The ever-expanding Wordplay Archive ...
As of now, the following shows are available at ibiblio.org. Before 2008, shows were thirty minutes long; shows broadcast in 2008 and after are an hour long. Clicking on the date will take you to the .mp3 file for the specified show, clicking on "(production note)", where that's an option, will take you to the original Natures note about the show, where you'll often find information about the music used and other bits of incidental intelligence. The notes also contain links to the original locations of the programs on the station's server; shows stay on that server for only two weeks, though, so those links have long since been broken.
September 3, 2006, featured Laura Hope-Gill and Sebastian Matthews
February 11,2007 featured John Crutchfield
March 18, 2007 featured Laura Hope-Gill discussing her work with alchemy.
April 29, 2007 Laura Hope-Gill and I read and discussed the work of Robert Bly
May 27, 2007 featured Samuel Adams
June 10, 2007 featured Robert Bly reading at UNCA (production note)
June 17, 2007 featured Keith Flynn
July 1, 2007 featured Allan Wolf
October 14, 2007 featured Gary Hawkins
October 28, 2007 featured archival recordings of Walt Whitman, Alfred Tennyson, and other old masters
November 4, 2008 featured Buffalo poet Jessica Smith (production note)
November 11, 2007 featured recordings of William Matthews
November 18, 2007 featured Robert Morgan (production note)
December 2, 2007 featured Laura Hope-Gill
December 9, 2007 featured Nan Watkins presenting her translations of Yvan Goll (production note)
December 16, 2007 featured Mara Simmons
December 23, 2007 featured Laura Hope-Gill reading "A Child's Christmas in Wales"
January 13, 2008 featured Ed Dorn (production note)
January 20, 2008 featured Katherine Min
January 27, 2008 featured Gary Hawkins and Landon Godfrey
February 3, 2008 featured Sebastian Matthews and Dick Barnes
February 17, 2008, featured my April, 2006 reading for the publication of Natures
February 24, 2008 featured the very literate singer-songwriter Angela Faye Martin
March 2, 2008 featured Thomas Rain Crowe reading from Radiogenesis, and young poet Blaise Ellery
March 9, 2008 featured Chattanooga poet Chad Prevost (production note)
March 23, 2008 featured Jonathan Williams reading at Sylva's City Lights Books in May of 2005 (production note)
April 7, 2008 featured Galway Kinnell reading at Breadloaf in 2002
April 13, 2008 featured Laura Hope-Gill reading new work and pitching on the pledge drive show
May 25, 2008 featured Ross Gay in an interview with Joanna Cooper, and reading at Asheville's Malaprops Books (production note)
June 1, 2008 featured Coleman Barks performing at the Fine Arts Theater in April, 2008 (production note)
June 8, 2008 featured Wayne Caldwell, author of Cataloochee
June 15, 2008 featured archival recordings of Robert Creeley, including some recorded at Black Mountain College.
June 29, 2008 featured Nan Watkins presenting her translations of Yvan Goll - the extended edition (production note)
July 6, 2008 featured Landon Godfrey (production note)
July 13, 2008 featured Chall Gray
July 20, 2008 featured Jeffery Beam (production note)
August 3, 2008 featured Ken Rumble (production note)
August 10, 2008 Columbia, S.C., novelist Jenna McMahan visited Wordplay to discuss and read from her fun, insightful coming-of-age novel Calling Home . The show featured tunes by Van Halen and even Lynyrd Skynyrd's "Free Bird" - probably the only time that song has been played at WPVM. What can I say? Are there any coming-of-age stories set after 1960 in which sex, drugs, and rock 'n' roll don't play a major part? They certainly do in this one.
August 17, 2008 Long-time co-host Sebastian Matthews returned to host a show that featured recent work and recent reading.
August 24, 2008, featured Laura Hope-Gill (production note)
August 31, 2008, featured Glenis Redmond (production note)
September 7, 2008, featured Thomas Meyer (production note).
September 14, 2008 Asheville poet Pat Riviere-Seel dropped by to share recent work and read from her upcoming book, The Serial Killer's Daughter. A Little-Known Fact: Pat was on the original enormous Wordplay production team.
September 28, 2008 Sebastian Matthews again hosted.
October 5, 2008 Wordplay regular Rose McClarney returned to share recent work and discuss her adventures in and out of creative writing programs.
October 12, 2008 Lee Ann Brown returned to Wordplay to give us a look at her recent work. Another Little-Known Fact: Lee Ann was the "guest" on the demo of Wordplay submitted to WPVM's Programming Committee way back when (production note)
November 2, 2008 Lee Ann returned with British Columbia poet Peter Culley, who was completing a residency at Marshall's French Broad Institute of Time and the River.
November 9, 2008 This show featured a reading Peter Culley gave in Marshall a few days before, and some archival recordings of the modernist great, Ezra Pound (production note)
November 16, 2008 Sebastian Matthews, Landon Godfrey, Laura Hope-Gill, Glenis Redmond and I celebrated the women of Black Mountain College, including poet Denise Levertov.
November 23, 2008 Bob and Arlene Winkler dropped by to discuss their RiverSculpture project, and to introduce the Asheville reading by poet Mark Strand that they'd sponsored (production note)
December 14, 2008 North Carolina Poet-Laureate Kay Byer, featured in a reading from early 2008 at the Asheville Art Museum (production note)
December 21, 2008 The extraordinary Robert Bly reading -... er, performing would be more accurate - at the Diana Wortham Theater with the Asheville world-music trio Free Planet Radio, and discussing his translations of Hafez, his trip to Iran with Coleman Barks, and other wonders. (production note)
December 28, 2008 Laura Hope-Gill, Sebastian Matthews, and Glenis Redmond dropped in for a lively show featuring their own work, the upcoming WordFest, and Sebastian's new plan for his magazine Rivendell (production note)
As always, more to come ...
Updated 9 September, 2008, and again on 3 February, 2009, with additional shows.