Archive for April 2010

Poets Barbara Crooker & John Amen on Woman-Stirred Radio   Leave a comment

Today, Thursday April 29th Merry Gangemi welcomes Barbara Crooker and John Amen to Woman-stirred Radio.

Up first at 4:15 (eastern), Barbara will read and discuss poems from her new collection More, (C&R Press, 2010).

Barbara Crooker’s poems have been widely anthologized and published in national journals and magazines including: The Green Mountains Review, The Hollins Critic, The Christian Science Monitor, Smartish Pace, The Beloit Poetry Journal, Nimrod, The Denver Quarterly, The Tampa Review, Poetry International, The Christian Century, and America. She has won many awards, including the 2007 Pen and Brush Poetry Prize; the 2006 Ekphrastic Poetry Award; the 2004 WB Yeats Society of New York Award; and the 2003 Thomas Merton Poetry of the Sacred Award. Her book, Radiance, won the 2005 Word Press First Book competition and was a finalist for the 2006 Paterson Poetry Prize. Line Dance, released in 2008, won the 2009 Paterson Award for Literary Excellence. Her poetry has been read on the BBC, the ABC (Australian Broadcasting Company), and by Garrison Keillor on The Writer’s Almanac. She was a recent reader in the Poetry at Noon series at the Library of Congress.

Then at 5:00 John Amen returns to Woman-Stirred Radio, to talk about his At the Threshold of Alchemy (Pressa press, 2009) and More of me Disappears (Cross-Cultural Communications, 2005—-an interesting juxtaposition to Crooker’s new collection More).

Amen is the author of three collections of poetry: Christening the Dancer (Uccelli Press 2003), More of Me Disappears (Cross-Cultural Communications 2005), and At the Threshold of Alchemy (Presa 2009), and has released two folk/folk rock CDs, All I’ll Never Need and Ridiculous Empire (Cool Midget 2004, 2008). His poetry has appeared in Rattle, The New York Quarterly, The International Poetry Review, Gargoyle, and Blood to Remember. He is also an artist, working primarily with acrylics on canvas. Amen travels widely giving readings, doing musical performances, and conducting workshops. He founded and continues to edit the award-winning literary bimonthly, The Pedestal Magazine (

So please tune in (91.1 in central VT) or stream Woman-Stirred Radio us live at WGDR. Barbara Crooker at 4:15; John Amen at 5:00. If you want to join the conversation call the air studio at 802.454.7762.

Elizabeth Bradfield Approaches Ice and Glows   1 comment

This Thursday on Woman-Stirred Radio, April 22nd, at 5:00 (eastern), please join Merry Gangemi in welcoming back Elizabeth Bradfield, author of Interpretive Work (Arktoi, 2008), and a new collection of poems, Approaching Ice.

The poems in Approaching Ice “are adventures in far more than subject matter. Their themes, to be sure, involve risk and stoicism, the testing of the will and the spirit needed to confront icy wastes” (Eavan Boland).

“How I hate,” Bradfield writes through the voice of Lynne Cox, the intrepid cold water swimmer, “the thoughtlessness of breath on land, the arms/ that pull me to my awkward vertical,/ the language anchored/—-even here—-/ to the wet shore” (96).

Elizabeth Bradfield grew up in Tacoma, Washington. She holds an MFA from the University of Alaska, Anchorage, is a former Wallace Stegner Fellow, and lives on Cape Cod. She works as a naturalist.

So please tune in or stream us live, this Thursday, April 22nd at 5:00 (eastern), on WGDR.

Posted 21/04/2010 by Merry Gangemi in Uncategorized

Some thoughts on Julie R. Enszer’s new collection of poems, Handmade Love   Leave a comment

Last Thursday, April 1st, I interviewed my friend Julie R. Enszer, on Woman-Stirred Radio. We talked about her sweet (as in very cool) new book, Handmade Love, published this year by A Midsummer Nights Press.

I first met Julie through the Woman-Stirred blog and over the years I have come to respect and love her brilliance, her poetry, her essays, and ability to multitask like no one I’ve ever known!

Handmade Love is a precious book. Taken as a whole, it is a compelling narrative of life in what I identify as post-Stonewall post-feminist America. Julie’s voice is both lyrical and direct; her eye keenly tuned, compassionately turned inward and outward, both at the same time. Some of these poems take my breath away; some shock me, and others are so honest and tender, one can feel the pull, the pain, and the celebration of who we all are as women… queer or lesbian, bi or questioning, transgendered or intersexed. There is wisdom and warning; invitations and dares. But through it all there is Julie Enszer’s passionate feminism and, well, love of who she is and who we are collectively.

The book itself is beautifully bound. In my hand it feels special and personal. It’s a book to slip into your pocket and take out to indulge in the erotic wonders of lesbian life…without the sugarcoating, without the facades, without anything but a cold-eyed honesty both of herself and her world.

Julie’ holds an MFA from the University of Maryland, Her work has been widely published and anthologized. She is currently working on her PhD in women’s studies at the the University of Maryland.

Handmade Love: Julie R. Enszer   Leave a comment

Today on Woman-Stirred Radio, welcomes Julie R. Enszer back to talk about  Handmade Love, a fabulous first collection of poems. Julie’s work speaks volumes about culture and life in this post-9/11 America. With a decidedly queer slant, Enszer’s Handmade Love is a world unto itself, funny, clamorous, wistful, dead-eyed and right on.

“From demonstrations on the street to bedroom ramps, these smart and sexy poems interweave narrative and lyrical moments with the political and the sensuous” (MNP).

A consummate lesbian-feminist, Julie Enszer brings to the page a fierce sense of justice and pragmatism. her work has been published in, among others: Room of One’s Own, Long Shot, Feminist Studies, Bridges, So to Speak, Suspect Thoughts, and Windy City Times.

So please join Merry Gangemi and Woman-Stirred Radio for what promises to be a fantastic hour with Julie R. Enszer, today, Thursday, April 1st at 5:00 pm (eastern).

Posted 01/04/2010 by Merry Gangemi in Uncategorized