An Interview with writer Lia Purpura

An Interview with writer Lia Purpura

March 27, 2016, 2-3PM

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“Where you were/ before you were born,/ and where you are/ when you’re not anymore/ might be very close.”

From “Future Perfect”



Lia Purpura is the author of three collections of essays (Rough Likeness, On Looking, Increase); three previous collections of poems (King Baby, Stone Sky Lifting, The Brighter the Veil); and one collection of translations (Poems of Grzegorz Musial: Berliner Tagebuch and Taste of Ash). A Finalist for the National Book Critics Circle Award (for On Looking), she has also been awarded a Guggenheim Fellowship, an NEA Fellowship, a Fulbright Foundation Fellowship (Translation, Warsaw, Poland), three Pushcart Prizes, a grant from the Maryland State Arts Council, and multiple residencies and fellowships at the MacDowell Colony.

Purpura’s poems and essays appear in: Agni Magazine, Ecotone, Field, The Georgia Review, Orion, The New Republic, The New Yorker, The Paris Review, Parnassus: Poetry in Review, Ploughshares, The Southern Review and many other magazines and anthologies, including Best American Essays 2011 and The Pushcart Anthology.

Lia Purpura is Writer in Residence at the University of Maryland, Baltimore County, in Baltimore, MD and teaches at the Rainier Writing Workshop in Tacoma, WA. Recently, she has served as Bedell Visiting Writer at the University of Iowa’s MFA Program in Nonfiction, Coal Royalty Visiting Professor at the University of Alabama’s MFA Program, Visiting Writer at the Warren and Patricia Benson Forum on Creativity at Eastman Conservatory, in Rochester, NY, and has taught at the MFA programs at Columbia University, Bennington, and at the Breadloaf Writers’ Conference, and the Chautauqua Writers’ Conference. She lives in Baltimore, MD with her husband, conductor Jed Gaylin, and their son.

Yin correspondent and MFA Non-Fiction Writing Candidate at University of Idaho, Lauren Westerfield, interviews Lia. 

Sunday, March 27, 2-3PM 90.3FM,


The Blackfish Prophecy: An Interview with Rachel Clark

nt Rachel is a writer and biologist. As a kid she got hooked on all things animal, vegetable, and mineral. To complicate mScreen Shot 2016-02-07 at 3.18.19 PM.pngatters, she was hatching up stories before she could hold a crayon. Once she discovered biology it was all over. Ever since her first class in 7th grade when she refused to dissect a frog, a little voice in her head said: You gotta share this amazing stuff about how nature works, and ask if we really need to harm it. The little voice only got fiercer once she went to college and worked with captive dolphins and Beluga whales, then got to see wild killer whales only a few weeks later. From then on it was an all-out quest to convey the wonders of nature, while pointing out the serious problems of our very bad habit of dominating others and the Earth. She’s been a card-carrying science writer for twenty years. The Blackfish Prophecy is Rachel’s first book.

Read an Article about Rachel in Psychology Today: Click Here 

Sunday, February 14, 2PM with Maree McHugh, 90.3FM

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When Songbirds Returned To Paris: An Interview with Elizabeth Sloan

January 31, 2-3PM, 90.3FM

E M Sloan promo photo.jpgMaree McHugh interviews Elizabeth Sloan about her new book When Songbirds Returned to Paris.

In this WW II narrative, British aristocrat Cecily Margot Gordon Lefort  leaves her Paris home and husband  (a French doctor)to return three years later as a secret agent.  Cecily is captured by the Gestapo and dies in a concentration camp. The author engages her brave and spirited cousin  (70 years departed) in conversation after tracking down Cecily’s French dossier, Special Operations Executive file, war letters, and confidantes.  Cecily’s intrepid wartime adventures, the truth about her marriage, the events that unfold following her death – all culminate in a world-wide-web of intrigue and discovery.

