be discussing their book, Talk to the Animals, a primer on using Access work to intuitively communicate with animals. Filled with amazing stories of successful healing and dramatic improvements in relationships with animals, this book was a fascinating read, and represents a unique approach in the world of animal communication. Chamaigne Montana and Caroline Kilbourn host this weeks' episode of Writers' Voices.

- Writers' Voices - 20090914 - Hugh Ferrer

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Rudy Wilson, "The Red Truck"

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The Red TruckMonica Hadley and Chamaigne Montana speak with Fairfield's own Rudy Wilson about his book, Sonja's Blue, a collection of short stories, many of which have been published in journals or are excerpted from his novels.

Rudy Wilson, author of four books, best known for THE RED TRUCK, has an MFA in English/Fiction Writing, from the University of Iowa's Writers' Workshop, where he was a manuscript reader for admissions to the prestigious graduate writing program. He taught Fiction Writing Workshops there for one year, on a Teaching-Writing Fellowship.

Wilson has received a James Michener Fellowship, a CCLM-GE Award for Fiction published in THE PARIS REVIEW, and an NEA Fellowship for Fiction, in 1989.

Wilson has appeared in Gordon Lish's QUARTERLY, and has three stories in the Winter '94 Indiana Review.

- Writers' Voices - 20091009 - Mariel Hemingway

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- Writers' Voices - 20100221 - Gloria Wendrof

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Gloria WendroffLocal Fairfield writer Gloria Wendroff will be our guest on Writers' Voices this week, along with her business partner, Santhan. They will be discussing Gloria's inspired writings, known as Heavenletters, which have a huge following on the internet. Gloria will be teaching a workshop on Godwriting™ this weekend in Fairfield. The workshop is titled "Come Play with Me!", and will teach us how to open up to receive personal messages from God through writing.

- 20100625 - Writers' Voices - Dr. David Simon

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Dr. David SimonPlease send your healing thoughts to Dr. David Simon, Chopra Center co-founder when you tune in for this pre-recorded interview hosted by Monica Hadley and Caroline Kilbourn.

Earlier this week, Dr. Simon underwent surgery for a brain tumor.  As poignant as his discussion of his latest book, "Free to Love, Free to Heal" was when we first spoke with him, it is even more so now.  You can follow Dr. Simon's recuperation and express your wishes for his recovery at

Dr. David Simon is a board-certified neurologist and pioneer in the medical field. His personal mission is to facilitate the integration of complementary and conventional medicine in the 21st century. Since he began his association with Deepak Chopra, M.D. in the 1980’s, Dr. Simon has become one of the nation’s foremost authorities on effective and appropriate use of holistic health care practices, specifically ayurveda – the 5,000-year-old healing tradition of India.

In his role as medical director for the Chopra Center, Dr. Simon continues to research and develop clinical programs in mind-body medicine. He directs a comprehensive curriculum that includes on-site seminars and workshops, in addition to a worldwide educational outreach enterprise. Dr. Simon is the driving force behind the Chopra Center’s development, training, and implementation of the Center’s flagship programs Perfect Health, Journey into Healing, Primordial Sound Meditation, Seduction of Spirit, Seven Spiritual Laws of Yoga, and Free to Love, Free to Heal.

- Writers' Voices - Father Rookey and Kathleen Quasey

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Father Rookey

This week Monica and Caroline will be talking with author Kathleen Quasey and Father Rookey about her biography of Father Rookey titled Healer of Souls.

 92-year old Father Rookey and his biographer are driving up from Chicago for this inerveiw.

Glowing reports of his healing ministry have been heard around Fairfield. Born October 12, 1916 in Superior, Wisconsin, Father Rookey entered the Servite Seminary in Hillside, Illinois in 1930. He studied theology, philosophy and music at Loyola and DePaul Universities in Chicago. In 1941 he was ordained at Our Lady of Sorrows Basilica in Chicago.

- 20100806 - Writers' Voices - Linda Egenes

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Linda and Tom EgenesJoin Monica and Caroline this week on Writers' Voices as we bring back one of our favorite guests, Linda Egenes, to discuss her latest book "Super Healthy Kids: A Parent's Guide to Maharishi Ayuveda,"  coauthored with Dr. Kumuda Reddy.  This is the first book on Maharishi Ayuveda and children, and follows in the footsteps of "For a Blissful Baby: Healthy and Happy Pregnancy with Maharishi Vedic Medicine."

As explained in Super Healthy Kids, "All parents want the best for their children. Yet when faced with a sick kid, it's hard to know what to do. The time-tested wisdom of Maharishi Ayurveda offers surprisingly effective solutions to children's health problems today—from ADHD to obesity."  We will be talking to Linda Egenes about what it takes to write an authoritative book on such an important topic.

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Geoff Hoppe

This Enduring GiftWriters' Voices with Monica and Caroline welcomes two guests this week.  First up is Geoffrey Hoppe, writer of "Masters in the New Energy" by Adamus Saint Germain. Don't worry if that sounds confusing; Geoffrey channels Adamus Saint Germain.  According to Wikipedia, The Count of St. Germain (fl. 1710–1784) has been variously described as a courtier, adventurer, charlatan, inventor, alchemist, and musician, but is best known for his connection to Theosophy. Tune in for an unusual and intriguing interview.

Next, Writers' Voices has the pleasure of speaking with Freddy Niagara Fonseca, Fairfield's own Renaissance Man, about his forthcoming poetry anthology, "This Enduring Gift."  This beautiful volume, featuring 76 poets who have lived in Fairfield, is scheduled to launch September 10.


- 20100910 - Writers' Voices - Sallie Felton

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Sallie FeltonSallie Felton, life coach, author, radio show host, facilitator, hypnotherapist, and inspGPS For Successirational speaker, will be this week's guest on Writers' Voices. 20 years ago, Sallie Felton made a major life change to follow her passion and she hasn't looked back. Sallie's writing is featured in the upcoming anthology "GPS For Success", which also features writing from Stephen Covey. Sallie has also written the book "Stepping Stones To Success" with Deepak Chopra.

Make sure to tune in for this insightful and fascinating conversation!

- 20100917 - Writers' Voices - Dr. Charlotte Reznick

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Dr. Charlotte ReznickThis week Writers' Voices will feature a fascinating conversation with author and child educational psychologist, Dr. Charlotte Reznick. Dr. Reznick is the author of "The Power of Your Child's Imagination: How to Transform Stress and Anxiety into Joy and Success," an L.A. Times bestselling book, published by Perigee/Penguin. She will be sharing insight into her imagery techniques that she has developed that allows children to harness the power of their imagination to help them deal with many of childhood problems. Her techniques have helped children boost self-esteem and confidence, overcome fears, deal with insomnia and bedwetting, ease headaches and stomache aches, and soothe anger, frustration and loss. Dr. Reznick has been helping children, adolescents, and parents for over 20 years. She has been featured on national television and published in newspapers and professional journals. 

- 20100924 - Writers' Voices - Linda Joy

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Juicy, Joyful LifeWriters' Voices welcomes Linda Joy to the show this week. Monica and Caroline will be talking with Linda about the upcoming anthology, "A Juicy, Joyful Life: Inspiration from Women Who Have Found the Sweetness in Every Day", which she Linda Joycompiled. The book shares the intimate stories of over 40 women about how they overcame their biggest struggles, discovered who they are, and how they made the choice to live a juicy, joyful life. Linda is also, since 2005, the publisher of Aspire magazine, dedicated to inspiring women to live deeper, more authentic, and inspired lives. Make sure to take take time to tune in for this truly inspiring conversation!

J. Harley McIlrath discusses "Possum Trot"

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Possum TrotWriters' Voices welcomes Iowa author, J. Harley McIlrath, on this week's show. J. Harley McIlrath is the author of "Possum Trot", a new collection of short stories published by Ice Cube Press. J. Harley grew up on his family's farm near Newburg, Iowa and memories of that time surely helped inspire stories in this collection. Reflections and lament on a way of life that has almost disapeared form a theme that runs through this collection. A way of life that required most farm work to be done by hand and pest control done without chemicals. It is a book of laughter, sorrow, and hope.

J. Harley McIlrath is the assistant manager and book buyer for the Grinnell College Bookstore and the Pioneer Bookshop in Grinnell, Iowa. For ten years, he ran his own bookstore in Cedar Falls, Iowa.

- Writers' Voices - 20101015 - Ari Berman

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Arianna Huffington & Ari BermanWriters' Voices host Monica Hadley, along with special guest host Cheryl Fusco-Johnson, interview Ari Berman.

- 20101022 - Writers' Voices - Francis Thicke

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Today Monica Hadley interviews the Democratic candidate for Iowa Secretary of Agriculture Francis Thicke. They will discuss his campaign & book.

The message in A New Vision for Iowa Food and Agriculture, is clear: plan for the end of cheap oil in agriculture. It is an engaging and quick read, grounded in Thicke's experiences as an organic dairy farmer in his Fairfield, Iowa community. One has to agree, Iowans are not doing enough to become aware of the end of cheap oil, much less plan for the inevitability of it and its impact on our lives...

During the last hundred years, Iowa agriculture has been transformed into an industrial behemoth when the rest of industrial society was converting to information based operations. In an information age, agriculture has been slow to adopt new technologies, especially those related to energy production on the farm. This despite emergence of new information about organic farming, renewable energy sourcing and sustainability.

- 20101029 - Writers' Voices - Michael Cuddehe

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Chronicle of CatastropheTune in to this week's Writers' Voices for a thought-provoking conversation with Michael Cuddehe. Michael is a 30-year veteran analyst, trader and fund manager who has seen many fluctuations in the global financial markets over the years. With the election of George W. Bush, Michael noticed the economic shift he saw happening and felt that it would lead to disaster.

His book "Chronicle of Catastrophe: A Contemporaneous History of the Bush Years" presents Michael's real-time reflections of the markets, political issues, economy and global developments during the George W. Bush administration in order to put America's current economic troubles in context.

- 20101105 - Writers' Voices - Michael Fischman

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Tune in to the next Writers' Voices for an interview with Michael Fischman. MichaelMichael Fischman is the author of "Stumbling Into Infinity: An Ordinary Man in the Sphere of Enlightenment."  The book is a spiritual memoir recounting Michael's journey, from a challenging childhood to a successful Madison Avenue advertising career, through a mysterious turn of events that leads him into a relationship with a great humanitarian and one of India's most revered spiritual leaders, Sri Sri Ravi Shankar. Michael recounts inner traumas, glimpses of wisdom, a fight at an Indian ashram, and a blossoming of love and devotion.

Michael, a former advertising executive with Ogilvy & Mather, is a founding member and current president of the U.S. Art of Living Foundation, a non-profit educational and humanitarian organization. He is also the CEO of APEX (Achieving Personal Excellence), the corporate training division of the International Association for Human Values.  

