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.

Lee Martin | The Mutual UFO Network

Master writer Lee Martin takes us behind the scenes in his new short-story volume The Mutual UFO Network, a book that took 16 years to craft. Martin is a Distinguished Professor at Ohio State University, and the author of a Pulitzer Prize Finalist, The Bright Forever. Listen to Word Carver here, or subscribe in podcasts…

Charles O’Donnell | #amwriting and Self Publishing

Self publishing is easy — if you’ve spent 35 years as an engineer in product development like Charles O’Donnell. The discipline and pacing of engineering means that the author of The Girlfriend Experience and Shredded can keep up a production schedule and a writing schedule simultaneously. Listen with a pencil in hand as O’Donnell describes…

The Husband | Aaron Daniel Behr

In The Husband, Aaron Daniel Behr explores the end of his marriage and debilitating anxiety. Behr reveals the roots of trauma in his life and how that impacted his relationships, but also how he has healed through self-awareness and a strengthening faith. The Husband is out from Columbus Press. To learn more, visit Behr’s website.…

Dustin Pearson and Hannah Stephenson

Pearson’s “Millennial Roost” uses the metaphor of the chicken yard to describe violation. He’s a McKnight Doctoral Fellow at Florida State University and has won many awards. Stephenson, who blogs at The Storialist read from her collection “In the Kettle, the Shriek.” Beloved in Columbus as a founder of the monthly book reading series, Paging…