Elizabeth Sloan’s historical nonfiction book, When Songbirds Returned to Paris, is the culmination of more than a dozen years of research, involving international travel and correspondence.  As part of this process, she achieved an MFA in creative writing from the University of Idaho.  Sloan’s undergraduate degree (some 40 years ago!) came from the University of Iowa. The time between these degrees was filled with various art and graphic design careers, including Better Homes & Garden publishing, her own graphic design business, and numerous covers for poetry collections. Her essays “The Scent of Tarweed,” and “Spirit Dog” were both published in Idaho magazine.

Besides writing, Sloan also creates one-of-a-kind bookarts and other mixed media works. Her work titled Our M(Others), Ourselves was included in a juried Boise State University exhibit, and her work titled

Age of Exploration was included in Lewis and Clark State College Center for Arts and History, invitational “Bookworks” exhibit. Sloan is also one of 260 international artists with three book art works in the international traveling collection named Al-Mutanabbi Street Starts Here.

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Closing the Gap: An Interview with Krista Kramer

Sunday, December 20

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Krista Kramer will discuss Close the Gap Idaho, strategies and efforts to provide health care to 70,000 Idahoans who do not have health care coverage.

Krista is the Independent Living Coordinator at Disability Action Center NW, Inc. in Moscow, Idaho.

Maree McHugh will be your host!

Visit Closing the Gap Facebook Page here: Closing the Gap

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Women In Buddhism: Interview with the Venerable Thubten Chodron

December 6, 2015


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Photo by Phil Borges

In 1975, she attended a meditation course given by Venerable Lama Yeshe and Venerable Zopa Rinpoche, and subsequently went to Kopan Monastery in Nepal to continue to study and practice Buddha’s teachings. In 1977 she was ordained as a Buddhist nun by Kyabje Ling Rinpoche in Dharamsala, India, and in 1986 she received bhikshuni (full) ordination in Taiwan.

She studied and practiced Buddhism of the Tibetan tradition for many years in India and Nepal under the guidance of His Holiness the Dalai Lama, Tsenzhap Serkong Rinpoche, Zopa Rinpoche and other Tibetan masters. She directed the spiritual program at Lama Tzong Khapa Institute in Italy for nearly two years, studied three years at Dorje Pamo Monastery in France, and was resident teacher at Amitabha Buddhist Center in Singapore. For ten years she was resident teacher at Dharma Friendship Foundation in Seattle.

Venerable Thubten Chodron emphasizes the practical application of Buddha’s teachings in our daily lives and is especially skilled at explaining them in ways easily understood and practiced by Westerners. She is well known for her warm, humorous, and lucid teachings.

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Bringing Science and Nature to Prison: An Interview with Nalini Nadkarni

Sunday, November 23, 2-3 PM

“One of the most pressing problems facing society today is the increasing distance between humans and nature.” NaliniNadkarni1

“Another issue—seemingly unrelated—is the failure of our system of incarceration to provide inmates with the education and experiences they need to become useful citizens after release.”

Nalini Nadkarni, PhD, is a world-renowned forest ecologist who works to bring science and job training to prisons. Her innovative efforts promote social inclusiveness of prisoners and reduce post-prison joblessness.

To address both of these problems, Nadkarni has worked with corrections systems in Washington state and across the country to bring science and nature/conservation projects to the incarcerated, from prisoners in minimum security to those in solitary confinement. In her presentation, she will describe her successes and challenges she has faced at the convergence of academic science and state corrections.

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Black Faces, White Spaces: An Interview & Reading with Carolyn Finney

Black Faces, White Spaces: An Interview & Reading with Carolyn Finney

October 25, 2015Carolyn Finney

Carolyn Finney, Ph.D. is a writer, performer and cultural geographer.  As a professor in Environmental Science, Policy and Management at the College of Natural Resources, formely at the University of California, Berkeley, and now at University of Kentucky, she explores how issues of difference impact participation in decision-making processes deigned to address environmental issues.

“All of my work grows out of a commitment to question conventional wisdom and reconsider long-held assumptions regarding the production, representation, and dissemination of knowledge about people, places, and ideas.”

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