John Ong on Writers' Voices
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 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.
Fairfield poet Tony Ellis, author of "There is Wisdom in Walnuts," will discuss his
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 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.
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.
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 www.kathimacias.com.
Two of our own Fairfield authors, Anthony Starr at
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.
As an author, speaker, practitioner, singer, film maker and businessman, Steve Sisgold has modeled and taught thousands how to use their innate body intelligence to create better health, prosperity and richer and more authentic relationships. His success in all of his endeavors are the result of his heart-felt commitment to embody his true calling. "At least once a day I say the words of Gandhi to myself, 'Your life is your message.' This serves as a constant reminder that I have a purpose which is the catalyst for everything I do.” Steve holds an M.A. in Communications, a B.S. in Business and Certifications in body-centered psychotherapy and relationship counseling. He specializes in body centered therapy and breath work and works out of his retreat home in Novato-Marin County California and also does sessions and retreats in Maui, Hawaii, his other home. He is the author of two books, audio and video programs, a musical CD and a document-tary film with Gay Hendricks. Steve is a weekly contributor to psychologytoday.comPlease join us on Writers’ Voices, hosted by Monica Hadley and Caroline Kilbourn, this Friday, July 3, at 1pm.
Join us on Writers' Voices this Friday for a behind-the-scenes talk with the writers for the Iowa Play Festival, July 8-12 at the Sondheim Center. David Patterson and Savannah Quinn will tell us about the festival, and then we’ll hear from two of the writers: William Coleman and Robert Lynn.
The show is hosted by Monica Hadley and Caroline Kilbourn.
You won’t want to miss this interview with Ariane de Bonvoisin, hosted by Monica Hadley and Caroline Kilbourn. Ariane’s staggering list of accomplishments is topped off by her latest project, The First30Days.
The First30Days is a New York City-based media company focused on guiding people through all types of changes, both personal and professional. Ariane is both Founder and CEO of the company, which launched its beta web site with nearly 50 life change subjects in February 2008.
Its first expression in other media was the release of Ariane’s new book in May 2008, by HarperCollins, aptly entitled “The First 30 Days: Your Guide to Any Change”.
The First30Days management team is comprised of seasoned former executives from a variety of media companies, including About.com, CNN, International Data Group, News Corporation and Sony. The company’s headquarters, editorial and sales teams are based in the Flatiron district of
New York City.
Marina Spence founded The Pink Edge (www.pinkedge.com) in 2007 to help women change their work or their attitude toward work Her book, Make Every Day a Friday! The Joy of Connecting Who You Are With What You Do helps readers successfully navigate the world of career and purpose, with practical actions and spiritual insights. Road tested during Marina’s years in the aggressive, fast-paced atmosphere of Wall Street, the book reveals the Stress-Free Career Change System.
Marina has over 25 years practice with the #1 stress-buster, meditation. While she knows she wasn’t the only person on Wall Street who meditated for an hour before work, sometimes it felt that way. She also taught meditation in Manhattan.
Now Marina juggles management consulting with being an author and mentor. She lives and works in the San Francisco Bay Area. Please Join Chamaigne Montana and Caroline Kilbourn for this interview on Friday at 1pm
Who couldn’t use a little hope in their lives these days? Times may be tough, but we still have the power to live richly and to create potential in each moment. Bestselling author Victoria Moran shares her effervescent vision in LIVING A CHARMED LIFE, which offers fifty action-inspiring essays that show us how to custom craft our very own blessed lives. Covering topics such as living richly, staying close to what makes you come alive, and how to be completely, utterly yourself, Moran emphasizes that this kind of happiness is possible for anyone of any age in any circumstance.
Victorian Moran is an inspirational speaker, a certified life coach, and the author of ten books including the international bestseller Creating a Charmed Life. Her articles have appeared in numerous publications, including Body + Soul, Natural Health, and Yoga Journal. Her blog, “Your Charmed Life,” is published daily on BeliefNet.com. She lives a charmed life in New York City.
Former Fairfield Ledger Editor Dean Gabbert and his publicist Marilyn Candido will be at the KRUU studio on Friday August 7, to be interviewed by Caroline Kilbourn and Chamaigne Montana on Writers’ Voices. Dean's river writings have earned him two awards: the 2006 James V. Swift Prize in Maritime Literature from the Herman T. Pott National Inland Waterways Library, St. Louis; and a 1993 Public Service Commendation from the U.S. Coast Guard. Dean and his wife were both long time staffers at the Fairfield Ledger. They moved to Nuavoo when he retired as Editor and Publisher in 1985. If you go for rivers and riverboats, you'll enjoy Dean Gabbert's latest book, a collection of river stories entitled Brown-Water Boating. Spanning 45 years, the stories will take you places you’ve never been before. Many of these stories appeared in the Waterways Journal and other publications, including the Fairfield Ledger. Among other things, this book is a fascinating history of our area. Dean is also the author of two Mississippi River novels, The Log of the Jessie Bill (1993) and Let the Lower Lights be Burning (2002). Please tune in to welcome Dean Gabbert back to Fairfield!
