Wilson’s guest on Delmarva Today: Writer’s Edition is Jerry Sweeney author of the seven book series The Columbiad . Today Sweeney discusses the fifth book in the series, Comes the Electric Circus, a fictional memoir that takes place in the 1950s. On the surface, the 1950s was felt to be a bland time, a tepid time even. A sleepy little era quickly forgotten under the explosive upheaval of the 1960s. But for those who came of age in that era, there was also a sense of unease that manifested itself in a number of ways. The four major cultural revolutions that occurred in the 1960s; the feminist movement, the civil rights movement, the sexual revolution, and the antiwar movement all trace their seeds back to the 1950s. For example, women were urged to leave the workforce, retreat to the suburbs and assume, once again, a domestic role. Dissatisfaction was inevitable. As it grew, it found expression in Betty Friedan’s The Feminine Mystique.
Segregation, a way of life embedded both legally and by custom primarily in the South was challenged in 1955 by a 42 year old black woman who refused to give up her seat on the Cleveland Avenue bus “white” section in Montgomery, Alabama. With her decision, Rosa Parks ignited the promising embers of racial justice that burst into the full flame of the Civil Rights Movement.
In 1954 the defeat of the French at Dien Bien Phu set the stage for the escalation of America’s unfortunate participation in the Vietnam conflict that gave way to the explosion of the anti-war movement.
And the sexual revolution with roots in the liberalizing impact of the Second World War, found expression in magazines like Playboy, and novels like Lady Chatterley’s Lover. Even the politically conservative Norman Vincent Peale in 1950 warned his readers about the dangers of sexual repression.
Jerry Sweeney brings forward this creative period as a character in itself as well as the setting of his fifth novel. CLICK TO LISTEN TO THIS EPISODE.
Delmarva Today: Writer’s Edition is on the road this month at The Writer’s Center in Chevy Chase, Maryland. Harold Wilson’s guest is poet Holly Karapetkova. Karapetkova’s writings are broad ranging and unveil the deep wounds left by our history of racism, slavery, and environmental destruction. In sad recognition of the 400 year anniversary last month of the introduction of slavery into the colonies with the offloading of 20 to 30 slaves in Jamestown, Virginia, Wilson’s discussion with Karapetkova focuses primarily on her poems on slavery. Following the theme of exile and separation, the program will also include a discussion of a number of her poems on immigration.
Karapetkova’s poetry, prose, and translations have appeared widely in print and online, in places such as Alaska Quarterly Review, The Southern Review, Prairie Schooner, Poetry Northwest, The Nashville Review, and Delmarva Review. Her books include Words We Might One Day Say, winner of the 2010 Washington Writers’ Publishing House Poetry Award, and Towline, winner of the 2016 Vern Rutsala Poetry Contest from Cloudbank Books. In addition to her poetry and translations, Karapetkova has written more than 20 books for children. She teaches in the Department of Literature and Languages at Marymount University. CLICK TO LISTEN TO THIS EPISODE.
This is the third in Delmarva Today: Writer’s Edition’s three part series on truth. In the first the nature of truth was discussed and what it might mean to live in a post-truth era. The second program focused on truth in civil society and how cultures develop when truth is denigrated. In today’s program, the focus is on truth and its relation to politics. Wilson’s guests are Don Rush, Adam Wood, and Michael O’Loughlin. Don Rush is Associate Program Director- Sr. Producer News and Public Affairs; at Delmarva Public Radio, and Adam Wood, is Chairman of the Department of English at Salisbury University, and chair of the Committee on Academic Freedom and Tenure. Michael O’Loughlin is a professor in the Political Science Department at Salisbury University.
