For people who read, for people who write, for people who want to publish, or for people who are just curious…What do writers think? What do writers really do? Find out – listen to THE LAST WORD: Conversations with Writers every Wednesday at 4 pm with host, Abigail Adler
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Jul 11, 2018


Producer and host: Abigail Adler

Guest: David Keplinger

David Keplinger is Professor of Literature in the MFA Program at American University in Washington, D.C. He is the author of five collections of poetry- the latest one just out this year is  Another City (Milkweed, 2018). 

He is the recipient of many prestigious awards. His book, The Prayers of Others, won the Colorado Book Award. His first collection, The Rose Inside, was chosen by the poet Mary Oliver for the 1999 T.S. Eliot Prize. 

In 2011 he produced By and By, an album of eleven songs based on the poetry of his great-great-grandfather, a Civil War veteran.

His work has been included in numerous anthologies in the United States, as well as in China and Northern Ireland,

He has collaborated to translate works from Danish and German.

He has taught at universities in the Czech Republic and Slovakia- as well as in the summer creative writing institute at John Cabot University in Rome.

David Keplinger joins us by phone from Washington DC

Jun 27, 2018


Producer and Host: Abigail Adler

Guest: Joseph Badal


JOSEPH BADAL has  published 13 books- thrillers and mysteries. He is an Amazon #1 Best-Selling Author.

His latest book, out this Month is -OBSESSED. It's the 2nd in a series he calls the Curtis Chronicles. It picks up the story where his last book, THE MOTIVE, leaves off.

Before writing thrillers, Joseph Badal spent 40 years  in the world of finance, banking and mortgage lending. He has been president and CEO of several companies and he has served on corporate boards.

Before becoming a novelist, Badal wrote Business and Trade Journal articles and short stories

He was a member of the NM House of representatives - representing NE Albuquerque from 1978-1979.

Badal is a decorated army veteran who served in Vietnam…. and other exotic locations around the globe. He uses those experiences liberally in his thrillers.

He has won numerous awards, including The Tony Hillerman Prize for Best Fiction Book for Ultimate Betrayal. He has won Gold and Silver Medals from the Military Writers Society of America for his writing.

Badelle lives in NM and writes full-time.

Jun 20, 2018


Producer and Host: Abigail Adler

Guest: Kari Bovee

Kari Bovee is a newly published novelist. Her debut novel, Girl With A Gun- an Annie Oakley Mystery- is just out in paperback and Kindle.

After earning a bachelors degree in English Literature at the University of San Diego, Bovee landed a job as a technical writer for a Fortune 500 Company.  She started a family and continued to work  part-time as a freelance writer for magazines and newsletters.

Meanwhile, at night she wrote her  first two novels and acquired her first agent. Those two books never found a publisher at that time.

Fast forward to today- Bovee did not give up- she is now a published novelist and she is currently reworking her unpublished books into the first books of three separate series.  Her books focus on strong,  empowered women in history.

In addition to her passion for writing, Kari Bovee has a passion for horses. She is an avid horsewoman who trains her own horses and with them, has competed at the local, regional, and national levels. Bovee now lives in Corrales NM

Jun 14, 2018


Producer and Host: Abigail Adler

Guest: Elizabeth Barlow Rogers

Elizabeth Barlow Rogers is a landscape historian, landscape preservationist and writer, who is also credited with saving New York City's Central Park… and that's the title of her newest book, - Saving Central Park, A History And A Memoir.

Beginning in 1980 Rogers rallied city leaders, politicians, financial backers, and citizens to resuscitate the majestic 843 acre park in the center of Manhattan. Rogers was appointed Central Park Administrator beginning 1979 and in 1980 she formed the Central Park Conservancy.  It was the first public- private park partnership in the united states and became the model for parks throughout the country.

Elizabeth Barlow Rogers is the president of the Foundation for Landscape Studies. She is a graduate of Wellesley College, where she majored in art history. She then went on to earn a masters in city planning from Yale.

