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Paul Wilkes and Christine Stark this Week on WSR   Leave a comment

This week’s show will be an interesting juxtaposition: Paul Wilkes, author of The Art of Confession, and Christine Stark, author of Nickels, which has been nominated for a Lambda Literary Award.

Wilkes talks about confession with a small c, and Stark offers us the experience of dissociation and the relentless inner dialogue that plagues survivors.  What is a common thread? Both Wilkes and Stark explore processes of explaining and changing our behaviors. Of finding a meaningful and accessible means to tell our stories—not apologize—but tell the tale without the slant. Both search for truth.

Paul Wilkes

4:15 interview is with Paul Wilkes, whose new book The Art of Confession (Workman, 2012) has attracted very good reviews and for good reason. Wilkes has written a book that is unassuming, sage, and most informative.

“Confession,” Wilkes writes, “is a conversation with ourselves…..and strips away the veil that we often cast over our actions, realigning our souls with what is best and truest in our natures” (x). The Art of Confession walks us through the chapters that unpack apology versus confession, the origins of confession, the birth of conscious and other aspects of confession that enrich and enhance our lives.

Drawing on traditions “as old as ancient Greece and as modern as psychotherapy, as diverse as Judaism, Buddhism, and Christianity,” Wilkes presents the practice of daily confession “contemporary, relevant, universal—and vital” (WP).

So please join us at 4:15 for an interview with Paul Wilkes and if you want to join the conversation, call the air studio at: 802.454.7762, or email your questions to merrygangemi@gmail.com.

Then at 5:00, I welcome Christine Stark to WSR. We’ll discuss her book Nickels: a tale of dissociation (Modern History Press, 2012), which is stunning in its raw, bold narrative as it recounts and details the extraordinary inner experience of dealing with childhood sexual and one of its common burdens, dissociation.

Christine Stark

The story tells of little “Miss So-and-So” whose father gives her a nickel every time he sexually assaults her. But this is more than a “story” because the emotional engagement with the text is profound and present. The veracity of the narrative penetrates the language, tenacity, and intelligence of the author. It’s a tough book to read but it is worth every syllable.

Christine Stark’s work has been published widely in periodicals and anthologies. A 2009 Pushcart nominee (fiction) and was awarded a 2010 Loft Mentorship in creative non-fiction. She teaches writing at metropolitan State University and Normandale Community College.

So tune in or stream us live this Thursday, April 5th, on Woman-Stirred Radio. Interviews begin at 4:15. And as always, if you want to join the conversation, the air studio phone is 802.454.7762 or email your questions: merrygangemi@gmail.com.

Woman-Stirred Radio is underwritten by Sinister Wisdom, celebrating 35 years of  lesbian-feminist arts and letters. Woman-Stirred Radio broadcasts live on WGDR 91.1 fm and WGDH 91.7 fm, Goddard College‘s community radio station located in Plainfield, Vermont. 

Posted 04/04/2012 by Merry Gangemi in Uncategorized

Marianela Medrano-Marra on Taino culture and poetry : : Crescent Dragonwagon on Bean by Bean   Leave a comment

Marianela Medrano

This week on Woman-StirredRadio,visiting scholar Marianela Medrano takes time from herresidency schedule at Goddard College totalk to Merry Gangemi about Tainoculture, poetry, colonialism, and the feminine divine. Our conversationmoves from Taino cosmology, to colonialism, and on through poetry, the power oflanguage, the caveats and crevasse of racism and cultural imperialism, to thehealing power of self-knowledge and artistic expression.

