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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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Nov 14, 2019

Guest Carol Calvert, author of Beitha’s Sound, an adventure in the world of the Celtic people of France and Ireland.  

Nov 13, 2019

Author of Beitha’s Sound, an adventure in the world of the Celtic people of France and Ireland.  Historical fiction. 

Producer and Host:  Carly Newfeld

Nov 7, 2019

Rabbi Berel Levertov of Chabad Jewish Center is sponsoring the visit of Anne Frank’s surviving stepsister, Eva Schloss, to Santa Fe on November 17.   We discuss The Diary of Anne Frank and Eva’s Story.

Nov 2, 2019
Judith Fein, author of How to Communicate with The Dead and How Cultures Do It Around The World. 
 
Producer and Host Carly Newfeld 
 
Bio:  Judith Fein is an award-winning travel journalist, author, and speaker. She spent 20 years experiencing how death is not the end for cultures around the world.
Jul 17, 2019

KSFR RADIO 101.1 FM SANTA FE NM

Producer and Host: Abigail Adler

Guest: Lisa Wingate

Lisa Wingate is a former journalist, inspirational speaker, and New York Times Bestselling Author. She has published thirty novels. Her work has won or been nominated for many awards, including the Pat Conroy Southern Book Prize, the Oklahoma Book Award, The Carol Award, and the Christy Award.

Wingate's most recent novel, Before We Were Yours, has been on the New York Times Bestseller List for more than one year- and, it is currently number one on the NY Times bestseller list.  The book is Publishers Weekly’s #3 longest running bestseller of 2017.  Before We Were Yours has, to date, sold nearly 2 million copies. It has just come out in paperback.

Wingate's writing career began late: after college, after marriage, after a career as a journalist and technical writer, and then the birth of her oldest son .

Wingate says she was lucky to marry into a big family of Southern tall-tale enthusiasts who never let the truth get in the way of a good story.

Lisa Wingate lives north of Dallas - and joins us by telephone.

 

Jun 26, 2019

KSFR RADIO 101.1 FM SANTA FE NM

Producer and Host: Abigail Adler

Guest: Erica Elliott

In her new book, MEDICINE AND MIRACLES IN THE HIGH DESERT: My Life Among The Navajo People, Erica Elliott tells us about the deep dive she took into the Navajo culture. She reveals her profound experiences on the Navajo Resevation ---with the people, animals and spirits of the legendary, remote, Canyon de Chelley.

Before all that, Erica Elliott had an international childhood. She began her schooling in England, graduated from high school in Germany and studied art history in Italy. She earned a bachelors degree from Antioch College. She then spent a year in Switzerland, a year teaching at a boarding school on the Navajo Reservation,  and a year in Peace Corps in Ecuador.  Elliott lead an all-woman's expedition to the top of Denali in Alaska.

After all that, she finished a medical degree at the University of Colorado Medical School and began practicing medicine in Cuba NM. She opened her own private practice in Santa Fe, NM where she is known as “The Health Detective.” She specializes in treating mysterious and difficult-to-diagnose illnesses.

Jun 19, 2019

KSFR RADIO 101.1 FM SANTA FE NM

Producer and Host: Abigail Adler

Guest: Mary Miller

Biloxi, Mississippi- a city on the Gulf Coast, in the heart of the deep South. Now, it's a new book-  BILOXI , by Author Mary Miller. BILOXI is about a forlorn 63 year old man whose wife has left him, who quit his job in expectation of an inheritance, a man who is a bit confused with his life and how he got there.  Then he meets a dog and things change.

Mary Miller's first novelTHE LAST DAYS OF CALIFORNIA, was published in 2014 to wide acclaim. She has published two books of short stories and her fiction has appeared in The Paris Review, the Oxford American, McSweeney's Quarterly, American Short Fiction, and many other publications.

Mary Miller is a native of Mississippi. She was born in Jackson. Miller has a bachelors degree from  Mississippi State; She also has a masters and  a masters of fine art degrees.

