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Art Works

Summer 2002

Radio series offers
intimate visits with writers

Program highlights

Mentor shares art and life

The creative mentor

The Griffin & the Minor Canon

Interview with David Selby

What is W;t about?

Quality arts education?

How can I help students in my
community get a quality arts

WV songwriters on new CD

Quilting the Sun: Journey of
a Play

Dance from your heart

New festival celebrates

“In Their Own Country” program highlights

September 17: Irene McKinney
In poems and stories, the poet laureate of West Virginia, who lives on the Barbour County land where she was born, warns us not to lose our connection with the natural world. Thought provoking and moving. Music by Bob Webb.

September 24: Denise Giardina
The McDowell County native traces the historical and theological threads that run through her novels and talks about humor, sex, theology and her run for governor. Various musicians.

October 1: Richard Currey
Currey shares intense readings from his novels and stories, including scenes of country musician calling his wife from the road and a medic cradling a dying soldier in Vietnam. Music by John Blisard.

October 8: Cynthia Rylant
Favorite stories and some real surprises, too, from a reclusive author who has quietly written more than a hundred wonderful books. Also: a charming duet with an eight-year-old Tucker County girl. Music by Robin Kessinger.

October 15: Keith Maillard
Outrageously sexy readings from a Marshall County native who teaches at the University of British Columbia in Canada. For his eight published novels, he made up a fictional town modeled on Wheeling. Music by Steve Hill.

October 22: Jayne Anne Phillips
First-rate advice about writing from a national award winner, along with stories inspired by family and community — and a few intense pieces that are definitely not from personal experience. Music by Bob Webb.

October 29: Sandra Belton
A warm visit with a deeply generous writer of children’s stories, including glimpses of 1950s segregated Beckley and readings from her popular Ernestine and Amanda series. Music by Tim Courts.

November 5: Pinckney Benedict
A controversial writer talks frankly about writing and himself, and shares stories of people struggling to keep their dignity against big odds, mixed with fast-paced, dark tales of giant hogs and drug lords. Music by Ron Sowell.

November 12: Breece D’j Pancake
Pancake plowed new territory for Appalachian writers with his searing, dark, brilliant stories. Readings from his letters and stories, mixed with discussion of his work by other writers and his biographer. Various musicians.

November 19: Maggie Anderson
The nationally praised poet and director of Kent State University’s writing program has advice for poets, stories and lively, far-ranging poems. Music includes that of a Connecticut composer specifically composed to accompany Anderson’s poems.

November 26: Stephen Coonts
A fast-paced, entertaining visit with West Virginia’s best-selling writer, along with readings from several of his techno-thrillers about international espionage and fighter pilots. Various musicians.

December 3: Marc Harshman
A nationally known children’s writer talks about poetry, politics and storytelling, and reads from his books, including one in which children come to terms with a lovable uncle who also happens to be alcoholic. Various musicians.

December 10: Davis Grubb
After his novel Night of the Hunter was made into a movie, Grubb became a celebrity. His dark stories often involve innocents battling danger and dangerous adults. Recorded interviews courtesy of the WV Library Commission. Various musicians.

December 17: Mary Lee Settle
Settle talks about doing the research that helps her bring history to life. Readings include scenes of a rebel in Cromwell’s England facing a firing squad and Mother Jones rallying miners on Cabin Creek. Various musicians.