Re|Gun Reboot

Ronald Re|Gun — a re-animated cyborg version of the dead President — tries to take over the world. Only a tortoise from the Galapagos has the power to stop him. Listen to work from students at Columbus State, as they take you into an altered reality in “Re|Gun Reboot.” Artwork by Ryann Chambers. Listen to…

Best Books of Spring with Gramercy’s Linda Kass

Spring weather means birdsong, so  open the window and listen to best books from top authors. From Tayari Jone’s Oprah Book Club winner to the latest from the author of The Nightingale plus many more, Linda Kass of Gramercy Books walks you through titles in independent bookstores around the country. Listen to Word Carver here!…

Essayist and Poet Hanif Abdurraqib

Columbus native Hanif Abdurraqib talks about the themes running through his latest book, a collection of essays called “They Can’t Kill Us Until They Kill Us.” Speaking with Word Carver host Cynthia Rosi, the two compare themes emerging in the essays with Abdurraquib’s previous volume of poetry “The Crown Ain’t Worth Much.” Additional reporting by…

Lulled by Sycamores: An interview with poet Kathy Fagan

Deeply rooted in place, Sycamore Poems follows two conversations as filigree-fine as cloisonne beads: one with the long-lived sycamores of Ohio, and the other about the loss of love. Kathy Fagan, Director of the Creative Writing MFA at Ohio State University, speaks of place, art, and the construction of her poems with Word Carver host…

Good Bones — New Poetry Volume from Maggie Smith

Maggie Smith’s lasting and resonant poems live up to the wide popularity of the eponymous “Good Bones.” Internationally-renowned Smith discusses living in Columbus, the place where she grew up, and the influence of crankies — traditional storytelling with shadow puppets which pre-dated movies — on one of the narrative themes, plus handling emotionally hot material,…

Pat Snyder Hurley Poetry Volume, and Peripatetic Poets

Columnist Pat Snyder Hurley talks with show host Cynthia Rosi about her forthcoming book of poetry from Night Ballet Press entitled Hard to Swallow, co-written with her husband Bill Hurley. The pair embarked on the poetic journey when Bill was diagnosed with cancer, and it formed a central part of their mindfulness work during that…