What She Wrote," a conversation about women writers, airs
once a month on KZUM's The Wimmin's Show, hosted by Deb
Andersen on 89.3FM.
schedule below and tune in to hear Cinnamon & a guest talk about
a variety of books.
To listen to
podcasts of the conversations, click
all podcasts of That's What She Wrote. The most current
conversation is at the top of the list. The others are in
reverse chronological order. Program notes will appear on the
schedule, shortly after the date of the live show.
January 8th: Lisa Knopp, author of Bread: A Memoir of Hunger.
and I had a great conversation about her book.
This compelling memoir, at once a food and illness narrative,
explores the forces that cause eating disorders and disordered
eating, including the link between those conditions in women,
middle-aged and older, and the fear of aging and ageism.
Racy Ladies: Women Writing About Sex with LeeAnn Pancharoen
LeeAnn has been an
educator with Planned Parenthood for over 10 years. She and I
had a great conversation about sexuality as a normal, healthy
part of life. There are great books out there for kids to learn
about their changing bodies and health.
We briefly talked about the following books. It's Perfectly
Normal: Changing Bodies, Growing Up, Sex & Sexual Health
by Robie Harris & Michael Emberley - this book includes LGBT
individuals and people with disabilities. The illustrations are
drawn and show mixed race couples. The book also has sections
for how to handle yourself online and in the event of sexual
abuse. American Girl's The Care & Keeping of You: The Body
Book for Girls doesn't go into sexual health as much but
handles issues like bullying, puberty and periods. My Body,
Myself for Boys by Lynda Madaras & Area Madaras handles
puberty, masturbation, ejaculation & more. All are good books
for parents to give to their kids - or to help get those
important conversations started.
We moved on to talk about feminism, sex in our culture, how some
modern families look. Books discussed were Roxanne Gay's Bad
Feminist, 50 Shades of Grey, and Maggie Nelson's The
or Plastic: Books into Movies with Cindy Elder
majored in Film Studies at UNL. We talked about the intimacy of
reading and the communal aspects of seeing a film in the
theater. We discussed film adaptations such as Harry Potter,
Gone Girl, Girl on the Train, Hidden Figures, The Help,
Persepolis and The Handmaid's Tale.
April: National Poetry Month with Barbara Schmitz
Barbara has several
books of Poetry: How to Get Out of the Body, The Upside Down
Heart, How Much Our Dancing Has Improved, What Bob Said, and
Always the Details. She is also the author of the memoir,
Path of Lightning: A Seeker's Jagged Journey, and her
work has been included in many anthologies.
On the radio, we talked about her Catholic girlhood, her
study with Allen Ginsburg, meeting Bob and writing poems for $1
each. Barbara told great stories and read some of her poems,
including "Pretty Sure" and "Just Outside."
May 21: Young Adult Literature with Susan Steider
Fiction Undercover: Female Writers who used Male Pseudonyms with
Mavens with Kerry Gallagher Semrad
Knowledge: Women in the Book Industry with Pat Leach
Rediscover Classics with Carolyn Nolte
Original Goth Girls
Cookbooks with Maggie Pleskac
Laughs with Marni Vos
Schedule & Program Notes
March 13th: Irish Writers with Jodi Flynn Rethmeier
episode was lots of fun. We discussed authors Maeve Binchy, Anne
Enright & Tana French. Our conversation wandered from how each
writer got started in her career, the Irish stereotypes the
authors confirm & confound and the effect of the death of the
Celtic Tiger (a period of prosperity in Ireland that collapsed
in 2008) on plotlines and characters.
April 24th: National Poetry Month with Marjorie Saiser
Marge was a delightful guest.
She read a few poems of her own and one from Sharon Olds. We
talked about her experience with writing workshops and the two
kinds of writing groups: critique groups and generative groups.
Books mentioned included: Lost in Seward County by Marjorie
Saiser, Bones of a Very Fine Hand by Marjorie Saiser, The Gold
Cell by Sharon Olds, The Language of Life (anthology) by Bill
Moyers, Cries of the Spirit (anth) and Claiming the Spirit
Writing books mentioned included Writing Down the Bones by
Natalie Goldberg and Writing in Community by Lucy Adkins & Becky
Breed. Poets mentioned in our conversation included: Ann
Bradstreet, Emily Dickinson, Sylvia Plath, Anne Sexton,
Elizabeth Alexander, Mary Oliver & Dorianne Laux.
