Recently I spent an enjoyable time with Dr. Andy Jones speaking on writing, writing life and other interesting topics as a guest on his Dr. Andy’s Poetry and Technology Hour. This intriguing hour each Wednesday at 5pm on KDVS 90.3 FM is “… a live weekly public affairs program that airs on KDVS 90.3 every Wednesday evening from 5-6 p.m. On the air since 2000, Dr. Andy’s Poetry and Technology Hour features interviews with local and faraway poets, innovative thinkers in the worlds of technology and social media, and practitioners of many other forms of creativity, including theater music, and writing across new media. Poets with new books, innovators with new projects, and representatives of local art enterprises are invited to contact Dr. Andy to schedule an appearance on Dr. Andy’s Poetry and Technology Hour.”
Dr. Andy is a terrific poet and all around fun individual whom I met at the San Francisco Writers Conference a number of years ago. Each year at the conference he leads several poetry related workshops as well as is the MC for the public reading of writers and attendees of the conference on Saturday night accompanied by the cool cat drums of Brad Henderson, another insightful poet.
Listen to the interview on the KDVS web site.
When sleepless, I refuse to toss aimlessly and instead get up until my eyes are grinding stones and I’m finally able to sleep. Surfing the web last night I visited Poet&Writers browsing through the Speakeasy forums. This is a gem of an online destination with scores of valuable information for any and especially the emerging writer. I was greeted when I arrived at the site with the surprise image of my own call for submissions and information about the scholarship I sponsor right there on the front page as new threads in the forum. This was cool and surprising and really just fun to see. Poet&Writers is a very useful site, one that I tend to forget is there given the great blocks of time between when I work on writing projects. Now that I’m likely retired from my other part time job (the Army) I am starting to adjust to having far more time available for writing. I was on the site to see what was out there in the call for submissions and discussions regarding various conferences and workshops and discovered a number of useful leads on where to send my work and where to go to work on my work. While I could have spent the time in Azeroth, perusing the Speakeasy threads was far more productive. If its been a while since you dropped in on Poets&Writers or like me forgotten its value, or never been there, there are quite a few gems to be found. They’ve also got a pretty good resource collection called the Tools for Writers with databases of publications, calls for submissions, agents, writing prompts, jobs and more. P&W began in 1970, and is far more than the print magazine that many are familiar with. Looking for a literary event near you, check the calender. By the way, did you know P&W has a grant program to help pay for literary events? There’s a lot of meat on the P&W bone.