Rogers is the author of ten books including Landscape Design: A Cultural and Architectural History, Frederick Law Olmsted's New York and Learning Las Vegas: Portrait of a Northern New Mexican Place.

Rogers was born in San Antonio, Texas, and moved permanently to New York in 1964. Rogers spends part of the year in Santa Fe, NM.

There is a plaque honoring Elizabeth Barlow Rogers in Central Park on the path leading to Summit Rock.

Jun 6, 2018


Producer and Host: Abigail Adler

Guest: Natalie Goldberg

Natalie Goldberg is well-know writer and writing teacher and painter. Her latest book is Let the Whole Thundering World Come Home. When Natalie Goldberg's life took a devastating, unexpected turn- so, of course, did her writing. This book is about Goldberg's journey through the corridors of modern medicine, death, dying and ultimately…life.

Natalie Goldberg has published more than a dozen books including the best-seller about how to write -   Writing Down the Bones.

Goldberg has been a Zen practitioner, for more than thirty years. She wholeheartedly brings  the lessons of Zen Buddhism to her writing, her life and her teaching.

Goldberg is also a prolific painter. Her book Living Color: A Writer Paints Her World. She refers to painting as her second art form.  Goldberg travels the world teaching and painting. Natalie Goldberg lives in Northern NM.

May 30, 2018


Producer and Host: Abigail Adler

Guest: Tracy Fessenden

Billie Holiday… the iconic blues singer and unique blues interpreter. Much has been written about her life, her music, her addictions and her early death.  Now, a new book by Tracy Fessenden - just out - traces an unexpected influence of Catholicism on her music. The title: Religion Around Billie Holiday.  Tracy Fessenden is a professor of Historical, Philosophical, and Religious Studies, at Arizona State University. Fessenden earned a bachelors degree in English from Yale and then a PhD in religious studies from the University of Virginia.  She began her teaching career at Millsaps College in Jackson Mississippi before going on to teach at Arizona State.

Tracy Fessenden has published numerous articles and essays in noted literary, religious and academic publications including  American Literary HistoryReligion & Politics, a special issue of Religion.  She published her  first book in 2007: Culture and Redemption: Religion, the Secular, and American Literature

May 23, 2018




Larry Tye is a bestselling author whose most recent book is a biography of Robert F. Kennedy, the former attorney general, U.S. senator, and presidential candidate. Bobby Kennedy: The Making of a Liberal Icon explores RFK’s surprising involvement with Joe McCarthy and the communist-hunters of the 1950s.Tye goes on to trace Kennedy's journey to becoming a champion of racial equality and working people..
Tye is known to many as an award-winning reporter at The Boston Globe-from the mid 1980s until 2001. Before that, he worked for The Courier Journal in Lousiville and the Anniston Star in Alabama.

He had the opportunity to cover the medicine beat for the Boston Globe and went on to run the Boston-based Health Coverage Fellowship. The fellowship trains a dozen medical journalists a year from newspapers,radio stations, and TV outlets nationwide.

Tye's books include The Father of Spin, Riding the Rails, Satchel and Superman.

Tye- graduated from Brown University and was a Nieman Fellow at Harvard University. He has taught journalism at Boston University, Northeastern, and Tufts.

May 16, 2018


Producer and Host: Abigail Adler

Guest: Mary Morris

MARY MORRIS lives in Brooklyn… however her latest novel takes place in northern New Mexico. Gateway to the Moon weaves a story through time and space… from Spain in the 15th century to 20th century New Mexico and Miguel Torres - a young man itching to leave the tiny village of Entrada .

Mary Morris has published many novels and collections of short stories as well as memoir. She has held teaching positions at Princeton, University of California at Irvine and Sarah Lawrence where she has held a tenured position since 1997.

Morris is the author of numerous works of fiction, including the novels The Jazz Palace, A Mother's Love, and House Arrest. Morris's non-fiction work includes the travel memoir classic Nothing to Declare: Memoirs of a Woman Traveling Alone.

During her writing career she has received many awards.

