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Word Carver
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For writers and readers who find solace in books, poetry, and essays, Word Carver explores the craft of writing. Host Cynthia Rosi gives insights into the life and craft of working writers, and reviews new work in books and literary magazines. With additional reporting by Amy Dalrymple. Music is Rise and Shine (2015) by Seastock on Jamendo.com.
 
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MF GALAXY
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MF GALAXY is a weekly podcast powered by four mighty engines: * Writers on writing: the craft and the business * Pop culture including TV, movies, graphic novels, and more * Progressive politics, activism, and social enterprise * Africentric change-makers, histories, cultures, art, and more! Mixing brand-new interviews with classic conversations (from my archive of 23 years in broadcasting) with famous and dynamic figures in the arts, Hollywood, and politics, MF GALAXY will take you to place ...
 
Author Jon Cronshaw takes a frank, no-nonsense approach to guiding his friend Russ Evans through the process of writing his first novel. Russ has wanted to write this story for over a decade, but he’s lacked the focus and motivation to follow the project through. Jon will give Russ the tools and motivation to complete the project so he can stop being an aspiring writer and become a published author. Follow his journey on Stop Booking Around! and join us in the Stop Booking Around! Facebook g ...
 
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Stop Booking Around! is a weekly podcast where author Jon Cronshaw helps other authors find the tools they need to write a successful novel. In this episode, Jon talks to Ben Hennessy-Garside and Chris O’Gorman about crafting characters in the music industry and what we can learn from each other. Ben helps young artists to develop their stage p ...…
 
In Word Carver 40, Cynthia Rosi and co-host Herbert Ndeki II explore poetry. Ndeki reviews Ahmadou Kourouma's "Allah is not obliged to be fair about all the things he does here on Earth" (warning: strong language -- Kourouma makes liberal use of the n-word in his soldier-boy character) while Rosi reads several original poems.…
 
Herbert Ndeki II, a Cameroon native and American emigre, reads poems from Aimé Césaire's work Cahier D'Un Retour and analyses the translation choices. Aimé Césaire was born in 1913 and pioneered the concept of "blackness." He grew up in the French colony of Martinique and moved to Paris where he encountered the racism of the colonizers. Ndeki i ...…
 
When I grow up, I want to be Milton Davis. Let me tell you why. He’s an Atlanta-based chemist, the entrepreneur heading the pioneering Afritopian publishing house MVmedia, a key figure in the development of Sword & Soul and Steamfunk, the co-editor of four anthologies including Griots and Griot: Sisters of the Spear with Charles R. Saunders, th ...…
 
Herbert Ndeki reviews "How to Cook Your Husband the African Way" by Calixte Beyala, and Cynthia Rosi reads the short story "The Company" which arrived in a dream, and was written over two days.
 
Nalo Hopkinson is one of the most acclaimed science fiction and fantasy writers of our time. The Routledge Companion to Literature and Science calls her a luminary in the science fiction community. Her Afritopian career began with the late 20th Century breakout novel Brown Girl in the Ring, a dystopian science fiction adventure set in near-futu ...…
 
For many Africans, comics were an excellent entertainment of our childhoods, but we still had to face that most comics creators pretended that we didn’t exist at all. The comics universes were places we could dream of visiting, but the on-page demographics made it clear we couldn’t become citizens. Yet over time, North American culture has incr ...…
 
Daniel José Older probably saved lives working for a decade as a paramedic, but I’m sure he has elevated plenty of souls as a novelist. He wrote the YA historical fantasy series Dactyl Hill Squad, which made him a New York Times bestselling author. He’s also penned the Bone Street Rumba urban fantasy series, Star Wars: Last Shot, and the award- ...…
 
Doug Drexler is an absolutely amazing artist in the magic of making movies and television. If you’re like me and grew up watching US science fiction and fantasy movies and TV, then you’ve definitely seen the make-up work of Doug Drexler in films such as The Hunger, Starman, Dick Tracy, and Star Trek: The Next Generation—he was the artist respon ...…
 
Noam Chomsky is a pioneering linguist and political analyst who has been called the most important intellectual alive. He’s spent decades documenting the crimes of US imperialism and corporate power, and how the US government and corporate media engage in propaganda that he compares with totalitarianism. He risked prison in the 1970s by working ...…
 
Herbert Ndeki, a native-French speaker from Cameroon, reviews authors from the African canon. Hemu Venkataraman speaks about her work as an artist, author, and architect.
 
