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…

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!…

The Path Not Chosen: Stories of Mental Health

by Amy S. Dalrymple Poets transformed the Inspiration to Movement dance studio into a stage for Central Ohio writers to perform work about their journeys through the mental health landscape. Columbus-based poet Alexis-Rueal created this event to provide an artistic alternative to stigma and silence. The poems you’ll hear offer candid, evocative, sometimes funny, and…

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…