The ongoing podcast for West Virginia Writers, Inc., the Mountain State's largest organization dedicated to writers. Hosted by Eric Fritzius, from atop a hill in Greenbrier County, each podcast will feature information about WV Writers related events as well as readings and interviews with the writers of West Virginia and Appalachia.

This podcast features music by Pops Walker.

Friday, August 28, 2009

Episode 15: "Granny Sue" Holstein

Welcome to Episode 15, in which we talk to storyteller Susanna "Granny Sue" Holstein. She’s been a featured storytelling performer at events from Bellingham, Washington to Boston, Massachusetts and points in between. She's especially well known, however, for being a West Virginia storyteller, focusing much of her repertoire on WV history, ghost stories, Appalachian tales and ballads.

We speak to her about her origins in the art of storytelling, the fluidity of the art form, the skills required to do it correctly and, of course, we'll hear one of her more famous stories.

You can see Granny Sue for yourself at: the WV Book Festival (October 10-11); at the Patchwork Storytelling Festival in Beckley (October 23-24); at Tygart Lake State Park in Grafton for a program called Scary Stories after Dark (October 24); in Athens, Alabama, at the Storytelling Festival Ghost Stories Concert as a featured teller (October 30); and at Tellabration! WVU Mountaineer Week, Morgantown, WV, (November 14).

And be sure to stick around for the end credits for a special announcement concerning bonus features of this podcast that are in the works and which will debut as soon as next Friday. Plus we'll offer a preview of the next two weeks of podcasts.

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West Virginia Writers Podcast Episode 15

Links mentioned in Podcast:
Granny Sue's News & Reviews
Storyteller Granny Sue: Stories from the Mountains and Beyond
Two Lane Livin' Magazine
WV Storytelling Guild
The Storytell Listserv
Margaret Read McDonald's Storyteller links page

Monday, August 24, 2009

THIS WEEK: "Granny Sue" Holstein Interview

This Friday we will be speaking to Susanna "Granny Sue" Holstein. "Granny Sue" is a noted storyteller who performs and presents workshops at events from Idaho to Virginia for audiences of both children and adults.

A founding member and past president of the West Virginia Storytelling Guild, Granny Sue an active member of the National Storytelling Network and other local and regional storytelling organizations, including West Virginia Writers.

Stop by and hear both stories from and about her craft this Friday, 8/28.

Friday, August 14, 2009

Episode 14: Joey Madia "Jester Knight" Recorded Live Reading

Episode 14 of the WVW Podcast in which we air our very first recorded live reading. (Q: "But if it's recorded, how can it be live?" A: "It's just born that way.")

This recorded live reading comes from the opening pages of the 2009 book Jester Knight as performed by its author, Joey Madia. at a book-signing he did at Vittoria & Banks gallery in Fairmont, WV.

If you're a member or extended friend of WV Writers, Inc. we invite you to submit your own live readings to

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West Virginia Writers Podcast Episode 14

Links mentioned in Podcast:
New Mystics Theatre
Jester Knight YouTube Trailer
Jester Knight for sale
Upcoming WV Arts Guild reading by Joey Madia

Monday, August 10, 2009

THIS WEEK: Joey Madia Live Reading

This Friday, the WV Writers Podcast will broadcast its first recorded live reading.

Our subject will be a live reading given by author Joey Madia from his novel Jester Knight.

You can see the trailer for this book by clicking the book cover on the right.

Tune in Friday morning, August 14, for Episode 14 of the WV Writers Podcast.