Depression Hates a Moving Target

  Get moving — that’s what Nita Sweeney did to help her get back from a lifetime of depression. Although she still battles daily with her brain chemistry, Sweeney shows how one choice to make a simple movement took her into long-distance running, her faithful dog at her side, and improved her mental health. Sweeney…

Terry Hill, “Memoirs from a Prison Cell”

Terry Hill has hand-sold 6,000 books outside stores and stadiums in Washington State. Hill’s story shows the reader what it’s like to be given away to strangers as a child, grow up in poverty in a small Louisiana logging town, and be abruptly called back to his mother in Seattle as a teenager. Left to…

Tonya Daniels, “Love Brought Me Back”

This episode is devoted to a little-known Columbus author, Tonya Lynette Daniels, who was brutally murdered in February 2019. In researching Tonya’s death, I found she’d written a book, and this book is the subject of analysis on this episode of Word Carver. Daniels’ family has created a fundraiser for her funeral expenses, and donations…

Imbolo Mbue, Tonya L Daniels

Word Carver co-host Herbert Ndecki II interviews Oprah Book Club writer Imbolo Mbue about her novel Behold the Dreamers. Both Ndeki and Mbue are from Cameroon, and they speak about African writers and what it takes to keep going. Then, in the first of a two-part series, Word Carver host Cynthia Rosi talks about a…

Kourouma review, and new poems

In Word Carver 40, Cynthia Rosi and co-host Herbert Ndeki II explore poetry. Ndeki reviews Ahmadou Kourouma’s “Allah is not obliged to be fair about all the things he does here on Earth” (warning: strong language — Kourouma makes liberal use of the n-word in his soldier-boy character) while Rosi reads several original poems. Listen…

Translation, French to English, of Aimé Césaire

Herbert Ndeki II, a Cameroon native and American emigre, reads poems from Aimé Césaire’s work Cahier D’Un Retour and analyses the translation choices. Aimé Césaire was born in 1913 and pioneered the concept of “blackness.” He grew up in the French colony of Martinique and moved to Paris where he encountered the racism of the…

African authors and Women’s spaces

Herbert Ndeki, a native-French speaker from Cameroon, reviews authors from the African canon. Hemu Venkataraman speaks about her work as an artist, author, and architect as she explores the spaces women inhabit. Continue to the next page for the podcast link.       Or listen here: http://wordcarver.libsyn.com/african-authors-and-an-indian-architect  

Thank Your Lucky Stars, Sherrie Flick

Flash fiction that coils back a spring and then packs a punch — Sherrie was into flash before it had a name. We dropped into Grammercy Books to pick up a copy and hear Flick read her work, before sitting down to analyze the stories. Follow @wordcarverradio on Twitter. Listen to Word Carver here, or…

Word Carver, working lunch

Amy and Cynthia analyze poems by Allison Joseph and Allen Ginsburg, and gossip about the writing life. Listen to Word Carver here, or subscribe in podcasts on your favorite player.