Mary Miller is a former James A. Michener Fellow in Fiction at the University of Texas and John and Renée Grisham Writer-in-Residence at the University of Mississippi.

Mary Miller joins us by phone from Oxford Mississippi.

 

Jun 12, 2019

KSFR RADIO 101.1 FM SANTA FE NM

Producer and Host: Abigail Adler

Guest: Wendy Fox

Wendy J. Fox was raised in rural Washington state which inspired much of her writing about place and class. Wendy Fox has published two novels- THE PULL OF IT in 2014 and IF THE ICE HAD HELD just out May first of this year. She is the author of a short story collection, THE SEVEN STAGES OF ANGER. and her work has appeared in numerous periodicals and internet journals including Buzzfeed and The Millions. Fox is a popular speaker and travels the country reading her work, lecturing and speaking at workshops. She speaks regularly on the intersection of the writing life and holding down a day job in corporate marketing. 

Wendy Fox earned a degree in English from Western Washington University with a minor in political science. Fox has an MFA in creative writing from Eastern Washington University.

She currently lives in Denver, Colorado and she joins us from there today by phone.

Jun 5, 2019

KSFR RADIO 101.1 FM SANTA FE NM

Producer and Host: Abigail Adler

Guest: Henry Shukman

Writer, poet and Zen teacher, Henry Shukman, has won many prestigious awards for his writing.  His newest book which will be published later this year is a memoir of many things  The title:  ONE BLADE OF GRASS: FINDING THE OLD ROAD OF THE HEART.  Shukman has been a travel writer for the New York Times.  He has written book reviews for the New York Times and The Times Literary Supplement. His poems have appeared in many publications including the New Re[public, The Guardian, The Times and the London Review of Books. As a young man, between writing assignments, Shukman took up various day time jobs working on a commercial fishing boat, at a record shop and as a trombonist in a Caribbean band.

Henry Shukman is a associate Zen Buddhist teacher in the Sanbo Kyodan lineage. He is currently the teacher at Mountain Cloud Zen Center in Santa Fe, NM.  His articles about Buddhism have appeared in Tricycle  and Lion's Roar.

Henry Shukman grew up and went to school in Oxford England.

May 15, 2019

KSFR RADIO 101.1 FM SANTA FE NM

Producer and Host: Abigail Adler

Guest: W.C. Jameson

W.C. Jameson has written more than 100 books, 1500 articles, and 400 songs which he accompanies with his guitar and harmonica. So you better be ready to use some pretty big numbers when you're talking about W.C. He is also a treasure hunter, and the subject of two documentaries. When he's not locked away writing, W.C. travels the country playing his songs at music festivals, universities and roadhouses.

He's recorded 10 albums of original music and contributed music to the soundtrack for 7 movies. He's also published 3 books of poetry.

W.C. is with us today to talk about his latest book- ROCKY MOUNTAIN TRAIN ROBBERIES  -True stories of Notorious Bandits and Infamous Escapes.

He will be the first to tell you he's from Texas--- Llano Texas.

May 8, 2019

KSFR RADIO 101.1 FM SANTA FE NM

Producer and Host: Abigail Adler

Guest: W.K. Stratton

W.K. Stratton (William Kip Stratton) writes about what he knows and what he likes- And that is film-making, boxing and rodeo. WK--– friends call him by his middle name, Kip– is the bestselling author of nine books. The latest, just out is, The Wild Bunch: Sam Peckinpah, a Revolution in Hollywood, and the Making of a Legendary Film .

Stratton has deep family roots in the West. He was born in Guthrie< Oklahoma, and has lived much of his life in Texas. His mother's family homesteaded outside Guthrie during the Great Land Run of 1889. His father was a rodeo cowboy.

Stratton put himself through college by working as a newspaper reporter. He earned a bachelor's degree in English with honors. He also has a Master’s degree in English.