Mary Morris lives in Brooklyn, New York. 

May 9, 2018


Producer and Host: Abigail Adler

Guest: Craig Childs

Craig Childs walks in the footsteps of the earliest people who wandered onto this continent 20,000 years ago. He follows ancient migration routes with his whole body, mind and heart.

In this new book, ATLAS OF A LOST WORLD: TRAVELS IN ICE AGE AMERICA Childs, himself attempts- as near as possible t-o actually travel in the Ice Age.

Craig Childs has published more than a dozen books of adventure, wilderness, and science. He has won many prizes for his explorations and books.

He is contributing editor at Adventure Journal Quarterly, and his writing has appeared in the New York Times, Los Angeles Times, Men's Journal, and Outside.

Childs has a B.A. in Journalism from CU Boulder with a minor in Women's Studies, and from Prescott College, an M.A. in Desert Studies. He is an occasional commentator for NPRs Morning Edition, he teaches writing at University of Alaska in Anchorage and at Southern New Hampshire University.

He lives off the grid in Western Colorado

May 3, 2018


Producer and Host: Abigail Adler

Guest: Cherie Burns

Cherie Burns picks her subjects out of pure passion.  Burns is the author of four books, in addition to many articles and interviews. Her latest book, Diving For Starfish, is the story of one of the most admired and coveted pieces of fine jewelry in modern history-- the Boivin Starfish. The book is a journey through the all-but-secret world of outrageously expensive fabulous jewelry makers, merchants and their customers.

Cherie Burns is an investigative journalist.  Her work has appeared in The New York Times Magazine, The Wall Street Journal, People, Glamour, Sports Illustrated, and other publications.  Burns now lives in Taos, New Mexico and Nantucket.

Her books include Searching for Beauty—The Life of Millicent Rogers  - The Great Hurricane: 1938 and Step-Motherhood. 


Apr 25, 2018


Producer and Host: Abigail Adler

Guest: Brian Keating

Brian Keating ---PhD, astrophysicist , writer and  inventor. He is an expert in the study of the universe’s oldest light- more commonly known as "the origin of the universe". We are talking about the big bang… and Keating is at the forefront of that adventure.

His book, just out in paperback, is LOSING THE NOBEL PRIZE         A Story of Cosmology, Ambition and the Perils of Science's Highest Honor.

The book is a crash course in big bang theory, a behind-the-scenes look at the Nobel Prize and a fascinating ride on the roller coaster that is Brian Keating's life.

Keating is a professor of physics at the Center for Astrophysics & Space Sciences (CASS)  at the University of California, San Diego

He is the author of more than 100 scientific publications and he holds two US patents.

In 2007, He received an award at the White House from the hands of President George W. Bush for a telescope he invented and set up at the US South Pole Research Station known as BICEP


Mar 21, 2018


Producer and Host: Abigail Adler

Guest: Anne Hillerman

Anne Hillerman is best known for her Leaphorn and Chee detective novels which take place predominantly on the vast Navajo Nation that spans four states including New Mexiico. She walks in the moccasins of her late father, best-selling author Tony Hillerman.

Her new book is CAVE OF BONES-  a decective  mystery staring Bernadette Manuelito. along with Lt. Joe Leaphorn, and Jim Chee .

Anne Hillerman was deep into the writing life before she took up the pen to channel police adventures first created by her father.

She worked as the editorial page editor for both the New Mexican and the Journal North. Before that she worked as an award-winning  reporter in print, , in radio and in TV.

Mar 14, 2018


Producer and Host: Abigail Adler

Guest: Phill Casaus

Phill Casaus  is editor-in-chief of the Santa Fe New Mexican- The capital city's daily paper. He has been a journalist for more than 30 years.

Casaus tarted as a stringer for the Bisbee Arizona Daily Review when he was in middle school, going on to get a job as a stringer in the Albuquerque Journal sports department. Casaus spent many years as a sportswriter with the Albuquerque Journal before taking over the city desk.