Years ago I was working on a book about HBO’s police drama and social realistic epic The Wire as created by David Simon and Ed Burns. Through a range of ways, including the help of a friend, I got electronically introduced to a number of people who made the series as creators, writers, directors, and actors. They were a remarkable group, and wh ...…
 
Stop Booking Around! is a weekly podcast where author Jon Cronshaw helps his friend Russ Evans through the process of finishing his first novel. Russ has wanted to write this story for over a decade, but he’s lacked the focus and motivation to follow the project through. In this episode, Jon talks to historical fantasy author Clare Sager about ...…
 
Stop Booking Around! is a weekly podcast where author Jon Cronshaw helps his friend Russ Evans through the process of finishing his first novel. Russ has wanted to write this story for over a decade, but he’s lacked the focus and motivation to follow the project through. In this episode, Jon talks to science fiction author Emma Geen about writi ...…
 
I first met Tate Young back around 2004 when we were both giving readings at a local indie book store. We both had pseudonyms, we both had shaved heads, and we both produced often shocking writing, so we hit it off immediately. Three years after that he was helming a literary game show called The 3-Day Novel Contest for which he invited me to b ...…
 
Stop Booking Around! is a weekly podcast where author Jon Cronshaw helps his friend Russ Evans through the process of finishing his first novel. Russ has wanted to write this story for over a decade, but he’s lacked the focus and motivation to follow the project through. In this episode, Jon talks to fantasy author RJ Barker on how to make figh ...…
 
Lyda Morehouse is pretty terrific. We first met at NorWesCon in Seattle when we were both finalists for the Philip K. Dick Award. She was totally down-to-earth, fun, funny, and welcoming. She was also an extremely accomplished author who by now has written at least twelve books, including the cyberpunk Archangel Protocol series, and under her p ...…
 
Stop Booking Around! is a weekly podcast where author Jon Cronshaw helps his friend Russ Evans through the process of finishing his first novel. Russ has wanted to write this story for over a decade, but he’s lacked the focus and motivation to follow the project through. In this episode, Jon talks to sci-fi author Killian Carter about the impor ...…
 
Flash fiction that coils back a spring and then packs a punch -- Sherrie was into flash before it had a name. We dropped into Grammercy Books to pick up a copy and hear Flick read her work, before sitting down to analyze the stories. Follow @wordcarverradio on Twitter.
 
Stop Booking Around! is a weekly podcast where author Jon Cronshaw helps his friend Russ Evans through the process of finishing his first novel. Russ has wanted to write this story for over a decade, but he’s lacked the focus and motivation to follow the project through. In this episode, Jon flies solo to give a primer for NaNoWriMo (National N ...…
 
So you want to write mystery fiction, crime fiction, or detective fiction, but your characters don’t crackle, your plots don’t pop, and your mysteries don’t sizzle. What should you do? How’re you going make readers keep turning those pages? You need to listen to mystery writer S.G. Wong. Oh, there are other writers, right here in E-Town, who ar ...…
 
Stop Booking Around! is a weekly podcast where author Jon Cronshaw helps his friend Russ Evans through the process of finishing his first novel. Russ has wanted to write this story for over a decade, but he’s lacked the focus and motivation to follow the project through. In this episode, Jon is joined by Lynn Sheridan to discuss finding and dev ...…
 
If memory serves, I’ve known Craig DiLouie since 2008, and he immediately struck me as an artist with a gravitic commitment to the craft, business, and community of writers. I saw him giving a book trailer-making workshop at the World Fantasy Convention, held that year in Calgary, and right after that I checked his amazing videos, and later dev ...…
 
