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Jim Autry

Next episode: Sunday, August 3 at 10:30 am CT tune in for a fascinating interview with Jim Autry!

Autry is the retired president of the Meredith Magazine Group, and had a distinguished career as an editor and publisher. Autry has been active in many civic, charitable, and arts organizations, most notably working with disability rights groups for more than 35 years. He served as president, chairman, and chairman emeritus of the Epilepsy Foundation of America. He is a founding member of the board of Peoplefor the American Way. He is also a founder of the Des Moines National Poetry Festival.

Mr. Autry is the author of ten books, and his writings have appeared in several anthologies and magazines. He consults and speaks on leadership in this country and abroad. He was a featured poet in Bill Moyers' 1989 PBS series, The Power of the Word, and Garrison Keillor has featured his work on The Writer's Corner on NPR. He received a BA in Journalism from the University of Mississippi and holds four honorary degrees. In 1997-98, he held an endowed chair in leadership at Iowa State University, and has received the "Lifetime Service to the Public Humanities" award from the Iowa Humanities Board.

He says that his real claim to fame is that he is married to Iowa's former Lieutenant Governor, Sally Pederson.

natural causes
Mark Cox
chairs the Department of Creative Writing at UNC Wilmington and teaches in the MFA in Writing Program of Vermont College. He is the recipient of the Whiting Writers' Award, a Pushcart Prize, a Kansas Arts Commission Fellowship, two awards from the Vermont Council on the Arts, and a Bread Loaf Writers' conference Fellowship.

Cox has published poems in such magazines as American Poetry Review, Poetry, and Crazyhorse. Ampersand Press published his chapbook, Barbells of the Gods, in 1988. Godine published Smoulder, his first full-length collection in 1989. His second collection, Thirty-Seven Years from the Stone, and his latest book, Natural Causes, were both published by the University of Pittsburgh Press.

Next up is J. P. Dancing Bear, Sunday, June 15th at 10:30 am, central time.bear

J.P. Dancing Bear lives in Northern California. His poems have appeared or are forthcoming in hundreds of publications including Shenandoah, Mississippi Review, Cimarron Review, Poetry East, North American Review, Atlanta Review, Verse Daily, The National Poetry Review, Poetry International, Marlboro Review, Hotel Amerika, Interim, Seattle Review, Permafrost, Puerto Del Sol, Controlled Burn, Cranky, Rattle, Americas Review, and Slipstream.

He is a founding editor of Disquieting Muses and was the Editor-in-Chief of Disquieting Muses/DMQ Review for five years. He is now the editor of The American Poetry Journal. Bear is the owner of Dream Horse Press, publisher of the first animal rights poetry anthology And We The Creatures, Ryan G. Van Cleave's The Florida Letters, C. J. Sage's Let's Not Sleep and Michael McNeilley's Situational Reality. He is the author of several chapbooks. Dancing Bear's poems have been nominated eight times for Pushcart Prizes. He is the host of "Out of Our Minds" a weekly radio show for public radio station KKUP featuring some of today's best contemporary poets. His chapbook, What Language, won the 2002 Slipstream Press Poetry Prize.

patricia fargnoli
Poet Laureate of New Hampshire, Patricia Fargnoli, blesses the haunted studio with her sweet voice and poetry on Sunday, June 8th at 10:30 am, central time.

In 1999, a collection of her poems called Necessary Light won the May Swenson Poetry Prize, chosen by poet Mary Oliver and published by Utah State University Press. Her latest book, Duties of the Spirit (Tupelo Press 2005) is the winner of the prestigious 2005 Jane Kenyon Poetry Book Award for Outstanding Poetry published by a New Hampshire author in the preceding two years.
maureen alsopSunday, June 1st at 10:30 am CT, worship and adore Maureen Alsop. Maureen is the author of Apparition Wren, published by Main Street Rag in 2007.

Jean Valentine says, "The poems in Apparition Wren are sometimes sensual, sexual, almost rawly emphatic to the loneliness and suffering of the characters she writes about (look at "Mud Pie Underworld," "Butcher's Wife"); sometimes Alsop's poems are less narrative, and still beautifully candid and strange."

Mary Swander
Sunday, May 18th at 10:30 am CST tune in for Mary Swander. (She brought her banjo!)

Mary's Swander's most recent work is a forthcoming book of poetry entitled The Girls on the Roof (Turning Point Press, 2009). This long narrative poem is the story of a mother and daughter stuck on top of the roof of catfish dive on the banks of the Mississippi River for three days during the 1993 flood. There, they discover they’ve both had an affair with the same man.

Robert Long's "Blue"Sunday, May 11th at 10:30 am CT tune in for some Complicated Pasta and a tribute to the late Robert Long's poetry!

Robert Long's poems appeared in dozens of magazines and anthologies, including The New Yorker, Poetry, and Partisan Review, as well as three earlier collections. He taught at several colleges and universities, including La Salle University, where he was writer-in-residence. He died on October 13, 2006. Blue was his last published collection of poetry.

"Robert Long is not like us poets who snivel in our ivory towers: he lives in the good old, the hope to die USA. His muse is firmly installed amidst the kitchenware, and he-- as the slang phrase puts it-- really cooks. These poems are a perfect example what Hart Crane means by 'talking USA'."

--Bill Knott


Tune in May 4th, 10:30 am CT as Suzanne Frischkorn pays a visit to the hauntedSuzanne Frischkorn studio (via phone call). Suzanne Frischkorn is the author of five chapbooks, most recently American Flamingo, (2008), and Spring Tide, selected by Mary Oliver for the Aldrich Poetry Award (2005).

Lit Windowpane, her first full-length book, will be released by Main Street Rag Press in autumn, 2008. Her poems have recently appeared, or are forthcoming in Ecotone, Indiana Review, Diode, No Tell Motel, MiPOesias, Salt Flats Annual, and the anthology Conversation Pieces: Poems That Talk to Other Poems, part of the Everyman's Library Pocket Poet Series (Knopf, 2007)

From 2001 to 2005 she served as an editor for Samsära Quarterly. She is the recipient of a 2007 Artist Fellowship from the Connecticut Commission on Culture & Tourism.


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