Archive for April 2011

Judith Barrington is Woman-Stirred   Leave a comment

This week on Thursday, April 27, at 5:00 (eastern) I’m happy to welcome Judith Barrington to Woman-Stirred Radio. We’ll talk about her memoir, Lifesaving (Eighth Mountain Press, 2000), and her latest book of poems, Horses and the Human Soul (Story Line Press, 2004).

Judith Barrington is a poet and memoirist who has published three collections of poetry, a prize-winning memoir, and a text on writing literary memoir which is used all across the United States and in Australia and Europe. Her most recent poetry is collected in two new chapbooks, Postcard From the Bottom of the Sea and Lost Lands. 
Maxine Kumin writes that  Horses and the Human Soul “is lyrical,” and “her intelligence palpable throughout….” The Woman’s Review of Books tells us that Barrington “engages wittily with cultural differences…and gives a prominent place to what Elizabeth Bishop, of whom her writing sometimes reminds me, called ‘questions of travel.'” (source)  and her work has been compares to Elizabeth Bishop. Barbara Drake, reviewing the book for Calyx, writes: “These stunning poems find moral high ground in the world of nature and animals without falsifying that world.”
Barrington’s memoir, Lifesaving, won the Lambda Book Award and was a finalist for the PEN/Martha Albrand Award for the Art of the Memoir. She is a faculty member of the low-residency program at the University of Alaska at Anchorage. She offers workshops at many conferences and writing events in the U.S. as well as in England and Spain. Judith Barrington grew up in England and moved to the United States in 1976. She lives in Portland. (source)

So please tune in this Thursday, April 17th at 5:00 (eastern) for an interview with Judith Barrington.

Want to join the conversation? Call 802.454.7762. Woman-Stirred Radio broadcasts live every Thursday from 4 to 6 pm (eastern) on WGDR 91.1fm and WGDH 91.7fm. We also stream live at

Eileen Myles and Mark Kurlansky on Woman-Stirred Radio   Leave a comment

This Thursday April 21st, at 4:15 (eastern) on WSR, I am thrilled to welcome Mark Kurlansky, author of the fascinating and thought provoking Cod (Random House, 1999), and Salt (Penguin, 2003)
“Imagine a planet with orange oceans, toxic seawater, and marine life that consists almost solely of jellyfish. This may sound like science fiction, but it’s actually a realistic projection of what our world could become if we don’t take drastic measures to reverse the decline of fish populations” (source).

“Mark Kurlansky, beloved author of the award-winning bestseller Cod: A Biography of the Fish That Changed the World, offers a riveting new book for kids about what’s happening to fish, the oceans, and our environment, and what, armed with knowledge, kids can do about it. Written by a master storyteller, World Without Fish connects all the dots—biology, economics, evolution, politics” (source)

Then at 5:00 (eastern), I welcome Eileen Myles, enfant terrible of lesbian poets, to talk about her fast-paced, narrative Inferno

“I was completely stupefied by Inferno in the best of ways. In fact, I think I must feel kind of like Dante felt after seeing the face of God. My descriptive capacity just fails, gives way completely. But I can tell you that Eileen Myles made me understand something I didn’t before. And really, what more can you ask of a novel, or a poet’s novel, or a poem, or a memoir, or whatever the hell this shimmering document is? Just read it.” — Alison Bechdel

“What is a poem worth? Not much in America. What is a life worth? Inferno isn’t another ‘life of the poet,’ it’s a fugue state where life and poem are one: shameful and glorious. People sometimes say, ‘I came from nothing,’ but that’s not quite right. Myles shows us a ‘place’ a poet might come from, did come from––working class, Catholic, female, queer. This narrative journey somehow takes place in a moment, every moment, the impossible present moment of poetry.” – Rae Armantrout

“Zingingly funny and melancholy, Inferno follows a young girl from Boston in her descent into the maelstrom of New York Bohemia, circa 1968. Myles beautifully chronicles a lost Eden: ‘The place I found was carved out from sadness and sex and to write a poem there you merely needed to gather.’ ” — John Ashbery

“Eileen Myles debates her own self identity in a gruffly beautiful, sure voice of reason. Is she a ‘hunk’? A ‘dyke’? A ‘female’? I’ll tell you what she is––damn smart! Inferno burns with humor, lust and a healthy dose of neurotic happiness.” — John Waters

Need I say more? Just tune in. This should be really interesting and confounding to the point of enlightenment. 5:00 (eastern). Woman-Stirred Radio. WGDR and WGDH. Listen Live. Call the studio.

Joan Larkin is Woman-Stirred   Leave a comment

This Thursday, at 5:00 pm (eastern) on Woman-Stirred Radio, I’m thrilled to welcome poet and playwright, Joan Larkin. We’ll be talking about her collection My Body : New and Selected Poems (Hanging Loose, 2007), as well as some new unpublished work slated for a new chapbook.

Larkin, who has taught at Brooklyn, Sarah Lawrence, Goddard, and New England Colleges, was Distinguished Visiting Poet at Columbia College, Chicago, and Wichita State University.

Julie R. Enszer, in a review of My Body, writes:

“While Joan Larkin’s reputation as a poet extends well beyond the gay and lesbian community, her work has been published and nurtured by the small presses in the gay and lesbian community over the past thirty odd years….MY BODY: NEW AND SELECTED POEMS gathers Larkin’s newest poems with selections from three of her earlier books….Her new poems are expansive in the subject matter and their location in time and place, but they are grounded in the things that make poetry strong: images, new and startling observations like the consistence of a person’s ashes and the excavation of significant relationships–families, caregivers, lovers, and friends. Alone the new poems of MY BODY are bound to delight readers…. MY BODY is an important collection of Larkin’s work for both lovers of poetry and devotees of lesbian literature. It is also an important reminder of hte significance of our independent presses in nurturing and developing the literary talent in LGBT communities” (Enszer, 2007).

So please tune in, this Thursday, at 5:00 (eastern) for a fascinating discussion of the work of Joan Larkin. Listen locally at 91.1 and 91.7 fm, or stream us live at