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The Road to Somewhere & All is Forgotten All is Forgiven :: James A. Reeves and Samantha Chang on Woman-Stirred Radio   Leave a comment

James A.Reeves joins Merry Gangemi this coming Thursday on Woman-Stirred Radio to talk about his new book: The Road to Somewhere (WW Norton, 2011), a pictorial and verbal memoir of an American man faced with the reality of how ambivalent and frenetic life in the United States has become. Reeves roads are not plotted or planned, he moves across post-9/11 America open and at times raw. “Sometimes,” he writes, “I feel jumpy, spooked by the few people that I pass when driving through shuttered small towns. The kids look wild, glaring at me and shouting at a red light. Skinny hard-bodied guys without shirts and chubby girls with cleavage spilling everywhere” (91).  Or, when he “hits the Pacific” he waits for the extraordinary or the profound,  “for one of those feelings you expect when you reach the ocean: the flash of insight that never arrives.” From under the boardwalk at the Santa Monica pier, Reeves takes “lousy art school photographs of shadows and water and light. Now here’s something: a fight. Fast and messy with hard rabbit punches and pulled hair and then it’s gone. People are always more interesting than nature” (345). The Road to Somewhere is a fascinating narrative of an American man determined to understand what it means to be a man.

James A. Reeves is a writer, educator, and designer. He attended the University of Michigan, Pratt Institute of Design, and Tulane Law School. He is a partner at Civic Center, an urban design studio, in New Orleans, where he lives.

So tune in this coming Thursday, November 10th, at 4:15 for a conversation with James A. Reeves about his photo memoir, The Road to Somewhere. Listen locally on WGDR 91.1 fm or WGDH 91.1 fm, or stream the show live at http://wgdr.org.

The at 5:00 (eastern), I welcome Lan Samantha Chang, director of the Iowa Writer’s Workshop. Samantha Chang’s novel, All Is Forgotten, Nothing Is Lost (WW Norton, 2010) has now been released in paperback. The novel is a story of friendship and poetry, of the commitments one makes to ambition and success, and of the seemingly innocuous “moments and petty decisions… that pass unnoticed…” and how it is that we “mysteriously and without consenting”collude with both the dark and threads threads of our own character, negotiating the minefields of lies or “deliberate untruths” and face “the subtle yet devastating ravages of regret, revelation, and time” (WWNorton). Set squarely and realistically within the universe of literary life, the novel will ring more than a few familiar bells.

Lan Samantha Change is the author of Hunger (1998) and Inheritance (2004) and had won The Wallace Stegner, and Truman Capote Fellowships at Stanford University; she was also a 2008 Guggenheim Fellow. Chang lives in Iowa City, where she is the director of the University of Iowa Writer’s Workshop.

 Merry’s interview with Samantha Change begins at 5:00 p.m. this coming Thursday, November 10th on Woman-Stirred Radio. You can listen live locally at WGDR 91.1fm and WGDH (91.7fm), or you can stream the interview live at http://wgdr.org.

Woman-Stirred Radio is a queer cultural journal that broadcasts live every Thursday afternoon on WGDR and WGDH, Goddard College‘s community radio stations. Woman-Stirred Radio is supported in part by Sinister Wisdom, the oldest lesbian journal of arts and letters, celebrating over 30 years of continuous publication.

Stella Duffy’s Theodora: Actress, Empress, Whore; and Joshua Cody’s [Sic] featured this week on Woman-Stirred Radio   Leave a comment

Stella Duffy

 This Thursday, November 3rd, at 4:15 (eastern), all the way from England,  Stella Duffy joins Merry Gangemi on Woman-Stirred Radio to discuss her bestselling historical novel, Theodora: actress, empress, whore (Penguin 2011). The novel, released in October tells the story of the young girl who began her life in 6th-century Byzantium and became one of the most powerful and progressive women of her age. Scholars believe Theodora was born between 479 and 510 AD. Her father was a bear trainer at the Hippodrome, the vast and sports center of Constantinople and the site of Theodora’s early career as and acrobat.



