Cheryl Fusco Johnson's blog

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Stuart Dybek on a slaughterhouse school field trip, Mary Kay Shanley on Thanksgiving tamales--you'll find this and more in Fried Walleye and Cherry Pie: Midwestern Writers on Food.

Just released by the University of Nebraska Press, this thoughtful and sometimes funny collection of essays by the region's finest writers was edited by Peggy Wolff.

At 7 PM on Wednesday, Nov. 20th, authors of some of the essays will read excerpts from this book at Prairie Lights in Iowa City.

On The Studio this week, former New York Times food columnist and award-winning author, Molly O'Neill will discuss food, writing, and Midwestern culture with Peggy and Cheryl. Why does Molly think writing about food is a great warmup for other kinds of writing?

Tune in to find out!

Ice Cube Press LogoTwenty years ago, Steven H. Semken founded Ice Cube Press, an independent publishing company operating out of North Liberty, Iowa.

To bolster its application to become an official City of Literature, Iowa City referred to Ice Cube Press and mentioned its focus on how to best live with the natural world and its interest in topsoil, Devonian fossil beds, landcape art, weather patterns, and prairies.

Over the years Ice Cube Press's mission has broadened; it now publishes novels, short stories, poetry, real-life murder mysteries, and children's books, as well as nature-focused fiction and nonfiction.

To learn how a lone entrepreneur built and sustains a thriving Midwestern small press, tune in to The Studio with Cheryl and Steven this week.

 

For seven and a half years, under the dedicated guidance of Station Manager James Moore, radio station KRUU LP 100.1 FM has fulfilled its mission "to give Fairfield a voice and strengthen the community by encouraging creativity, dialogue, and community involvement."

During this hour James will explain upcoming changes in Federal law regarding low-power stations and explore KRUU's past, present, and likely future. Tune in to The Studio with Cheryl this week, and when you get a chance, take a minute to thank James for his devoted leadership.

Rob ClineCedar Rapids Arts Professional Rob Cline returns to The Studio to report on the success he and his critique group buddies experienced after teaming up to inspire each other to finish, self-publish, and market their novels. Rob also reveals how his 365 Short Stories in 2013 project inspired him to write and submit short stories of his own. Rob's the Director of Marketing and Communications for the University of Iowa's Hancher Auditorium and the Grants Manager of the Czech and Slovak Museum and Library in Cedar Rapids. He's appeared at Prairie Lights Bookstore and other venues to promote his self-published mystery, Murder By the Slice.

Miracle Boy Book CoverAuthor Patrick Irelan earned a B.A. in Political Science and an M.A. in American Studies from the University of Iowa. He also studied poetry at the Iowa Writers Workshop. For many years, Patrick wrote and edited educational materials for the university's Division of Continuing Education. His award-winning short stories have appeared in many regional publications, including Kansas Quarterly, Crosscurrents, Iowa City Magazine, and Wisconsin River Valley Journal. A versatile writer, Patrick has also authored two memoirs, Central Standard: a Time, a Place, a Family, published by the University of Iowa Press in 2002, and A Son of the Middle West, published by Ice Cube Press in 2006. Ice Cube Press also published Patrick's first collection of short stories, Reruns, in 2009, and has just released his second story collection, The Miracle Boy.

Alex CequeaAlex Cequea is Editor-in-Chief of iPhone Life Magazine and a Managing Partner at Mango Life Media. An MBA holder, he's knowledgeable about personal branding, business, and mobile technology. At the 2013 CTIA iZone Innovation Stage meeting, Alex served as the main host, moderated panels, presented talks, and conducted on-stage interviews. He placed in the top 200 speakers worldwide out of 25,000 people in the 2011 Toastmasters International Inspirational Speech Contest.

In June of 2013 he broke (unofficially so far) the Guinness World Record for Longest Speech Marathon by giving a series of back-to-back presentations for almost 37 hours straight. His work and projects have been featured on TIME.com, Discovery Tech, NBC, ABC, Univision, and CBS. A former Division I college tennis player, Alex travels between Boulder, Colorado, Houston, Texas, and Fairfield, Iowa. He's the featured speaker 7:30PM, Tuesday, Oct. 22nd at Fairfield, Iowa's Golden Speaker Toastmasters Club meeting. 

Author Bruce HopkinsIn his new book Truth in the Rivers, author, educator, and political activist Bruce Hopkins weaves together seemingly disparate elements. Via poems, essays, photographs, and paintings, he explores Japanese American Internment during World War II, the Civil Rights Movement of the 1960s, and the importance of exploring nature's lessons with children. Bruce's deceptively slim new book, just released by Ice Cube Press, is an artful tapestry of complex and important issues. Tune in to The Studio this week for a thought-provoking hour with Cheryl, Bruce, and his wife Jeanette. 

Wayne Johnson's new memoir Baseball Diaries: Confessions of a Cold War Youth reads like a series of interconnected, cleverly-crafted and hilarious short stories. Using all the skills he developed writing critically acclaimed, best-selling novels and popular nonfiction books, Wayne poignantly reveals what it was like to grow up during the bombshelter-building era. Wayne's been a Chesterfield Writers' Film Project Fellow in Hollywood and has received recognition from the Sundance Film Festival for his screenplays. His short stories have appeared in anthologies and in The Atlantic Monthly, Ploughshares, Story, and other magazines. Wayne's received many accolades for his work, including a listing as a London Times bestseller for his first novel, The Snake Game; three Pulitzer nominations; and New York Times Notable Book citations.

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What Artists' Studios Reveal About the Creative Process

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Artist Sarah Trigg investigated the creative processes of 200 fine artists by visiting their studios, interviewing them, and photographing the bizarre collections, odd rituals, and makeshift tools that help and inspire them. Then Sarah culled her photos and interviews down into an exploration of 100 artists.

The result is Studio Life: Rituals, Collections, Tools, and Observations on the Artistic Process, released by Princeton Architectural Press last week. Following a narrative arc that loosely explores all stages of artists' lives, this book provides a unique view of artists and their creative process. Sarah's photos of and commentary on how artists work just may inspire you, too, to unleash your playful side so don't miss The Studio with Cheryl this week! 

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Parenting a disabled child during his first five years of life is candidly described in Joy M. Newcom's self-published memoir, Involuntary Joy: a Story of Unexpected Rebirth. A motivational speaker, Joy co-owns JoyMark! Communications with her college professor husband. Their public relations consulting firm specializes in providing comprehensive services to nonprofits. Joy served as creative consultant and event coordinator for an Iowa conference on diversity issues for the Lt. Governor's Committee on Diversity (with Dr. Maya Angelou as featured speaker). Joy has also overseen many print and video productions. For 17 years she was an adjunct instructor of public relations for Waldorf College. Involuntary Joy details her thoughts and feelings during her son Stross' early years. She and husband Mark live in Forest City, Iowa with Stross and their younger son Skye. Tune in to The Studio with Cheryl this week to learn about self-publishing and about what parents of disabled children really wish you would do.

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