Archive of Writers' Voices

- Writers' Voices - 20080718 - Mike Palacek

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

Mark Morford, columnist, San Francisco Chronicle


Mike Palecek


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

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

- Writers' Voices - 20080711 - Cyndi Dale

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Cyndi Dale


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

- Writers' Voices - 20080704 - Marilyn Nelson

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Marily Nelson

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

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

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

- Writers' Voices - 20080627 - Daphne Gray Grant

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- Writers' Voices - 20080613 - Abby Marks Beale

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

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

Abby Marks Beale


- Writers' Voices - 20080606 - Robert Herron

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

- Writers' Voices - 20080530 - Karen Lemansky

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- Writers' Voices - 20080523 - Jennie Rothenberg

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

Jennie Gritz



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

- Writers' Voices - 20080509 - Tony Ellis

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

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

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

- Writers' Voices - 20080502 - Bernie DeKoven

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Funsmith Bernie DeKoven


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

- Writers' Voices - 20080425 - Sherri Brooks Vinton

59:19 minutes (54.32 MB) Stereo 44kHz 128Kbps (CBR)

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

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

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

- Writers' Voices - 20080416 - Shanta Small

59:46 minutes (54.73 MB) Stereo 44kHz 128Kbps (CBR)

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


- Writers' Voices - 20070413-Allen Cobb

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

- Writers' Voices - 20080411 - Deborah Madison

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- Writers' Voices - 20080411 - Deborah Madison

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

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

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Rustin Larson

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

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

Fridays at 1pm CST Rebroadcast Mondays at 8am

- Writers' Voices - 20080328 - Anya Lobos

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- Writers' Voices - 20080321 - Allan Hamilton

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- Writers' Voices - 20080321 - Allan Hamilton

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

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

- Writers' Voices - 20080307 Elaine Duncan

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60:17 minutes (55.2 MB) Stereo 44kHz 128Kbps (CBR)

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

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

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- Writers' Voices - 20080221 - Jessica Hawthorne-Castro

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

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

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

- Writers' Voices - 20080215 - Susan Klopfer

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- Writers' Voices - 20080215 - Susan Klopfer

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Where Rebels Roost


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

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

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

- Writers' Voices - 20080208 - Dr. Laurel Parnell

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- Writers' Voices - 20080208 - Dr. Laurel Parnell

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


- Writers' Voices - 20080201 - Olabisi Gwamna

61:32 minutes (56.33 MB) Stereo 44kHz 128Kbps (CBR)

Author Olabisi Gwamna with Monica & Caroline


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

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

Fridays at 1pm right here on KRUU-FM.

[Rebroadcast Monday mornings at 8am.]

- Writers' Voices - 20080125 - Meghan Dowd

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Meghan Dowd


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

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


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