 
Ruth Farmer,program director of Goddard’s MA in Individualized Study,explains: “In her essay, “The Ciguapa Speaks:Dominican Women in the 21st Century,” Marianela points out thatthere needs to be ‘a resurgence of both feminine and masculine consciousness.’She explains that this resurgence would lead ‘the feminine” to recover from“the dullness and fatality through which history has presented her’ and ‘theconsciousness’ would be ‘stripped of its aggressive mask,’” a perspective whichunderscores and embraces the responsibility and opportunity of both women andmen to instigate and implement social and cultural change. But changes comefrom an integrated understanding of who we are and how our origins, our rootsboth nourish and challenge us to learn about and value the inter-dependent relationshipsbetween our physical, intellectual, and spiritual selves—an integrated view oflearning and knowing.
MarianelaMedrano-Marra is a Dominicanwriter, poet, and a psychologist in private practice, and is the author of Diodesde la Yuca, (Torremozas, 2011), and Curada de Espartos (2002).Sheholds a PhD in psychology and is a Licensed Professional Counselor andCertified Poetry Therapist. She works as a consultant and has a psychotherapyprivate practice in Connecticut. Medrano-Marra has earned fellowships from the Connecticut Commissionon the Arts and the Center for The Divine Feminine at the Institute of Transpersonal Psychology.
The interviewwith Marianela was recorded on Sunday, February 19th, in the studio of WGDR. Youcan post your comments below or email to merrygangemi@gmail.com.
Crescent Dragonwagon
Then at 5:00, I’mdelighted to welcome the inimitable CrescentDragonwagon, whose latest cookbook, Beanby Bean hit the stores just last week, on February 13th.  
Crescent Dragonwagonis the James Beard Award-winning authorof seven cookbooks, including DairyHollow House Soup & Bread Cookbook, Passionate Vegetarian, and TheCornbread Gospels.
Dragonwagon, who calls herself a Southern Yankee, is a NewYorker (the daughter of writer-editor Charlotte Zolotow and the late Maurice Zolotow, who was Marilyn Monroe’s firstbiographer). Dragonwagon spent 36 years in Eureka Springs, Arkansas, where she “ladledup beans and sliced skillet-sizzled cornbread for the masses—including Secretaryof State Hillary, former president Bill Clinton, Betty Friedan, and thatsmooth-cheeked crooner Andy Williams.
Beans are serious nourishment; they are also highlyeconomical, and while often considered a poor man’s fare, are quite chicthese days, featured prominently on the menus of many of the world’s finestrestaurants.

Beans can be curry, chili, stew, soup, or salad. They can start ameal or finish it in the guise of bread, appetizers, crepes, cake, ice cream,and even candy. Beans are chockfull of protein, fiber, vitamins, omega-3 fats,calcium, potassium, zinc, and more.  They nourish the soil and have made their mark in fairy tales and folklore (good old Jackand his beanstalk!); and bean carbohydrates have been found to improve thestability of blood sugar levels in diabetics.

The monastic followers of Pythagorusthought humans traveled through the stems of bean plants to reach Hades, wherethey were transmogrified for their next lives—and don’t forget those notableRoman surnames: Cicero (chickpea), Fabius (fava), Piso (pea),
and Lentullus (lentil).

Bean by Bean is a beautiful book, filled with more than 175 recipes, as well as how to pick and preserve the little legumes. Crescent Dragonwagon rocks!

So please join us Thursday, February 23rd from 4 to 6 p.m. (eastern), for another broadcast of Woman-Stirred Radio. Want to join the conversation? Call the air studio at 802 454 7762 or email merrygangemi@gmail.com.

Woman-Stirred Radio is underwritten by Sinister Wisdom, celebrating 35 years of  lesbian-feminist arts and letters. Woman-Stirred Radio broadcasts live on WGDR 91.1 fm and WGDH 91.7 fm, Goddard College‘s community radio stations located in Plainfield, Vermont.

Posted 23/02/2012 by Merry Gangemi in Uncategorized

Stacy Pershall on Woman-Stirred Radio This Week   Leave a comment

Stacy Pershall

This week on Woman-Stirred Radio, at 5:00 p.m.,  author Stacy Pershall visits with Merry Gangemi to talk about her memoir, Loud in the House of Myself, published last year by W.W. Norton, and re-released, in paperback, last month.Hailing from Prairie Grove, Arkansas, Pershall grew up in the 1970s, the decade of Vietnam, Watergate, Kent State, and Janet Jackson, when the average starting salary was $7,600.00 and the national debt only $382 billion.

From her life as a Jesus freak to a belly dancer and writer in New York City, Loud in the House of Myself, is a narrative of being different, brilliant, and wack-a-doo—all at the same time.

Pershall’s voice is bold, wry, and her behavior, at times, is comical. But it is not light reading. Loud in the House of Myself is a deeply insightful and existential, a well-crafted memoir which brings the reader, like Dante on his metaphoric journey through Hell, down and back again from the harsh difficulties of mental illness. Loud in the House of Myself is also a map and thesaurus of the emotional intelligence needed to understand oneself, and of the fierce, successful determination to take back control of one’s life.