- 20101112 - Writers' Voices - Markos Moulitsas

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Markos MoulitsasTune in to this Writers' Voices to hear an interview with Markos Moulitsas. Markos is the author of "American Taliban: How War, Sex, Sin, and Power Bind Jihadists and the Radical Right." The book is a no holds barred treatise on the similarities between the radical conservatives in our own country and Islamic terrorists. Citing examples of fear of change, heavy use of militaristic solutions, disdain for non-traditional lifestyles, and their ultimate goals of imposing their own worldview on the rest of society.

Markos, the founder and publisher of the progressive community blog Daily Kos, was named "the single most successful entreprenuer of the progressive movement" by the New York Times magazine writer Matt Bai. He served in the U.S. Army from 1989 through 1992. He is also the author of two previous books.

- 20101119 - Writers' Voices - Ronald Ringsrud

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Emeralds:A Passionate GuideTune in to this Writers' Voices for a fascinating journey into the world of emeralds. Ronald Ringsrud is the owner of a wholesale emerald importing business based out of Saratoga, California and Bogotá, Columbia. He has written the book Ronald Ringsrud"Emeralds: A Passionate Guide". The book takes a look into the history and allure of the emerald, as well as the people, miners, and adventurers whose lives revolve around this precious stone. Ronald will be calling in from Bogotá, Columbia for this incredible interview.

- 20101203 - Writers' Voices - Dean Klinkenberg

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The Mississippi River is one of this country's most iconic features. It has played an The Driftless Areaimportant role in our nation's history, business, and culture. Listen into this week's Writers' Voices as Cheryl Fusco-Johnson talks with travel writer, Dean Klinkenberg. Dean has travelled 75,000 miles since 1997 along the Mississippi, researching the history and culture, talking to locals, to learn more about river towns and the people who inhabit them. 

- 20101210 - Writers' Voices - Rebecca Janni

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Every Cowgirl Needs A HorseOn this week's Writers' Voices, Cheryl Fusco Johnson talks with children's book author, Rebecca Janni. Despite having four young children at home, Rebecca recently sold four books.  Dutton Children’s Books released her first picture book, "Every Cowgirl Needs a Horse", in 2010 and has purchased two sequels, including "Every Cowgirl Needs Dancing Boots", slated for publication in June 2011.  Also slated for publication is Rebecca’s book "Jammy Dance", which was purchased by Farrar Straus & Giroux.  Rebecca currently lives in Des Moines.

Make sure to tune in for this delightful interview!

- 20101217 - Writers' Voices - Susan Klauber

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This week Writers' Voices explores spirituality and other cultures.

Susan Klauber

Poet and author Susan Klauber discusses her newest book "Sound of the Sacred Beads: A Poet’s Journey into India". The book follows Susan's journeys through India and its holiest places. She explores the people, culture, ancient wisdom, and mystery that she finds there. Since 1983, Susan has been based in Fairfield where she writes and pursues her interest in creating a better world through spiritual development.

Join hosts Monica Hadley and Caroline Kilbourn for another enlightening conversation.

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BethlehemTune in for a very special Christmas program on the next's Writers' Voices. 

Caroline Kilbourn's long-time friend and radio man Dennis Ostrander will be sharing stories, thoughts, and memories of the season. Caroline's knack for collecting favorite quotes and stories is on full display for this show.

Dennis Ostrander began his radio career in Fairfield at KMCD in the 1970's. After retiring from the military, he became station manager in Burlington, Iowa, where he recruited Caroline to do a weekly interview show. He has since retired from that position.

Please join in for this heartwarming Christmas Eve program.

- 20101231 - Writers' Voices - Robert & Connie Boyer

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Improving relationships and expanding love is at the heart of this week's Writers' Robert & Connie BoyerVoices.

Cheryl Fusco Johnson talks with husband and wife writing team, Robert and Connie Boyer, about their new book, "Heart & Mind: A Perfect Union." Their book focuses on the uniting of the heart's pull of love and the mind's push of duty. According to the Boyers, this uniting is the only way to fully experience life's perfect love and bliss. Using classic movies, from Casablanca to It's A Wonderful Life to Groundhog Day, for examples, they explore ways people can untangle conflicts and enjoy the perfect union of heart and mind.

Robert Boyer is a retired clinical psychologist, teacher, and has written three previous books. Connie is a banker, former city councilwoman, mother, and grandmother. They own and operate a Fairfield bed and breakfast, Seven Roses Inn.

- 20110107 - Writers' Voices - Elise Ballard

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EpiphanyEpiphanies. They are the sudden realizations that can change lives.Elise Ballard

This week on Writers' Voices, we will be speaking with Elise Ballard about her book, "Epiphany: True Stories of Sudden Insight to Inspire, Encourage, and Transform". Elise Ballard had an epiphany and set out to find out if others have also experienced such a moment. They have. Her book is a collection of over fifty stories from people from all walks of life. From Deepak Chopra, Dr. Oz, Ali MacGraw, and Barry Manilow to teachers, missionaries, homemakers, and more, they all share about how one sudden moment of insight has the power to change lives.

Elise Ballard has worked as an actress, independent filmmaker, and film producer. She lives in Los Angeles and is working on the film and website for the Epiphany project.

- 20110114 - Writers' Voices - Shann Vander Leek

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This week Writers' Voices welcomes Shann Vander Leek, author of "Life On YourShann Vander Leek Terms." The book compiles interviews Shann conducted with over 40 successful entrepreneurs from around the world, who have discovered how to live their lives their way. The book shares their secrets, advice and encouragement for  finding your own entrepreneurial freedom.

Shann Vander Leek is an author, motivational speaker, yoga instructor and life coach with a background in broadcast television advertising sales, marketing and client development. She is the co-author of the bestselling "Wake Up Women: BE Happy, Health & Wealthy" and the creator of "Getting Your Groove Back - A Luscious Living Guide".


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Two guests make a visit to Writers' Voices this week.

Sherry EllisFirst, Sherry Ellis returns to the show to discuss her newest book, "Now Write! Screenwriting: Screenwriting Exercises from Today's Best Writers and Teachers". The book, like previous installments in this series, offers the aspiring screenwriter many exercises and much advice from working movie and television writers and other experts in the business. The book features tips from screenwriters of such films as Raging Bull, Terminator 2, Groundhog Day, "Lost", and many more.Carolyn Moncel

- 20110128 - Writers' Voices - Bruce Miller

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Filmosopher Bruce Miller joins Monica Hadley and Caroline Kilbourn to discuss the movies and more. Bruce is the host of the KRUU show, The Filmosophers, co-hosted with Chris Busch. Bruce and Chris give their filmosophy on the movies and have filmosophical discussions. Bruce discusses current films from a spiritual perspective and much more.

Join in for this delightful conversation about movies, books and much more.

- 20110204 - Writers' Voices - Jacqeline Briggs Martin

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The Chiru of High TibetThis week's Writers' Voices features Cheryl Fusco Johnson talking with children's book author Jacqueline Briggs Martin. Jacqueline's most recent book is "The Chiru of High Tibet". Her book tells the true story of how a scientist and four mountain men set out to save the antelope-like creature called the chiru. Chirus are sought after for their soft wool, however they cannot survive being sheared. Taking their wool means taking their life. This practice has caused the chirus to be on the brink of extinction.

Jacqueline Briggs Martin has written many children's books, including the Caldecott Award-winning "Snowflake Bentley", "Good Times on Grandfather Mountain", "Banjo Granny" and many more. She currently lives in Mount Vernon, Iowa.

- 20110211 - Writers' Voices - Wendy Delsol

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Wendy DelsolOn this week's Writers' Voices, Cheryl Fusco Johnson talks with author Wendy Delsol.

Wendy started writing novels at age forty. After studying at UCLA Writers' Extension Program and at the Iowa Summer Writing Festival, Stork she sold a young adult novel, "Stork", to Candlewick Press. That book was released last October. "Stork" tells the story of Kat Leblanc, a fashion conscious 16-year-old who moves from L.A. to a small town in Minnesota. In her new surroundings, she becomes a member of an ancient order of bird women who have the extraordinary task of soul delivery.

The sequel to "Stork", "Frost", will be published in 2012. Wendy's also sold an adult novel, "The McCloud Home for Wayward Girls", which is slated for publication August 2011.

- 20110218 - Writers' Voices - Mary Helen Stefaniak

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The Cailiffs of Baghdad GeorgiaTune into this week's Writer's Voices for an interview with Mary Helen Stefaniak. Stefaniak's most recent book is "The Cailiffs of Baghdad, Georgia: A Novel." Her book, which takes place during Depression-era Georgia, tells of what happens when a new, unconventional and well-traveled school teacher comes to town, choosing to revive the annual town festival as an exotic Baghdad Mary Helen StefaniakBazaar. The story is told from the perspective of eleven year old, Gladys Cailiff. The book takes readers from the American South to the banks of the Tigris River and back again.

- 20110225 - Writers' Voices - Leigh Michaels

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Leigh MichaelsIt might help to get into a romantic mood for this Writers' Voices because our The Mistresses Houseguest this week will be Ottumwa-native Leigh Michaels. Leigh is the author of over 80 romance novels with over 35 million copies of her novels published. Her work has been translated in over 25 languages and published in more than 120 countries. "The Mistress' House," the first in a new series, is her most recent novel. The book tells three interconnected stories that take place around a London townhouse owned by the Earl of Hawthorne.

Leigh Michaels has also written several non-fiction books on writing romance stories.

Don't miss this fascinating interview.

- 20110304 - Writers' Voices - Brent Marchant

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Conscious creation has been a hot topic for everyone from Oprah to Larry King and in movies like What The Bleep?! and The Secret. On this week's Writers' Voices will be discussing conscious creation and the movies. Monica Hadley and guest co-host Bruce Miller, of The Filmoshophers, will be talking with Brent Marchant, author of "Get the Picture: Conscious Creation Goes to the Movies". Using a wide variety of films, such as Vertigo, Good Night and Good Luck, Syriana, Sophie's Choice and more, as examples, Brent explains conscious creation, it's many concepts and the difficulties that arise in becoming conscious creators.

Brent Marchant, a student of metaphysics and a long-time movie lover, has a B.A. in magazine journalism and is a regular contributor to, Vivid Life Radio, Divine Revolution,Sethnet Journal and Reality Change magazines. He currently lives in Chicago.

