WordPlaySound is proud to be part of Maureen Foley’s Women Float twelve-stop blog tour! Maureen Foley is a writer and artist who lives on an avocado ranch by the sea in Southern California with her daughter, stepson and husband, writer James Claffey. She is the author of a chapbook of poems, Epileptic. Her writing has appeared in Wired, Caesura, The New York Times, Santa Barbara Magazine, Skanky Possum and elsewhere. She received a Master of Fine Arts in Prose from Naropa University and now teaches creativity, English, writing and more in Santa Barbara County. She is currently working on a new novel and developing a series of illustrations and text for a children’s book. For more information, visit: www.maureenfoley.com.
Eric Lincoln Miller is a giant on Chicago’s literary scene. As president of Wicker Park Press, he has published and distributed several books that would be gems in any publisher’s catalogue, including Joseph G. Peterson’s Inside the Whale, Joseph Malham’s biography of famed filmmaker John Ford, and a collection of American horror stories, edited by Mort Castle. In this episode, Eric sits down with WordPlaySound to talk about the upcoming year in Chicago literature and what we can expect from several of our city’s vibrant independent presses.
David Berkeley is a singer/songwriter from Santa Fe, New Mexico, who has recorded six albums, including the 2013 release of The Fire in My Head. He is the author of 140 Goats and a Guitar, which contains thirteen essays that describe the inspiration behind each of the thirteen songs on his 2011 album, Some Kind of Cure. Learn more at DavidBerkeley.com.
Also, for those of you who live in or around Chicago, see David live at the legendary Old Town School of Folk Music on January 23. Tickets are on sale now through the Old Town School of Folk’s website. If you don’t live near Chicago, you can see more of David’s tour dates on his website.
John Ford was a cinematic genius who won six Oscars and created timeless Westerns, as well as other classics. His biographer, Joseph Malham, explores facets of this dark yet towering film maker in his latest book. Here, Malham shares his book, John Ford: Poet in the Desert, with a live audience at City Lit Books in Chicago’s Logan Square neighborhood.
You can purchase this biography through City Lit Books.
Interview with Giano Cromley – 00:34
The Last Good Halloween by Giano Cromley – 04:30
Four Poems by Ryan Bradley – 31:53 (English read by Ryan Bradley, Spanish translated and read by Jacob Steinberg)
Orphans by Ben Tanzer – 35:01