This week on Writers' Voices, we interview Dixie Burkhart, author of "Facts Don't Matter", a provocative book about what she calls "court assisted business fraud", something that she experienced personally when a business agreement gone bad ended up in court. Is "judicial discretion" a door that has opened too wide to allow rulings by opinion?
Dixie Burkhart was born, raised and continues to live in Southeast Iowa with her second husband. She has children, grandchildren, and an extended family. She was a state bureaucrat for seventeen years, worked in the financial services for more than twenty years, was involved with a radio station actively for five years. She holds a Bachelor of Arts from Iowa Wesleyan College, a Master of Science from The American College, and a PHD from Walden University. She also holds several professional designations including Chartered Life Underwriter and Chartered Financial Consultant.
“Imagine how much fun it was to ask the Ten Speed Press for 45,000 copies of The Pickle Patch Bathtub,” says Iowa’s First Lady, Christy Vilsack, who selected the book to be given to each of Iowa’s 42,000 kindergartners as part of her literacy program in 2006.
In her column on Offenburger.com, Christy writes, “When I chose The Pickle Patch Bathtub,” by Dubuque writer Frances Kennedy,… I had no idea it would also touch a chord in Iowa’s senior citizens.” While visiting small town libraries, Christy recounts the true story told in the book, about the author’s mother Donna. When Donna was 12, she grew pickles to make money to buy a real bathtub from the Sears and Roebuck Catalog. (She had outgrown the galvanized tub in the kitchen.) With the contribution of her sibling’s Christmas dimes, she finally had enough to buy the tub, which sat in a crate on the front porch until after harvest, when it was enjoyed by the whole family.
Catherine Clinton will be calling us all the way from Italy on Friday to talk with us about her new book, Mrs. Lincoln - A Life. Often brushed off as crazy, Mrs. Lincoln was actually a very accomplished woman, but who suffered a lot of tragedy. She was the first president's wife to be known as the "First Lady", and as a First Lady and wife of President Lincoln, she had a shaping influence on American History.
Catherine Clinton is also the author of Harriet Tubman: The Road to Freedom, which was named as one of the best nonfiction books of 2004 by the Christian Science Monitor and the Chicago Tribune, as well as Fanny Kemble's Civil Wars.
Educated at Harvard, Sussex, and Princeton, she is a member of the advisory committee to the Abraham Lincoln Presidential Bicentennial Commission, and holds a chair in U.S. history at Queen's University Belfast.
Please help Monica Hadley and Chamaigne Montana welcome Mary Gottschalk to Fairfield by tuning in to Writers' Voices this Friday at 1pm. Mary is coming in from Des Moines to be a live guest on KRUU and looking forward to exploring our Fair city. After 35 years and six career changes that took her to Australia, New Zealand, Europe and Central America, Mary finished her first book, Sailing Down the Moonbeam. Today, Mary makes her living as a free lance writer and speaker. Her lectures cover topics such as career planning and the amazing things that can happen when you look at risk as a career management tool. Mary’s memoir is the tale of a New York career woman who decided there was more to life than high finance and a million frequent flier miles she would never have time to use. In what seemed like an outrageous risk at age 40, she and her investment banker husband left family, friends and careers behind in favor of seeing the world from the deck of a sailboat. The three-year journey took her through uncharted waters -- in her marriage and her career as well as on the ocean.
Hugh Ferrer will be at the KRUU station on Friday to talk with Monica Hadley and Chamaigne Montana on Writers’ Voices.
But Not For Long by Michelle Wildgen, tells the story of a sustainable-foods cooperative house going through some summer blackouts and gas shortages, forcing them out of their insular house and into the larger community. In a novel that is swift, slyly funny, and rich in atmosphere, But Not for Long reveals how a few tense days inside a small community show us who we are. You can listen to this interview at www.writersvoices.com
People Magazine says:
“An evocative look at the green movement that includes improbably interesting passages on everything from artisanal cheese caves to the joys of hunting for morels in a damp forest, But Not For Long is also a stirring meditation on modern angst and the meaning of selflessness.” —People Magazine
Over a span of 30 years, Constantine Darling has led intensive study groups exploring meditation, Gurjieffian philosophy, Chi Gong, deep sleep and dream recall, power dreaming and dream linking. Through nutrition, trance work, meditation and extensive breath work, he has helped many grateful participants uncover deeper layers of sleep, leading to transformative dream recall. He holds four black belts in martial arts, and has trained thousands of students in Chien Lung, a Chinese Martial Arts system. He has had a long career as a professional dancer, soloist, choreographer and artistic director, and teacher/studio owner. You can listen to the interview at www.writersvoices.com.
