Poem and photo of dogCartoonist Francesco Marciuliano follows up on the success of his New York Times Bestseller I Could Pee on This and Other Poems by Cats with a funny and poignant new title, I Could Chew on This and Other Poems by Dogs. Francesco currently writes Sally Forth, an internationally syndicated family comic strip that appears in nearly 800 newspapers around the world. He's also a playwright and served as head writer for the highly praised PBS children's series SeeMore's Playhouse. This week on The Studio with Cheryl Francesco discusses the creative process and how his parents nurtured his talents and continue to feed his funny bone. Tune in! 

Over Labor Day Weekend, Maharishi University of Management's hosting a Literature Reunion to celebrate its Literature Department's 40th birthday. Current and former Lit. Dept. faculty from MUM will lead Master Classes open to the public. On The Studio with Cheryl this week, former Lit Dept. Chair Rhoda Orme Johnson and current prof Nynke Passe taut poetry's importance in the digital age. Also former MUM prof Tim Truby discusses acting, directing, and marketing. All three will lead classes over Labor Day weekend. For additional info, check out the Reunion's page on Facebook under Literature Reunion. 

Diane FrankPoets, professors, authors, and former students will celebrate 40 years of Maharishi University of Management's Literature Department August 30 through September 2nd on MUM's campus in Fairfield, Iowa. Literature Reunion celebrations will include book exhibits, readings, and master classes.

On The Studio this week, poets Diane Frank and Sylvia Farnell, who both taught in MUM's Literature Department, reminisce and discuss poetry's place in today's society. Terry Fairchild, the current Chair of MUM's Literature Department, is the third guest on this week's show. Frank, Farnell, Fairchild and other former faculty will present Master Classes during the Labor Day celebrations, which are open to the public for a small fee.

Guests on next week's show include more Literary Reunion speakers. Be sure to tune in!

Author Linda EgenesTo celebrate National Library Week (April 14th-20th), the Fairfield Public Library is hosting the First Annual Local Authors Exhibition. On Monday through Thursday, from 7 - 9 PM, goups of local authors will speak at the library. An authors' open mic event will be held at the library on Saturday from 1 - 4 PM. All five events are free and open to the public. Books sales will be held on site.

Poets kick off the exhibition Monday, April 15th with Freddie Fonseca as facilitator. Tuesday, April 16th will feature kids' writers under the direction of children's librarian Jessi May. Wednesday, April 17th nonfiction author Linda Egenes will host the Health & Fitness panel, with Mayor Ed Malloy making a special appearance. Thursday, April 18th Diane Denbaum will lead the Dating & Relationships panel. Saurday's Open Mic will be hosted by the founder of the Annual Local Author's Exhibition, Slobodan Dumuzliski. To learn more about what local authors are up to, tune in to The Studio with Cheryl this week. Linda Egenes and Slobodan Dumuzliski are lively guests!

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Let Paul Stokstad Warm Your Heart

Butterfly TattooIt's cold and snowy outside, so cuddle up by the firPaul Stokstadeplace and let a little Love warm your heart this post-Valentine's season.  Paul Stokstad, writer, tennis pro, webmaster, marketing director and poet is here to talk love and tattoos with Writers' Voices host Monica Hadley (Caroline will be staying indoors herself this week due to the snowstorm).  Butterfuly Tattoo is Paul's third published book, and somewhat of a deprature from "How To Be Your Own Best Tennis Pro" and "How to Start Your Own Improv Comedy Group."  

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Robert Dana

Robert DanaRobert Dana
From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

Robert Dana (June 2, 1929 – February 6, 2010) was an award-winning American poet, who taught writing and English literature at Cornell College and many other schools, revived The North American Review and served as its editor during the years 1964–1968, and was the poet laureate for the State of Iowa from 2004 to 2008.

Robert Patrick Dana was born in Boston, Massachusetts, in 1929. At the age of seven he became an orphan, and was uprooted and moved to the western part of the state where he was raised as a foster child in the home of James Francis ("Pop") Kearney in Haydenville, Massachusetts.[1]

Mary SwanderThe recently released anthology, "An Endless Skyway: Poetry from the States Poet Laureate", collects the poetry of thirty-eight State Walter BargenPoets Laureate from across the United States. The collection gives a glimpse into the heart of our nation. Writer's Voices this week has the honor of having two State Poets Laureate on the show this week, both of whom are featured in this anthology. Iowa's curent Poet Laureate, Mary Swander, and former State Poet Laureate of Missouri, Walter Bargen, talk with Cheryl Fusco Johnson about their work and this anthology. 

Tune in for a delightful discussion!


We're recreating the hip scene of the "beat generation" as GREAT TASTE  presents poetry, java and simple food with every element served up in the KRUU coffee house.  Drop into a couch to listen if you are close by or pour yourself a steaming cup in the confines of your own cozy quarters. 

Dr. Jim Handlin

Leonard PittDr. James Handlin is an experienced educator having been the headmaster of three private high schools. Dr Handlin is also a poet having been published in numerous magazines and journals. He was chosen along with Walt Whitman, William Carlos Williams, and Amiri Baraka, among others, to have a poem put in marble in New York City's Penn Station.

Leonard Pitt is an author. His latest books is Paris Postcards-The Golden Age. He is currently working on a one man show with director Arne Zaslove. In 2009, Mr. Pitt and James Donlon opened the Flying Actor Studio in San Francisco offering a two-year program in the art of physical theater.

Geoff Hoppe

This Enduring GiftWriters' Voices with Monica and Caroline welcomes two guests this week.  First up is Geoffrey Hoppe, writer of "Masters in the New Energy" by Adamus Saint Germain. Don't worry if that sounds confusing; Geoffrey channels Adamus Saint Germain.  According to Wikipedia, The Count of St. Germain (fl. 1710–1784) has been variously described as a courtier, adventurer, charlatan, inventor, alchemist, and musician, but is best known for his connection to Theosophy. Tune in for an unusual and intriguing interview.

Next, Writers' Voices has the pleasure of speaking with Freddy Niagara Fonseca, Fairfield's own Renaissance Man, about his forthcoming poetry anthology, "This Enduring Gift."  This beautiful volume, featuring 76 poets who have lived in Fairfield, is scheduled to launch September 10.