During his long career as a journalist, Casaus also worked at the Albuquerque Tribune- the city's afternoon paper before it closed. He was senior editor for local news forThe Rocky Mountian News in Denver.

Nine years ago, he moved back to New Mexico to take over as executive director of the Albuquerque Public Schools Education Foundation. Then in September 2017, Casaus came back to the news as editor-in-chief of the New Mexican.


Mar 8, 2018


Producer and Host: Abigail Adler

Guest: Martin Puchner


MARTIN PUCHNER is the author of more than a dozen books, and anthologies and more than sixty articles and essays. His subjects range from philosophy to theater to world literature.

Which brings us to his latest book , THE WRITTEN WORLD, THE POWER OF STORIES TO SHAPE PEOPLE, HISTORY, CIVILIZATION.  This book traces the technologies that have made literature possible. Going back thousands of years Puchner pursues the fascinating story of how people write, how people read, how people spread the word. And how that process not only reflects civilization, but also shapes it.

Puchner grew up in Germany, England and the US. From an early age he studied Latin, French and English. He became fascinated by the puzzle that is language- adding the study of Greek, Hebrew and Yiddish to the mix.  He has taught in many countries traversing the globe from Brazil to Beirut, from China to Norway.

Puchner currentlyTeaches at Harvard- before that, Columbia University and Cornell. He joins us by phone from New York City where he is spending the year at the New York Public Library researching his next book..

Feb 28, 2018


Producer and Host: Abigail Adler

Guest: Elizabeth J Church

Elizabeth Church has just come out with her second novel-- All the Beautiful Girls, published by Ballantine Books, an imprint of Penguin Random House.

Elizabeth Church practiced as an attorney in NM for more than thirty years before she walked away from the law for good to pursue a life-long promise to herself to make a career writing full time.

Church's legal career involved extensive writing for legal publications and scientific journals… keeping her writing arm in practice.

Elizabeth Church's first novel, published last year, The Atomic Weight of Love displays Church's intimate knowledge of the NM landscape and the lives of educated women who sacrificed their careers so that their husbands could pursue unique opportunities in scientific research at the Los Alamos Labs.

Her new book , All the Beautiful Girls, takes us behind the scene in the city where what happens in Vegas, stays in Vegas. It's a town where talented women find glamorous careers on the stage. Careers, but maybe not fulfillment.

Feb 21, 2018


Producer and Host: Abigail Adler

Guest: Victoria Price

Victoria Price is an author, designer, art consultant and inspirational speaker. Her new memoir, The Way of Being Lost: A Road Trip to My Truest Self, has just been published.  In 2016, after living in Santa Fe, New Mexico, for a quarter century, Victoria embarked on an ongoing journey of what she calls intentional homelessness-  This new book chronicles that journey - Price's journey toward a joyful life.

Victoria Price received critical acclaim for her 1999 biography of her father, actor sand art collector, Vincent Price. Vincent Price, A Daughter's Biography

She has also written for the New York Times, A&E’s Biography, and many other national, and local magazines, newspapers, and television programs. Price has  appeared on many TV and radio programs. Articles about Price and her work have appeared in many publications including  the New York Times, USA Today, People, and Travel & Leisure.

Price created a successful career in art and interior design based in Santa Fe, New Mexico

Feb 14, 2018


Producer and Host: Abigail Adler

Guest: Allegra Huston

Internationally published writer, editor and screenwriter, Allegra Huston has just published a new book, SAY MY NAME . It's about a love affair between an older woman and a younger man.

Allegra Huston's articles have appeared in many publications including Newsweek, Vogue, Harpers Bazaar, The Times, London, People and Mothering. She wrote, and produced an award-winning short film- GOOD LUCK, MR GORSKI in 2011.

Her first book, a memoir, LOVE CHILD, was published in 2009. It tells the story of her childhood as the daughter of a ballerina mother and famous actor/director father, John Huston.  Her world is turned upside down at the age of 4 when her mother is killed in a car accident and she goes to live with her father, her sister Angelica Huston and brother Tony Huston.  Her world is shaken again when she finds out that she is actually the love child of her mother and her mother's lover, a British aristocrat.

