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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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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.

 

Feb 6, 2019

KSFR RADIO 101.1 FM SANTA FE NM

Producer and Host: Abigail Adler

Guest: Paul Ryer

When Paul Ryer was an eleven year old kid growing up in Pennsylvania, his parents decided to give up their life in the U.S. and buy a sail boat. With their parents, Ryer  and his sister sailed around the Carribean for nearly 4 years- and those turned out to be formative years.

Today, Paul Ryer is an anthropologist and author of numerous academic articles. His new book, BEYOND CUBAN WATERS:AFRICA, LA YUMA AND THE ISLAND'S GLOBAL IMAGINATION. is the result of many years spent living in and studying the culture of the Carribean.  During part of that time, he has been affiliated with the University of Havana. 

Ryer has a bachelors in anthropology from Amherst college and PhD in cultural anthropology from University of Chicago. He is currently Director of Scholar Programs at the School for Advanced Research in Santa Fe. Known locally as SAR, the organization is the premier anthropological program in the country.  Among other things, Ryer is charged with  recruiting 6 scholars each year to write books on their field of expertise.

 

 

Jan 30, 2019

KSFR Radio 101.1 FM SANTA FE NM

Producer and Host: Abigail Adler

Guest: Jason Berry

Jason Berry's has just come out with a new book, CITY OF A MILLION DREAMS: A History of New Orleans at Year 300. He is the author of 10 books and countless articles. He is also a playwright and film maker. Berry is best known for his pioneering investigative reporting into the crisis of clergy sexual abuse in the Catholic Church. His ground-breaking book LEAD US NOT INTO TEMPTATION was published 10 years before the Boston Globe expose on the same subject.  Two more landmark books about the vatican followed.

Berry's articles and editorials have appeared in many publications including the New York Times Magazine, the Los Angeles Times Magazine, the Irish Times, Southern Living and the Boston Globe.

Berry is also a recognized expert on the city of New Orleans and Jazz. This latest book, CITY OF A MILLION DREAMS tells the story of his home town through the lives of its most fascinating inhabitants.

 

 

 

Jan 9, 2019

KSFR RADIO 101.1 FM SANTA FE NM

Guest Host: Dorothy Massey

Guest: Carol Potenza

 

Carol Potenza is an Assistant Professor of Chemistry and Biochemistry at New Mexico State University. She and her husband, Jose, live in Las Cruces, New Mexico. Hearts of the Missing, her debut novel, is the winner of the 2017 Tony Hillerman Prize.

Oct 10, 2018

KSFR RADIO 101.1 FM SANTA FE NM

Producer and Host: Abigail Adler

Guest: Mary Jo McConahay

 

 

World War II-- It was exactly that--- a world war.  And that included Latin America. Many of us are unaware of the high stakes war game that was being played out south of our border.

Mary Jo McConahay's new book, The Tango War; The Struggle for the Hearts, Minds and Riches of Latin America During World War II brings that dramatic history to life.

As an award-winning journalist, McConahay's work has appeared in Time, Newsweek, Vogue, Rolling Stone, Ms., Salon, Los Angeles Times Magazine, and many more publications.

She began her journalism career late 70s freelancing in Mexico; then, she become a staff reporter for the Arab News, in Saudi Arabia.  She reported for the Paris-based International Herald Tribune, and London-based Middle EaST Economic Digest . She has covered wars in Central American and economics in the Middle East.

McConahay is also a documentary film maker.  Her films follow individuals who pursue social justice with their lives.

She is currently hard at work on her next book- about latin america during the cold war.  This next book picks up where The Tango War ends.

McConahay's other books include Maya Roads, One Woman's Journey Among the People of the Rain Forest , and Ricochet, Two Women War Reporters and a Friendship Under Fire.

Mary Jo McConahay joins us by phone from San Francisco.

Oct 3, 2018

KSFR RADIO 101.1 FM SANTA FE NM

Producer and Host: Abigail Adler

Guest: Dr. Peter Smith

 

Dr. PETER SMITH is  pioneer and leader in education. He is the author of 4 books on the subject including- Harnessing America's Wasted Talent: A New Ecology For Learning and Your Hidden Credentials: The Value of Personal Learning Outside College.

 His latest book, Free Range Learning In The Digital Age,The Emerging Revolution In College Career and Education, is just out.