- Writers' Voices - 20110304 - Brent Marchan

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- Writers' Voices - 20110311 - Susan Collins

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This week's Writers' Voices features an interview with Bob Saar. His most recent novel is titled "In Memory of David's Buick". The book follows Iowa songwriter Bucky Minnow, who's song David's Buick, was ripped off by booking agent, Buddy Payola, and Dusty Bodine, who is using Bucky's song and a magic guitar to return to fame. Bucky takes off on a road trip that leads him through incredible misadventures like no other and ultimately leads him to the meaning of life. Other characters in this book include Bucky's girlfriend, Lido Wan, disc jockey Roy Lukas, Shadow guitarist Dogus, an ancient medicine man, two ethereal spirits, and a host of FBI agents  The book gives a unique view of life, love, war, rock 'n' roll, Iowa, and sweater-clad Chihuahuas trapped inside hot automobiles.

- Writers' Voices - 20110325 - Anola Pickett

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Cheryl Fusco Johnson takes hosting duties on Writers' Voices this week with guest Anola Pickett. Anola is the author of "Wasatch Summer", a historical juvenile fiction novel, that will be released next month by Cedar Fort. The book follows eleven-year old Hannah Turner on a coming of age journey, as she faces unlikely dangers as she watches her family's sheep in the mountains. 

A former teacher and school librarian, Anola has co-authored a classroom activity book, as well as books, magazine stories, and articles. Anola and her husband, Peter Dolye, have a son, Gerry, who's a novelist and journalist currently living in Abu Dhabi.

- 20110401 - Writers' Voices - Kathy Brodsky

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Children's book author, Kathy Brodsky, makes a visit to Writers' Voices this weThe Winner ISek. Her most recent book, "The Winner Is...", tells the humorous story of a dog who tries to be someone else in order to win a contest. Her other books include, "My Bent Tree", "The Inside Story", "Just Sniffing Around" and "Purrsnikitty". Having worked as a psychotherapist for almost 40 years, Kathy has a wealth of material to draw upon for her work.

Joseph Tiefenthaler will also be a guest on this Writers' Voices. He will be discussing the many literary events that were part of the 2011 Mission Creek Festival.

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Children's book author, Kathy Brodsky, makes a visit to Writers' Voices this week. Her most recent book, "The Winner Is...", tells the humorous story of a dog who tries to be someone else in order to win a contest. Her other books include, "My Bent Tree", "The Inside Story", "Just Sniffing Around" and "Purrsnikitty". Having worked as a psychotherapist for almost 40 years, Kathy has a wealth of material to draw upon for her work.                     

Joseph Tiefenthaler will also be a guest on this Writers' Voices. He will be discussing the many literary events that are part of the Mission Creek Festival, in Iowa City.


- Writers' Voices - 20110408 - Stephen Hopson

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Stephen Hopson is the guest this week on Writers' Voices. Stephen, living currently in Fairfield, was born deaf, but had the dream at a young age to become a pilot. As an adult, he made aviation history by becoming the world's first deaf instrument-rated pilot. He also had a very successful 15-year career on Wall Street. In 1996 he had an epiphany that inspired him to leave Wall Street behind to pursue a career as a motivational speaker and author. "Obstacle Illusions; Transforming Adversity into Success" is his first book. The book tells stories from Stephen's life, from childhood to adulthood, and shares lessons he has learned along the way.

Don't miss this inspirational show!

- 20110411 - Writers' Voices - Anne Lamott

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Anne LamottTune in for a very special Writers' Voices this week as we welcome one of our favorite authors, Anne Lamott. Lamott's most recent novel, "Imperfect Birds", tells of seventeen-year old Rosie Ferguson, who's seemingly perfect life is proven false as her web of lies is exposed and her parents are forced to deal with the consequences.

Lamott, a New York TImes best-selling author, is a past recipient of a Guggenheim Fellowship. Her other books include "Grace (Eventually)", "Plan B", "Bird by Bird", "Traveling Mercies", "Rosie" and many more.

Anne Lamott spoke at the Hoyt Sherman in Des Moines on Wednesday, April 13.

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This week's features a very special Writers' Voices. Local artists Betsy Dockhorn, ToniBOOKS D'Orr, and John Stimson will all be guests to discuss the Book as Art Form.

Betsy Dockhorn will discuss her ongoing writing-based performance art project involving letters. Toni D'Orr, who creates meticulous tiny handmade books, will discuss her art. Both Betsy and Toni are involved with The Center for the Book, located in Iowa City. They will discuss what the Center for the Book is, what it does, and more. Also joining the conversation will be local artist John Stimson.

Don't miss this delightful conversation exploring the past, present, and future of the book!

- 20110429 - Writers' Voices - Sophy Burnham

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Book of AngelsNew York Times bestselling author, Sophy Burnham, makes a visit to this week's Writers' Voices. Sophy's most famous book, "A Book of Angels", has recently been re-released. The book is an exploration of angels through a vast collection of stories, history, and literature related to human encounters with angels.

Sophy's most recent book is "The Art of Intuition". This book explores many facets of intuition; what it is, why it's important, and how to have more of it.

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Bonnie MichaelsThe first guest on this week's Writers' Voices will be Bonnie Micheals. Bonnie, along with Allison Blankenship, has written the book "Upside: How To Zig, When Life Zags". During a time when many people are Upsideexperiencing sudden changes, from the economy to personal matters, "Upside" helps show ways to create an inspiring, sustainable lifestyle no matter what life may bring. The book presents 29 tips for making smart choices about your career, money, and lifestyle that will hopefully lead you to happiness and fulfillment. Bonnie Michaels is an internationally recognized speaker and the president of Managing Work & Family, Inc, a work-life consulting and training firm dedicated to helping organizations and workers solve work-and personal life conflicts.

- Writers' Voices - 20110513 - Jan Blazanin

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Cheryl Fusco Johnson once again takes the hosting reigns for another Writers' Voices. Cheryl will be speaking with author Jan Blazanin of Des Moines. Jan's newest book "A & L Do Summer" was just released this week. The book follows the adventures of two teenage girls in rural Iowa during the summer before their senior year.Jan, a former middle school teacher, currently lives on eleven acres, presents writers workshops, teaches writing to all ages, and spends her free time "planting wildflowers, moving large rocks, and pulling acres of weeds".

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In 2002, a railcar rolled into the farming community of Denison, Iowa, where the bodies of eleven undocumented immigrants were found. These eleven Central Americans and Mexicans had been locked inside a baking railcar by smugglers and left to die a horrific death. On the next Writers' Voices, journalist Colleen Bradford Krantz discusses her new book "Train To Nowhere:Inside an Immigrant Death Investigation", being released this summer. Her book dives into this tragedy to discover the full story and larger issues that surround this event. 

Colleen has worked as a reporter for the St. Louis Post-Dispatch, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel and The Des Moines Register. She is now a freelance journalist living in central Iowa with her husband and three kids.


- 20110603 - Writers' Voices -

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Murderous IntellectualsWriters Voices welcomes Georgia-based writer, Jonathan Maxwell, to this show. Jonathan is the author of "Murderous Intellectuals: German Elites and the Nazi SS". The book explores the reasons why so many well-educated professionals, from doctors, scientists, lawyers, etc, willingly joined the Nazi SS, the notorious group that spearheaded the Holocaust. The book has recieved several awards and rave reviews. Make sure to tune in for a fascinating conversation.

- 20110610 - Writers' Voices - Suzanne Taylor

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The crop circles phenomenon has fascinated and baffled many people for years. On this Writers' Voices, host Monica Hadley, What On Earth?along with "Filmosopher" Bruce Miller, delve deeper into this topic through a discussion with filmmaker Suzanne Taylor. Suzanne never intended to become a filmmaker, but through witnessing crop circles and finding they filled her with wonder and joy, she was overcome with a desire to share the experience with everyone. Her film, "What On Earth? Inside the Crop Circle Mystery", speaks with a wide range of crop circle researchers and aficionados, from visionary artists, philosophers, scientists, educators and farmers, who discuss their thoughts and theories about this phenomena. With no theory presented as "correct", the film allows the viewer to decide for themselves what they think. The film has recieved several awards and positive reviewers from The New York Times and Rosie O'Donell.

- 20110617 - Writers' Voices - Jeni Reeves

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Jeni ReevesOn this Writers' Voices, Cheryl Fusco Johnson talks with History Speakschildren's book illustrator, Jeni Reeves. Since 1998, Jeni has been illustrating children’s picture books, range from American biography and history to world culture and folklore, for the Lerner Publishing Group. She recently began illustrating for a new series for them, ‘History Speaks’ which dramatizes important events in U. S. history. Jeni has worked in the fields of photography, film-making, television, graphic design and illustration both in the States and in England. 

Tune in to hear a fascinating conversation!

- 20110624 - Writers' Voices - Dr. Norman Rosenthal

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Writers' Voices welcomes world-renowned psychiatrist and author, Dr. Norman Dr. Norman RosenthalRosenthal, to the show this week. Dr. Rosenthal's most recent book is "Transendence: Healing and Transformation Through Transcendental Meditation". His wide-ranging book uses stories, research, and his own clinical experience to show the benefits and value of TM. The book also features interviews with such celebrity practitioners as Paul McCartney, Ringo Starr, Martin Scorsese, Russell Brand, and Laura Dern.

Dr. Rosenthal has written a number of books and has been a leader in describing "Seasonal Affective Disorder" and pioneering the use of light therapy to treat it. He has maintained a private practice in the Washington, DC Metropolitan area for over thirty years.

- 20110701 - Writers' Voices - Phyllis Khare

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Facebook MarketingSocial media has quickly become one of the most popular tools for online marketing. Facebook has infiltrated itself into our lives in countless ways. To have an effective marketing campaign in our current culture, it is necessary to learn the tools of social media, especially Facebook. On this week's Writers' Voices, our guest will be PhyllisPhyllis Khare Khare, co-author of "Facebook Marketing All-in-One For Dummies." Her book is a guide through Facebook basics, creating your business Facebook page, working with apps, monitoring and measuring your campaign, and much more. The book is full of examples illustrating the techniques and how to use them. 

Phyllis Khare is an author and speaker specializing in social media marketing and helping others become more socially congruent.

- 20110708 - Writers' Voices - Marianne Dietzel

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Marianne DietzelThis week's Writers' Voices features a very touching conversation with Laughing in a WaterfallMarianne Dietzel. Marianne is the author of "Laughing in a Waterfall: A Mother's Memoir". The memoir recounts Marianne's emotional and spiritual journey following the death of her daughter, Nina. After the accident, with a teenager and young child still at home, and a dying mother 500 miles away, Marianne’s finds help from her spiritual and community resources. The book shows ways to create a new culture around the threshold of death and keep a living connection to those on the other side.

Since her daughter’s death in in 1996, Marianne has become a hospice bereavement coordinator. She plays music for healing on the lyre as a Certified Music Practitioner and educates families in caring for their own deceased.

- 20110715 - Writers' Voices - Rudy Wilson

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This week Writers' Voices features an interview with local author Rudy Wilson.

