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Lucy Jane Bledsoe and The Big Bang Symphony   Leave a comment

This Thursday, May 5th, at 5:00 pm (eastern) author Lucy Jane Bledsoe joins Merry Gangemi for a conversation about her new novel, The Big Bang Symphony.

A deftly structured feminist novel of Antarctica, The Big Bang Symphony, is confidently intelligent in tone, and delightfully complex. Its narrative is character-driven and Bledsoe’s characters are authentic, pragmatic, witty, at times too serious, but talented, grounded, and blessedly flawed.    

The Big Bang Symphony draws the reader into the world of McMurdo Station, a U. S. research base located just northeast of Mt. Erebus, on the southeast coast of the Ross Ice Shelf. There is adventure, mystery, and absurdity, and there is the majesty of Antarctica, its haunting emptiness and unforgiving environment a hologram, perfectly suited to reflect the indomitable forces which compel and sustain each woman’s search for what is true—even if that truth is the simple equivalent of what can be perceived as true.     

“Lucy Jane Bledsoe is the author of four novels, a collection of short fiction, a collection of narrative nonfiction, and six books for kids.  When she’s not writing, she’s sea kayaking in Alaska, backpacking in the Rockies, backcountry skiing in the Sierras, or biking the Berkeley/Oakland hills.

Lucy has traveled to Antarctica three times, as a two-time recipient of the National Science Foundation’s Artists & Writers in Antarctica Fellowship and once as a guest on the Russian ship, the Akademik Sergey Vavilov. She is one of a tiny handful of people who have stayed at all three American stations in Antarctica. She has also stayed in a number of field camps, both on the coast and in the Transantarctic mountains, where scientists are studying penguins, climate change, and the Big Bang.” (source)

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

Katherine V. Forrest is Woman-Stirred   Leave a comment

This coming week on Thursday, March 10th, at 5:00, Merry Gangemi welcomes Katherine V. Forrest to Woman-Stirred Radio. Forrest is the iconic lesbian author of the Kate Delafield mystery series: Handcock Park (2004); Sleeping Bones (1999); Apparition Alley (1997); Liberty Square (1996); Murder by Tradition (1991); The Beverly Malibu (1989); Murder at the Nightwood Bar (1987); and Amateur City (1984). Forrest’s classic lesbian novels have enjoys an enduring readership and many are now being re-released by Bella Books and Spinster’s Ink.

At a time when lesbians began to claim space and visibility for their creative work, Forrest’s imaginative re-vision of the lesbian novels entertained and inspired thousands of lesbians everywhere, offering alternate narratives that explored lesbian-feminist alternatives to pathelogical portraits of lesbians depicted by books such as Radclyffe Hall’s Well of Loneliness (1928), and the plethora of lesbian pulp fiction published in the 1950s and 1960s.

So join us this Thursday, March 10th at 5pm (eastern) for an interesting and informative interview with Katherine V. Forrest.
WGDR broadcasts live every Thursday from 4 to 6pm (eastern) locally on WGDR Plainfield 91.1fm and online at

Woman-Stirred Radio is funded in part by Sinister Wisdom, a multi-cultural lesbian literary and arts journal in its 30th year of continuous publication.