KSFR RADIO 101.1 FM SANTA FE NM
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 History, Religion & Politics, a special issue of Religion. She published her first book in 2007: Culture and Redemption: Religion, the Secular, and American Literature