Huston grew up in London, Ireland, Long Island, Los Angeles, and Mexico. She was educated at Oxford.  Currently, Huston is a freelance book editor. Authors she has worked with include Edna O'Brian, Jane Goodall and two Nobel Prize winning economists.

Huston has lived in Northern New Mexico for 19 years.

Feb 7, 2018


Producer and Host: Abigail Adler

Guest: Natalie Goldberg

Natalie Goldberg 

Natalie Goldberg is well-known painter, writer and writing teacher. She has published more than a dozen books including the best-seller on how to write- Writing Down The Bones. Goldberg has been a Zen practitione for more than thirty years. She applies the lessons of zen to her writing, her life and her teaching. Natalie Goldberg is also a prolific painter. Her book, Living Color: A Writer Paints Her World, describes painting as her second art form. Goldberg travels the world teaching and painting. She lives in Northern NM.

Goldberg's new book,  just out, is- The Truth Of This Life, Zen Teachings on Loving the World as It Is-  Dharma talks of Zen teacher Sobun Kathrine Thanas. This book is edited by Natalie Goldberg and Bill Anelli.

Jan 31, 2018


Producer and Host: Abigail Adler

Guest: Joan Juliet Buck

Joan Juliet Buck is a novelist, critic, essayist and actress. She was the only American to become editor in chief of French Vogue from 1994-2001.  She has also been a contributing editor to Vogue, Vanity Fair, and the New Yorker.Her essays currently appear in Harpers Baazar. She is the author of two novels.

In 2017, Buck her memoir- THE PRICE OF ILLUSION. That book just came out in paperback a couple of months ago.

Her career, personal life and writing have been electrified with fascinating drama- all of which can be found in the memoir. Joan Juliet Buck lived in Santa Fe, NM from…2001-2006

While here, she wrote and studied acting. Joan currently lives in the Hudson River Valley, NY and she joins us by phone.

Jan 24, 2018


Producer and Host: Abigail Adler

Guest: Former NM State Senator Dede Feldman and

           NM State Senator Bill O'Neill

Dede Feldman retired after representing the North Valley of Albuquerque in the State Senate for 16 years.  But that is not the end of the story…   the story is still going strong as Feldman continues to champion progressive values and programs for NM. In 2014 she published INSIDE THE NEW MEXICO SENATE:BOOTS, SUITS AND CITIZENS…which won two awards.

And now, just out, her newest book is- ANOTHER WAY FORWARD; GRASSROOTS SOLUTIONS FROM NEW MEXICO. Feldman has a bachelors degree and a Masters in political science from the University of Pennsylvania. In Albuquerque, she and her husband live in a solar home they built in 1976.

Bill O'Neill is a New Mexico State Senator.  He has been Executive Director of the NM Juvenile Parole Board. He has been an Ivy League record-holding football player.....and, he is a Poet.

It's all in his new book of poems- FREEDOM OF THE IGNORED

Many of the poems are inspired by the rough-and-tumble boys-and girls club that is the NM Legislature. Legislators may be hiding their deepest thoughts, desires and emotions from each other, however, poet O'Neill brings it all to lyrical light -much like a traditional Irish bard.


Jan 17, 2018


Producer and Host: Abigail Adler

Guest: Myra Krien

Myra Krien is the granddaughter of the pivotal Zen philosopher, Alan Watts. And she is here to talk about an exciting new book just out- The collected letters of Alan Watts. The Book was edited by Krien's mother, Ann Watts and Krien's aunt, Joan Watts.

Myra Krien is a renowned international performer, choreographer and dance educator. Krien has toured nationally and internationally. Her unique work has been recognized in many national publications.   Krien was born in San Francisco where Alan Watts lived and worked for the last couple of decades of his life. Krien now lives in Santa Fe, NM where she founded Pomegranate Studios and a cutting edge non-profit youth mentorship program - Pomegranate SEEDS.

