Episode #25: Alicia Ostriker this Friday, January 29th at 10 am PST

Join Rachelle as she talks with poet Alicia Ostriker:

Listen live: http://www.blogtalkradio.com/onword

Alicia Ostriker, twice a finalist for the National Book Award, has published 11 volumes of poetry, most recently No Heaven. Her most recent prose book is Dancing at the Devil’s Party: Essays on Poetry, Politics, and the Erotic. She has received awards and fellowships from the NEA, the Guggenheim and Rockefeller foundations, the Poetry Society of America, and the San Francisco State Poetry Center, among others. Ostriker lives in Princeton, NJ, is Professor Emerita of English at Rutgers University, and teaches in the low-residency Poetry MFA program of New England College.


Episode #24: Ray Gonzalez on January 22nd at 10 am PST

Join Rachelle as she talks with poet Ray Gonzalez

Friday, January 22nd at 10 am PST / 1 pm EST


Ray Gonzalez is the author of ten books of poetry including Cool Auditor. His other titles from BOA include Consideration of the Guitar: New and Selected Poems (2005); The Hawk Temple at Tierra Grande (2002), which won the 2003 Minnesota Book Award in Poetry; Cabato Sentora (1999); and The Heat of Arrivals (1996), winner of the 1997 PEN/Josephine Miles Book Award. He is the author of two books of nonfiction: Memory Fever (1999), a memoir about growing up in the Southwest, and The Underground Heart (2002), which received the 2003 Carr P. Collins/Texas Institute of Letters Award for the Best Book of Nonfiction. He is also the author of two books of short stories: The Ghost of John Wayne (2001) and Circling the Tortilla Dragon (2002). His poetry has appeared in the 1999, 2000, and 2003 editions of The Best American Poetry and in The Pushcart Prize: Best of Small Presses 2000. He is the editor of twelve anthologies, most recently No Boundaries: Prose Poems by 24 Poets. He has served as Poetry Editor of The Bloomsbury Review for twenty-five years and founded the poetry journal LUNA in 1998.  He received a Lifetime Achievement Award in Literature from the Border Regional Library Association in 2003 and is a Full Professor in the MFA Creative Writing Program at the University of Minnesota in Minneapolis.


Thanks to Chana Bloch for being on the show!

Thanks again to Chana Bloch for being on the show!

For more information, check out her website: www.chanabloch.com.

You can find Blood Honey on Amazon, or at Autumn House Press

Two notable reviews:



Online literary magazine, Persimmon Tree:




Episode #23: Chana Bloch on Friday, January 15th at 10 am PST

Join Rachelle as she talks with poet Chana Bloch!

Friday, December 18th at 10 am PST, 1 pm EST.

To listen live: http://www.blogtalkradio.com/onword

Chana Bloch is the author of four books of poems, most recently Mrs. Dumpty and – just published —  Blood Honey. She is co-translator of six books of Hebrew poetry, including the biblical Song of Songs, The Selected Poetry of Yehuda Amichai and his Open Closed Open, and — also published in 2009 — Hovering at a Low Altitude: The Collected Poetry of Dahlia Ravikovitch. Bloch is Professor Emerita of English Literature and Creative Writing at Mills College, where she taught for many years and directed the Creative Writing Program. She lives in Berkeley, and is Poetry Editor of www.persimmontree.org/, an online journal of the arts by women over sixty.


New Winter & Spring 2010 Schedule!

Happy New Year, everyone!

I’m excited to announce the new schedule for Winter & Spring 2010. See below:

  • January 15th Chana Bloch
  • January 22nd Ray Gonzalez
  • January 29th Alicia Ostriker
  • February 5th Richard Garcia
  • February 12th Dick Lourie
  • February 19th Ruth Forman
  • February 26th Matthew Shenoda
  • March 5th Kristin Naca
  • April 2nd William Archila

Looking forward,