Smith served as founding president of California State University, Monterey Bay,and the founding president of the Community College of Vermont

Smith earned a Masters and Doctorate from Harvard University Graduate School of Education and a Bachelor's degree in History from Princeton..

In an earlier incarnation, Smith represented his home state of Vermont in the US  House of Representatives. He also served as Lieutenant Governor of Vermont

He has been the assistant director general for education of the United Nations Educational, Scientific, and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) as well as a senior fellow at the American Council on Education and vice president for development at Norwich University.

In addition to that, Peter Smith is currently the President of the Board of KSFR Radio.

Sep 26, 2018

KSFR RADIO 101.1 FM SANTA FE NM

Producer and Host: Abigail Adler

Guest: Hampton Sides

HAMPTON SIDES is best-known for writing non-fiction adventure stories about times of war or epic expeditions of discovery and exploration. He is the author of the bestselling books- Ghost SoldiersBlood and Thunder  and, In the Kingdom of Ice.

His newest book- On Desperate Ground, comes out in October 2018. But if you are in Santa Fe, you are in luck because Hamtpon Sides will be at  at the Violet Crown Theater on later today, Wednesday September 26 6:30 for a book launch and party. He will be reading and signing his new book along with a slideshow. Several Korean War Veterans will be joining him.  The event is sponsored by Collected Works. He will also be reading at the Kimo theatre in Albuquerque on November 1st, 2018. That event is sponsored by Bookworks.

As a journalist, his work has been collected in numerous published anthologies.. He has been twice nominated for National Magazine Awards for feature writing. Hampton is editor-at-large for Outside and a frequent contributor to National Geographic and other magazines.

Hampton Sides graduated from Yale University with a BA in History.    Sides was a fellow at the Santa Fe Institute in 2015. He is also a partner of Atalaya Productions, an independent film company that develops non-fiction and historical stories for the screen.

Sep 19, 2018

KSFR RADIO 101.1 FM SANTA FE NM

Producer and Host: Abigail Adler

Guest: Ray John de Aragon

RAY JOHN DE ARAGON  is the author of 15 books including two children's books.  His best known books include New Mexico Book of the Undead, The hidden history of Spanish New Mexico, Haunted Santa Fe and Padre Martinez and Bishop Lamy .

In college, he studied education and went on to earn advanced degrees in American studies with an emphasis on the history, customs and language of New Mexico, including folklore. He has held pivotal positions throughout the state in the NM Educational System. He has been a lecturer at all of the state's universities and colleges.In addition, he has presented programs at New Mexico museums and archives.

However, perhaps his deepest education in NM History came from his family. His childhood was populated with tales of ghosts,like La Llorona- as Well as witches and spirits and curanderas. Ray John de Aragon was born and grew up in Las Vegas NM. His great grandmother was a famous Curandera, a healer who uses herbs for spells and healing. Aragon has made it his life's work to write down and preserve that rich cultural history.

In addition to writing books, Aragon is a traditional santero/fine artist, and a performing artist who has appeared in several theatrical stage lead roles and one movie. He has served on the board of the New Mexico Art Council, and the New Mexico Arts Alliance

 

 

Sep 12, 2018

 

KSFR RADIO 101.1 FM SANTA FE NM

Producer and Host: Abigail Adler

Guest: James McEnteer

 

James McEnteer is a journalist who has been keeping a sharp, critical eye on U.S. politics and cultural life... particularly in Texas.

His journalism and opinion pieces appear in print and on line in-  ZMag,  CounterPunch, Salon, The Los Angeles Times, Atlantic Free Press,Foreign Policy in Focus, Harvard International Journal of Press/Politics.  and many others.

McEnteer is the author of four books including Shooting the Truth: the Rise of American Political Documentaries and FIGHTING WORDS: INDEPENDENT JOURNALISTS IN TEXAS. 

His most recent book, ACTING LIKE IT MATTERS, chronicles thirty years of the LAPD-  That stands for The Los Angeles Department of Poverty… The LAPD is a unique theatre company made up of largely homeless and formerly homeless men and women from Los Angeles' skid row.

His poetry and short fiction have appeared in numerous publications and online.

After earning a BA at Wesleyan, James McEnteer earned graduate degrees from the Universities of British Columbia and Texas at Austin. He had Fulbright grants in New Zealand and the Philippines and was a Fellow at the Harvard Kennedy School of Government. He has taught and lectured at various universities. He currently lives in Quito, Ecuador. 

 

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