In her brilliant article “Truth and Politics” Hannah Arendt suggests that truth is neither given to nor disclosed to man but is produced by the human mind. She goes on to say that the modern age has assigned mathematical, scientific, and philosophical truths such as discoveries, theories, and axioms, for example to the common class of rational truth. This Arendt distinguishes from factual truth, the invariable outcome of people living and acting together. And because facts and events are the invariable outcome of people living and acting together and constitute the texture of the political realm, it is factual truth that is the realm of truth and politics. In a wide ranging discussion, Wilson’s guests will address three main questions about truth and politics raised by Arendt.
Are truths given or are they constructs of the human mind?
Is factual truth the domain of politics?
Is there a common understanding of factual truth that we can depend on?
It’s the end of June here on the Delmarva and the increasing week-end traffic heading east from Annapolis and from further points west testifies to the call the sea and the beach have on us. Why is it that we flock to the beach or at least to the water’s edge each summer? Perhaps, and we can only speculate here, the pull of the sea is actually a call to return to the place of our beginnings. After all, we are created in water, a private sea in which we live and grow for nine months, give or take, and our bodies are between 70 to 60 percent water depending on our age. In addition, the mineral composition of the water in our cells is basically that of the sea.
Is it any wonder then, that being by the sea, playing in it, smelling it, feeling its caress, brings us comfort, and a degree of peace. In The Old Man and the Sea, Ernest Hemingway thought of the sea as feminine “as something that gave and withheld great favors,…” Like a great mother, in her way, the sea has released us but her call to return remains ever strong.
Hal Wilson’s guests this month on Delmarva Today: Writer’s Edition are Nancy Sakaduski and Nancy Powichroski Sherman. The focus of the program is on Sherman’s latest book More Sandy Shorts, a compilation of short stories that explore and celebrate our desire to be next to the sea.
Nancy Sakaduski is the founder of Cat & Mouse Press, the publisher of More Sandy Shorts. The purpose of Cat & Mouse Press is to support local writers and create “playful” books with a connection to the Delaware shore.
Nancy Sherman is an accomplished short story writer. Her first collection of stories, Sandy Shorts, was awarded a regional first place by Delaware Press Association and national first place by the National Federation of Press Women (2015). Her stories have also been published in several anthologies: The Beach House, Beach Love, and Beach Pulp.
Three distinguished local poets, Sue Ellen Thompson, Anne Colwell, and Adam Tavel are Harold Wilson’s guests today. All have received wide recognition for their poetry. Sue Ellen Thompson, was nominated for the Pulitzer Prize and is winner of the 2010 Maryland Author Award. Her poems have been read a number of times on National Public Radio’s “The Writer’s Almanac.” Anne Colwell has received an Established Artist Award in Poetry and an Emerging and Established Artist Award in Fiction from the Delaware State Arts Council. Anne is currently an Associate Professor of English at the University of Delaware. Adam Tavel has received the Robert Frost Award from the Robert Frost Foundation and recently the Richard Wilbur Award for his third book, Catafalque. Adam is a professor of English at Wor-Wic Community College.
In addition to hearing these poets read from their own work, each discusses the authors who have had the greatest influence on their poetry – Sue Ellen Thompson on Jane Kenyon for example. Each talk about how they changed as a result of studying these great writers and how their work was directly affected. The discussion is very personal and informative by these three great literary authors.
Neal Jackson is Harold O. Wilson’s guest this month on Delmarva Today: Writer’s Edition. Neal, a photojournalist, has visited and photographed in markets on every continent but two, and one of those is Antarctica, where there are no markets. He is a resident of Maryland’s Eastern Shore and his photography has resulted in a recently published book featuring portraits of public market vendors from all of those continents. The book is Market, The Sellers, The Stuff, The Soul. A consultant, and educator, Neal has taught the business of photojournalism in the International Center of Photography in New York, and around the world in the Foundry Photojournalism Workshop. He was also chairman of the board of the prestigious VII Photo Agency for five years. In addition, Neal was chief legal officer for National Public Radio from 1996 to 2008.