Duffy weaves a plausible, tapestry-like narrative, illuminating the smallest details of daily life in the first millenium after Christ’s death as well as each pinnacle and nadir of Theodora’s tumultuous, fascinating, and emotionally-rich life. 


Then at 5:00, Merry welcomes new York City-based composer and film maker,  Joshua Cody, whose memoir , [sic]  is about his three-year encounter with malignancy, in the form of a tumor in his neck, paints a landscape of the ordeal textured with irony,  self-deprecation, and insights lyrical and profound. Writer Nick Flynn finds the book “endlessly curious, genuinely funny, fiercely intelligent, and wonderfully perverse” (WWNorton). 


“Moving effortlessly between references to Don Giovanni and the Rolling Stones, Ezra Pound and Buffalo Bill”Cody’s memoir “is a mesmerizing, hallucinatory glimpse into a young man’s battle against disease and a celebration of art, language, music, and life” (WW Norton).


Listen to this week’s show Thursday, November 3rd, locally, at WGDR 91.1 or WGDH 91.7 fm, or stream us live at http://wgdr.org. Interviews begin at 4:15.


WGDR and WGDH are the community radio stations of Goddard College, Plainfield, VT. Woman-Stirred Radio is supported in part by Sinister Wisdom, the world’s oldest continuously-published lesbian journal of arts and letters, by grants from the Corporation for Public Broadcasting, Goddard College, and listeners like you.


Want to join the conversation? Call the air studio at 802.454.7762.

Stealing Angel and Wild Flavors Fly on Woman-Stirred Radio   Leave a comment

This week on Woman-Stirred Radio, I’m thrilled to welcome author Terry Wolverton and chef Didi Emmons! It’s WGDR’s fall fundraiser this week and Woman-Stirred Radio asks you to  help keep us on the air! Whatever you can give is appreciated… and for any donation over $25 some of the amazing books written by authors I’ve interviewed on the program. Call during the show for a list of titles. 802.454.7762.

At 4:15 Terry Wolverton comes online to talk about her new novel, Stealing Angel (Spinsters Ink, 2011). Layered within the emotional complexities of a broken relationship and the desire to protect a beloved child, Stealing Angel is a story of love and forgiveness that crosses boundaries of gender, race, and spiritual consciousness. Set in the exquisite beauty of Baja, Mexico, amidst a community of enlightenment, Maggie Saver and her daughter Angel find refuge, friendship, and acceptance. It’s a story that appeals to anyone who desires a world wherein love and kindness really do make a difference. Stealing Angel is a gem of GLBTQ fiction, relevent and insightful, another triumph for a writer who believes in the power of faith and transformation.

Terry Wolverton is the author of eight books including novels, poetry, and short fiction. She has taught creative writing for over twenty-five years and in 1997 founded Writers at Work, a creative writing center in Los Angeles. Wolverton is an associate faculty mentor at Antioch University, Los Angeles, and a certified instructor of Kindalini Yoga. Click here for her website.

Then at 5:00 (and this one’s sure to please listeners who practice sustainable agriculture and believe in the principles of 360 and Peak Oil), Merry welcomes Didi Emmons, Boston chef and author of Vegetarian Planet and Entertaining for a Veggie Planet. Her new book, Wild Flavors: One Chef’s Transformative year Cooking from Eva’s Farm, has just been released from Chelsea Green Publishing.

Through her marvelous collaboration and friendship with Massachusettes farmer, Eva Sommaripa, Emmons has compiled a cookbook that celebrates the simplicity of cooking with uncommon herbs, greens, and wild edibles—with her staff, she grows more than 200 of these on her farm on the Massachusettes coast.

This is more than a cookbook, however, Wild Flavors presents plant profiles and stories laced with “practical tips and tools for foraging, growing, and preparing seasonal fare” (GLP). It’s also an encylopedia of foods right at our fingertips—such as allium, lovage, rugosa rose, and cardoon—that might very well change the way you perceive the spaces around your garden and backyard.