Writers’ Voices and KRUU FM welcome Dr. David Simon, Chopra Center co-founder. Tune in this Friday, November 6, 1pm Central Time for this interview hosted by Monica Hadley and Chamaigne Montana.
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.
Writers' Voices will be replaying our interview with Stephen Covey this Friday, January 1, at 1pm Central.
Monica Hadley and Chamaigne Montana talk with Dr. Stephen Covey about his rare visit to Fairfield to give a free lecture at the Sondheim Center on November 20, 2009. Dr. Covey wrote his latest book, “Predictable Results in Unpredictable Times” in response to our current economic situation. Dr. Covey’s previous book "The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People," has been named the #1 most influential business book of the Twentieth Century.
The Possibility of Everything,examines how an otherwise mainstream mother finds herself making the rather unorthodox choice to take her three-year old daughter to Mayan healers in Belize. The Possibility of Everything chronicles the magical week in Central America that transformed Edelman from a person believing only in the visible and the "proven" to someone open to the idea of larger, unseen forces.
Monica Hadley and Caroline Kilbourn will be speaking with Iowa writer Patrick Irelan about his collection of short stories entitled, Reruns. These stories will take you places you can’t ignore. Welcome to
a world of office anarchy, self-improvement fraud, and space aliens who live in silos. Observe an urban scene so ugly that it drives people into group therapy. Enroll in a correspondence course taught by a man who knows nothing about the subject matter. Sit in on a meeting of the Burning Desire Romance Writers. Apply for a job at the Ray of Hope Greeting Card Company. Join us now as we enter a cultural dreamland in which every day is just another televised rerun.
The Sky Begins at Your Feet is an unforgettable cancer memoir by veteran writer and poet Caryn Mirriam-Goldberg. Chamaigne Montana and Caroline Kilbourn will be hosting Writers' Voices this Friday, December 11, at 1pm Central Time. Tune in at KRUUfm.com.
Caryn Mirriam-Goldberg is the 2009-2011 Poet Laureate of Kansas, and a long-time transformative language artist. As a poet, fiction and non-fiction writer, teacher, mentor, and facilitator, she explores and celebrates how the spoken, written and sung word can help us live more meaningful and vibrant lives. Founder of Transformative Language Arts at Goddard College, where she teaches, she values social and personal transformation through the spoken, written and sung word.
Tune in to kruufm.com, Friday at 1pm Central to hear why Janice Taylor believes you can wake up New Years morning thinner than you are now! Janice is one of the country's leading health and wellness coaches, a weight-loss artist®, a motivational speaker, author, creator of the popular e-letter Our Lady of Weight Loss, the Kick in the Tush Club, and contributor to The Huffington Post, Today's Health & Wellness Magazine, intent.com and Beliefnet.com. She has been featured in The Oprah Magazine, NY Times, Good Housekeeping, Family Circle, Chicago Sun Times, LA Times, CNN.com, webMD.com, Fitness and Health magazine. She has appeared on numerous radio and television programs across the country including Discovery Health and Naomi's New Morning on the Hallmark Channel.
Tune into KRUUFM.com or 100.1 FM in Fairfield this Friday, January 8 at 1pm Central Time to hear Sherry Ellis talk about her new book, Now Write! Non-Fiction. This is an essential handbook for non-fiction writers, featuring the trusted personal writing exercises of today's masters of creative non-fiction, including Gay Talese, Reza Aslan, John Matteson, Tilar Mazzeo, and many more!
