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…

Paging Columbus

Paging Columbus founder Hannah Stephenson speaks with Word Carver reporter Amy Dalrymple at the OSU Urban Art Space. Paging Columbus moves to the new Two Dollar Radio location on Parson’s Avenue in November. Slam poet champ Barbara Fant reads from her stunning work. Amy explores the whimsy and wonder of words at amydalrymple.net Listen to…

Coates, Rushdie and Calvino: Beyond Illusion

How many of you feel this alienation and discomfort almost as soon as you open the screen in your cellphone, dip into social media, answer email, or listen to the news? The sages from India called illusion maya and they pray: “from delusion lead me to truth.“ Literature helps us to deal with a society…

Poet Brings Plenty, and Native Perspective

Minnecojou Lakota poet Trevino Brings Plenty discusses two poems from his volume Ghost River, as well as Native culture, writing, and the protests at Standing Rock. You can buy Wakpa Wanagi, Ghost River, on Amazon or order it through your local bookstore. Music by Rise and Shine (2015), Seastock from Jamendo.com. Artwork from a mural…

Ekphrasis and Emily Bronte

  Word Carver host Cynthia Rosi talks with poet Zoe Brigley Thompson about the ekphrastic art and poetry show hung at Ohio State University. Poetry by Thompson, with art from Victoria Brookland, including the title piece “The Little Cage of Ellis Bell.” To listen, click on the libsyn link. http://wordcarver.libsyn.com/014-word-carver-the-little-cage-of-ellis-bell-interview  

Immigrant Stories, and a Home Song

Immigrant voices speak about the American Dream in Episode 010. The event at Wild Goose Creative was sponsored by Peace Catalyst International, Columbus, an organization which brings Christians and Muslims together for prayer, food, sharing stories, and building strong community ties; recording by Roving Reporter Amy Dalrymple. Click on Continue Reading to listen now! I…

My Father’s Closet, and Voices

Karen McClintock whose book My Father’s Closet is out from Trillium, an imprint of the Ohio University Press which specializes in publishing work from Ohio authors, talks about her gay dad and healing closeted shame. Amy Dalrymple, roving reporter and assistant editor, presents a poetry soundscape, Voices. Listen now!

Don’t Come Back, & Diary of the One Swelling Sea

Diary of the One Swelling Sea by Jill McCabe Johnson, a poet who lives in the San Juan Islands in Washington State set in an audioscape by Simon Hughes. Following that, Lina Maria Ferreira Cabeza-Vanegas, a writer and translator from Colombia, reads from her collection of essays, Don’t Come Back, a memoir about her girlhood…

Burns Night at the Hey Hey Cafe

Burns Night celebrates the Scottish poet who loved the lassies, Robert Burns. Salute the haggis, pass a dram of whisky, and enjoy the show! Click on “Continue Reading” to get to the link to the Podcast on Soundcloud. Music: Rise and Shine by Seastock on Jamendo.