METAFORE MAGAZINE COVERCalling all writers: Evoke the world in the way only you can! A new literary magazine is currently seeking authentic, diverse, voices for its December 2017 debut issue. METAFORE MAGAZINE will feature genre-bending and convention smashing poetry, fiction, and creative nonfiction. Deadline? November 21st. Submit only previously unpublished material. Check out Metafore's #MegaMondays feature, too: poetry or flash fiction of up to 500 words will be published every week. Hear more about this new online publication this week on The Studio with Cheryl, Nynke Passi, and James R. Davidson, Editor-in-Chief and Poetry Editor of Metafore Magazine. 

Nynke Passe, The Luminous Writer Literary CenterPoetry, drums, chimes & Tibetan bowls are tools that can help you revitalize your relationship with your muse. That's what poet and creative writing professor Nynke Passi and sound therapist Kenny Kolter have discovered while collaborating on events offered through The Luminous Writer Literary Center in Fairfield, Iowa.

Mary North Allen When Mary North Allen passed away in 2011, she left behind dozens of versions of her memoir, "Falling Light and Waters Turning: Adventures  in Being Human" as well as hundreds of  photographs of Falling LIghttrees, people, and her signature color photos. She also left boxes of old family papers, some dating back to the 1600's.

Mary North Allen was a pre-med student who loved biology.  Later she became a professional nature photographer and photography teacher. She had a life-long love affair with trees.

Upon Your CanvasJoin us this week on Writers' Voices for a Upon Your Canvaspreview of this evening's ecstatic poetry reading by Paul Goldman at Revelations Cafe.  Paul talks about the inspiration for this, his third book of poetry, where he combines efforts with painter Natosha Keefer. Paul who has over 45,000 Twitter and Facebook followers, also talks about the importance for writers of building a platform with social media.

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    Jun 15
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    Jun 17
    6:00 am -
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Author-Led Creativity Workshops at FAIRfest!

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Unleash your own creativity and encourage the kids in your life to develop theirs by attending special Fairfield Public Library author-led workshops during FAIRfest 2015! All three FAIRfest programs at the Fairfield Public Library are free and open to the public. The Magic Thief author Sarah Prineas (pictured at home with one of her goats) will tell kids and adults how "Heroes Get in Trouble" 2 - 3 PM Sat. June 20th.

Novelist Anna-Maria Petricelli's workshop, "Have You Written Today?" targets adults interested in writing and takes place Sat. June 20th from 10:30 - noon. Poet and writer Nynke Passi will lead a workshop for adults, "The Healing Power of Words," 1:30 - 3 PM Sunday, June 21st. For glimpses into the careers of all three presenters, tune in this week to The Studio with Cheryl on KRUU.

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    Apr 10
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    Apr 13
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Local Talent on Writers' Voices

No Longer an Ingenue We're going local on Writers' Voices this week, to bring you the voices of three young and talented writers from the Fairfield area.

First up is Megan D. Robinson, a poet, performance artist and freelance writer.  Megan's chapbook, "No Longer an Ingenue" won the 2014 Blue Light Poetry Prize.  Megan will be performing her poetry at Revelations Cafe and Book Store in Fairfield next Friday, April 17, at 8 pm.

You may have read Megan's work previously in the Iowa Source, The Ottumwa Courier, or the anthologies Lyrical Iowa 2007 and This Endiring Gift.

In the second half hour, we introduce the Lamansky brothers from Brighton Iowa, 14 year old Nate, and James, 17, who will be reading their entries in the 2015 Future Problem Solvers state short story contest.  Both have previously had FPS short stories recieve awards at the international level.

I hope you can join us!

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    Jan 30
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    Feb 02
    8:00 am -
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"Swish, Swirl & Sniff" - Sensual Poetry from Sal Marici

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This week on Writers' Voices, Monica and Caroline speak with poet Salvatore Marici, who splits his time beween the Quad Cities and Florida. Marici is the author of two poetry books from Ice Cube Press, of North Liberty, Iowa, a chapbook titled "Mortals, Nature and their Spirits" and the wildly sensual "Swish, Swirl & Sniff."

Travel with us through these poems to Salvatore's memories of the Amazon, Guatemala, Sicily and the Midwest.

Marici's work has appeared in numerous magazines and anthologies, including "Prairie Gold: An Anthology of the American Heartland."  He was the 2010 Midwest Writing Center's poet-in-residence in Davenport, Iowa.

Book Cover: Lost Clerihews

With authors and book titles swirling incessantly inside his head, legendary literary tastemaker Paul Ingram of Iowa City's Prairie Lights Bookstore fell victim to clerihew mania. The result? A new book, The Lost Clerihews of Paul Ingram, published recently by Ice Cube Press and illustrated with Julia Anderson-Miller's witty and thoughtful pen-and-ink drawings.

As award-winning author Elizabeth McCracken reports in the foreword, this book is "everything that Paul Ingram himself is: hilarious, ribald, tender, erudite, naughty." Watch out! Containing over 120 four-line poems that lampoon a variety of public figures, Paul's book (and Julia's artwork) just might inspire clerihew mania to grow inside you! For a glimpse of the super creative minds that produced this naughty new book, tune in this week to The Studio with Cheryl, Julia and Paul.

Cheryl Fusco Johnson & Linda Eve DiamondWhere does creativity come from? Linda Eve Diamond, who's authored a dozen books ranging from poetry and self-help to business and educational, provides clues in her newest book, The Beauty of Listening.

This compendium of poems explores inner listening, communication, the impact of listening on love, and other intriguing topics.

During this hour, Linda explains how Nina Katchadourian's Sorted Book Project, Anastasia Clark's Hobo Code Event, and a life-changing trip to a Publix sushi counter sparked her creativity. For a lively discussion that just might spark yours, too, tune in to The Studio with Cheryl and Linda this week. Linda's husband, Jeff Novick, chimes in a bit, as well.

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    Feb 20
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    Feb 25
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The Voting Fraud Myth and Poetry from Within

Join host, Andrew Tint as he highlights the issues facing Generation Y.

This week 'Generation whY' will start with a serious discussion about voter fraud. Is it a real issue? Are new voting restrictions actually hurting more than helping our country? We bring these questions  and more up to Matt Segal. On the second half of the show we are joined in studio by Fairfield poets Monserrat Iñiguez and Taylor Irezumi of Soapbox Speakeasy.

OURTIME.org co-founder Matt Segal will return to discuss the voter fraud and voter suppression. Find out more about their efforts here.

As president and co-founder of OurTime.org, Matthew leads campaigns to expand job opportunities, voting rights, and civic education among his generation while devising strategic partnerships with media brands to enhance the voice of his peers. Matthew is also a regular TV commentator, contributing most frequently to MSNBC, and has appeared on The TODAY Show, Real Time with Bill Maher, CNN’s Piers Morgan Tonight, and the CBS Evening News among several other cable and broadcast news programs.

The Soapbox Speakeasy presents Fairfield poets a venue where they spit, flow and shock. Show takes place every Saturday after ArtWalk at the Urban Village Collective. The Soapbox Speakeasy is headlined by a different language artist each month- the headliner selects the theme, which sets the writing challenge, and the ensuing lineup is filled by poets who craft work to speak on the topic. The goal of the event is to inspire people to write- including audience members. It promotes a community of writers who gather to teach, write, share, rehearse, play and support each other, as well as develop material for performance and publishing. The Soapbox Speakeasy is presented by The Urban Village Collective, a space for craftspeople, artisans, and independent business owners to create and developtheir products in a friendly cooperative setting.