During the second half-hour of the show, we'll talk with John Sorflatten about the upcoming Fairfield Art Walk Film Expo, February 5-6. This will be Fairfield's 6th Annual celebration of Iowa film-making and script-writing. If you missed the interview, you can listen to it at Writersvoices.com
Writers' Voices welcomes Michael Murphy to the show. We will be discussing his books, "Murphy's Laws of the Inner Life" and "What the Animals Said to Me". "Murphy's Laws of the Inner Life" is both a memoir and an example of a writing technique that Michael teaches. He has taught writing at MIU and independently. Both of these books were wonderful reads and we are looking forward to getting to know Michael a little better in what promises to be an engaging interview. To find out more or join the conversation, check out our new website, writersvoices.com
Writers' Voices welcomes Michael Murphy to the show. We will be discussing his books, "Murphy's Laws of the Inner Life" and "What the Animals Said to Me". "Murphy's Laws of the Inner Life" is both a memoir and an example of a writing technique that Michael teaches. He has taught writing at MIU and independently. Both of these books were wonderful reads and we are looking forward to getting to know Michael a little better in what promises to be an engaging interview. To find out more or join the conversation, check out our new website, writersvoices.com
Marisa Handler, author of Loyal to the Sky: Notes from an Activist is our guest on Writers' Voices this week. Chamaigne Montana and Caroline Kilbourn will ask Marisa to tell about her fascinating journey from apartheid South Africa, to the U.S., to Israel, India, Nepal, Ecuador, Peru. Not surprisingly, Marisa became deeply interested in social justice work during her travels, and this memoir takes a look at the social justice movement. It's a riveting and educational read, that has received high praise. Please join us for what promises to be an intriguing interview.
Author, coach, speaker, and self-love expert, Christine Arylo, is our next guest on Writers' Voices. In her book, Choosing Me Before We, she teaches that loving yourself first opens doors to finding the relationship, and the life that you truly want. In 2008, she launched "Madly in Love with Me", an international movement to inspire women and girls.
Christine traded in her career helping to build brand images for companies like Gap, Visa, and Frito Lay, to help 21st Century women, who can now do anything and feel that they have to do everything.
Chamaigne Montana and Caroline Kilbourn will host this interview.
Our guest this week on Writers' Voices is Jill Esbaum, award winning picture book author and instructor for the Institute of Children's Literature. She is also the Quad Cities Chair for the Society of Children's Book Writers and Illustrators.
Cheryl Johnson will be guest co-hosting the show and speaking during the last portion of the show about the upcoming Iowa Summer Writing Festival. Now is the time to start registering for workshops, and Cheryl has the inside scoop!
Local 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.
As CEO and Activator of Working For Good, Jeff Klein produces collaborative, multi-sector Cause Alliance Marketing programs that drive social and environmental change, while addressing the business objectives of alliance partners. Jeff also co-founded Conscious Capitalism, Inc with John Mackey, CEO of Whole Foods Market.
Writers’ Voices welcomes Robyn O'Brien, who is being called "The Erin Brockovich of Food". A conservative Texan with an MBA, Robyn used to roll her eyes when finicky parents talked about their children's food allergies and special diets. When her own children started having severe allergy problems, she was catapulted into a research project that changed her life. In her book, The Unhealthy Truth, she lets us in on the secrets of GMO foods, the revolving door between the FDA and the food industry, and
Michael Linenberger is being called the "Efficiency Guru". He's a renowned speaker, teacher, and consultant, and author of four top-selling productivity books, including Total Workday Control Using Microsoft Outlook, the #1 bestselling book on Microsoft Outlook for four years running.
His new Master Your Workday Now! Proven Strategies to Control Chaos, Create Outcomes & Connect Your Work to Who You Really Are focuses on managing email and task lists, maximizing productivity, and finding your "life's work". Monica Hadley and Caroline Kilbourn are looking forward to welcoming Michael Linenberger this Friday at 1pm on KRUU.
In a two-episode special event, Writers’ Voices unveils the makings of The Wizard of Oz and its prequel, Wicked, through biographers Evan Schwartz and Carol de Giere.
Tune in Friday, March 19 at 1pm Central (kruufm.com) to hear Evan Schwartz, author of Finding Oz: How L. Frank Baum Discovered the Great American Story, reveal both the spiritual teachings and life experiences that inspired The Wizard of Oz. Involving a Swami from the 1893 World’s Fair and a real yellow brick road, this is a fascinating inside look into a creative work that has touched all our lives. You might even find yourself pondering, “Am I a good witch or a bad witch…or both?!”
Writers' Voices continues the "Oz" theme started last week, with this interview with Fairfield-connected Carol de Giere, author of Defying Gravity: The Creative Career of Stephen Schwartz from Godspell to Wicked. Carol interviewed Schwartz and his colleagues, friends, and family extensively for this book. She narrates his career from writing Godspell's score at age 23 to his phenomenal success with Wicked. She also covers his not-so-successful creative endeavors. Of interest to other artists and writers is the "Creativity Notes" that share insights about the artistic life.
