Wordplay has kicked off its sixth season. The program's now at AshevilleFM, and airs at 5:00 PM on Sundays. Some new shows are now up, others will be going up shortly.
I'll also be uploading some older shows that, for whatever reason, never found their way through the clouds to ibiblio. Most of 2008's and 2009's shows are now up, and many of 2007's, but there are raw recordings of many from 2006 as well, and a few from 2005, so I'll be editing those into podcasts in the coming weeks and months, as time allows.
As of now, the shows below are available in the Archive; the shows' dates
serve as the links to the recordings.
(Note: 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 note, though, will also contain the original link to the program on the station's server; shows stayed on that server for only two weeks, so those links have long since been broken.)
Enjoy, and thanks for listening.
November 13, 2005
Stephanie Biziewski, one of the original Wordplay team, invited Cathy Smith Bowers in for a show in the very first season of Wordplay; Gillian Coats and Lori Horvitz engineered and produced, respectively (production note
September 3, 2006, featured Laura Hope-Gill and Sebastian Matthews
January 28, 2007
Sebastian Matthews, Laura Hope-Gill and I were co-hosting the show, and we invited Cathy Smith Bowers back a little over a year after her first appearance.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.
September 2, 2007
featured Thomas Rain Crowe, and includes recordings of Crowe with his band, The Boatrockers.September 9, 2007
featured poet Joanna Cooper
.September 16, 2007
featured a reading by Glenis Redmond at the Black Mountain College Museum + Arts Center.September 23, 2007
brought Steve Godwin into the studio, and Steve, Sebastian and I talked over poems we enjoyed, from recent work by Van Jordan (Sebastian) to an HD piece from 1921 (me). Music included tracks from Neil Young and Steve Kimock.September 30, 2007
highlighted the work of poet Audrey Hope Rinehart.
October 14, 2007 featured Gary Hawkins.
October 21, 2007
found then-Marshall poet Rose McLarney in the studio for her annual near-birthday reading of new work. (Update, October 21, 2009: and she'll soon be back
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 McLarney 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
2009:January 11, 2009
Tim Peeler surprised me by bringing the one-of-a-kind mythogeographer Ted Pope along, and we had a hoot talking about ancient Egypt, Antarctica, and baseball (production note
).February 15, 2009
featured Jargonaut Thomas Meyer reading his elegy for Jonathan Williams, part of which has now been published as Kintsugi
).March 1, 2009
Asheville novelist Wayne Caldwell returned to share parts of Cataloochee
and his unpublished new novel, Requiem By Fire
, which is scheduled to appear in early 2010.March 8, 2009
Hendersonville storyteller Karen Eve Bayne graced the show with her stories and stories about her stories, and made a pitch, too, for the Do Tell Festival
of poetry and stories coming up on July 11th in Hendersonville.March 22, 2009
featured Hickory poet Scott Owens
.March 29, 2009
New Hampshire poet Mimi White, down south to fly-fish in the Davidson River, dropped by the studio to share her work, and to talk about poets, dogs, and other complex life forms.April 5, 2009
Landon Godfrey, Gary Hawkins, Steve and I all weighed into a discussion of "nature" and what that term might mean for poetry, and read some "nature" poems by poets from Wordsworth to Frank O'Hara.April 19, 2009
, our Easter show, featured a reading by the late Sage of Scaly Mountain, Jonathan Williams, from 1981 (production note
).April 26, 2009
Performance poet Patricia Smith visited the studio last spring to talk about her work with Glenis Redmond, Sebastian Matthews, and me, just a few hours before her reading at Wordfest 2008 (production note
).May 17, 2009
The last show for Wordplay at its old home featured great Canadian/New American poet Robin Blaser reading in 1965 and 2004, and discussing his work in a BBC interview from 1994 (production note
).September 27, 2009
brought the very literate (she cringes a bit when so described, but only a very literate chanteuse could title a song "Mary Shelly's Hair") singer-songwriter Angela Faye Martin to the studio to debut her new CD, Pictures From Home
, produced by Sparklehorse's Mark Linkous,
who died this past March. We listened to some of the CD, and Angela also sang live in the studio.
This was one of the very first shows at Wordplay's new home, AshevilleFM
October 18, 2009 A few weeks later poet/microfictionalsit/playwright John Crutchfield visited the studio, and brought his banjo to boot. His Songs of Robert had just been selected as "Outstanding Solo Show
" at the New York Fringe Festival, and he was in high spirits.
He's got a new production, Solstice
, scheduled to open at the new Magnetic Field
performance space in Asheville's River Arts District in November, 2010.