Truth and its traveling companion lying, appear to be very much on the nation’s mind these days. The nature of the country’s current acerbic political dialogue, for example, fueled by the daily bombardment of ideas and opinions from ubiquitous social media platforms has not only served to harden our political divisions but has sewn general confusion about not only what is true but about the very nature of truth itself. We hear quite often that we are living in a post-truth era where there is no such thing as “objective truth.” Remember that the denial of objective truth didn’t begin with the 2016 election. The denial of scientific facts about smoking, evolution, climate change, vaccinations and others have attempted to erode our confidence in objective truth for some time now.
This edition of Delmarva Today: Writer’s Edition is the first in a three part series dedicated to the discussion of truth. The program looks at the nature of truth and what it might mean to live in a post-truth era. The second program will focus on truth and how a society develops when faced with a post-truth world inundated with a constant radical, unfiltered flow of information that shapes ever-changing cultural models of reality. On the third, the program will focus on truth and its relation to politics.
Wilson’s guests to discuss the nature of truth and its relation to objective reality are: Don Rush, Associate Program Director- Sr. Producer News and Public Affairs; at Delmarva Public Radio; Adam Wood, Chairman of the Department of English at Salisbury University, and chair of the Committee on Academic Freedom and Tenure; and Timothy Stock, Chairman of the Department of Philosophy at Salisbury University.
Delmarva Today: Writers Edition #66 (1/25/19)
This summer, July 20, 2019 will mark the 50th anniversary of the day Neil Armstrong and Buzz Aldrin became the first humans to land on the moon while Command Module Pilot Mike Collins orbited overhead. Jack Clemons’ recent book Safely To Earth: The Men and Women Who Brought the Astronauts Home reminds us of the special character, commitment, and intelligence of the men and women who worked to achieve Kennedy’s ten year goal of putting a man on the moon, and bringing him and his two mates home safely. Jack Clemons is Harold Wilson’s guest on this edition of Delmarva Today: Writer’s Edition. Clemons is a former lead engineer supporting NASA’s Apollo Program and also senior engineering software manager on the Space Shuttle Program. Jack was part of the mission control backroom team that supported the NASA flight controllers on both the return of the Apollo 11 crew from the first moon landing and the rescue of the Apollo 13 crew. CLICK TO LISTEN TO THIS EPISODE.
I’m sure all of us at one time or another have looked up at the heavens and wondered: where did we come from, and what are we made of. These are probably two of the oldest questions asked by human beings when they first gazed up at the night sky. “The nitrogen in our DNA,” Carl Sagan says, “the calcium in our teeth, the iron in our blood, the carbon in our apple pies were made in the interiors of collapsing stars. We are made of starstuff….If you wish to make an apple pie from scratch, you must first invent the universe.” Carl Sagan says we’re made of starstuff. It sounds rather poetic. Are we really made from stuff from collapsing stars? And what is starstuff anyway? Can we be more precise than “stuff?” To help answer these questions, my guest on this Friday’s Delmarva Today: Writer’s Edition will be Dr. Grant Wilson an astrophysicist from the Astronomy Department at the University of Massachusetts in Amherst, Mass. Grant is leading a team of astronomers in building the next-generation, millimeter-wavelength polarimetric camera for studying the heavens. The camera will be part of the Large Millimeter Telescope (LMT) built on the summit of Serra Negra, an extinct volcano in Mexico and will be used to conduct surveys in star formation and galaxy evolution. Grant talks about what the camera will be looking for, why is it important to study galaxy formations, and how far back in time will it take us. Join us for a trip back in time, actually way back in time, to a look at the dust from which we are made. In the spirit of full disclosure, I’ll let you know also that Grant is my son. CLICK TO LISTEN