WIlson's books include "The Red Truck," "Sonja's Blue," and more. His work has appeared in The Paris Review.

- 20110722 - Writers' Voices - John Rainey

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John Rainey Script writing is the topic for this week's Writers' Voices with guest John Rainey. John started out as a professional actor, but worked his way into becoming one of the industry's most sought after script consultants. Voted #1 script analyst in the country by Creative Screenwriting, John has professionally analyzed and consulted on thousands of scripts. He has worked as script consultant on such films as Invincible, Vacancy, Holes, and many more. He has several screenplays of his own currently in pre-production. John currently lives in Redondo Beach, CA.

Don't miss this insightful look into what it takes to create a successful screenplay!

- 20110729 - Writers' Voices - Michael R. Rossman

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Excellent Joy In a society that keeps telling us buy more and consume more, but where we don't seem to be getting any happier, there are few voices that speak of the joy found in the simple things. Michael R. Rossman PH.D., psychologist and small Iowa farmer, has written a book that expresses the happiness found in community-based activities. "Excellent Joy: Fishing, Farming, Hunting, and Psychology" is a collection of essays exploring the reasons why humans have engaged in these activities for generations. Stored in our basic genetic material is information that has survival value for the human species.

Don't miss this incredible conversation!

- 20110805 - Writers' Voices - Zoe Ghahremani

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Sky ofRed PoppiesThis week's episode features a discussion with author Zoe Ghahremani. Zoe's debut novel is entitled "Sky of Red Poppies". The book begins with an unusual friendship between two women coming of age in a politically divided 1960’s Iran under rule of the Shah. As the story continues, the history and culture of their homeland takes on a life of its own. The book is a glimpse into a part of the world that many people in western civilization are unaware. Her novel is a featured book in KPBS' One Book, One San Diego.

Tune in for an incredible interview!

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Mary SwanderThe recently released anthology, "An Endless Skyway: Poetry from the States Poet Laureate", collects the poetry of thirty-eight State Walter BargenPoets Laureate from across the United States. The collection gives a glimpse into the heart of our nation. Writer's Voices this week has the honor of having two State Poets Laureate on the show this week, both of whom are featured in this anthology. Iowa's curent Poet Laureate, Mary Swander, and former State Poet Laureate of Missouri, Walter Bargen, talk with Cheryl Fusco Johnson about their work and this anthology. 

Tune in for a delightful discussion!

- 20110819 - Writers' Voices - Monte Schulz

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The Big TownMonte Schulz, son of famed Peanuts cartoonist Charles Schulz, Monte Schulzis the guest on this week's Writers' Voices. Monte is the author of several books, including his upcoming novel, "The Big Town". Taking place in the summer before the stock market crash of 1929, his novel vividly recreates the Jazz Age, complete with speakeasies, sanitariums, and glittering Gatsby-like parties. The book follows the story of a failed businessman, whose future prosperity hinges on a secret proposition from a millionaire industrialist, and his relationship with a poor orphan girl chasing love. This is the third book in Schulz's trilogy of books delving into the American psyche during the Jazz Age.

- 20110826 - Writers' Voices - Andrew Edlin

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Inaccessible: Dragon Retreat

This week's Writers' Voices features an interview with local Fairfield author, Andrew Edlin. Andrew has written the fantasy novel "Inaccessible: Dragon Retreat".

Taking place in 1961, when the few solitary dragons are threatened as their invisibility begins to fail, the Protectors, allies of the dragons, led by 15-year old Griff Owen and his family, go up against the forces that are working to destroy the dragons and their Protectors.

Andrew self-published this novel and it is being released through e-book applications.

Andrew Edlin was born in Brighton, U.K. and currently lives in Fairfield, Iowa.

- 20110902 - Writers' Voices - Wendy Henrichs

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I Am Tama, Lucky CatNew author Wendy Henrichs had two children’s Wendy Hendrichsbooks released in 2011.  With pictures by award-winning illustrator Yoshiko Jaeggi, "I Am Tama, Lucky Cat" (Peachtree) retells the 17th-century Japanese legend behind the beckoning cat figurines commonly displayed in Japanese shops and restaurants.  Illustrated by accomplished artist John Butler, "When Anju Loved Being an Elephant" (Sleeping Bear Press) reveals how a lonely elephant no longer young enough to work in a circus or reside in a zoo finds friendship at last.  Always an animal lover, Wendy lives in Iowa City with her husband, two sons, two cats, one dog, and whatever stray wildlife manages to slip into their 88-year-old home.

- 20110916 - Writers' Voices - Kristen Moeller

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Waiting for JackKristen MoellerTune in for an exciting interview, as our Writers' Voices gues this week is an expert in “disrupting the ordinary” and helping others do the same. Author, speaker, personal coach, and radio show host, Kristen Moeller has recently written the book "Waiting for Jack: Confessions of a Self-Help Junkie". After struggling with addictions to alcohol, drugs, and food, Kristen realized her transerance of addiction to the self-help world. Through personal anecdotes, including her fatefull first meeting with Jack Canfield(the man behind Chicken Soup for the Soul) that changed the course of her life, Kristen explores the ways we often wait for life and look outside ourselves for answers.


- 20110923 - Writers' Voices - Zachary Michael Jack

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Native Soulmate

Seventh-generation Iowan, Zachary Michael Jack is the Writers' Voices guest this week. His book, "Native Soulmate: A Season in Search of a Love Homegrown", tells of his attempts to love fresh, love local. Travelling across the state of Iowa, giving lectures and signing books, Zachary tests his theory that the girl of his dreams may be closer than he imagines.

Zachary Jack currently lives in rural Iowa. He has authored "What Cheer: A Love Story", been a sports editor and has edited many anthologies, including "Letters to a Young Iowan", "Uncle Henry Wallace: Letters to Farm Families", "Iowa: The Definitive Collection", and many more.

- 20110930 - Writers' Voices - Diane Wilson

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Diane WilsonThis week's Writers' Voices guest is author and activist, Diane Wilson. Diane will speaking at the Jefferson County Farmers & Neighbors, Inc. annual meeting giving a talk entitled “Corporate Accountability: One Woman’s Struggle and Triumph.” Wednesday, October 5 at 7:30 pm at the Fairfield Arts & Convention Center

Diane is a fourth-generation shrimper who made a living along the Texas Gulf Coast. She was driven to activism when she discovered her area was number one in the nation for toxic waste disposal. Through hard work and determination, Diane finally convinced local plastic manufacturers to sign a zero-discharge agreement. Since then, she has become a strong and vocal determined activist who has taken on a number of other environmental and human rights causes. In 2002, she helped co-found, Code Pink, a women-initiated grassroots peace and social justice movement.

- Writers' Voices - 20111014 - Robert Sessions

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Becoming RealPhilosopher Robert Sessions is our guest this week. His recent book, "Becoming Real: Authenticity in an Age of Distractions", uses personal stories and philosophical musings to discuss the way everyday distractions keep us from being ourselves. Robert believes that our modern culture makes it very difficult for us to develop a coherent identity. With quotes and examples from ancient wisdom to modern politics, Robert gives suggestions and points to paths that lead to more genuine and happy lives.

Robert is Professor of Philosophy & Humanities at Kirkwood Community College.

- 20111017 - Writers' Voices - Susan Orlean

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Rin Tin TinOne of the most creative literary journalists of today, SusanSusan Orlean Orlean is a staff writer for The New Yorker and the author of the best-selling book, The Orchid Thief (made into the Oscar-winning movie, Adaptation). Her latest work, Rin Tin Tin, tells the story of the great dog actor’s journey from orphaned puppy to movie star and international icon. Almost ten years in the making, Orlean's first original book since The Orchid Thief, Rin Tin Tin is a tour de force of history, human interest, and masterful storytelling.

- 20111028 - Writers' Voices - Delia Ray

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Here Lies LincWriters' Voices gets into the Halloween mood with a conversation with Young Adult book author, Delia Ray. Her most recent book, "Here Lies Linc", a Junior Library Guild Selection, tells what happens when young Lincoln Crenshaw Jr. investigates a mysterious curse connected with an ominous statue in a nearby cemetary. Along the way, Linc discovers another haunting mystery lurking in his own family’s past.

- 20111031 - Writers' Voices - Frances Moore Lappé

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EcoMindFrances Moore LappeWe're very happy to present a special Writers' Voices interview with author and activist, Frances Moore Lappé. Her first book, "Diet For A Small Planet" , has sold millions of copies and has received praise from around the world. She has since authored many more books, including her newest "EcoMind: Changing the Way We Think to Create the World We Want". She is also the co-founder of Small Planet Institute and Food First. Gourmet Magazine named her one of 25 people (including Thomas Jefferson, Upton Sinclair, and Julia Child), who have changed the way America eats.

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Hope for Families of Children with CancerWriters' Voices welcomes two guests with books helping others deal with difficult life issues.

More than 12,000 children and adolescents are diagnosed with cancer each year, dramatically changing their lives and lives of their families. Lynda Young has written a useful and compassionate book to give support those families. "Hope for Families of Children with Cancer" presents encouraging short stories, helpful hints, inspiring scriptures and prayers, and resources designed to Dear God, Why Can't I Have A Babyhelp the overwhelmed and hurting parents dealing with new feelings and situations. Lynda Young is a writer, national speaker co-founder of Kindred Spirits International  and teaches You-niquely Made Personality Study designed to enhance communication.

Janet Thompson has written "Dear God, Why Can't I Have A Baby: A Companion Guide for Couples on the Infertility Journey". Her book takes the reader through the infertility process. Having dealt with it herself, Janet provides women and couples with tools, direction, guidance, hope, and encouragement. Janet Thompson is also founder of Woman to Woman Ministries and author of several other books.

- 20111111 - Writers' Voices - Jerry Yellin

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The Resilient WarriorJerry YellinCurrent Fairfield resident and World War II veteran, Jerry Yellin is our Writers' Voices guest this week. Jerry is the author of four books, including his most recent, "The Black Canteen". He has also written the book, "The Resilient Warrior: Healing the Hidden Wounds of War", which describes the pain of Post Traumatic Stress Syndrome experienced by returning veterans and the ways Transcendental Meditation can be used to help them. Jerry is the co-director of Operation Warrior Wellness, a division of the David Lynch Foundation that helps returning veterans learn TM.

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The JugglerCheryl Fusco Johnson speaks with three Iowan children's books creators on this week's Writers' Voices.

First up conversations with the writer and illustrator of "The Juggler"(published by Ice Cube Press). "The Juggler" follows the wiry and tan young farmer, who desperately wants to be a great juggler. Through rhythm, rhymes, and vibrant colors, the book follows the young farmer's quest. Children's author and educator, Jeanette Hopkins provided the words, with artist Stormy Mochal providing the illustrations. Mochal also co-owns Outside the Lines Art Gallery in Dubuque.