So tune-in to Woman-Stirred Radio, Thursday, October 13th, 4 to 6 p.m. (eastern) for some delightful conversations with Terry Wolverton and Didi Emmons—programming that is sure to please. Want to join the conversatio? Call the air studio at 802.454.7762.

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The Old and the Young: Dr. Allen Teel and Guggenheim Fellow Eleanor Lerman on Woman-Stirred Radio   Leave a comment

Up first today on Woman-Stirred Radio, Dr. Allen Teel, a family physician from Damariscotta, ME, discusses his new book, Alone and Invisible No More, which examines alternative solutions to the growing problem of warehousing elder Americans. The book deals with solutions to the current trends of institutionalization and the prohibitive costs medical-based care generates. Former governor Howard Dean says the book “helps us understand the underlying social movement against ‘kicking seniors to the curb’ and serves “as a call to real action, not just reform of bureaucracy” (source).

Teel’s approach embraces the Maine Approach, which reconfigures care models around at-home care, using volunteers and technology to help seniors remain at home and among the families and communities they are comfortable with. Teel’s approach is intelligent and articulate, taking in the big picture of America’s flawed eldercare system and offering solutions and how to access resources already extant in our communities.

Then at 5:00, I’m delighted to welcome Eleanor Lerman, whose debut novel, Janet Panet is an intriguing portrait of a time when psychedelics and mystery drove thousands of American youth to the philosophical experiments of a generational guru and his journey of self-enlightenment.

The story revolves around a Carlos Castenada-like character who was an integral part of the revolutionary age of American youth. Through the eyes of Janet Planet, Lerman recreates a time of personal and social upheaval and the forces at play that laid the groundwork for the New Age philosophies of postwar and post-Vietnam America.

With skillful prose and sharp personal insight, Lerman’s Janet Planet brings to life a time and place in America where ideology and optimism worked together to forge new ways of thinking about ourselves, and laid the groundwork for the perceptions and ideas so many of us believed would actually change the world. The novel is a brilliant feminist statement of self-discovery and independence.

So tune in today, at 4:00 (eastern) to Woman-Stirred Radio, a queer cultural journal serving the global GLBTQ communities and bringing the finest in queer arts and letters to the airwaves. Listen locally at 91.1 and 91.7 fm, or stream us live at WGDR.org.

Want to join the conversation? Call the airstudio at 802.454.7762.

Casino Women on Woman-Stirred Radio   Leave a comment

This Thursday, at 5:00 (eastern), I welcome Susan Chandler PhD, co-author of Casino Women: Courage in Unexpected  Places, to Woman-Stirred Radio!

“Casino Women is a pioneering look at the female face of  corporate gaming. Based on extended interviews with maids, cocktail  waitresses, cooks, laundry workers, dealers, pit bosses, and vice  presidents, the book describes in compelling detail a world whose  enormous profitability is dependent on the labor of women assigned  stereotypically female occupations—making beds and serving food on the  one hand and providing sexual allure on the other. But behind the neon  lies another world, peopled by thousands of remarkable women who assert  their humanity in the face of gaming empires’ relentless quest for  profits.
The casino women profiled here generally fall into two  groups. Geoconda Arguello Kline, typical of the first, arrived in the  United States in the 1980s fleeing the war in Nicaragua. Finding work as  a Las Vegas hotel maid, she overcame her initial fear of organizing and  joined with others to build the preeminent grassroots union in the  nation—the 60,000-member Culinary Union—becoming in time its president.  In Las Vegas, “the hottest union city in America,” the collective  actions of union activists have won economic and political power for  tens of thousands of working Nevadans and their families. The story of  these women’s transformation and their success in creating a union able  to face off against global gaming giants form the centerpiece of this  book.
Another group of women, dealers and middle managers among  them, did not act. Fearful of losing their jobs, they remained silent,  declining to speak out when others were abused, and in the case of  middle managers, taking on the corporations’ goals as their own. Susan  Chandler and Jill B. Jones appraise the cost of their silence and  examine the factors that pushed some women into activism and led others  to accept the status quo” (source)

The book is inspiring and so well-crafted that readers will settle down with it and enjoy the backstories, personalities, history, and cold hard facts of what it’s like to be part of the global fantasy-world of corporate gaming.