Volume 11 of the Delmarva Review was published in November and is featured on this edition of Delmarva Today: Writer’s Edition. Wilson’s guests are the Executive Editor of the Review, Wilson Wyatt and the Review’s poetry editor Anne Colwell. Wilson Wyatt was a one of the founders of the review. Anne Colwell is an English professor at the University of Delaware. The program is in two parts: first is a discussion of the new Delmarva Review with Anne and Wilson and the second is a dramatic reading of one of the Review’s fiction pieces, “Prairie Fever” by Emily Rae Roberts. It is read by Madeleine Slater. As an added feature, the Review recently had a reading at the Writer’s Center in Bethesda, Maryland and we’re fortunate to be able to share the poem “Responsibility” read by the author Holly Karapetkove, and a short fiction pieces by Caroline Beck, “The Secret Life of Pool Cleaners.” Prairie fever affected many European settlers and others from the east during the migration and settling of the west and particularly the Great Planes in the nineteenth century. Used to urban settings, some of these homesteaders found the vast emptiness of the planes, the harsh and almost constant wind, the bleak winters, and particularly the isolation literally maddening. Emily Roberts’ story captures the essence of prairie fever in a surprising setting. It is a powerful piece, read by Madeleine Slater with skill and feeling. CLICK TO LISTEN
Delmarva Today: Writers Edition #63 (10/26/18)
Sunday, November 11, 2018 will mark the 100th anniversary of the signing of the Armistice in Compiègne, France ending the First World War. Life Isn’t So Sweet As It Used To Be, An American in the Great War, is a compilation of the letters, recollections and poetry of Maryland Senator Millard E. Tydings covering his time as a soldier in the First World War. The book was compiled and edited by his niece Mary E. Campbell and her son John S. Campbell. Mary and John are Wilson’s guests today on Delmarva Today: Writer’s Edition to discuss Tyding’s writings about the war. There are a number of world events one could cite that have had a major impact on human history. The First World War is undoubtedly one of the most significant of the 20th century. It truly marked the end of the old world order. On the political side, for example, it resulted in the fall of four monarchies, and contributed to the Bolshevik rise to power in Russia in 1917. It also marked a shattering of confidence in the way we saw ourselves and our place in the world. Glory and honor, words spoken without embarrassment in the old order were left on the battlefield where death was impersonal and indiscriminate for the nine million soldiers, sailors, and flyers it took. To this number can be added the approximately five million civilians killed. Finally the end of the old order was also marked by a grand state of disillusion. The security of the future and our place as its author had never come more under question. At the dawn of the 20th century no one expected a war of this magnitude or duration. It all started with carrier pigeons for communication and horses for transport. It ended with tanks, trucks, submarines, airplanes for reconnaissance and bombing, machine guns, and poison gas. The sun had set on the old world order and confidence in the future was shattered by a war no one wanted, a war that ultimately bled into the horror of the Second World War. Click to listen.
Delmarva Today: Writers Edition #62 (9/28/18)
This month’s edition of Delmarva Today: Writer’s Edition is the third in the series on free speech. The first discussed the challenges to free speech on college campuses; the second considered whether free speech is being seriously challenged in civil society today. Our program this month addresses the question of the meaning of free speech in the digital age. It’s clear that the internet and social media have radically changed the nature of communication: the way information is broadcast and received today and perhaps even the way we see ourselves. It is a world now where anyone; individual, corporation, or group, anywhere can express their beliefs, thoughts, convictions, desires, etc. without fear of being coerced into silence. And it is a world where we can receive thoughts, beliefs, convictions, desires, and admonitions of others and respond, if we wish, in the privacy of our own domains. Oddly enough, this represents both a separation and a connection. As Peter Sunderman says in his New York Times opinion piece of September 11, 2018, “That world is one in which speech is often perceived not as an individual right, but as a public act, in which words and ideas are not your own, but a contribution to the collective. Social media has, in effect, socialized speech.” Is Sunderman right? And if so, what is the place of free speech in this new age of socialized speech, this digital age? Wilson’s guests to weigh in on this important issue are: Don Rush, Associate Program Director- Sr. Producer News and Public Affairs; at Delmarva Public Radio; and Adam Wood, Chairman of the Department of English at Salisbury University, and chair of the Committee on Academic Freedom and Tenure. Also joining the discussion is Dr. Jennifer Cox, Associate Professor on the Communication and Arts faculty at Salisbury University. CLICK TO LISTEN.