- 20111125 - Writers' Voices - Dr. Bruce Hopkins

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When Foxes Wore Red Vests

Writers' Voices welcomes environmental educator, writer and historian Dr. Bruce Hopkins to the show this week. Dr. Hopkins has written the book "When Foxes Wore Red Vests", a collection of essays, poetry, drawings and photographs that demonstrate how sense-of-place can serve as a role-model for future generations, as well as helping us learn how we can best live in our communities and with the natural world around us.

Dr. Hopkins career has included teaching in Nebraska, New York, and Iowa, and serving as chief administrator of an Iowa area education agency. Bruce’s life now centers on helping people of all ages connect with nature, a greater sense of community, and the literature of place.

- 20111202 - Writers' Voices - Barry Spector

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Madness at the Gates Of The City

Barry Spector, a Harvard grauduate who writes about American history and politics from the perspectives of myth and archetypal psychology, is the author of Madness At The Gates Of The City: The Myth Of American Innocence (2011, Regent Press).

The book dissects America's belief in innocence and how that has allowed us to re-enact old patterns that cause us to subvert our goals and miss the deeper meaning in events.

Through his book, Mr. Spector uses Greek mythology, indigenous wisdom and archetypal psychology to discover new ways of looking at our present situation and finding healing solutions.

- 20111209 - Writers' Voices - Rick Hanson

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Just One ThingWriters' Voices welcomes back best-selling author, Dr. Rick Hanson. Dr. Hanson is the author of "Buddha's Brain", which has been published in 21 languages. His most recent book, "Just One Thing: Developing a 'Buddha Brain'", a pocket-sized companion to "Buddha's Brain" features many quick, simple, yet helpful practices to change the neurocircuitry in our brains to enable us to have greater happiness, love and wisdom.

An expert on self-directed neuroplasticity, Dr. Hanson is the founder of the Wellspring Institute for Neuroscience and Contemplative Wisdom, he's taught at Oxford, Stanford, and Harvad, and in meditation centers across the world. His work has been featured on the BBC, U.S. News and World Report, and Consumer Reports Health.

- 20111216 - Writers' Voices - Sharron McElmeel

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Sharron McElmeel

Long-time educator, Sharron McElmeel is the guest this week. Sharron is an an award-winning literacy advocate, author of educational materials, and publicist for many Iowa authors.

She has written extensively on integrating literature into every part of curriculum. She has been awarded with Iowa Reading Teacher of the Year and nominated as Iowa's Teacher of the Year.

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McGruff The Crime DogIt's time for Writers' Voices Annual Christmas Show! This year Monica Hadley and Caroline Kilbourn are joined by Stephen Parker of Burlington. Stephen is the national voice for McGruff The Crime Dog, star of the National Crime Prevention Council’s Public Service spots. Stephen became the voice of McGruff in 2006 after a nation wide contest. 

Stephen, a retired Sheriff's Deputy Sergant of over 35 years, helps share holiday stories, songs, and conversation.

Join in for a wonderful hour of holiday fun and inspiration!

- 20111230 - Writers' Voices - Larry Brooks

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Larry Brooks


Cheryl Fusco Johnson discusses storytelling this week with Larry Brooks. Larry, a critically acclaimed best-selling author of six psychological thrillers, has written "Story Engineering". The book presents readers with six core competencies that any writer should master. He is also the creator and editor of, an award winning instructional writing site.

Don't miss this fantastic informational conversation!

- 20120106 - Writers' Voices - Allan Lokos

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Patience: The Art of Peaceful LivingAllan LokosIn our fast paced, ever changing world, patience is often our most needed, but least cultivated virtue. Allan Lokos is the founder and guiding teacher of New York City's Community Meditation Center. His book "Patience: The Art of Peaceful Living" lays out a compelling and helpful path to deeper patience. Drawing on Lokos many years as a Buddhist practitioner and teacher, as well as interviews from a wide range of people who have had their patience dramatically tested, this book provides a realistic approach to becoming calmer and happier with one's self, in relationships, at work, and with the world.

Don't miss out on this very inspirational Writers' Voices!

- 20120113 - Writers' Voices - Mystery Writing Advice

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Now Write! Mysteries



Moncia and Caroline have an extended conversation about writing mysteries, sharing advice and exercises from "Now Writer! Mysteries".

- 20120120 - Writers' Voices - Melissa Tosetti

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Living The Savvy Life

Author, speaker, and teacher, Melissa Tosetti is our Writers' Voices guest this week. Melissa founded the online magazine, The Savvy Life, and, with coauthor Kevin Gibbons, wrote the book "Living the Savvy Life: The Savvy Woman’s Guide to Smart Spending and Rich Living" (Morgan James Publishing 2011).

At businesswomen’s conferences in San Francisco and Sacramento, Melissa’s chaired panel discussions on balanced spending and financial security. She teaches courses on savvy living in the San Francisco Bay area and also at Chabot College in Hayward, California. Melissa also teaches Kung Fu and Fearless Fitness classes. Her hobbies include traveling with husband Paul and son Dante, horseback riding, gardening, and cooking. 

- 20120127 - Writers' Voices - Seth Braun

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Indestructible SuccessLocal author, speaker, and consultant, Seth Braun joins Writers' Voices this week to discuss his new book and share his passion for helping others reach their full potential. Seth has written "Indestructible Success: Creativity, Leadership and The Art of Small Business". In this book, Seth lays out a foundation and guide for both inner and outer success. His book shows how to build your mind, heart and actions so that you can live your dreams and make the world a better place.

Seth also enjoys gardening, playing music, and chocolate. He lives with his family in Fairfield.

Don't miss out on this empowering discussion!

- 20120203 - Writers' Voices - Molly Brouillette

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Molly BrouilletteGet a behind the scenes look at the world of book publicity on the next Writers' Voices. Molly Brouillette works for Penguin books as a publicist at Tarcher, an imprint focused on mind/body/spirit books. A life-long lover of books, Molly has worked on campaigns for books ranging from healthy soul food to the upside of aging to near-death experiences. Her career has led to such adventures as doing facial yoga on Good Morning America, hand-modeling for the cover of a dating book, and attending a UFO conference. Molly has found that keeping up with the ever-changing publishing world isn't easy, but she finds it worth the effort to have a job that revolves around reading, writing about and talking about books.

Don't miss this delightful conversation!

- 20120210 - Writers' Voices - Dan Buettner

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The Blue Zones Dan BuettnerThis week Cheryl Fusco Johnson talks with Dan Buettner. He is the founder and Chief Executive Officer of Blue Zones and the author of "The Blue Zones: Lessons for Living Longer From the People Who've Lived the Longest".  In 2004, Dan worked with National Geographic and some of the world’s top longevity researchers to identify places around the world where people lived measurably better. His research proved the basis for "The Blue Zones" book. Dan has also written "Thrive: Finding Happiness the Blue Zones Way" and used a similar approach to find the areas with the happiest people.

- 20120217 - Writers' Voices - Deborah Halverson

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Deborah HalversonCheryl Fusco Johnson is back this week with a conversation with award-winning author and editor, Deborah Halverson. For 10 years, Deborah edited children's books before starting to write herself. She is the author of teen novels "Honk If You Hate Me" and "Big Mouth". She has also written three books in a forthcoming series for struggling readers and a picture book about Santa Claus to be released. Deborah has a master's degree in American literature and a fascination with pop culture. She is also the founder of the writers' advice website  Deborah currently lives with her husband and triplet sons in San Diego.

- 20120302 - Writers' Voices - Khakendra Pun

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Khakendra PunKhakendra Pun grew up in Ulleri Village in Nepal. Growing up in poverty, Khakendra dreamed of one day coming to America for a better life. In 1991 his dream came true, arriving in San Francisco and embarking on an entirely new life adventure. In his book "Nueli Cried in the Himalayas", Khakendra tells the story of his life, as well as describing the life of his people, and shows the healing power of kindness, love, and a positive attitude.

He has also created the film "Lost Village in the Himalayas". A film that took him over 7 years to film.

Khakendra is the founder of Project Himalayan Hope, an organization dedicated to helping children's education in his home village of Ulleri, Nepal.

- 20120309 - Writers' Voices - Michael H. Shuman

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Michael ShumanLocal Dollars, Local SenseEconomist, attorney, author, and entrepreneur, Michael H. Shuman has authored, coauthored, or edited eight books, including, the award-winning, "The Small-Mart Revolution", "Going Local", and, his most recent, "Local Dollars, Local Sense: How to Shift Your Money from Wall Street to Main Street and Achieve Real Prosperity"(Chelsea Green Publishing). In this new book, Michael shows investors how to use their money to help local businesses and build resilient regional economies.

Considering that not even 1 percent of the $30 trillion Americans' have in long-term savings touches local small businesses, his book serves as a much needed resource and guide through the growing realm of local investment choices—from institutional lending to investment clubs and networks, local investment funds, community ownership, local stock exchanges, crowdfunding, and more.

- 20120316 - Writers' Voices - Luis Alberto Urrea

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Queen Of AmericaLuis Alberto UrreaThis week the 2005 Pulitzer Prize finalist for nonfiction, Luis Alberto Urrea will discuss his most recent novel, "Queen of America". This sequel to Urrea's "The Hummingbird’s Daughter", follows Teresita Urrea, beloved healer and "Saint of Cabora," as she flees with her father from Mexico on to a journey through turn of the century New York, San Francisco, St. Louis and beyond.

Born in Tijuana, Mexico to a Mexican father and an American mother, Luis Urrea has authored over 13 books, and has won numerous awards for his poetry, fiction and essays. On Tuesday, March 27th, he will doing a reading from Queen of America at Prarie Lights Bookstore in Iowa City. This will be the kick-off event for The Mission Creek Literary Series, which will be running from March 27 - April 1.

- 20120323 - Writers' Voices - Rae Bryant

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Rae Bryant


Emerging writing, Rae Bryant comes to Writers' Voices this week. Rae teaches in the John Hopkins University graduate writing program and is editor-in-chief of the program's new literary and arts journal. Her short story collection "The Indefinite State of Imaginary Morals", is a Pen Hemingway and Pushcart award nomee. Her collection pushes the boundaries and explores all the humor and tragedy found in everyday modern life.

On Friday, March 30th, she will doing a reading at at Prarie Lights Bookstore in Iowa City as a part of The Mission Creek Literary Series, which will be running from March 27 - April 1.

- 20120330 - Writers' Voices - Rudy Wilson

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Rudy WilsonLocal author, Rudy Wilson, makes a return visit to Writers' Voices to discuss his novel, "Girl Walking Backwards".

