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Poets Cove invites California Poet Laureate Lee Herrick

Host Daniel Chacon invites recently appointed California Poet Laureate, Lee Herrick, into the Cove. Lee discusses his experiences as a state poet laureate, his busy travel schedule connecting with communities across the Golden State, and what it was like to co-write a poem with former U.S. Poet Laureate Juan Felipe Herrera.

Daniel also invites a surprise (and very special) guest during the episode: Lupe Mendes, the current Poet Laureate of Texas.

The 3rd Story with guest Steve Caballero

Host Tim Z. Hernandez sits down with skate legend Steve Caballero for this week’s 3rd Story Podcast on Words on a Wire.

Steve Caballero is an American athlete and professional skateboarder. He’s known for the difficult tricks and air variations he invented for vertical skating and for setting the long-standing record for the highest air achieved on a halfpipe. During the 1980s, Caballero was considered the best professional skater in the world, and was featured on the cover of Thrasher Magazine numerous times. In 1999, Thrasher Magazine named him the “Skater of the Century.” He also features as a character in five of the Tony Hawk video games. He’s been a member of several punk bands including The Faction and Odd Man Out, among others. His latest band, Urethane, is signed to the Cyber Tracks record label. Their debut album, ‘Chasing Horizons’, was released in 2021. Caballero is also an artist, and avid collector of toys and comic books, and he rides motocross.

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Featured Episode

Words on a Wire featuring Mariana Enriquez

June 4, 2022

In this episode Daniel talks with international best selling fiction writer Mariana Enriquez. From Buenos Aires, Argentina, she writes what might best be described as literary horror stories, which are translated into multiple languages.  She often takes us into dark and horrible spaces and situations, but she does it with a skillful narrative voice and compassion for her characters. They talk about her writing process,  the difference between writing short stories and writing a novel, and the effect of psychogeography on how she travels and generates story ideas.  They mostly speak of her collection of stories entitled, in English, The Dangers of Smoking in Bed, or Los peligros de fumar en la cama.

The Best of Words on a Wire

Words on a Wire featuring Ana Castillo

Ana Castillo

Daniel Chacón speaks with celebrated poet, essayist, editor, activist, novelist, and translator Ana Castillo, about her most recent poetry book, My Book of the Dead (University of New Mexico, Press, 2021).

Words on a Wire featuring Joy Harjo

Joy Harjo

A special episode of Words on a Wire where host Daniel Chacon interviews US Poet Laureate, Joy Harjo. Harjo is an internationally renowned performer and writer of the Muscogee (Creek) Nation. She is serving her second term as the 23rd Poet Laureate of the United States.

Words on a Wire featuring Tracy K Smith

Tracy K. Smith

Daniel talks with Pulitzer Prize-winning poet, Tracy K. Smith.  She has written her first memoir, Ordinary Light, and she talks about why she waited many years to write about the death of her mother.  She also explains why the memoir allowed her to explore the subject of race and to reflect on how her parents lived and coped in the segregated South. 

Words on a Wire featuring Benjamin Alire Saenz

Benjamin Alire Saenz

Benjamin Alire Sáenz visits us in Studio B to discuss his recent work. Dr. Sáenz taught as a professor in UTEP’s Creative Writing department for over twenty-three years before retiring to dedicate his time entirely to writing and there was so much to discuss, Dr. Sáenz is being featured in a special two-part edition of Words on a Wire.

Words on a Wire featuring Edward Hirsch

Edward Hirsch

Edward Hirsch speaks with Words on a Wire about his latest book, A Poet’s Glossary, which is not so much a book of definitions as it is an exploration of the history of the terms and how those terms interrelate to each other.  Hirsch explains why it took 15 years to compile the information for this book, and why he believes it can still be more expansive (it’s already over 700 pages long).  We’ll learn about the terms “Duende,” “Flarf,” and “Spam Poetry.”  

Words on a Wire featuring Juan Felipe Herrera

Juan Felipe Herrera

Juan Felipe Herrera previously served as the Poet Laureate of the United States. Before that he was Poet Laureate of California. And before that he was a Fresno poet who was inspiring the dreams and imaginations of thousands of children, their parents, and fellow poets. Herrera joins us again on WORDS ON A WIRE to talk about his Laureateship and how his life has changed (and how it hasn’t) since he was appointed Poet Laureate of the U.S. in 2015.