Delmarva Today: Writers Edition #61 (8/31/18)
Harold Wilson’s guest on Delmarva Today: Writer’s Edition is Tom (Tim) Linehan. They will discuss Linehan’s new book Hannah Gould. Hannah Gould is about the Jewish women in the Polish partisan movement during the Second World War. The subcontext of the discussion is actually courage—what these women had to overcome, what they had to do, and what they gained and what they lost in the process. There were about 30,000 Jewish partisans in both Jewish and non-Jewish resistance units. They fought a guerilla-type warfare in German occupied Europe: killing Nazis and their collaborators; disrupting transportation and communication lines; dynamiting railroad tracks, power plants, and police stations; burning bridges; and much more. About 10 percent of these Jewish partisans were women. Linehan’s fictional Hannah Gould was one of these fighters. Her story is fascinating as, like all the Jewish women partisans, she struggles, not only against the Germans, but also against the sexism and antisemitism within her own partisan group. The key literary theme in Hannah Gould is that Hannah is afraid she will lose herself as she progresses from an innocent young girl to a hardened killer. Click here to listen.
Delmarva Today: Writers Edition (7/27/18)
Harold Wilson’s guest today is John Reisinger and they’re talking about John’s new book, The Secrets Behind the Structures. John is a prolific writer, having written some 15 books including historical novels, nonfiction works, and historical mysteries. John Reisinger’s book is about what he calls the back stories behind some of the world’s greatest structures. “Structures have back stories,” he says, “sometimes stretching over centuries and involving wars, intrigues, disasters, and bizarre characters. From the Cathedral at Chartres to the Great Wall of China, the world is full of beautiful and impressive structures with an inside story that few know about.” Click to listen.
Delmarva Today: Writers Edition #60 (6/29/18)
It’s summer and we’re talking about the beach today; the sand, the sun, the warmth that draws us by the thousands to the edge of the sea. For those who live along the edge of the ocean, and even for those who visit for a short period of time a way of life develops that is more relaxed, open, and even accepting. There is a tactile sense—a feel of touching, being more like one with the rawness of nature. We could say there is something we might call beach life. Host Harold Wilson’s guest on today’s Delmarva Today: Writer’s Edition is Nancy Sakaduski. Nancy is owner of Cat & Mouse Press and organizer of the Rehoboth Beach Reads Short Story Contest. Cat & Mouse Press publishes beach reads for adults and children, including an annual anthology that contains the winning entries from the short story contest. The latest anthology is Beach Life. Joining Wilson along with Nancy are Mary Pauer, one of the contest judges, Jackson Coppley, author of “The Bomber Jacket”, Marie Lathers, author of “Rearrangements,” and Robin Glanden, who will provide a special reading of that story. Click to listen.
Delmarva Today: Writers Edition #59 (5/25/18)
Harold Wilson’s guests on today’s Delmarva Today: Writer’s Edition focus on children’s literature and features the June 16 Chesapeake Children’s Book Festival in Easton, MD. Host Harold Wilson’s guests are Tim Young, organizer of the festival and author of more than ten children’s books, and Laura Powell, Children/Young Adult Services Librarian at the library. In addition four young people from the Salisbury area will read their favorite books. Tim Young and Laura Powell will discuss the current themes in children’s literature, how what children are reading has changed over the past fifteen years. Also, is there a darker side to children’s literature today as there was in the past? Click to listen
Delmarva Today: Writers Edition #58 (4/27/18)
On today’s Delmarva Today: Writer’s Edition are Don Rush, Associate Program Director- Sr. Producer News and Public Affairs; at Delmarva Public Radio; and Adam Wood, Chairman of the Department of English at Salisbury University, and chair of the Committee on Academic Freedom and Tenure. This is the second in a series of three discussions on free speech. In the first session in January the program featured free speech on college campuses. Later this summer free speech and the internet will be the topic of discussion. This broadcast considers free speech and civil society or, free speech in the broader community. The Enlightenment of the 17th and 18th centuries and its ideals of reason, science, humanism, and progress will be considered as the birth place of free speech and the foundation of democracy in America. The primary question considered is whether free speech and the Enlightenment ideas are seriously threatened in America today. Neuroscientist and linguist Steven Pinker’s new book Enlightenment Now is featured in the discussion. Click to listen.
