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…

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…

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…

Gramercy Books, the making of a bookstore success

Linda Kass, owner of Gramercy Books in Bexley, talks about her journey into creating a bookstore which offers a vibrant space for authors and artists, as well as a children’s area and inviting Kittie’s coffee shop to be a (very close) neighbor. Behind-the-scenes information on researching a successful bookstore as well as Kass’ favorite books…

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…