Stacy Pershall describes herself as having a body “made… of color and light.” Her skin “is made of lightning bolts, robots, rockets, cats, the Bride of Frankenstein, Laurie Anderson quotes.” Her tattoos remind her of “who I am and what I’m made of, and the unfilled lines of a work in progress.”

Stacy Pershall lives in New York City and holds an MFA in new media art from the University of Cincinnati. She is a member of the Active Minds Speakers Bureau, and lectures widely on issues of mental health, body modification, and bullying.

Want to join the conversation? Call the air studio at 802.456.1630.

So please tune in to Woman-Stirred Radio—or stream us live at http://wgdr.org.

Woman-Stirred Radio is underwritten by Sinister Wisdom, celebrating 35 years of  lesbian-feminist arts and letters. Woman-Stirred Radio broadcasts live on WGDR 91.1 fm and WGDH 91.7 fm, Goddard College‘s community radio station located in Plainfield, Vermont. 


Posted 08/02/2012 by Merry Gangemi in Uncategorized

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This week on Woman-Stirred Radio, I am delighted to welcome back Pulitzer prize winner  John Matteson, author of Outcasts in Eden. His new biography, The Lives of Margaret Fuller has already garnered critical acclaim. (New York Times Book Review January 22, 2012)

Fuller, the most famous American feminist writer and thinker of her generation, wrote literary and social commentary for Horace Greeley and was the very first foreign correspondent for an American newspaper. She is also the author of the first great work of American feminism, Women in the Nineteenth Century.

The eldest of her family, Fuller was born in Massachusetts in 1810 and under the stern tutelage of her father was known as a prodigy:  “it should be emphasized that she enjoyed this role and, at least by the time she was eight, was not being compelled to fill her mind with Latin and Greek grammar entirely against her will” (23).

A difficult personality, whose intellectual brilliance outpaced her emotional development, Fuller established friendships with men who fired her imagination and love of learning. She was also condescending and suffered for it, but learning, as she matured, that she could “take the ordinary hopes and feelings of those she favored and to raise them to a height of poetic beauty and importance” (72).

She made friends with Emerson, taught with Bronson Alcott at his innovative Boston school, and later, in Europe, met Elizabeth Barrett Browning and George Sand.

While living in Europe, Fuller fell in love with an Italian nobleman, Giovanni Angelo Ossoli, and bore his son. In 1848, Fuller joined the fight for Italian independence and reported on the war while caring for the wounded within range of enemy cannon. Margaret Fuller was, in short, no slouch.

So please join me this Thursday, January 26th at 5:00, for a wonderful discussion with John Matteson about the fascinating Margaret Fuller.

Want to join the conversation? Don’t be shy! Call the air studio at 802.454.7762. Woman-Stirred Radio is underwritten by Sinister Wisdom, celebrating 35 years of  lesbian-feminist arts and letters. Woman-Stirred Radio broadcasts live on WGDR 91.1 fm and WGDH 91.7 fm, Goddard College‘s community radio station located in Plainfield, Vermont.

Woman-Stirred Radio is underwritten by Sinister Wisdom, celebrating 35 years of  lesbian-feminist arts and letters. Woman-Stirred Radio broadcasts live on WGDR 91.1 fm and WGDH 91.7 fm, Goddard College‘s community radio station located in Plainfield, Vermont.

Posted 25/01/2012 by Merry Gangemi in Uncategorized

JD Glass and Robin Bernstein on Woman-Stirred Radio   Leave a comment

This Thursday, January 12th, Merry Gangemi welcomes queer writer JD Glass, and scholar Robin Bernstein, to Woman-Stirred Radio.

First up, at 4:15 JD Glass, whose novels include Punk Like Me, Red Light, X, American Goth, and Core. A post-postmodern novelist, Glass’s work explores and dissects the complex interstices between queer culture and the rapidly evolving digital world. Her work is gritty, iconic, and driven by unrepentant honesty and sharply cynical wisdom.

