Word: A Podcast Exploring The Literary Arts In Arizona And The Southwest

Published: Thursday, January 31, 2019 - 2:52pm
Updated: Friday, November 8, 2019 - 10:46am

Welcome to Word, a podcast hosted by KJZZ's Tom Maxedon that focuses on the literary arts in Arizona and the region, as well as scholarship about them.



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S2 E5 | Nov. 8, 2019

In this fifth episode of Season 2, we celebrate writers all over Arizona who are participating in the annual NaNoWriMo.

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S2 E4 | Oct. 23, 2019

In this fourth episode of Season 2, we celebrate Beat Generation writer Jack Kerouac, who died 50 years ago this month.

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S2 E3 | Oct. 9, 2019

In this third episode of Season 2, “All the World’s a Stage.” If so, what are theater directors doing to include more diversity on it?

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S2 E2 | Sept. 25, 2019

In this second episode of Season 2, we explore children's and young adult literature in Arizona.

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S2 E1 | Sept. 10, 2019

In this S2 opener, we push back against the depiction of young people from low income families as depicted in Nick Richey's film, "Low Low."

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S1 E9 | May 29, 2019
Play's The Thing, StoryFest

Arizona StoryFest is back on June 1. Plus, Cynnita Agent, co-star of "Single Black Female," and David Hemphill, stage director.

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S1 E8 | April 30, 2019
National Poetry Month, Part 3

Poetry podcaster Imogen Arate. KJZZ's Christina Estes samples some open mic poetry at a Valley bookstore. Plus, poet Anna Flores.

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S1 E7 | April 24, 2019
National Poetry Month, Part 2

Tom returns to the Valley to talk to Sally Ball, associate professor of English at ASU, and student poet and activist Austin Davis.

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S1 E6 | April 18, 2019
National Poetry Month, Part 1

Word hits the road! Take a trip to the University of Arizona Poetry Center, a haiku hike in Tucson — and more.


TC Tolbert
S1 E5 | March 1, 2019
TC Tolbert

Tucson Poet Laureate TC Tolbert and the Downtown Tucson Partnership put haiku in public spaces throughout the city.


Rosemarie Dombrowski
S1 E4 | Feb. 22, 2019
Rosemarie Dombrowski

An interview with Rosemarie Dombrowski, Phoenix poet laureate and ASU professor, about taking poetry to the streets and the power of haiku.


John Sachen
S1 E3 | Feb. 15, 2019
Arizona Matsuri Festival

A preview of the upcoming Arizona Matsuri Festival of Japan with John Sachen.


Tomas Stanton
S1 E2 | Feb. 8, 2019
Tomas Stanton

An interview with Tomas Stanton from Mesa Arts Center about engaging youth in writing and performing poetry.

Michael Dylan Welch
S1 E1 | Feb. 1, 2019
NaHaiWriMo

An interview with Michael Dylan Welch, creator of National Haiku Writing Month and administrator of the website that hosts it.




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