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…

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…

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,…

Nita Sweeney, now also in iTunes

Nita Sweeney writes the blog Bum Glue and puts out Write Now Newsletter a comprehensive listing of writer and reader events in central Ohio, through her writer website www.nitasweeney.com. She’s also a student of Natalie Goldberg, and teaches Goldberg’s work in Upper Arlington. Word Carver host Cynthia Rosi talks with Sweeney about using Goldberg’s technique…

Nick White, How to Survive a Summer

Nick White talks about ex-gay ministry and gay conversion therapy in light of his first novel “How to Survive a Summer” an excellent debut and thoughtful summer read. He will be speaking at Grammercy Books in Bexley on June 29th at 7pm. Visit the bookstore website for more details. Listen to the interview here.