JD Glass reading at Bent Pages

In the literary traditions of Sara Schulman and Eileen Myles, JD Glass is steadily making her mark on the NY and national literary scene. We’ll talk trends, changes, and technology; personalities, politics, and I hope, the fast evolving notions of God in the queer universe.

A Lambda Literary nominee, JD Glass is the author of more than five novels and lives in Staten Island. When she’s not writing or working an an EMT in NYC, she plays music with her rock and roll band.

Jd’s interview begins at 4:15 (eastern) and the air studio # is 802.454.7762. Give us a call if you want to join the conversation.

Then at 5:00, I welcome Robin Bernstein, associate professor of African and African American studies and studies of women, gender, and sexuality at Harvard University, to Woman-Stirred Radio to talk about her new book Racial Innocence: Performing American Childhood from Slavery to Civil Rights ((NYU, 2011).

In Racial Innocence, Bernstein examines the concept of childhood innocence and its construct, enforcement, and insinuation into U.S. society and culture.

Robin Bernstein

Using archival photos, books, toys, theatrical props, and household items and memorabilia, Bernstein narrates a fascinating and deeply disquieting analysis of  of how, in the context of Black experience of childhood, “‘scriptive things’… invite or prompt historically-located practices while allowing for resistance and social improvisation…. Throughout Racial Innocence, Bernstein shows how ‘innocence’ gradually became the exclusive province of white children— until the Civil Rights Movement
succeeded not only in legally desegregating public spaces, but in culturally desegregating the concept of childhood itself” (NYU).

So please join Merry Gangemi, JD Glass, and Robin Bernstein, this Thursday, January 12th from 4 to 6 pm on Woman-Stirred Radio. Interviews begin at 4:15.  Want to join the conversation? Call the air studio at 802.454.7762 or email your questions to merrygangemi@gmail.com.

Woman-Stirred Radio is a queer cultural journal that broadcasts live every Thursday afternoon from 4 to 6 pm (eastern). You can listen locally at 91.1 fm and 91.7 fm, or you can stream us live at http://wgdr.org.


Woman-Stirred Radio is underwritten by listeners’ contributions and by Sinister Wisdom, the oldest lesbian journal of arts and letters, celebrating 35 years.



Posted 11/01/2012 by Merry Gangemi in Uncategorized

Sally Bellerose is Woman-Stirred   Leave a comment

Sally Bellerose

This Thursday, January 5th, at 4:15 (eastern), I am delighted to welcome author Sally Bellerose, whose new novel, The Girls Club, has garnered great reviews—and deservedly so. 


Joan Nestle, author and co-founder of the Lesbian Herstory Archives, (now permanently located in Brooklyn, New York), says Sally Bellerose “is one of our finest writers” and “gives us this best yet portrait of a working class lesbian coming out in the early 70s.” 


The Girls Club is well-paced, the dialogue authentic and witty. The novel is engaging, realistic, fun, and wrenching, as the narrative opens numerous windows into the mind and character of the book’s main protagonist, Cora Rose, as she copes with her Catholic upbringing, two wild older sisters, a wacky but lovable extended family, and the eventual surety of her identity as a lesbian. 


As for so many women who came out in the early days of the Gay Rights Movement (and even more so pre-Stonewall), Cora Rose’s journey of discovery takes many turns and twists, replete with an obsessive fascination (with women), marriage, children, and the dykes downstairs. 


So please join us this Thursday, January 5th at 4:15 for a lively and interesting conversation with Sally Bellerose.


And at 5:00, special guest Denise Evans Durkin joins us to talk about the creative process, the poet’s life, and her new manuscript.




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

Woman-Stirred Radio is underwritten by Sinister Wisdom, celebrating 35 years of  lesbian-feminist arts and letters. Woman-Stirred Radio broadcasts live on WGDR 91.1 fm and WGDH 91.7 fm, Goddard College‘s community radio station located in Plainfield, Vermont.


Posted 04/01/2012 by Merry Gangemi in Uncategorized

Today’s show cancelled   Leave a comment

Well, it happens to the best of us. For the next few days I will be in-patient while the doc drive me crazy and run all sorts of tests on my endocrine system…. I’ll be back in the saddle as soon asI can!

Thanks for all your support and your continued support of Woman-Stirred Radio.

-Merry Gangemi

Posted 22/09/2011 by Merry Gangemi in Uncategorized