SoundPagesSoundPages is produced by Jack Straw Cultural Center as part of the Jack Straw Writers Program. This podcast features interviews and live readings from artists in the Jack Straw Writers Program. Each year a series of twelve episodes is produced featuring the current Jack Straw Writers and curator.
The Bricolage of Kotagaeshi - Howard W. Robertson
Howard W. Robertson, rebelling against the expectations of his upbringing in a rural Oregon mill town, became a poet. In this podcast, Robertson talks with Writers Program curator Matt Briggs about teaching himself how to type and discovering a need to write poetry and stories along the way. You’ll also hear an excerpt from his live reading at Jack Straw Productions featuring unpublished work and a poem from his new book The Bricolage of Kotagaeshi.
Music by the Bird Tribe Orchestra, produced as part of the Jack Straw Artist Support Program.
Beginning with bogus Byron - Charles Potts
Poet and publisher Charles Potts was the driving force underneath The Temple Bookstore, The Temple magazine, and The Temple School of Poetry. He received the Distinguished Professional Achievement Award in 1994 from the Alumni Association and the College of Arts and Sciences of Idaho State University. He founded Litmus Inc. in Seattle and Berkeley which published 18 first editions including Charles Bukowski’s Poems Written Before Jumping Out of an 8-Story Window in 1968. In this podcast, Charles Potts discusses his evolution as a poet with Writers Program curator Matt Briggs, and you’ll also hear an excerpt from his live reading at Jack Straw.
Music by Jim Knodle and Pamela Moore Dionne, produced as part of the Jack Straw Artist Support Program.
The Gift of Heresy - Corrina Wycoff
Plain-spoken and earnest, Corrina Wycoff writes stories about characters who struggle to survive in an alternate America, a place where drug addicts, teenage mothers, and religious cultists live obliviously to the lure of 401k plans and weekends at the cabin. In this podcast, you’ll hear a portion of her interview with Writers Program curator Matt Briggs and an excerpt from her live reading at Jack Straw Productions.
Music by Elizabeth and John Falconer, produced as part of the Jack Straw Artist Support Program.
On Chick-Lit - Kathryn Trueblood
Does the term “chick-lit” marginalize legitimate feminist writing?
Novelist Kathryn Trueblood addresses this question in her interview with Matt Briggs, Jack Straw Writers Program curator. Also in this podcast, Kathryn reads from her latest book, The Baby Lottery, which examines the personal politics of choice. Five women, friends at college, find their interlocking relationships strained when one of them, in her late thirties, decides to have an abortion after delaying the decision in the h opes that her husband will change his mind. The novel records the voices of her four friends as they struggle to bridge the gap between what they think they should feel and what they do feel.
Music by James Knapp, produced as part of the Jack Straw Artist Support Program.
Poems about ventriloquism - Molly Tenenbaum
Molly Tenenbaum‘s newest work is inspired by her father and grandfather’s stints as professional ventriloquists. In this podcast, you’ll hear snippets of her interview with 2007 Jack Straw Writers Program curator Matt Briggs and highlights from her live reading at the Jack Straw May Reading Series.
In recognition of Molly’s free-spirited word-smithing and her deep connections to Seattle’s poetry and folk music communities, Jack Straw Productions and Matt Briggs have nominated her for Seattle’s 2008 Poet Populist. Poets are nominated by various Seattle arts organizations, and the public is invited to vote for their favorite poet here.
Music by Tamara Friedman, produced as part of the Jack Straw Artist Support Program.
Reading - Jourdan Imani Keith
In this podcast, poet, educator and storyteller Jourdan Imani Keith does a live reading of her work in the 2006 May Reading Series.
Tales for Small Worlds - Angela Jane Fountas
In this program, fiction writer Angela Jane Fountas reads from her Tales for Small Worlds series of short stories for the 2006 Jack Straw Writers Program Reading Series, recorded with a live audience during the Spring of 2006 at Jack Straw in Seattle.
Reading - Marty Campbell
In this podcast, Jack Straw 2006 resident poet Marty Campbell does a live reading in the 2006 May Reading Series.
Joan Swift: “Five From Kona”
In this podcast, poet Joan Swift begins with a sonnet she wrote for poet Theodore Roethke, who was her teacher in his last class. That is followed by a group of poems called “Five from Kona,” which she wrote for the 2006 Jack Straw Writers Program. This reading was recorded with a live audience during the Spring of 2006 at Jack Straw Productions in Seattle.
Reading - Marika Pineda
In this podcast, Jack Straw resident writer Marika Pineda does a live reading for the 2006 May Reading Series.