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

Published: Thursday, January 31, 2019 - 2:52pm
Updated: Friday, December 6, 2019 - 8:35am

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.



Theresa Munroe
S2 E7 | Dec. 6, 2019

On this National Novel Writing Month (NaNoWriMo) retrospective and seventh episode of Season 2, we get back on the mic with some guests who joined us previously to discuss their hard work.

Laura MacKenzie
S2 E6 | Nov. 26, 2019

In this sixth episode of Season 2, we catch up with three writers and their stories in medias res.

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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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