Depression Hates a Moving Target

  Get moving — that’s what Nita Sweeney did to help her get back from a lifetime of depression. Although she still battles daily with her brain chemistry, Sweeney shows how one choice to make a simple movement took her into long-distance running, her faithful dog at her side, and improved her mental health. Sweeney…

Terry Hill, “Memoirs from a Prison Cell”

Terry Hill has hand-sold 6,000 books outside stores and stadiums in Washington State. Hill’s story shows the reader what it’s like to be given away to strangers as a child, grow up in poverty in a small Louisiana logging town, and be abruptly called back to his mother in Seattle as a teenager. Left to…

Imbolo Mbue, Tonya L Daniels

Word Carver co-host Herbert Ndecki II interviews Oprah Book Club writer Imbolo Mbue about her novel Behold the Dreamers. Both Ndeki and Mbue are from Cameroon, and they speak about African writers and what it takes to keep going. Then, in the first of a two-part series, Word Carver host Cynthia Rosi talks about a…

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…

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…

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.

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  

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…