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Elizabeth Oakes and Erin P. Finley on Woman-Stirred Radio   Leave a comment

This Thursday, June 30th, at 4:15, I welcome back poet Elizabeth Oakes to Woman-Stirred Radio to explore her new poetry collection, Mercy in the New World (Wind Publications, 2011). Her earlier collection, The Luminescence of All Things Emily, received wonderful reviews across the board, and Mercy in the New World lives up to her level of craft, insight, and imagery. Readers will not be disappointed!

The title plays well in its multiple meanings and references to her time and society.

Mercy in the New World, is a powerful narrative drawing on the life of Anne Bradstreet’s sister and the years following her arrival on the shores of the New World. The poems are contained and visual, yet evoke true emotion and powerful images of Mercy’s life. I am delighted to welcome Elizabeth Oakes back!

Then at 5:00 I welcome Erin P. Finley, author of Fields of Combat: Understanding PTSD among veterans of Iraq and Afghanistan. Since the beginning of the Iraq War, more than 120,000 soldiers have been diagnosed with post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), and the stories of these returning vets compel us to demand that the military make good on their promise to provide access to the resources and help these men and women need to heal, recover, and live the lives they want and need to live.  Erin P. Finley is a medical anthropologist with the Department of Veterans’ Affairs in Texas and through her research and fieldwork has compiled the profoundly powerful narratives of a group of veterans, their personal stories of war, and the difficulties and pitfalls of navigating their return home.

The impact of PTSD is merciless and rapacious, trapping veterans into a spire of depression, addiction, domestic violence, and suicide, but Finley challenges the prevailing contention that PTSD is incurable and permanently debilitating. In examining the cultural, political, and historical influences that formulate the individual experiences of U. S. Iraq and Afghanistan veterans, Finley articulates, not only how counterproductive actions and non-actions of the military, medical professionals, and our society-at-large amplify and complicate the problems, but also presents the good news of new and effective treatments have revolutionized how the VA provides care and treatment.

So tune in to Woman-Stirred Radio, locally at 91.1 and 91.7 fm or stream us live at WGDR and WGDH, Goddard College’s community radio stations. Want to join the conversations? Give us a call at 802 454 7762.
Questions? Email me at mgangemi@vtlink.net or go to facebook and post a question or comment.

Elizabeth Oakes and Lois Eby and Readers and Writers on Woman-Stirred Radio   Leave a comment

Tomorrow, Thursday, March 31st, at 4:15, I welcome back poet Elizabeth Oakes to Woman-Stirred Radio to explore her new poetry collection, Mercy in the New World (Wind Publications, 2011). Her earlier collection, The Luminescence of All Things Emily, received wonderful reviews across the board, and Mercy in the New World lives up to her craft, insight, and imagery. Readers will not be disappointed!
The title plays well in its multiple meanings and references to her time and society.

Mercy in the New World, is a powerful narrative drawing on the life of Anne Bradstreet’s sister and the years following her arrival on the shores of the New World. The poems are contained and visual, yet evoke true emotion and powerful images of Mercy’s life.

So please tune in at 4:15 for a wonderful discussion  of this wonderful book! Air studio phone is 802.454.7762 and we’d love to hear from you!

Crystal Zevom

Then at 4:45, we’ll have a phone call from  Crystal Zevon, (yup, as in Warren) and she’ll brief us on the new local Readers and Writers organization. The opening is at LACE in Barre and the line up for tomorrow’s readings is fabulous!
Readers and Writers is a new writers community space and rare book bookstore housed at LACE in Barre, VT and just a step away from SPA (Studio Place Arts) offering all of us another venue for Vermont’s stellar arts and letters community. The grand opening begins at 3:30 and wraps up with readings by local poets, including Christina Cook (NH poet laureate),  Ann Cardinal, Spencer Smith, your truly, and others.

Finally, I welcome artist extraordinaire Lois Eby, who will be live in the studio. Lois will talk about her Vermont Arts Council‘s Spotlight Gallery exhibit, which runs until April 27, 2011. Click HERE to view some of Lois Eby’s images. A busy show that I hope all will enjoy.  Want to join the conversation? Give us a call at 802.454.7762.

Woman-Stirred Radio broadcasts live from  4:00 :to 6:00 pm every Thursday on WGDR. You can tune in at 91.1 and 91.7 or stream us live at WGDR.org.