Rudy, best known for his novel, "The Red Truck", has an MFA in English/Fiction Writing, from the University of Iowa's Writers' Workshop, where he was a manuscript reader for admissions to the prestigious graduate writing program. He has received a James Michener Fellowship, a CCLM-GE Award for Fiction published in The Paris Review, and an NEA Fellowship for Fiction, in 1989. He has conducted a series of workshops in fiction writing since 1986 in Iowa, Minnesota, and Maui.

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Caroline PrestonThe Scrapbook of Frankie PrattCaroline Preston, our Writers' Voices guest this week, has created the first ever scrapbook novel, "The Scrapbook of Frankie Pratt: A Novel in Pictures". Pulling from her collection of vintage ephemera, including vintage postcards, magazine ads, ticket stubs, catalog pages, fabric swatches, fashion spreads, menus, and more, Caroline captures the spirit of the 1920s as seen through the eyes of the lovely, spirited, and ambitious Frankie Pratt.

Caroline Preston, who started collecting antique scrapbooks while still in High School, is the author of three previous novels, including "Jackie By Josie", a New York Times Notable Book of the Year, and "Gatsby's Girl". She currently resides in Charlottesville, Virginia.

- 20120420 - Writers' Voices - Cheryl Wilfong

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The Meditative GardenerCheryl Wilfong, our guest this week, is a Master Gardener and mindfulness meditation teacher, who has brought her two passions together in her book, "The Meditative Gardener". This book guides readers in practical easy-to-follow ways to bring full awareness into your gardening.

By sitting, walking, strolling or bending over in your garden, you can learn to enjoy it, just as it is and notice the joy in provides.

Cheryl is a teacher at Vermont Insight Meditation Center and has written a previous book, "Following the Nez Perce Trail: A Guide to the Nee-Me-Poo National Historic Trail"

- 20120427 - Writers' Voices - Frank Meeink

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Autobiography of a Recovering SkinHeadAt age 13, Frank Meeink became a SkinHead. At 18, he was a SkinHead leader and Neo-Nazi recruiter. In "Autobiography of a Recovering SkinHead: The Frank Meeink Story as Told to Jody M. Roy, Ph.D.", Frank tells his raw story, from his angry childhood that found an outlet in the Neo-Nazi movement through his time in prison, encountering cons of all backgrounds and race, that first caused him to question his anger and rascism. The book is a journey into the dark depths of the rascist American underground.

Since turning his life around, Frank has become a noted speaker, author and founder of "Harmony Through Hockey".Currently living in the Des Moines area, Frank's life is now dedicated to tolerance, diversity and mutual understanding.

Don't miss this incredible and moving story and conversation!

- 20120504 - Writers' Voices - Priscilla Warner

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Learning To Breathe

You'll definitely want to take time to sit back and enjoy this week's wonderful edition of Writers' Voices.

Our guest is Priscilla Warner, who has written the new book, "Learning to Breathe: My Yearlong Quest to Bring Calm to My Life". For many years, Priscilla struggled with anxiety and panic attacks despite having a loving family and a successful book ("The Faith Club"). This book chronicles her journey and transition from panic to peace. Testing spiritual chanting, Ayurvedic oil treatments, meditative painting, meetings with mystical rabbis, silent retreats, self-examination and much more, she attempts to find a place of calm.

Don't miss this delightful conversation!

- 20120511 - Writers' Voices - Polly Frost

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Polly FrostHumorist, Polly Frost has been published in The New Yorker, The Atlantic, The New York Times, and many other magazines. Her humorous essays have also been anthologized, including in two of The New Yorker’s “best of” collections. Her 2010 humor collection, "With One Eye Open", inspired Elle columnist, E. Jean Carroll, to call Polly Frost “the Edith Wharton of her generation."

Polly will be performing her one-person show, "How To Survive Your Adult Relationship with Your Family", Saturday, May 19 at The Englert Theatre, in Iowa City. Combining storytelling, anecdotes and humorous tips, Polly presents a heartfelt and humorous exploration of the journey families take as they grow and change in often unexpected ways. 

- 20120518 - Writers' Voices - Beth Howard

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Beth HowardCheryl Fusco Johnson sits down for a conversation with Iowa native, Beth Howard. Beth, a journalist for more than 25 years, has recently written "Making Piece: A Memoir of Love, Loss and Pie". Her book recounts the sudden loss of her husband and her healing journey across the country that culminates in her return to Iowa, where she currently resides in the world famous American Gothic House and runs the Pitchfork Pie Stand.

Beth has recently appeared in The Los Angeles Times, Real Simple, Midwest Living and much more. Her previous writing has appeared in such publications as Shape, Elle, Fitness, Travel & Leisure. She has worked as senior editor for Sports Travler, web publisher, PR manager, and more.

Don't miss this delightful conversation!

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The Hop


Cheryl Fusco Johnson hosts this weeks conversation with Sharelle Byars Moranville, an award-winning versatile author of fiction for all ages. Her most recent book "The Hop" tells the intertwined stories of a Tad, a small toad taking on the challenge of saving his home, and Taylor, a girl determined to stop her grandmother’s pond from being turned into a strip mall. Along the way their quests take delightful and exciting twists in this tale of friendship, family, and growing up. This book is being published by Disney/Hyperion.

Sharelle has written 5 books including "Over the River", "The Snows", and "A Higher Geometry." She has been a writing teacher at the Iowa Summer Writing Festival at the University of Iowa and other venues.

- 20120601 - Writers' Voices - Larry Baker

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Larry BakerLove And Other DelusionsIowa City author, Larry Baker, has written five novels, including "Athens, America" and "The Flamingo Rising". His most recent book, "Love & Other Delusions", presents a fresh take on the story of a married woman having an affair with a younger man.

Larry Baker is currently an adjunct Assistant Professor for the University of Iowa, as well as an adjunct instructor at Kirkwood Community College. Baker will be giving a reading Saturday, June 9, 1 PM at Revelations. Bookstore in Fairfield.

Baker is also working on a documentary about the creative process, focusing on the writing of "A Good Man," in which Baker drew on, or "stole" as he would say, from a variety of predecessors.  Check out Monica's review of "A Good Man" at

- 20120608 - Writers' Voices - Nancy B. Kennedy

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Inspiring Stories from Doctors


Nancy B. Kennedy, our guest this week, has gathered a collection of inspiring stories from all branches of medicine in her book, "Miracles & Moments of Grace: Inspiring Stories from Doctors". From family doctors, military doctors, neurosurgeons, dentists, missionary doctors and more, they each tell their stories, both tragic and triumphant, from around the world as they care for people who need their help. This is the second book in her "Miracles and Moments of Grace" book series.

Nancy has written four previous books, two children's books, and numerous articles and personal essays for books, magazines and newspapers. She currently lives in New Jersey with her husband and son.

- 20120622 - Writers' Voices - Eric Johnson

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Eric Johnson, founder of Inkslinger Industries, will discuss writing, formatting, and marketing ebooks and other topics related to new trends in publishing. Eric's latest book, How to Make a Book with iBooks Author, was created in an ebook format.

Eric explored book arts at Brown University, where he handcrafted books using fine arts techniques taught by Walter Feldman, whose artists' books are included in over 150 public collections. Eric also studied the interdisciplinary artistic practice of Cave Writing under author Robert Coover's direction. (Cave Writing takes place in a CAVE simulator, a virtual reality environment typically reserved for scientific visualization.) While at Brown, Eric also served as a Writing Fellow. 

- 20120629 - Writers' Voices - Ann Greenwood Brown

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Anne Greenwood Brown 

Anne Greenwood Brown grew up sailing the Apostle Islands on Lake Superior, leaning over the bow, and wondering what amazing thing might flash by.

Her book, "Lies Beneath," a compelling Young Adult fantasy featuring three scary mermaids and their more compassionate brother, answers that question.

Anne lives in Minnesota with her patient husband and three hilarious children.

This promises to be a lively interview.

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- 20120706 - Writers' Voices - Lynda Young

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Hope for Families of Children on the Autistic Spectrum


Lynda Young, national award-winning author, nationwide speaker, cofounder of Kindred Spirits International, whose ministries include children's hospitals, and the Amani ya Juu, refugee women's mission in Kenya, returns to Writers' Voices for a very special conversation. Her new book, "Hope for Families of Children on the Autistic Spectrum", is a helpful book at a time when 730,000 children in the United States between the ages of 0-21 have Autism Spectrum Disorder. The book provides needed information, guidance, and encouragement for the entire family. Lynda discusses everything from doctor and dental visits to play times with friends.

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Jennie Rothenberg GritzJennie Rothenberg Gritz is Senior Editor and Multimedia Editor at The Atlantic. She produces an online edition of the magazine, edits's National Channel, and creates original videos for the website.

Before joining The Atlantic, she was senior editor of Moment, a national magazine founded by Elie Wiesel.

Her writing has also appeared in The Chicago Tribune and in the book The Kindness of Strangers, a Lonely Planet travel writing anthology. Jennie grew up in Fairfield, earned her B.A. in Literature from the Maharishi University of Management, and received an M.A. in Journalism from the University of California in Berkeley.

- 20120803 - Writers' Voices - L.E. McCullough

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Dr. L.E. McCulloughAuthor/playwright Lawrence McCullough is this week's guest. Way Off Broadway's production of "Orphan Train" is based on the book he wrote about New York orphans sent to live in Iowa. The musical runs through Aug 12th at Sondheim Center. Gov. Terry Branstadt has declared Aug 12 as Iowa Orphan Commemoration Day.

An accomplished musician and composer, Dr. L.E. McCullough has recorded on 34 albums and performed on numerous film and television soundtracks including Ken Burns' The West, Lewis and Clark, the Warner Brothers film Michael Collins and PBS specials Alone Together, John Kane and Not for Ourselves Alone: The Story of Elizabeth Cady Stanton and Susan B. Anthony.

- 20120810 - Writers' Voices - Rosanne Bane

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Around The Writer's Block


One of the most common problems authors face is the dreaded "writer's block". Rosanne Bane, our guest, has been helping writers with this problem for decades as a writing and creativity teacher. She has written a new book entitled, "Around the Writer's Block: Using Brain Science to Solve Writer's Resistance"(Tarcher/Penguin). Her book deals with the problems writers face in a new and innovative way. Using the latest breakthroughs in brain science to help understand where this writing resistance comes from - a fight-or-flight response hard-wired into our brain, which can make us desperate to avoid the sources of our anxieties, her book lays out an effective plan to solve that resistance.

Don't miss this insightful and useful discussion!

- 20120817 - Writers' Voices - BK Loren

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B. K. Loren, Theft

B.K. Loren has been a naturalist, large predator monitor for Colorado State Parks, professional brainstormer, assistant chef, ranch hand, furniture maker, UPS driver, and college professor while still managing to produce prose that reviewers deem visceral, lyrical, and incandescent.