Since then, Stratton has worked as a newspaper journalist (Tulsa World) and as a high tech manager to support his writing career. He freelances for the  Dallas Morning News. In addition, he has published articles in many magazines including Texas Monthly, GQ, Outside, Sports Illustrated, and Texas Observer.

He has published 3 books of poetry. 

He lives in Austin, Texas.

May 1, 2019

KSFR RADIO 101.1 FM SANTA FE NM

Producer and Host: Abigail Adler

Guest: Priyanka Kumar

Priyanka Kumar writes for the Santa Fe New Mexican, the Washington Post, and the Los Angeles Review of Books. Her focus is literary criticism and books that deal with the natural world.

Kumar also wrote, directed, and produced the feature documentary The Song of the Little Road about revered Indian film maker Satyajit Ray. The film includes interviews with Martin Scorsese and Peter Rainer. It is now part of the permanent collection of the Academy of Motion Pictures of Arts and Sciences.

Priyanka Kumar is a recipient of many awards and grants including an Alfred P. Sloan Foundation Award, New Mexico/New Visions Governor’s Award,  and an Academy of Motion Pictures Arts and Sciences Fellowship. Her debut novel, the critically acclaimed Take Wing and Fly Here, was published in 2013. 

Kumar has earned a degree in English Literature from University of Toronto and a masters in film production from The University of Southern California. She has taught filmmaking at The University of California, Santa Cruz. 

Priyanka Kumar grew up in India and as a teenager moved to Canada. She now lives in Santa Fe, NM

Apr 30, 2019
Apr 24, 2019

KSFR RADIO 101.1 FM SANTA FE NM

Producer and Host: Abigail Adler

Guest: T.R. Kenneth

TR Kenneth's novel, A room Full of Night takes us on a roller coaster ride of a thriller.We are taken into the world of Nazis past and present, into the world of a mysterious evil corporation. We are taken along with the hero of the novel, Stag MacGuire as he askes the big question - Why?

    TR Kenneth (a pen name) was born in the midwest and grew up in the Netherlands, Japan, and Washington, DC. She is a graduate of Barnard College, Columbia University and an expert on the Third Reich and the history of genocide, in particular, the Holocaust. A Room Full of Night is her first thriller novel. TR Kenneth is a part-time resident of Santa Fe, NM

Apr 17, 2019

KSFR RADIO 101.1 FM SANTA FE NM

Producer and Host: Abigail Adler

Guest: Michel Stone

 

Michel Stone is a writer, speaker, and educator. Her critically acclaimed novels, Border Child and The Iguana Tree, have been optioned for film. The latest one, Border Child, recently came out in paperback.

Stone is a recipient of the South Carolina Fiction Award and the 2018 recipient of the Patricia Winn Award for Southern Literature. Her has published stories and essays in numerous magazines and literary reviews.

Stone's novels have been favorably reviewed in The San Francisco Chronicle, The New Yorker, The Atlanta Journal Constitution,  The New York Journal of Books, Texas Observer, Publishers Weekly and many others. She's a graduate of Clemson University with a Master's Degree from Converse College, and she is an alumna of the Sewanee Writers Conference.  She lives in Spartanburg, SC where she’s at work on her third novel. Her first name is pronounced like Michelle (Michel says, people always ask!)

 

Apr 10, 2019

KSFR RADIO 101.1 FM SANTA FE NM

Producer and Host: Abigail Adler

Guest: Sue Nelson

Sue Nelson's latest book, Wally Funk's Race For Space… The Extraordinary Story of a Female Aviation Pioneer- has just come out in the United States. It was first published in Great Britain.

The book puts readers in a a front seat as Nelson travels with the talented, brilliant and eccentric Wally Funk. Funk was one of the women in the U.S. space program which originally included women in 1962. Now in her 80's Funk hasn't given up her dream of space travel.

Author Sue Nelson is a former BBC TV and radio correspondent, presenter and producer. Nelson also was editor of The Biologist. Her field of expertise is science, technology and environment. Nelson has received acclaim and awards for her radio productions: Right Stuff Wrong Sex: Female Astronauts and Women with the Right Stuff.  Sue Nelson now makes films for the European Space Agency. She also hosts the podcast Space Boffins.