Delmarva Today: Writers Edition #57 (3/30/18)
Why do people leave home to serve and fight in the wars of other countries? Are they courageous heroes or courageous fools? This is the question raised by Harold Wilson’s guest on today’s Delmarva Today: Writer’s Edition, Dr. Herb Howe. In his scholarly paper on Swedish pilot Carl von Rosen, Dr. Howe asks, “Did Count von Rosen Do the Right Thing in Biafra?” This Swedish pilot was the first-ever pilot for the International Committee of the Red Cross when he flew for Haile Salassie’s Ethiopia against invading Italy in the 1930’s. He flew for Finland against invading Russia, served as Principal Instructor and Director of the imperial Ethiopian Air Forces and later piloted for the United Nations in the Congo. In addition, von Rosen broke the Nigerian air blockade against the secessionist state of Biafra. In this effort, he foreshadowed the present day humanitarian international organizations such as Médecins Sans Frontières. Even with all these accomplishments, and the thousands of lives he saved, Dr. Howe raises the question: Was he a courageous hero or a courageous fool. Dr. Howe is the author of two books and has contributed articles and chapters to many others. He studied at The Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy at Tufts University and received his Ph.D. in Political Science from Harvard University. He recently retired as a long time professor at Georgetown University in Washington DC. Click to listen.
Delmarva Today: Writers Edition #56 (2/23/18)
On Delmarva Today: Writer’s Edition host Harold Wilson is on the road at Old Dominion University in Norfolk, VA to talk to Dr. Michael Allen and Mary-Carson Saunders Stiff. Dr. Allen is an assistant professor in the Department of Political Science and Geography at the university and is a noted expert on climate change. Mary-Carson Saunders Stiff works for Wetlands Watch in Norfolk, VA as its Director of Policy. Ms. Stiff is an attorney and an expert on sea-level rise. Our discussion focuses on methods to ameliorate the impact of climate change on human settlements. Click to listen.
Delmarva Today: Writers Edition #55 (1/26/18)
Freedom of speech is one of the defining characteristics of any democracy. However, we have recently seen serious challengers to free speech on college campuses that has raised the First Amendment and our general understanding of free speech to a new level of debate. On Delmarva Today: Writer’s Edition host Harold Wilson will discuss freedom of speech on college campuses with guests Don Rush, Associate Program Director- Sr. Producer News and Public Affairs; at Delmarva Public Radio; Adam Wood, Chairman of the Department of English at Salisbury University, and chair of the Committee on Academic Freedom and Tenure. Also joining the discussion is Alexis Gramates, a senior at Salisbury University, majoring in Communications with a focus in journalism. Alexis is president of the Society of Professional Journalists as well as the anchor for Salisbury University TV news. Click to listen.
Delmarva Today: Writers Edition #54 (12/29/17)
The December edition of Delmarva Today: Writers Edition is in two parts The first segment is a discussion of The Eastern Shore Writer’s Association and their premier event The Bay to Ocean Writer’s Conference, known popularly as the BTO with guests Ron Sauder, President of the Association and Loriann Oberlin, Chairperson of the BTO Planning Committee.