May 15th: Nebraska Press's 75th Birthday with Alicia Christensen
Alicia, who is an Acquisitions
Editor, & I talked about what a
treasure we have in UNP - the largest, most diverse university
press between Chicago and California. We discussed press pioneer
Virginia Faulkner - and the variety of books by women published
June 12th: Young Adult Literature with Isabel Sheesley
Isabel is my daughter - 13 at
the time of this conversation. We talked about books we loved
when she was little, by authors like Denise Fleming, Eric Carle, JK Rowling,
and Laura Ingalls Wilder; and books that she & I have
enjoyed more recently: Hunger Games, Eleanor & Park,
Salt to the
Sea, Divergent, The Lunar Chronicles & more. Current tropes
in YA lit that we discussed included new twists on old fairy
tales, unfortunate love triangles/ridiculous romance -
contrasted with tropes that more successfully portray depth and
nuance, and empowered female characters.
July 17th: Rabble Rousers with Amanda Gailey
Amanda is an Associate
Professor of English at UNL. She teaches a course she designed
called Literature of Reform. Her syllabus is inspiring. We
talked about books by Harriett Beecher Stowe, Marilyn French &
Lorraine Hansberry. We also discussed the language of protest
and how it is a vehicle for social improvement. Amanda is also a
founding member of Nebraskans Against Gun Violence, and she
offered some insight as to how activism looks from the inside.
August 21st: Nature Writing & a Sense of Place with Lora Carpenter-Janike
Lora is an
Environmental Aide for the Lower Platte South Natural Resource
District. She is a field trip advisor who helps students make
science connections at locations like Wagon Train Lake. We
started with Nature books for young kids: Susan Jeffers, Lois
Ehlert, Magic Schoolbus & moved on to some books for kids 9-12: My Side of the Mountain,
The Evolution of Calpernia Tate. We also talked about novels by
Barbara Kingsolver, Ann Patchett and Elizabeth Gilbert - and
non-fiction work by Barbara Kingsolver, Annie Dillard, Krista
Tippett, Elizabeth Kolbert, and Diane Ackerman. Also, we got in
some poetry by Mary Oliver.
September 18th: Karen Shoemaker, author of the One Book One
Nebraska novel, The Meaning of Names
Karen teaches in the UNO
Master of Fine Arts Writing Program. Her book is set in
Nebraska, against the backdrop of WWI and the Flu Pandemic. One
of my favorite quotes, "If you take the template of family
stories and lay it across the history of the world, you'll be
startled by the light of hope that shines through."
October 2nd: Mysterious Women with Lisa Kelly
Lisa is the Information
Services Director with Nebraska Library Commission. We talked
about Mystery writers like Sue Grafton, Janet Evanovich, JK
Rowling writing as Robert Galbraith, Kerry Greenwood, Tana
French, Arianna Franklin, Nevada Barr, Louise Penny & Gillian
Flynn. We also talked about the literary merit of genre fiction
and how her personal book club works.
November 20th: Drama Queens - Women in Theater with Laurie Martinez
Laurie currently teaches ESL
at Belmont Elementary - but she studied Musical Theater and
spent roughly 25 years with Lincoln Community Playhouse. We
talked about female lyricists she admires, along with roles she
has played. We also talked about the highly political play, The
Vagina Monologues by Eve Ensler.
December 4th: Spirituality and the Environment with Kim Morrow
Kim currently serves as Senior
Associate with the Verdis Group, a Sustainability Consulting
Company. She is also a former Minister of Sustainability at
First Plymouth Church. Books we talked about include: The
Good Society by Robert Bellah, Becoming Wise by
Krista Tippett, Gathering Moss by Dr. Robin Wall Kimmerer,
The End of Nature by Bill McKibben. Other authors we
discussed include: Kristin Ohlson, Johanna Macy & Katherine
is not separate from life; it is an enchantment that nourishes
us, a teacher that prepares us to meet and explore the world,
and a guide to all we may wish to discover, whether far away or
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