John Jennings is an amazing cat. He’s a designer, illustrator, writer, and lecturer at Eye Trauma Comix. He’s the artist and co-adapter, with Damian Duffy, of the celebrated hit Kindred based on the novel by Octavia Butler. His other works include I Am Alfonso Jones, Black Kirby: In Search of the Motherboxx Connection, Blue Hand Mojo, The Black ...…
 
Stop Booking Around! is a weekly podcast where author Jon Cronshaw helps his friend Russ Evans through the process of finishing his first novel. Russ has wanted to write this story for over a decade, but he’s lacked the focus and motivation to follow the project through. In this episode, Jon is joined by sci-fi and thriller author Paul Teague t ...…
 
Alternative Radio is a concept, sure, but it’s also the name of a long-running talk-radio show that in Edmonton airs on CJSR FM88 and also runs around the world. It’s a weekly hour of speeches by and interviews with progressive organisers, thinkers, artists, and history-makers that corporate media almost entirely ignores. In these dangerous tim ...…
 
Stop Booking Around! is a weekly podcast where author Jon Cronshaw helps his friend Russ Evans through the process of finishing his first novel. Russ has wanted to write this story for over a decade, but he’s lacked the focus and motivation to follow the project through. In this episode, Jon and Russ discuss the difference between archetypes an ...…
 
I’m a lifelong Albertan, and let me tell you, things are always crazy in my home province. We’ve usually had political dynasties that lasted decades each. The last one was the rule of the Progressive Conservatives, and it lasted more than 40 years. In 2015 we finally elected the New Democratic Party, the somewhat social-democratic, increasingly ...…
 
Stop Booking Around! is a weekly podcast where author Jon Cronshaw helps his friend Russ Evans through the process of finishing his first novel. Russ has wanted to write this story for over a decade, but he’s lacked the focus and motivation to follow the project through. In this episode, Jon and Russ discuss body language and dialogue, and how ...…
 
Keynote speech excerpts from The Good Fight 2018 Counter-Fascism Training Conference in Edmonton. Speeches by... DARYLE LAMONT JENKINS Daryle Lamont Jenkins, one of the founders of the antifascist organisation One People’s Project, is a former US Air Force man who's spent a lifetime fighting American neo-nazis, and was a pioneer of the early in ...…
 
Stop Booking Around! is a weekly podcast where author Jon Cronshaw helps his friend Russ Evans through the process of finishing his first novel. Russ has wanted to write this story for over a decade, but he’s lacked the focus and motivation to follow the project through. In this episode, Jon and Russ discuss Jon’s interview with Euan Lawson fro ...…
 
Stop Booking Around! is a weekly podcast where author Jon Cronshaw helps his friend Russ Evans through the process of finishing his first novel. Russ has wanted to write this story for over a decade, but he’s lacked the focus and motivation to follow the project through. In this episode, Jon speaks to Euan Lawson, Joanna Penn’s co-author of The ...…
 
In Canada, the threat posed by fascist, Whitesupremacist, and similar extremist groups is real, and growing. The proudly Islamophobic Soldiers of Odin are active right here in Edmonton, and even the right-wing Daily Mail newspaper in England describes as them a neo-nazi group. The Proud Boys are also on the march, and the Southern Poverty Law C ...…
 
Stop Booking Around! is a weekly podcast where author Jon Cronshaw helps his friend Russ Evans through the process of finishing his first novel. Russ has wanted to write this story for over a decade, but he’s lacked the focus and motivation to follow the project through. In this episode, Jon and Russ discuss how to use magic in your writing and ...…
 
Stop Booking Around! is a weekly podcast where author Jon Cronshaw helps his friend Russ Evans through the process of finishing his first novel. Russ has wanted to write this story for over a decade, but he’s lacked the focus and motivation to follow the project through. In this episode, Jon and Russ discuss prophecy and prescience, or how bein ...…
 
Stop Booking Around! is a weekly podcast where author Jon Cronshaw helps his friend Russ Evans through the process of finishing his first novel. Russ has wanted to write this story for over a decade, but he’s lacked the focus and motivation to follow the project through. In this episode, Russ has finished his first draft! Now what? Stop Booking ...…
 
