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, July 30, 2010

Episode 38: Tamara Woods and the Poets' Guide to Metaphor & Marketing Workshop


Episode 38 is an interview with writer Tamara Woods, co-founder of Morgantown Poets. Tamara will be one of the leaders of a poetry workshop called Poets' Guide to Metaphor & Marketing, taking place Saturday, August 7, from 1 to 3 p.m. at the Monongalia Arts Center in Morgantown. We talk about the workshop itself, as well as Tamara's background as a writer and producer of poetry slams, Morgantown Poets history, and our shared love of writer Neil Gaiman.

You can register on the day of the workshop, or you can pre-register if you send your registration form postmarked by Friday July 30. Pre-registering attendees will receive a $5 discount. Students automatically receive a $10 discount. If you would like to register, please use the Poets' Guide to Metaphor and Marketing registration form.

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Friday, July 16, 2010

Episode 37: The Appalachian Inquisition Panel Recorded Live Reading

Episode 37 is a recorded live reading of the historic Appalachian Inquisition Panel recorded at the WV Writers 2010 Summer Conference. The panel featured WV literary notables: Irene McKinney, Denise Giardina, Kirk Judd, Norman Jordan, Daniel Boyd, Gretchen Moran Laskas and Tim Poland fielding questions about the state of Appalachian literature, as pitched by moderator Cat Pleska.

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Thursday, July 15, 2010

State of the Re:Union’s requests “Dear City” Letters from West Virginia Writers (we also request them for podcast)

National Public Radio's show State of the Re:Union devotes part of each program to what they call "Dear City" letters. With Dear City Letters, people who are making a difference where they live are asked if they'd be willing to write a letter TO their city. These can be written from a place of love, anger, humor and beyond, addressing the likes and dislikes or breaking misconceptions. The producers of State of the Re:Union would like to read your Dear City letter and have invited the members of West Virginia Writers, as well as any other resident of West Virginia, to submit such letters.

The producers of the program will be visiting our state in mid July to record stories by those writers whose letters are chosen. Some of those recordings will be broadcast as part of the program and will also be posted to their website. (Similarly, WV Writers will also be producing a podcast of telephone readings of such letters.)

If you have a letter you'd like to write to your town, here are the submission guidelines for State of the Re:Union.

  • People can feel free to be as creative as they'd like... the only constraint is to keep it under 400 words.
  • all the letters should start the same way with "Dear _____ [your town name here],” i.e. if you live in Parkersburg, you should start “Dear Parkersburg.”
  • Also, remember to refer to your home in the second person (You). We want these to sound like you're speaking directly to your home.
  • Letters can be sent to the show's producer, Tina Antolini, by email at:
Deadline for Dear City Letter submissions will be July 20.

Semi-separate from the above: If you would like to record your letter for use in a special WV Writers Dear City Letter podcast, you can do so via our voicemail hotline. To record your voicemail, just phone 304-661-9745. You will have 2:45 sec to record your dear city letter. If your letter runs longer, feel free to call back and record the rest. And if you mess up, just say 3…2… 1 and start where you left off; we can edit out the errors. Deadline for these will also be July 20.

Again, the podcast recording is separate from the State of the Re:Union submission process, so be sure to submit your letter to them at first. We do plan to allow the producer of the show to listen our voicemail recordings as well, but ours is not the official submission outlet.

Friday, July 2, 2010

Episode 36: Memories of Conferences More Recent 2010

For Episode 36, we speak again to our favorite resident of Memory Lane, Rhonda Browning White, concerning our Memories of Conferences More Recent 2010. In this, we talk about the most memorable parts for us of the 2010 WVW Summer Conference.

If you were unable to attend, this will give you some highlights.

(For more such memories, see our other Memories of Conferences Past episodes.)

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