Nelson studied physics at University College Cardiff.  She won a Knight-Wallace Fellowship to the University of Michigan in 2004.

Apr 3, 2019

KSFR RADIO 101.1 FM SANTA FE NM

Producer and Host: Abigail Adler

Guest: Anne Hillerman

 

Anne Hillerman's newest novel, The Tale Teller, is the fifth in her Navajo Mysteries series.  It continues the saga of the Navajo policemen Joe Leaphorn and Jim Chee and policewoman Bernadette Manualito. It also continues the legacy of her father, Tony Hillerman, the famous author of 18 Leaphorn and Chee detective novels  Anne Hillerman has established herself firmly in the detective genre with THE TALE TELLER. All of her books in the series have become New York Times bestsellers.

Ann Hillerman, was a writer long before she began the Navajo mystery series. Hillermen wrote non-fiction pieces and worked as the editorial page editor for the New Mexican and the Journal North. Before that she worked as a reporter in print, , radio and TV.

Along with her husband and partner, photographer Don Strel,  Hillerman published the book, Tony Hillerman’s Landscape: On the Road with Chee and Leaphorn.

Anne ran the Hillerman writer’s conference and established the Tony Hillerman prize for best first mystery set in the Southwest.

Anne Hillerman grew up in Albuquerque and Santa Fe, NM.

 

Mar 29, 2019

KSFR RADIO 101.1 FM SANTA FE NM

KSFR FUNDRAISER

Abigail Adler and Merrylin LeBlanc

Mar 25, 2019

KSFR RADIO 101.1 FM SANTA FE NM

Producer and Host: Abigail Adler

Guest: Katie Arnold

Katie Arnold is the author of Running Home, A Memoir- a new book just published by Random House. Arnold is a contributing editor and former managing editor at Outside Magazine, where she worked on staff for 12 years. In addition to Outside, her stories have appeared in many publications including  The New York Times, Men’s JournalRunner’s WorldElle, and Sunset. Her essays, articles and profiles have won numerous awards.

In addition to writing, Arnold is a champion long-distance runner. Here are just a few of the titles she's won---She is the 2018 women's champion of the Leadville Trail 100 Run, where she finished 11th overall in field of more than 700 runners. She won the 2018 Jemez Mountains 50 Mile, and the 2014 TransRockies 3-Day Trail Run.  She is two-time overall champion and course record holder at the  Angel Fire 100K.

Arnold shares her thrill of running with kids through her blogs,  speaking appearances and  her children's trail-running club.

Arnold lives in Santa Fe however she joins us today from San Francisco.

Mar 13, 2019

KSFR RADIO 101.1 FM SANTA FE NM

Producer and Host: Abigail Adler

Guest: Carrie Gibson

Author Carrie Gibson has just come out with a new book- EL NORTE:The Epic And Forgotten story of Hispanic North America. Her first book, Empire's Crossroads: A History of the Caribbean from Columbus to the Present Day was published in 2014. Gibson earned a masters in history from the University of London and a PhD in history from the University of Cambridge.

After working for smaller publications and newspapers she worked at the Guardian in London from 2000 to 2006. She continues to contribute to the Guardian and its sister paper the Observer. Gibson's work has appeared in other media outlets, including BBC Radio 4 and Vox. Carrie Gibson lives in London--- however, she joins us by phone from Atlanta, Georgia.

 

Mar 6, 2019

KSFR RADIO 101.1FM SANTA FE NM

Producer and Host: Abigail Adler

Guest: David Treuer

David Treuer's newest book just out- is THE HEARTBEAT OF WOUNDED KNEE. He is the author of 7 books including 4 works of fiction.This latest book has already received a lot of attention from critics and scholars. Treuer's  stories and essays have appeared in many publications including, The Washington Post, the LA Times, "The New York Times," Esquire and Slate.