Her writing has garnered Pushcart nominations, fellowships, and inclusion among Best American Spiritual Writing anthologies. BK lives with her partner, two dogs, and two cats in Colorado, where long, daily walks enrich her reflections on life. Join us for a discussion of her debut novel, Theft, categorized by writer Ann Pancake as “part environmental novel, part elegy to place, part family tragedy, part murder mystery.” A riveting combination!

- 20120824 - Writers' Voices - Michael Perry

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Michael Perry, Visiting Tom

Michael Perry, who once worked as a roller skating Snoopy, is a humorist and the author of the best-selling memoirs Population 485: Meeting Your Neighbors One Siren at a Time, Truck: A Love Story, and Coop: A Year of Poultry, Pigs and Parenting. He's written for Esquire, The New York Times Magazine, Outside, Backpacker, Orion and and is a contributing editor to Men's Health. Off Main Street is a collection of his essays, and his latest memoir is Visiting Tom: A Man, A Highway, and the Road to Roughneck Grace. Michael's also performed and produced two live audience humor recordings (I Got It From the Cows and Never Stand Behind a Sneezing Cow), and he performs regularly with his band the Long Beds. Michael and his family live in rural Wisconsin, where he remains active with the local volunteer rescue service. Look for him online at and tune in to KRUU for what's likely to be a lively, funny, and thoughtful discussion.

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Kate McGuinness studied writing at the University of Southern California under the tutelage of Janet Fitch, who authored the Oprah Book Club selection "White Oleander." Kate pursued further studies in creative writing at the University of California, Los Angeles. Previously she'd earned a Juris Doctor degree from the University of San Diego. Before leaving the corporate world to tackle fiction-writing, Kate practiced law for 17 years at a major international law firm, where she was one of a handful of women to achieve coveted partnership status. Later, a Fortune 500 company recruited Kate to serve as its General Counsel. Today she's a full-time writer who advocates for women's rights. Her essays on women's issues have appeared in Forbes Woman, The Women's Media Center, Jezebel, Role/Reboot, Ms. JD, The Girls Guide to Law School, and Fem2pt0. Her first published novel, Terminal Ambition, a legal thriller that explores issues of sexual harassment and discrimination, was published by Kate's publishing company Two XX Press in 2012.

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Mary Vermillion, Seminal MurderTo highlight real social issues, Mary Vermillion writes a murder mystery series featuring fictional radio talk show host (and amateur detective) Mara Gilgannon. Each Mara Gilgannon mystery explores a different contemporary issue. The third and latest installment in the series, which is published by Regal Crest Enterprises, focuses on lesbian couples who seek the services of an artificial insemination clinic.

Set in Iowa, Seminal Murder was released in May of 2012. A Professor of English at Mount Mercy College in Cedar Rapids, Mary teaches a diverse range of courses, including Shakespeare, Creative Writing, and Law and Literature. Mary and her students often conduct book clubs with inmates at Anamosa State Penitentiary. She's also taken students on literary tours of England. Join us for a fascinating, wide-ranging discussion! 

- 20120921 - Writers' Voices - Robert Wolf

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Robert Wolf is the cofounder and director of Free River Press, a nonprofit publishing house currently headquartered in Decorah, Iowa. The press's motto is "Telling America's Story" and its primary mission is "to create an enduring collection of Americana, a literary mural, a mosaic, written primarily by people without literary ambition."

Cover of Aver Y Ahora

Besides encouraging ordinary people to record their stories, Robert has authored and edited many books, including An American Mosaic: Prose and Poetry by Everyday Folk and Jump Start: How to Write from Everyday Life, both published by Oxford University Press. Through Free River Press, he wrote and published The Triumph of Technique: The Industrialization of Agriculture and the Destruction of Rural America. In addition to leading writing workshops, Robert directs seminars and rural economic development projects through Free River Press.

Aired on Iowa Public Radio, his six-part commentary, Developing Rural Regional Economies won the Sigma Delta Chi Award for Best Radio Editorial of 1994. In 2007 a Free River Press book edited by Robert, Aver & Ahora (Yesterday & Today): Stories of Sant Fe and Northern New Mexico, won a New Mexico Heritage Preservation Award.

Tune in to learn Robert's sure-fire techniques for getting everyone writing and to hear his thoughts on improving rural economic conditions.

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Debut novelist and former Simon & Schuster editor Karen Thompson Walker wrote The Age of Miracles in the mornings before work. A graduate of UCLA and the Columbia MFA program and a recipient of the 2011 Sirenland Fellowship as well as a Bomb Magazine fiction prize, Walker sold this coming-of-age/dystopian novel in a seven-figure deal to Random House and 24 international territories.

Movie rights to the book have been optioned by River Road Entertainment, with Seth Lochhead slated to write the script and Bill Pohlad as producer. Despite her rapid rise to publishing superstardom, Walker remains levelheaded. Tune in to hear her thoughts on the creative process, publishing success, and books that inspire her.


- 20121005 - Writers' Voices - Wendy del Sol

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Des Moines author Wendy Delsol discusses Flock, the third and last book in her young adult fantasy series about human stork, Katla Leblanc and her boyfriend Jack. Based on Norse mythology, the popular trilogy has met with critical acclaim as has Wendy's debut adult novel, The McCloud Home for Wayward Girls.

Coming late to her writing career, Wendy studied writing at UCLA and at the Iowa Summer Writing Festival. She eschews the 'write-what-you-know' school of thought. "Write what you're interested in. Write what you want to know about. Have fun!" she advises. Clearly, she's having fun despite a grueling writing schedule that's enabled her to successfully publish and promote four books in the past three years. Tune in to learn how she does it.

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Philip Goldberg at KRUULos Angeles-based author Philip Goldberg is a screenwriter, Huffington Post religious-issues blogger, novelist, and nonfiction writer. His book American Veda: From Emerson and the Beatles to Yoga and Meditation, How Indian Spirituality Changed the West was named one of the top ten books on religion in 2010 by the Huffington Post.

The American Library Association's Booklist Online awarded it the same honor in 2011. Philip has authored or co-authored nineteen books and has much to say about spirituality, publishing, and how both have changed during his lifetime.

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Heather Alexander, an Assistant Editor for Dial Books for Young Readers, acquires books for all ages, picture books to young adult novels, and ushers them through the publication process. Heather edits the award-winning and popular Charlie and Lola picture books.

She also edited Jeanne Ryan's debut young adult novel, Nerve, in which a naive teen girl gets caught up in an anonymous online game of dares. 

Listen in to learn what's new in the world of books for young readers.

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Eula Biss headshotEula Biss teaches creative writing at Northwestern University. Her book, Notes From No Man's Land, received the Graywolf Press Nonfiction Prize and the National Book Critics Circle Award for Criticism. Her work has also been recognized by a Pushcart Prize, a Jaffe Writers Award, a 21st Century Award from the Chicago Public Library.

Eula holds a BA in Nonfiction Writing from Hampshire College and an MFA in Nonfiction Writing from the University of Iowa. Her essays have recently appeared in The Best American Nonrequired Reading, The Best Creative Nonfiction, and a host of other literary journals.

Eula will be in Iowa City Wednesday, October 24th to speak at an Englert Theater literary event with Pulitzer Prize-winning novelist and essayist Marilynne Robinson. Click on picture for complete event details.

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Ethel Barker's experEthel Barker at KRUUiences teaching remedial reading to Junior High students helped her recognize the need for books that educate while holding students' interest. In 1988 while reading an Iowa history magazine called The Palimpsest, she spotted an historic photo of three ragged boys asleep beside a trash pile on a New York City street.

The accompanying article, "The Orphan Train Comes to Clarion" triggered her interest in the orphan train movement and Iowa's involvement in it. Years of research and writing culminated in Ice Cube Press's recent publication of Ethel's debut juvenile novel, For the Love of Pete: An Orphan Train Story. Ethel will read from this book at Prairie Lights Book Store in Iowa City at 7 PM on November 15th.

20121109 - Writers' Voices - Jeanne Ryan, Nerve

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Nerve, Jeanne Ryan's young adult novel about a shy girl unintentionally enmeshed in a dangerous online game of dares, was released in September 2012 by Dial Books.

Raised in a family of 11 brothers and sisters, Jeanne spent her early childhood in Hawaill and the rest of her growing-up years trying to figure out how to get back there. Along the way, she lived in South Korea, Michigan, and Germany.

Now she lives in Seattle with her husband and children. Jeanne holds a degree in social welfare. Before writing fiction, she tried her hand at many things, including war game simulation and youth development research. 

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Linda Sue Park is probably best known for writing the 2002 Newbery winner, A Single Shard, for which she became the first Korean American to win the Newbery. That book and many of her others, including A Long Walk to Water, have been named to various best-book-of-the-year awards.

Linda Sue, herself, has been honored with the Boston Public Library Literary Lights Award, the Empire State Author Award, and Rochester, New York's Arts Council Literary Artist of the Year Award.

- 20121116 - Writers' Voices - Susie Hathaway

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Susie Hathaway helps women over 50 stay active and strong. Certified as a personal trainer through the American College of Sports Medicine, she's an active volunteer for the National Osteoporosis Foundation. Her newsletter and exercise-advice blog provide tips on how to stay healthy, strong, and independent during the second half of your life. Susie recently wrote, produced, and released a home-exercise DVD called Susie Hathaway's Safe Strength Training for Osteoporosis Prevention.

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Welcome Monica Hadley back to live radio this Friday as she and guest host Bob Ferguson interview Peter Fusaro, noted speaker and author of 16 books including “What Went Wrong at Enron.” His three most recent books have been “Cut Carbon, Grow Profits,”  “Energy & Emissions: Collision or Convergence” and “Energy & Environmental Hedge Funds: The New Investment Paradigm.”  

Peter is an energy industry thought leader noted for his keen insights in emerging energy and environmental financial markets. He has been on the forefront of energy and environmental change for over 30 years focusing on oil, gas, power, coal, emissions, carbon trading and renewable energy markets.

- Writers' Voices - 20130111 - Norman Zierold

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"That Reminds Me: A Conversational Memoir" by Norman Zierold, takes the reader on an exuberant journey, both outward and inward, from pre-Depression-era Iowa (the Amana Colonies), to Europe, NYC, Hollywood, and back again to Iowa (Fairfield, that is.) Join Writers' Voices hosts Monica Hadley and Caroline Kilbourn to learn from Norman the inside stories that only the author of such Hollywood biographies as "Garbo", "The Child Stars", and "The Moguls" would know.  How did a boy from the Amanas come to rub elbows with the rich and famous of the mid-20th century?  And what brought him back to Iowa?