The healing power of the earth is discussed on this week's Writers' Voices. Martin Zucker will share recent discoveries of the electric signal that the earth sends out that helps maintain health and governs our bodies intricate mechanisms. Topics that are the subject of Martin's book "Earthing:The Most Important Health Discovery Ever?". The book tells of how inflammation, stress, pain, fatigue, and poor sleep have been cured by, literally, staying in touch with the earth.
Martin Zucker, a former Associated Press foreign correspondent, has written a dozen books and hundreds of magazine articles about health, nutrition, and fitness.
Don't miss this enlightening down to earth interview!
Writers' 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 host Monica Hadley, along with special guest host Cheryl Fusco-Johnson, interview Ari Berman.
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.
Tune 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.
Tune 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.
Tune 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 "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.
The Mississippi River is one of this country's most iconic features. It has played an important 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.
This week Writers' Voices explores spirituality and other cultures.
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.
Epiphanies. They are the sudden realizations that can change lives.
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.
This week Writers' Voices welcomes Shann Vander Leek, author of "Life On Your 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".
Two guests make a visit to Writers' Voices this week.
First, 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.
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.
It might help to get into a romantic mood for this Writers' Voices because our guest 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.
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 Belief.net, Vivid Life Radio, Divine Revolution,Sethnet Journal and Reality Change magazines. He currently lives in Chicago.
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 were part of the 2011 Mission Creek Festival.
Tune 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.
This week's features a very special Writers' Voices. Local artists Betsy Dockhorn, Toni 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!
The 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 experiencing 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 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.
The crop circles phenomenon has fascinated and baffled many people for years. On this Writers' Voices, host Monica Hadley, 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.
Writers' Voices welcomes world-renowned psychiatrist and author, Dr. Norman Rosenthal, 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.
Social 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 Phyllis 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.
This week's Writers' Voices features a very touching conversation with Marianne 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.
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.
This 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!
The recently released anthology, "An Endless Skyway: Poetry from the States Poet Laureate", collects the poetry of thirty-eight State Poets 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!
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.
Tune 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.
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.
One of the most creative literary journalists of today, Susan 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.
Writers' 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.
Khakendra 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.
This 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.
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.
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!
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.
Author/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.
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!
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.
"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.
Writers' 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, Viktoras 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.
For most writers, going from concept to finished product is a mostly solitary pursuit, and getting across the finish line is largely dependent on your own efforts. With the sefl-publishing technology available today, you don't necessarily need anyone else in order to publish your work. But for a screenwriter, getting the script finished is only half the battle - if that. What does it take to get a movie made?
Join Monica and Caroline on Writers' Voices
as they talk to Caterina Titus, of www.rubystarproductions.com to learn more about the screenwriter's journey. Caty is the co-writer of “Pyaar” - a social political feature film (with Stuart Tanner,) and romantic dramedy "Between Worlds" (with actor/director Ruben Pla.) Her goal is to create films that address the issues of globalization. For the last five years she has been developing a valuable network of contacts in the film industry as she focuses on getting her movies made.
art this post-Valentine's season. Paul Stokstad, writer, tennis pro, webmaster, marketing director and poet is here to talk love and tattoos with Writers' Voices host Monica Hadley. Butterfuly Tattoo is Paul's third published book, and somewhat of a deprature from "How To Be Your Own Best Tennis Pro" and "How to Start Your Own Improv Comedy Group."
If you're intrigued by new ideas; excited by in-depth conversation on consciousness; or inspired by visionary speakers who are thinking and doing outside the box -sometimes far outside - then the upcoming (April 20) conference hosted by MUM, "Our Conscious Future" has probably caught your interest.
This Friday on Writers's Voices, join Monica and Caroline as they invite conference speaker, best-selling author, Discovery Health TV medical host and NIH medical researcher Dr. Pamela Peeke to discuss the neuruological basis of food addiction. Dr. Peeke's most recent book, "The Hunger Fix" provides a three stage detox and recovery plan for overeating and food addiction.
Dr. Peeke has also written columns and editorials for O, Prevention, Fitness and More magazines and is a regular health news commentator for national and cable networks.
Not too long after she met her husband Ralph, author Marcy Luikart (formerly Woolf) helped him fulfill a lifelong dream of building a raft and floating down the Mississippi River.
Inspired by that journey, the former Fairfielder, now living in Santa Barbara, wrote "River Braids," the story of a former midwesterner who returns to his roots along the Mississippi River and discovers the real history behind the family story of his grandfather Joe on the 1904 Olympic rowing team. The tale weaves back and forth between the modern day and the St. Louis Worlds' Fair and Olympics of 1904.
This is Marcy's second appearance on Writers' Voices. As one of our first guests, in 2006 Marcy discussed her success with getting stories published in literary magazines. "River Braids" is her first published novel.