Currently he teaches at the university of Southern California where he is a professor of English.

Treuer grew up primarily on the Leech Lake Reservation in Minnesota.  His mother is Ojibwe and and was an Ojibwe Tribal Court Judge. His father was a Holocaust suvriver who worked in several capacities on the reservation. Treuer graduated from Princeton university with a degree in anthropology. He also wrote a thesis in creative writing. For that,Toni Morrison was his mentor. He then went on to earn a PhD in anthropology from the University of Michigan. In 2016, Treuer was a resident scholar at The School for Advanced Research in Santa fe. Today he joins us by phone from Tulsa Oklahoma.

 

Feb 27, 2019

KSFR RADIO 101.1 FM SANTA FE NM

Producer and Host: Abigail Adler

Guest: Jennifer Harvey

Dr. Jennifer Harvey is a writer, speaker, and professor. Her work focuses on racial justice and white anti-racism.  Harvey's most recent book Raising White Kids: Bringing Up Children in Racially Unjust America is a ground-breaking work designed to create a new generation of kids who are socially aware and actively participating in a more just society.  

Dr. Harvey also contributes to CCN, NPR, The New York Times, and Huffington Post. She is ordained in the American Baptist Churches (U.S.A.). She lives in Des Moines, Iowa, where she is a professor at Drake University.She joins us by phone from Des Moines.

 

Feb 21, 2019

KSFR RADIO 101.1 FM SANTA FE NM

Producer and host: Abigail Adler

Guest: Tayari Jones

 

Tayari Jones' latest best-selling novel, AN AMERICAN MARRIAGE is now out in paperback.This is her 4th book and critics agree that it's stunning. Jones has deep roots in Atlanta, Georgia -where she comes from a family of intellectuals and activists.  Her essays and columns have appeared in TIME, The NYTimes, Tin House, Callaloo,  and many others.  Jones is a member of the Fellowship of Southern Writers. She is the recipient of many awards, including  the Lifetime Achievement Award in Fine Arts from the Congressional Black Caucus Foundation, and an NEA Fellowship. AN AMERICAN MARRIAGE is an Oprah Book Club selection.  Jones is a graduate of Spelman Collage, University of Iowa and Arizona State University. She is currently a professor of creative writing at Emory University.

Tayari Jones joins us by phone from Atlanta Georgia

 

 

"TAYARI JONES IS FAST DEFINING MIDDLE-CLASS BLACK ATLANTA THE WAY CHEEVER DID WESTCHESTER" - THE VILLAGE VOICE

Feb 13, 2019

KSFR RADIO 101.1 FM SANTA FE NM

Producer and Host: Abigail Adler

Guest: Pam Houston

PAM HOUSTON is best known as the author of the best-selling book of short stories,  COWBOYS ARE MY WEAKNESS published in 1992. Since then, she has published five books, including her latest, DEEP CREEK: FINDING HOPE IN THE HIGH COUNTRY.

This new book, DEEP CREEK, has its beginning in that first book, COWBOYS ARE MY WEAKNESS. Houston took the money she made from COWBOYS ARE MY WEAKNESS and used it as a down payment on a 120 acre ranch in southern Colorado near the headwaters of the Rio Grande. That was 25 years ago. The tales in DEEP CREEK go far beyond the boundaries of her ranch- to tales of travel, big hearted towns people, her difficult childhood and the animals, trees, birds, mountains and creeks.  This is perhaps the most personal of her books- which are all personal.

Her stories have been selected for prestigious anthologies such as The O. Henry Awards, The Pushcart Prize, Best American Travel Writing, and Best American Short Stories of the Century and others.. She is the winner of the Western States Book Award, the WILLA Award for contemporary fiction, AND the Evil Companions Literary Award.

Houston is the co-founder and creative director of the literary nonprofit Writing By Writers which puts on writing conferences across the American West and in France.

She currently teaches in the MFA program at University of California, Davis and at the Institute for American Indian Arts in Santa Fe, New Mexico.

 

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