Want to join the conversation? call the air-studio at 802.456.1630.

Amie Miller and Joan Opry on Woman-Stirred Today   Leave a comment

Today on Woman-Stirred Radio, Merry Gangemi welcomes Amie Klempnauer, author of She Looks Just Like You: A memoir of (non-biological lesbian) motherhood, and author Joan Opyr, whose brand-new Shaken and Stirred has just been released by Bywater Press.

Up first at 4:15 is Amie Klempnauer Miller, a development consultant to the public media industry. Miller’s work has appeared in Salon and in Brain, Child, and Greater Good, magazines.
There are thousands of books published about motherhood and parenting every year, but Miller’s, She Looks Just Like You, takes us into the world of lesbian child-bearing and parenting. As the non-biological mother of her daughter, Miller explores the experience of motherhood from and through multiple prisms of lesbian and straight concepts of parenthood and family. The book is engaging, unlike so many pedantic books that grate at one’s nerves or terrify the uninitiated, moving from personal experience to abstract notions of who we are as lesbians and mothers. Sometimes confident, anxious, expectant, and funny, the book is as delightful to read as it is important to the cultural memory of lesbian mother experience.

So tune in today, Thursday, July 21st at 4:15 for a serious but casual conversation about lesbian motherhood.

Want to join the conversation? Give us a call at 802.454.7762, or email me at merrygangemi@gmail.com.
Then at 5:00, I welcome Joan Opyr to talk about her fun and snappy new novel, Shaken and Stirred, which through credible characters and authentic experiences, examines the “absurdity and devotion that holds families together.” (press release)

“Sometimes I think my story is about addiction and adultery. Other times I think it’s about bad luck with the Avon lady. And not just one—one I could chalk up to chance. Two rotten Avon ladies feel more like a curse. (Shaken and Stirred).

So tune in to Woman-Stirred Radio, today from 4 to 6 p.m. (eastern), 91.1/91.7 fm on WGDR/WGDH, Goddard College’s community radio stations. To stream us live click HERE. Amie Miller at 4:15 and Joan Opry at 5:00. Air studio phone is 802.454.7762. Email questions to merrygangemi@gmail.com

Ray Korona of the Ray Korona Band Returns to Woman-Stirred Radio   Leave a comment

After a bit of a break so I could finish up by MFA at Vermont College of Fine Arts, it’s back in the saddle this week with one of my favorite quirky bands, Ray Korona, who will be on air this Thursday, January 27th at 4:15.

Pete Seeger says: “Wonderful songs! Ray Korona and band are great!” and a review in Fast Folk Musical Magazine reports: The concert hall was packed to hear Ray Korona perform a well rehearsed, balanced program… refreshingly new…. wonderfully perceptive and funny. The set flew by!(link).

Here are some pics of Pete Seeger with the Ray Korona Band. You can find out more about Ray by clicking HERE.

What is so important is the band’s commitment to social justice. Ray Korona writes folk and folk rock songs about working, the environment, peace and social justice (remember THAT concept??)  He is a founding member of the American Federation of Musicians Local 1000 Ray’s song, “Where Do We Go from Here?” sparked a New York Magazine cover story on the housing crisis’ impact on artists. 


Want to join the conversation? Tune in Thursday, January 27th at 4:15 and give us a call at 802.454.7762 or email a question/comment to me at mgangemi@vtlink.net.


Woman-Stirred Radio is a queer cultural journal broadcasting live every Thursday from the campus of Goddard College in Plainfield Vermont. Click HERE to listen live.