"That Reminds Me" will be released on Amazon January 12, 2013.

- 20130118 - Writers' Voices

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Tony KainauskasWriters' Voices brings two Fairfield authors to the air this week with their debut books.  First, Tony Kainauskas, the long-time proprietor of Fairfield's sorely missed 21st Century Bookstore, will discuss his memoir "A Time of Innocence: My Personal Memories of Viktoras Kulvinskas and the Transcendenal Meditation Community." Tony's cousin, VikChris Hallingertoras is known as the Father of the Raw Foods Movement, and publishing and distributing Viktoras' first book, "Survival into the 21st Century" helped launch Tony's lifelong career in books. Tony also shares his memories of the early days of the TM movement.

For the second half of the show, essayist Chris Hallinger will join Monica and Caroline in the studio to talk about his hilarious, Dave-Barryish book of essays, entitled "Life on Earth" and to discuss how he and Monica may be related through Hans Herr, the original leader of the settlement of Lancaster County, PA.

- Writers' Voices - 20130208 - Sabrina Ricci

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As of 2011 over 235,000 books have been self-published, and the growing trend towards e-books makes this an even more feasible option for authors. But what would make a traditionally-published author decide to go independent?  Join Monica and Caroline on Writers' Voices this week as they discuss this with Sabrina Ricci, whose essay, "Why Traditionally Published Authors are Going Indie" recently appeared on Huffington Post.  

Ricci is a freelance writer whose own self-published novella, "The 13th Cycle" is widely available online.  She was also the co-founder and publisher of FictionBrigade, a micropublisher of flash fiction ebooks. FictionBrigade's ebook "Espresso Fiction" is an award-winning finalist in the 'E-book: General Fiction' category of The 2012 USA Best Book Awards, sponsored by USA Book News. Previously, Ricci worked for traditional publishers Random House and Simon & Schuster.

- Writers' Voices - 20130308 - AJ Jacobs

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Camp GhoulogThis week on Writers' Voices, Caroline and Monica talk to three different authors for whom writing (and publishing) is a a family activity. First, Aman Charles, author of 3 children's books before the age of 10, joins us in the studio. His most recent book is "Camp Ghoulog," published by 1st World Publishing,


Next up is Patricia Caffee, author of the "Issy Books" for emerging readers, which are adorably illustrated by her five year old granddaughter, Isybilla Gee.Issy Books

Middle schooler Alex Watson and his father, author, professor and recent Writers' Voices guest Dr. Robert P. Watson, wrote and published "Tsunami", a young adult action adventure novel, and launched a website to encourage other families to do the same. Check out the web site for their upcoming writing contest.

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Dr. David Orme-Johnson

This week on Writers' Voices, Monica continues the conversation on "A Symphony of Silence: An Enlightened Vision" by George A Ellis with two of the contributors, founding faculty members of Maharishi University of Management (or MIU as it was known at the time), Drs. David and Rhoda Orme-Johnson.   

Dr. David Orme-Johnson is perhaps best known for his ground-breaking scientific research on the effects of meditation, which has been published in over 100, mostly peer-reviewed journals.  In "A Symphony of Silence" he talks about how he became interested in meditation and tells the very moving story of how his initDr. Rhoda Orme-Johnsonial experiences changed his life, as well as discussing how his background in behavioral psychology influenced his research.

Dr. Rhoda Orme-Johnson served as chair of the Department of Literature and Languages at MIU and was an extremely popular professor.  Her contribution to "A Symphony of Silence" was an interview that Ellis transcribed into essay form, resulting in a very personal description of Dr. Orme-Johnson's inner and outer lives.

- Writers' Voices - 20130726 - Suzanne Young

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Suzanne YoungIt took high school teacher Suzanne Young five contributions to "the novel graveyard" before she wrote the first novel that sold. On Writers' Voices this week, Young describes what kept her writing and how she fianlly broke through to publishing success. Since 2010, she has had six young adult and crossover books published by three different major publishers, with three more on the way.

Her most recent novel, "The Program," from Simon Pulse, deals with the sobering reality of teen The Programsuicide.  Motivated by memories of her own troubled adolescence, Young originally set out to write a true-to-life novel on the subject, but soon realized that the story could reach a broader audience and have more impact with a futuristic, slightly distyopian setting, where teen suicide has reached epidemic proportions.   

 "The Program" is the government's attempt to prevent suicide by closely monitoring teenagers' behavior.  At the first sign of depression, the targeted teens are instituionalized and "cured" - but with unforunate side effects. The ultimate theme of the book is hope, and Young recounts the effect the story has already had on readers, and her hopes that the novel will help bring the subject out into the open.

- Writers' Voices - 20130913-Rob Hogg

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Join Writer's Voice's Monica Hadley and Caroline Kilbourn as they talk with Senator Rob Hogg about his campign and his love of reading.

- Writers' Voices - 20131004- Daniel Leyson

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Boy On the Wooden BoxFor decades, Leon Leyson kept his story of hardship during the Holocaust, and being one of the youngest on Schindler's List, mostly to himself.  Even his children weren't aware of the magnitude of the horrors that their father had experienced. But after the movie, "Schindler's List" came out, Leyson became more open about his history, speaking publicly on almost a weekly basis, at churches, synagogues, schools and community events.  Over and over he heard "you should write a book."  He decided to do just that, and the day after the manuscript was delivered to Atheneum, an imprint of Simon and Schuster, Leyson passed away at the age of 83.  

This week on Writers' Voices, Monica and Caroline speak with Leon's son Daniel Leyson, head coach of the UCLA water polo team and former Olympian, about his father's memoir.  Please join us.

- Writers' Voices - 20140411 - John Adago

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East Meets WestWe have a rare treat for biography lovers this week!  First up, John Adago, author of "East Meets West," the stories of the remarkable men and women from the East and the West who built a bridge across a cultural divide and across the centuries, and introduced Meditation and Eastern Philsophy to the West ( and yes, Maharishi Mahesh Yogi is one of the featured teachers.) Check out for more information on the author and this many subjects.


- Writers' Voices - 20140414 - Molly Knight Raskin

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No Better Time

Our second guest, Molly Knight Raskin, is a journalist and former writer/producer for the NewsHour with Jim Lehrer. You may never have heard of her subject, Danny Lewin, but you will wonder why not. Danny grew up in the US and Israel, became a member of an elite counterterrorism unit in Israel, came to MIT to study abstract math, and co-founded one of the early dot-com companies that tranformed the internet. And, he was most likely the first victim of the 9/11 attacks when he was fatally stabbed while attempting to stop the terrorists on one of the planes that flew into the World Trade Center. The book is titled "No Better Time."

- Writers' Voices - 20140425 - Ray Bourhis

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RevoltThe writers whom we have interviewed on Writers' Voices came to writing from a wide range of backgrounds.  It is always interesting to hear their stories - for some, how they came to write a book at all is surprising. This week's guest, Ray Bourhis, is an attorney specializing in representing people whose long term disability claims were denied by insurance companies.  As such, he has a unique perspective on greed, and the concentration of power, although his fictiional response to this in "Revolt: The Secession of Mill Valley," may seem a bit extreme.

Ray BourhisStill, the issues that are raised in this political thriller - including government surveillance of average citizens and elections dominated by big money, - couldn't be more timely. Join Monica and Caroline this week to learn how political passions can turn into a political thriller.

- Writers' Voices - 20140502 - Peter Korn

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Peter KornThis week's Writer's Voices interview is in memory of Monica's father and Caroline's husband, John Lefever Herr, who passed away almost 33 years ago at the very young age of 49.

Why you may ask?  Because among his many interests, one of his foremost passions was woodworking.  Like our guest, Peter Korn, John Herr attempted to make a living making fine furniture, although he started about 15 years earlier. Unlike Korn, Herr was not able to make a career out of it.  Being the provider for five children may have have had something to do with that!

John Herr

"Why We Make Things and Why It Matters" is part memoir, part history of the Arts and Crafts movements and its lasting impact on how we view craft, and part philosphy.  Not only does Peter Korn remind me of my father, but he also reminds me of one my father's favorite authors, Eric Sloane, author of many books, chief among them "A Reverence for Wood," on the history and philosophy of woodworking.  

This photo is from a newspaper article showing a miniature table that John Herr made for the Armstrong Cork Co of Lancaster, PA for a display at Rockefeller Plaza during the 1964 World's Fair. 

Join us on Writers' Voices this week for unique perspective on working with your hands, as we speak with Peter Korn, master craftsman, writer and educator.

- Writers' Voices - 20140620 - Women Writers

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Faith Hope Love & Deployment Tune in to Writers' Voices this week to hear the fascinating stories behind two great new books written by strong women. 

First up, Heather Gray, with "Faith, Hope, Love & Deployment," a devotional for military families that she started writing with her husband David during his last deployment to Afghanistan.  Sadly, he was killed in action, but inspired by his last letter home which began "To answer the question of why I'm willing to lay my life on the line for my country...", Heather finished this truly needed book.

The second half of this week's show features the truly impressive Lillian Darr, now 92 and a resident of FairfieLillian Darrld.  Lilllian, author of a very entertaining look back on her life so far,  "Memoirs of a 90-year Old Hippie," will be joining us live in the KRUU studio.

Caroline and Monica are delighted to bring these two wonderful women to Writers' Voices!

- Writers' Voices - 20140627 - Amy Spitzfaden

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UntoldIf you have ever dreamed about publishing your first novel, you will definitely want to tune in to Writers' Voices this week as we speak with Amy Spitzfaden, co-winner of the first Inkfingerz Publishing Contest sponsored by Writers' Voices and 1st World Publishing, both of Fairfield Iowa.

It is really exciting for us to read this book and know that we helped make it happen!Amy Spitzfaden

She graduated with a literature and writing degree from Maharishi University of Management in 2012 and now lives in Temple, New Hampshire with her husband, Ravi. She works as editor and social media manager at PSCS Consulting in Peterborough.

Amy is back in Fairfield for a short time to launch her book.  She will be reading and signing books at Revelations Saturday, June 28 at 1:30 pm so y'all come!



- Writers' Voices - 20141003-Karen Abbott

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Monicah speaks with Karen Abbott

- Writers' Voices - 20160708 - Kenny Pearl

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Kenny PearlJoin us this week on Writers' Voices as we go behindKenny Pearl the scenes of dance in 1960's-70's New York City with Kenny Pearl, who has a Fairfield connection in Ken Chawkin's family.

Straight out of college and with minimal professional dance experience, Kenny headed from Toronto to New York to follow his passion - modern dance. "The Dance Gods" tells the story of his very successful career. 

Kenny danced with the greats - including Martha Graham and Alvin Ailey, even touring Russia, before returning to Toronto to teach dance. And finally, to write his memoir!