Archive of Writers' Voices

- 20120629 - Writers' Voices - Ann Greenwood Brown

57:32 minutes (52.67 MB) Stereo 44kHz 128Kbps (CBR)

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.

Join us!

- 20120622 - Writers' Voices - Eric Johnson

56:12 minutes (51.46 MB) Stereo 44kHz 128Kbps (CBR)

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. 

- 20120608 - Writers' Voices - Nancy B. Kennedy

59:58 minutes (54.9 MB) Stereo 44kHz 128Kbps (CBR)

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.

- 20120601 - Writers' Voices - Larry Baker

59:55 minutes (54.86 MB) Stereo 44kHz 128Kbps (CBR)

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

59:23 minutes (54.37 MB) Stereo 44kHz 128Kbps (CBR)

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.

- 20120518 - Writers' Voices - Beth Howard

59:42 minutes (54.67 MB) Stereo 44kHz 128Kbps (CBR)

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!

- 20120511 - Writers' Voices - Polly Frost

58:58 minutes (53.99 MB) Stereo 44kHz 128Kbps (CBR)

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. 

- 20120504 - Writers' Voices - Priscilla Warner

59:48 minutes (54.75 MB) Stereo 44kHz 128Kbps (CBR)

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!

- 20120427 - Writers' Voices - Frank Meeink

59:48 minutes (54.75 MB) Stereo 44kHz 128Kbps (CBR)

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!

- 20120420 - Writers' Voices - Cheryl Wilfong

59:56 minutes (54.87 MB) Stereo 44kHz 128Kbps (CBR)

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"

59:15 minutes (54.25 MB) Stereo 44kHz 128Kbps (CBR)

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.

- 20120406 - Writers' Voices - Wendy McClure

59:30 minutes (54.48 MB) Stereo 44kHz 128Kbps (CBR)

Don't Trade The Baby For A HorseWendy McClureCheryl Fusco Johnson hosts Writers' Voices this week with guest author, editor, blogger, and humorist, Wendy McClure.  She is the author of "The Wilder Life: My Adventures in the Lost World of Little House on the Prairie"; and a recently released e-book, "Don’t Trade the Baby for a Horse and Other Ways to Make Your Life a Little More Laura Ingalls Wilder", that explores her obsession with all things Laura Ingalls Wilder.

Her published works also include essays in The New York Times Magazine; columns for Bust magazine; and the weblog Poundy, which she launched in 2000 to explore body image issues and to make fun of aerobics instructors. She’s written children’s picture books, such as "The Princess and the Peanut Allergy"and a memoir, "I’m Not the New Me".

- 20120330 - Writers' Voices - Rudy Wilson

59:48 minutes (54.75 MB) Stereo 44kHz 128Kbps (CBR)

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.

- 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.

- 20120316 - Writers' Voices - Luis Alberto Urrea

59:58 minutes (54.9 MB) Stereo 44kHz 128Kbps (CBR)

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.

- 20120309 - Writers' Voices - Michael H. Shuman

60:38 minutes (55.51 MB) Stereo 44kHz 128Kbps (CBR)

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.

- 20120302 - Writers' Voices - Khakendra Pun

58:49 minutes (53.85 MB) Stereo 44kHz 128Kbps (CBR)

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.

- 20120217 - Writers' Voices - Deborah Halverson

60:43 minutes (55.59 MB) Stereo 44kHz 128Kbps (CBR)

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.

- 20120210 - Writers' Voices - Dan Buettner

58:43 minutes (53.76 MB) Stereo 44kHz 128Kbps (CBR)

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.

- 20120203 - Writers' Voices - Molly Brouillette

60:01 minutes (54.95 MB) Stereo 44kHz 128Kbps (CBR)

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!

- 20120127 - Writers' Voices - Seth Braun

59:56 minutes (54.87 MB) Stereo 44kHz 128Kbps (CBR)

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!

- 20120120 - Writers' Voices - Melissa Tosetti

60:34 minutes (55.45 MB) Stereo 44kHz 128Kbps (CBR)

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. 

- 20120113 - Writers' Voices - Mystery Writing Advice

60:01 minutes (54.95 MB) Stereo 44kHz 128Kbps (CBR)

Now Write! Mysteries



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

- 20120106 - Writers' Voices - Allan Lokos

59:57 minutes (54.89 MB) Stereo 44kHz 128Kbps (CBR)

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!

- 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!

59:51 minutes (54.8 MB) Stereo 44kHz 128Kbps (CBR)

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!

- 20111216 - Writers' Voices - Sharron McElmeel

59:55 minutes (54.86 MB) Stereo 44kHz 128Kbps (CBR)

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.

- 20111209 - Writers' Voices - Rick Hanson

59:57 minutes (54.89 MB) Stereo 44kHz 128Kbps (CBR)

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.

- 20111202 - Writers' Voices - Barry Spector

60:37 minutes (55.5 MB) Stereo 44kHz 128Kbps (CBR)

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.

- 20111125 - Writers' Voices - Dr. Bruce Hopkins

59:35 minutes (81.83 MB) Stereo 44kHz 192Kbps (CBR)

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.

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