Stop Booking Around! is a weekly podcast where author Jon Cronshaw helps his friend Russ Evans through the process of finishing his first novel. Russ has wanted to write this story for over a decade, but he’s lacked the focus and motivation to follow the project through. In this episode, Jon and Russ talk about how Dungeons and Dragons characte ...…
 
Today, the day I’m recording this, is August 14, 2018. Spike Lee’s movie Black Klansmen is new in theatres, released to coincide with the one-year anniversary of the neo-Nazi march on Charlottesville in which one Nazi terrorist used his car to kill anti-fascist activist Heather Heyer. The nazis who marched, the same people who accuse humans wit ...…
 
Stop Booking Around! is a weekly podcast where author Jon Cronshaw helps his friend Russ Evans through the process of finishing his first novel. Russ has wanted to write this story for over a decade, but he’s lacked the focus and motivation to follow the project through. In this episode, Jon and Russ talk about worldbuilding and lore, and how t ...…
 
Stop Booking Around! is a weekly podcast where author Jon Cronshaw helps his friend Russ Evans through the process of finishing his first novel. Russ has wanted to write this story for over a decade, but he’s lacked the focus and motivation to follow the project through. In this episode, Jon and Russ talk about what to do when you diverge from ...…
 
If you’re an artist, it’s almost a guarantee you’ve experienced the difficulty of getting your work noticed. No matter how much you care, it seems too many other people just don’t. Being ignored that way is always frustrating, but it’s worse when it’s in your hometown, and even more so when you’ve worked to promote the work of other artists aro ...…
 
Stop Booking Around! is a weekly podcast where author Jon Cronshaw helps his friend Russ Evans through the process of finishing his first novel. Russ has wanted to write this story for over a decade, but he’s lacked the focus and motivation to follow the project through. In this episode, Jon and Russ talk about how to handle description in your ...…
 
Stop Booking Around! is a weekly podcast where author Jon Cronshaw helps his friend Russ Evans through the process of finishing his first novel. Russ has wanted to write this story for over a decade, but he’s lacked the focus and motivation to follow the project through. In this episode, Jon and Russ talk about what “show don’t tell” actually m ...…
 
I taught junior high and high school English in Edmonton for a decade. I loved it; the job was demanding, but getting to know so many remarkable young people was a joy, and poring over stories, poems, and plays with them and exploring how to write about them and create their own was a blessing. That being said, I was trained in a specific mode ...…
 
Stop Booking Around!: How to Overcome Author Procrastination is now live on Amazon. If you’re listening to this podcast on July 15-22, 2018, you can get the book for free on Amazon here: tinyurl.com/stopbookingaround. And, if you get something useful from the book, please leave a review. Stop Booking Around! is a weekly podcast where author Jon ...…
 
Amy and Cynthia analyze poems they love and gossip about the writing life.
 
So many people dream of being a children’s author, yet few take the plunge. Of those who do, far fewer decide the way to go is writing about a Muslim Somali girl and her family. Of the remainder, how many get national newspaper and CBC radio coverage? To my knowledge, only one, and she’s my guest today for the amazing success of her debut book, ...…
 
Stop Booking Around! is a weekly podcast where author Jon Cronshaw helps his friend Russ Evans through the process of finishing his first novel. Russ has wanted to write this story for over a decade, but he’s lacked the focus and motivation to follow the project through. After using Save the Cat! as a guide, Russ goes over the outline for his f ...…
 
Many people dream of making independent movies. I know I did. Back in the late 1980s and early 1990s I was so inspired by Spike Lee that I read all of his “making of” books and in 1995 wrote a screenplay called The Coyote Kings for which I actually shot some test scenes with a group of friends in 1997. Of course, it didn’t go anywhere. But some ...…
 
Stop Booking Around! is a weekly podcast where author Jon Cronshaw helps his friend Russ Evans through the process of finishing his first novel. Russ has wanted to write this story for over a decade, but he’s lacked the focus and motivation to follow the project through. In this episode, Jon and Russ work on turning Russ’s idea for his first no ...…
 
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