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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.

 

 

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