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Jackie Merrill and Catherine Johnson are from Spellbinders – a non-profit dedicated to restoring the art of oral storytelling to connect elders to youth, weaving together the wisdom of diverse cultures throughout time.

http://www.spellbinders.org/

Michael Lionstar

Jenny Offill is the author of three children’s books and co-editor of two non-fiction anthologies. Her first novel Last Things (1999) was a New York Times Notable book and a finalist for the L.A Times First Book Award. Her second novel is called Dept. of Speculation. She teaches in the MFA programs at Brooklyn College, Columbia University and Queens University.

Interview: Alan Fletcher

May 7, 2014
Roger Adams

  When the Aspen Music Festival and School opens for the summer on June 18th it will be the start of the 66th season of classical concerts and performances.  Year over year, the festival has featured well-known conductors, composers and musicians and paired many of them with students.  Some of those students have gone on to become world renown and then return to Aspen for the summer to teach the next generation.  For audiences the festival offers hundreds of performances.  Alan Fletcher is the president and CEO of the Aspen Music Festival and School he spoke about the summer’s events with A

Rachel Kushner’s second novel, The Flamethrowers, was a finalist for the 2013 National Book Award, shortlisted for the 2014 Folio Prize, longlisted for the 2014 Baileys Women’s Prize for Fiction, and a New York Times bestseller and Top 10 Book of 2013. Her debut novel, Telex From Cuba, was a finalist for the 2008 National Book Award and the Dayton Literary Peace Prize, winner of the California Book Award, and a New York Times bestseller and Notable Book. Kushner is the only writer ever to be nominated for a National Book Award in Fiction for both a first and second novel. Her fiction and essays have appeared in The New York Times, The Paris Review, The Believer, Artforum, Bookforum, Fence, Bomb, and Grand Street. She is the recipient of a 2013 Guggenheim Fellowship. www.rachelkushner.com

Stephen Harris (aka "Haggis") of Mt. Sinai Medical School. Harris was a bassist with the heavy metal bandThe Cult in the 80s, a painter and rock climber in the 90s and is now a documentary filmmaker and third year medical student at Mt. Sinai in NYC. Part 1 of 2.

A Democracy of Poets

Apr 29, 2014
Roger Adams

Welcome to a special program for National Poetry Month.  

There are a lot of poets in the Roaring Fork Valley.  They are writing and performing their poetry regularly with help from the Aspen Poet’s Society, which holds monthly live poetry readings. 

Now the society has published its first book; an anthology of poems by locals and poets who have visited and read their work here.  The book is – A Democracy of Poets: Poems of the Roaring Fork Valley and Beyond

Joining us is Kim Nuzzo one of the editors and also a co-founder of the Aspen Poet’s Society.   APR’s Roger Adams and Nuzzo discuss the work of ten poets whose work is in the book.  

Jane Smiley writes novels, non-fiction and essays. Her novel A Thousand Acres won the Pulitzer Prize and the National Book Critics Circle Award in 1992.   In 2001 she was inducted into the American Academy of Arts and Letters. She received the PEN USA Lifetime Achievement Award for Literature in 2006.  Her most recent novel for adults is Private Life and her most recent young adult fiction is a series called The Horses of Oak Valley Ranch.  She lives in Northern California.

Angie Callen is the Executive Director of Aspen's Red Brick Center for the Arts (Aspen Public Radio's landlord). Angie talks about all the changes to the facility and the programs, including what's coming this summer.

http://www.aspenart.org/

Chilean author Isabel Allende won worldwide acclaim when her bestselling first novel, The House of the Spirits, was published in 1982. In addition to launching Allende’s career as a renowned author, the book, which grew out of a farewell letter to her dying grandfather, also established her as a feminist force in Latin America’s male-dominated literary world.

She has since written nearly 20 more works, including Of Love and Shadows, Eva Luna, Stories of Eva Luna, The Infinite Plan, Daughter of Fortune, Portrait in Sepia, a trilogy for young readers (City of Beasts, Kingdom of the Golden Dragon, and Forest of Pygmies), Zorro, Ines of My Soul, Island Beneath the Sea, and Maya’s Notebook. Books of nonfiction include Aphrodite, a humorous collection of recipes and essays, and three memoirs: My Invented Country, Paula (a bestseller that documents Allende’s daughter’s illness and death, as well as her own life), and The Sum of Our Days. Her latest book is Ripper, a crime novel.

www.isabelallende.com

Preview: Hudson Reed Ensemble

Apr 21, 2014
Roger Adams

Before we know it summer will be here when Aspen comes alive with all manner of performance; from intellectual lectures to classical music and theater.  The Hudson Reed Ensemble is already preparing for the season, which will include the Harold Pinter play; Betrayal a return of the beat poets and as it has done for years, Shakespeare in the Park.  This year Shakespeare will come inside because the Galena Plaza will be under renovation.  Kent Reed is the ensemble’s artistic director.  He spoke with APR’s Roger Adams.  

Listen to the radio version interview here:

  

APR Special: Aspen Film Screenwriters Panel

Apr 18, 2014
Aspen Film

Writing for the Screen: How to Create Characters and Keep Your Friends

What's the creative core of every film and TV story? The script. Once again, in partnership with the Writers Guild Foundation, we're delighted to present an entertaining discussion with a talented group of award-winning writers whose collective experiences cover television and film, comedy and drama. How are story and series ideas created? How do writers find their characters and motivations? What are the unique aspects and challenges of writing for film or television? Join us for a spirited and illuminating conversation with an engaging set of screenwriters. Participants confirmed at press time: Peter Blake (Elementary, House M.D.), Craig Borten (Dallas Buyers Club), and David Pollock (M*A*S*H).

