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, January 29, 2010

Bonus Show 7 featuring Sal Buttaci

Our 7th bonus show is an extry-long entry into our Recorded Live Reading series. (Q: "But if it's recorded, how can it be live?" A: "Ahhhh, mind your Ps and Qs, Mack.")

This live reading was recorded at a poetry reading given by Salvatore Buttaci at the Princeton Public Library on December 3, 2009. Sal is the author of A Dusting of Star Fall: Love Poems, Boy on a Swing and Other Poems, A Family of Sicilians: Stories and Poems, Sun Sparks The Day and Sal Buttaci's Greatest Hits 1970 - 2000 published in the Pudding House books Greatest Hits series. He is also the author of Painless Poetry, which is a workshop for educators teaching poetry appreciation and creative writing. His most recent book is called Flashing My Shorts a collection of flash fiction.

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West Virginia Writers Podcast Bonus Show 7


Salvatore Buttaci's website
A Family of Sicilians

Friday, January 22, 2010

No podcast this week...

...due to the double-sized nature of our first two of the year. Please join us here next week for podcast bonus show #7, featuring a recorded live reading of WV Writers member Sal Buttaci's December poetry reading in Mercer County.

In the meantime, please enjoy this video of the smaller of my two bonus show co-hosts, recorded this past autumn.

Friday, January 15, 2010

Episode 24: Keith Pitzer Tribute with Pops Walker

“It’s with a heavy heart that I write to you today, for we have lost a great friend and performer, Keith Pitzer. Keith passed on this morning after a courageous fight with cancer. His wife Joan, and his four grown sons mourn the loss of their loved one, as do I, Bobbi, and anyone who knew Keith.” -- Pops Walker

This is the opening paragraph from a letter written by Keith's friend and our podcast composer, Pops Walker. Written on December 22, the day Keith passed, it is how many of us first learned the news. Keith was not only a friend of this podcast, but he was a friend of our organization as well.

I thought for today’s special double-sized podcast it would be nice to speak with Pops in tribute to Keith. I wanted to get Pops' perspective on Keith the man and hear about his tireless work with Friends of the Cheat, and also hear of his skill as a musician. We'll also hear some of the outtakes from my interview with him last June, including some of the amazing music he made alongside his wife Joan.

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West Virginia Writers Podcast Episode 24


Friday, January 8, 2010

Episode 23: THE 2010 CONTESTCAST

For our first new episode of 2010, we're doing a gargantu-sized two part episode we're calling THE CONTESTCAST. That's right, this is your primer for all things related to the WV Writers Annual Writing Contest, which began accepting entries mere days ago.

Joining us for the podcast are WV Writers President Terry McNemar and Adult Contest Coordinator Steve Goff.

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West Virginia Writers Contestcast (a.k.a Episode 23 Part 1)

West Virginia Writers Contestcast (a.k.a Episode 23 Part 2)

Download Contest Entry Forms As Reference for the Podcast

Entry Form (.doc) Entry Form (.pdf)

Student Entry Form (.doc) Student Entry Form (.pdf)

Wednesday, January 6, 2010


For the first new episode of the new year, we'll be talking up the WV Writers Spring Writing Competition 2010. Our guests for this special extra-sized episode will be WV Writers President Terry McNemar and Contest Coordinator Steve Goff.

If you have any questions about the contest, likely they'll be answered as part of this podcast. It also serves as a great introduction to the contest in general. And stick around for the end of the episode when we'll have a sneak preview of some of the guests for the 2010 Summer Conference.

Join us here this Friday for Episode 23.

Friday, January 1, 2010

Episode 9: Keith Pitzer (REBROADCAST)

This week we're rebroadcasting Episode 9 of the podcast in honor of the recent passing of musician Keith Pitzer. We spoke with Keith last June in preparation for he and his wife Joan's appearance at the WV Writers Summer Conference 2009. Unfortunately, Keith and Joan were unable to attend last year because of a sudden turn in Keith's health stemming from the cancer that took him on December 22, 2009.

The WV Writers Podcast will soon have a brand new episode dedicated to celebrating Keith Pitzer as a performer and human being, including an interview with Keith's friend and friend of the podcast, Pops Walker. We will also be including some outtake material from that interview.

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West Virginia Writers Podcast Episode 9 (REBROADCAST)