Jan 10, 2018

KSFR RADIO 101.1 FM Santa Fe NM

Producer and Host: Abigail Adler

Guest: Michael Benanav

Michael Benanav is a freelance author and photographer who has immersed himself in traditional tribal life around the globe- and returned to recount fascinating tales of survival. His work has taken him to Africa the Middle East and India as well as Mongolia, Tibet and the Navajo Reservation.

Benanav has written articles and published photographs in the New York Times, National Geographic Magazine and Christian Science Monitor Magazine among many others.

Benanav's books include Men of Salt: Crossing the Saraha on the Caravan of White Gold and his latest book, just out- Himalaya Bound: One family's Quest to save their Animals & Ancient Way of Life.

 He has  been living in Northern New Mexico for 25 years.

Dec 13, 2017


Producer and HOst: Abigail Adler

Guest: Robert Mayer

Robert Mayer is the author of sixteen books—They include Superfolks, which (for better or worse) altered the treatment of super heroes in comics and movies forever; Notes of a Baseball Dreamer, a memoir about growing up as a wannabe major leaguer in New York City; and The Dreams of Ada, the true story of two men spending life in prison for a murder they did not commit.

Robert Mayer Worked at Newsday for ten years, six as a reporter and four as the paper's award-winning columnist. His column,  'Robert Mayor in New York City'. He was the managing editor and then editor of The Santa Fe Reporter for 6 years . 

His articles have appeared in The New York Times, The Washington Post, Vanity Fair, New York Magazine, Condé Naste Traveler,and many other publications.

His newest book is Monkey Brain- A Writing Life.  It's a very different kind of memoir… invented by Mayer. 

Dec 6, 2017


Producer and Host: Abigail Adler

Guest: Jan Brett

At this moment,   New York Times bestselling author and illustrator, Jan Brett, has more than 40 books in print..  Her children's books are adorned with intricate, magical, super-realist drawings of imaginary worlds on every page. Brett also writes the text. Brett spends a lot of time at home and abroad researching her books. Her best selling books include,  Annie and the Wild Animals published in 1985, Fritz and the Beautiful Horses, and The Mitten. Some of Jan Brett's illustrated books are classics like: Beauty and the Beast and The Owl and the Pussy Cat.

Her latest book, just out is The Mermaid- about a young mermaid who becomes trapped in the home of a family of Octupuses and figures out a graceful way to escape from their clutches.

Brett comes by her extensive knowledge of the animal world through her own passion for all creatures.  She is an award-winning breeder of fancy chickens, a lover of turtles - and she lives in harmony with all manner of creatures at her home in Norwell Mass.

Nov 29, 2017


Producer and Host: Abigail Adler

Guests: Hampton Sides and James McGrath Morris

HAMPTON SIDES is a best-selling author and journalist. He is widely acclaimed as an historian and author of adventurous literary non-fiction. His books include- Ghost Soldiers and Blood and Thunder. Side's latest book, In the kingdom of Ice is a riveting account of the first American attempt to reach the North Pole.


Hampton Sides' articles have appeared in many publications - here are a few: Outside magazine National Geographic, The New Yorker, Esquire,  and The Washington Post. Sides has guest-lectured at Columbia, Yale, Stanford, SMU, and Colorado College. among other venues and institutions.

Right now, Hampton Sides is working on a book for Doubleday about 1950, the early days of the Cold War, and the heroic Korean War Battle of Chosin Reservoir.

JAMES MCGRATH MORRIS is a critically-acclaimed biographer. He has also worked along the way-  as a journalist, book publisher, high school teacher and radio news broadcaster.

Morris has 7 published books- about such impressive figures as publisher, Joseph Pulitzer, activist, Emma Goldman, and Ethel Payne, the first lady of the black press.

His latest book-  Published this year-  The Ambulance Drivers: Hemingway and Dos Passos--and a Friendship Made and Lost in War is the story of two aspiring writer who meet during war, forge an intense twenty-year friendship, and write some of America's greatest novels.



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