Special thanks to Nancy Wall + Charles Wall

More about Aspen Film at http://aspenfilm.org/

Featured Poets

Apr 15, 2014
Roger Adams

  Welcome to a special program for National Poetry Month.  

Centuries after the Greeks celebrated poetry readings as part of the original Olympics, poetry is alive, well and thriving.  From the classics to hip-hop and slam, people are writing and reading poetry everyday.  Poems, like little word pictures say so much in so few words. 

Thanks to the Aspen Poet’s Society the spoken word is heard year round at monthly live poetry readings.  One of the highlights of these monthly live poetry readings is a featured poet; sometimes local poets other times poets visiting to read their work.

Kristen Brock Hires

Jamie Quatro’s debut collection, I Want To Show You More is a New York Times Notable Book, NPR Best Book of 2013, Indie Next pick, and New York Times Editors’ Choice. It was named a Top 10 Book of 2013 by Dwight Garner in the New York Times and a Favorite Book of 2013 by James Wood in The New Yorker.  Quatro’s work has appeared in Tin House, Ploughshares, The Kenyon Review, McSweeney’s, AGNI, The New York Times, The New York Times Book Review, and elsewhere. She is the recipient of fellowships from Yaddo and The MacDowell Colony, as well as 2013 fellowships from both the Bread Loaf and the Sewanee Writers’ Conferences. Her stories are anthologized in the O.Henry Prize Stories 2013 and in the 9th edition of The Story and Its Writer (ed. Ann Charters, forthcoming). Quatro holds graduate degrees from the College of William & Mary and the Bennington College Writing Seminars, and is a Contributing Editor at Oxford American magazine. She lives with her family in Lookout Mountain, Georgia. www.jamiequatro.com

Nancie Battaglia

Russell Banks is the author of more than a dozen works, which include poetry, short stories, novels and essays.  His novels Cloudsplitter and Continental Drift were finalists for the Pulitzer Prize.  The Sweet Hereafter and Affliction were made into feature films.  His latest work is a short story collection called A Permanent Member of the Family.  Banks is the recipient of numerous literary awards, is a member of the American Academy of Arts and Letters.  He lives in Keene, New York and Miami, Florida.

Laura Thielen and George Eldred of Aspen Film on this year's Shortsfest. The festival runs April 8-13 in Aspen and Carbondale.

http://www.aspenfilm.org/index.php/events/aspen-shortsfest

Leta Warner

Maria Semple is the author of This One Is Mine and Where’d You Go Bernadette. Before turning to fiction, she wrote for Mad About You, Ellen, and Arrested Development. Her writing has appeared in The New Yorker. She lives in Seattle. http://www.mariasemple.com/

The Aspen Institute's Great Books Series senior moderators Pete Thigpen and Todd Breyfogle discuss why these ideas are so important in our society.

http://www.aspeninstitute.org/events/2014/01/29/great-books-series

Heather Kraft

Ethan Rutherford was born in Seattle, and now lives in the Midwest. His stories have appeared or are forthcoming in Ploughshares, One Story, American Short Fiction, New York Tyrant, Esopus, Five Chapters, and The Best American Short Stories. His work has received special mention in the 2009, 2010 and 2013 editions of the Pushcart Prize, and received awards from the McKnight Foundation and the Minnesota State Arts Board. He received his MFA from the University of Minnesota, and has taught creative writing at Macalester College, the University of Minnesota, and the Loft Literary Center. He is the guitarist for the band Pennyroyal, which has been assaulting the ears of its listeners with songs of the ocean and long lost love since 2010. He is currently at work on a novel set in the Alaskan wilderness.

Christine Sneed is a graduate of the MFA creative writing program at Indiana University and has published stories in Best American Short Stories, PEN/O. Henry Prize Stories, New England Review, The Southern Review, Ploughshares, Pleiades, Glimmer Train, Massachusetts Review, Meridian, Other Voices, Greensboro Review, River Styx, Phoebe, South Dakota Review, and many other journals. Her first novel is Little Known Facts.  Her short story collection Portraits of a Few of the People I've Made Cry won a Grace Paley Prize in 2009.

APR Special: Slam Poets at the Wheeler

Feb 18, 2014
Myrlin Hepworth's website

For the last month two poets have been in the Roaring Fork Valley working with students in Glenwood Springs, Carbondale, Basalt and Aspen.  Organized by the Aspen Writer’s Foundation, they held workshops on poetry encouraging, guiding and mentoring.  And, what they were about in these sessions; was slam poetry.

The poetry sessions culminated in public poetry slams, one of then at the Wheeler Opera House in Aspen last week (2-13-2014.)  We’re featuring some of the poems performed at the Wheeler and we’ve asked a local poet to guide us along as we listen.  Kim Nuzzo could rightly be called the Roaring Fork Valley’s own poet laureate.  Nuzzo is a published poet and co-founder of he Aspen Poet’s Society.

We will hear poems by the two professionals who led the student workshops; Myrlin Hepworth and Logan Phillips.   Also performing are three students;  Riley Marshall from Roaring Fork High School, Tibet Boyer from Carbondale Middle School and Karyme Lara from Basalt High School.

About Kim Nuzzo:

Kim Nuzzo is a local performance poet/actor who has appeared in many local productions with the Hudson Reed Ensemble: The Crucible, Jacob Marley’s Christmas Carol, The Beats, Red Herring.  He also appeared recently in ACT’s 1776 as John Hancock.  He is President of the Aspen Poets’ Society and a Host/Cofounder of Live Poetry Night at Victoria’s Wine and Espresso Bar in Aspen.  He is the author of HolyFunk: Polaroids and Poems and is currently working on a new collection of poems: The Sayings of Twilight Jesus.

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