(Here's his previous Wordplay appearance from February, 2007
. )November 15, 2009
poet Cathy Smith Bowers, long-time Poet-in-Residence at Queens University in Charlotte, into the studio to celebrate her birthday. We listened to George Jones, Nina Simone, and Leonard Cohen, and she read from her most recent volume, The Candle I Hold Up to See You
(A few months later, of course, she became North Carolina's Poet Laureate
, and now co-hosts Wordplay once a month).
2010:January 10, 2010
featured Lucy Tobin, who explores a middle ground between lyric and narrative in her very interesting work. Music by Allison Kraus, the Mountain Goats, and Heretic Pride.January 3, 2010
celebrated the publication of Thomas Rain Crowe's Blue Rose of Venice
. The archiving system dropped part of the show, but what survived is worth a listen. Caleb Beissert sat in, and shared his translations of Neruda. An earlier note on the show is below, here
.January 17, 2010
brought Graham Hackett,
director of Catalyst Poetix, into the studios for an interview and extraordinary performance. Really, if he was reading from anything, it must have been glued to the back of his eyelids. Graham has since gone on to become the Program Director of the Asheville Area Arts Council.February 21, 2010
Cathy Smith Bowers launched the Laureate's Radio Hour series by talking about the impact the laureateship had already had on her life, and discussing her intentions and hopes for the duration of her tenure - including featuring poets once a month on Wordplay. Musical cuts by Nina Simone
and her daughter, Lisa Simone.March 21, 2010
, Cathy Smith Bowers, co-hosting once again for the Laureate's Radio Hour, welcomed her former student Stephanie Biziewski to the show, and workshopped a poem Stephanie had underway.April 18, 2010
Cathy welcomed the very versatile Michael Beadle to the show, and he read texts that ranged in voice from the personal/lyrical, through the historical, to the performative.May 29, 2010
This time around the laureate turned the tables on the host, and wrangled me into reading some of my own work, both poems from Natures
and so far unpublished pieces I plan to include in a second book. Music from Pierre Bensusan
, the Grateful Dead, the Allman Brothers, and the Steve Kimock Band.July 18, 2010
For this Laureate's Radio Hour, Cathy hosted poet Katherine Soniat
, author of Alluvial
, A Shared Life
, Notes of Departure
, and other titles, including the upcoming The Swing Girl
, due in 2011 from LSU Press.July 25, 2010
This past summer brought poet Landon Godfrey
to the microphone to share some of her work, including some of the poems which will be gathered in her first book, Second-Skin Rhinestone-Spangled Nude Soufflé Chiffon Gown
, due early next year. It was selected by David St. John for the Cider Press book award.
Listeners may remember that Landon's been on Wordplay several times before, back on July 6, 2008
, and, with Gary Hawkins, her husband and fellow poet, on January 27, 2008,
and April 5, 2009
. Here's the original program note
for the July '08 appearance (remember the link to the program in that note has long since expired). And she can come back any time!August 22, 2010 Sebastian Matthews
joined Cathy and me to share some of the work of his father, the poet William Matthews
, and to treat us to some of his own new poems. Musical breaks by Charlie Mingus, Bill Evans, and McCoy Tyner. Another Laureate's Radio Hour.September 19, 2010
brought a couple of Wordplay veterans, Thomas Rain Crowe and Nan Watkins, back to AshevilleFM as guests of Poet Laureate Cathy Smith Bowers, for another of her Laureate's Radio Hours. Cathy particularly wanted to celebrate their translation of Yvan and Claire Goll's 10,000 Dawns
on this outing, and Crowe and Watkins were happy to oblige. Music included tracks by Paris' Swing-Era guitar masters Oscar Aleman
and Django Rinehardt
, and composers Maurice Ravel
and Claude Debussy
Crowe, an old friend, has been a frequent character
here at Natures. Program Notes for two of his appearances on Wordplay can be found here (noting his show this January
) and here (celebrating his Rare Birds
Notes on Watkins' previous appearances, both featuring her work translating the poetry of Yvan Goll, can be found here
.September 26, 2010
This summer brought novelist Sujatha Hampton
to the mountains for readings at Marshall's French Broad Institute
and Asheville's Malaprops Bookstore
(right now the site generates a Google malware warning, so I'd wait to visit it) from her As It Was Written
. The day after her Malaprops reading, Sujatha visited AshevilleFM for an interview that featured not only discussion of the book, but how she came to write it, and much more.And, as always, more to come ...
Labels: Laureate's Radio Hour, poets, radio, Wordplay