The second segment of the program is an encore presentation of the Christmas drama, “The Princess of the Garonne.” The play is set in the South of France, and features actors from the Community Players of Salisbury. Click to listen.
Delmarva Today: Writers Edition #52 (10/27/17)
The tenth edition of the Delmarva Review was published in early November and Hal Wilson’s guests on Delmarva Today: Writer’s Edition are Wilson Wyatt, the chairman of the Review and Anne Colwell, the Review’s poetry editor. The program is in two parts. In the first segment Hal talk about the Delmarva Review with his guests and in the second segment they present a dramatic adaptation of the short story “The Church” by Philip Barbara. Click to listen.
Delmarva Today: Writers Edition #52 (10/27/17)
The October edition of Delmarva Today: Writer’s Edition is on the road at Old Dominion University in Norfolk, Virginia. Harold Wilson is talking about climate change with guest Dr. Michael Allen assistant professor in the Department of Political Science and Geography at ODU. His research explores the intersection of weather and climate on human health as it relates to extreme temperatures, climate variability and change. Dr. Allen’s publications in scholarly journals include articles in Physical Geography, Theoretical and Applied Climatology, and the International Journal of Climatology. His research on seasonal climate change has also been highlighted by National Geographic. Click to listen.
Delmarva Today: Writers Edition #51 (9/29/17)
The September edition of Delmarva Today: Writer’s Edition features a discussion of The Broadkill Review, one of the significant literary journals published in the Mid-Atlantic Region. In addition to its normal non-fiction, poetry, fiction and book review offerings, this issue explores a fiction genre called “speculative fiction.” If this is a new literary term for you, as it was for us, listen in and hear the Review’s Managing Editor Scott Whitaker talk about the broad nature of this genre. The broadcast also features poetry editor Linda Blasky, short story writer Christopher Weston and poet Katherine Gekker. Click to listen.
Delmarva Today: Writers Edition #50 (8/25/17)
The August edition of Delmarva Today: Writer’s Edition features Joni Foster talking about her book, When Normal Blew Up. Joni’s book is the creation of a personal memory built out of little more than found bits and pieces of remembrance blown across the landscape by a single catastrophic event in time—the senseless explosion of a bomb placed in a small town drug store some fifty years ago. Click to listen.
Delmarva Today: Writers Edition #49 (7/28/17)
The July edition of Delmarva Today: Writer’s Edition is in two parts. The first segment features a discussion of the book Beach Nights, the latest in the Rehoboth Beach Reads Series. Harold O. Wilson’s guests are Nancy Sakaduski and Robin Hill-PageGlanden. Nancy is the founder and owner of Cat & Mouse Press, a small regional publishing company in Lewes, Delaware. She is also editor of the Beach Reads series. Robin Hill-Page Glanden is the author of “The Portrait,” one of the short stories in Beach Nights. We’ll talk about Beach Nights and the Beach Reads contest. The second segment is a dramatic presentation of Glanden’s “The Portrait” adapted for radio and featuring members of the Community Players of Salisbury as well as music by Emma Driban. Click to listen.
Delmarva Today: Writers Edition #48 (6/30/17)
The June edition of Delmarva Today: Writer’s Edition features a discussion of dystopian literature as an imaginative reaction to repressive societies or the potential of authoritarian governments. It includes a discussion of The Handmaid’s Tale and how Republics devolve into autocratic states. My guests are Don Rush, News Director for Delmarva Public Radio, Dr. Adam Wood, Department Chair and Associate Professor of English at Salisbury University and Dr. T. Ross Leasure, Associate Professor of English at Salisbury University. This program is the last in a three part series on politics and literature. The first which aired in April focused on the ways literature has historically been used to impact politics including ancient Greek theatre through the muckrakers of the 1890s and beyond. The second program aired in May and discussed “the other” or those enslaved or reduced to an inferior or subaltern state by authoritarian governments. We looked at how these “others” produced literature to define themselves and recapture the language of dignity and freedom. Links to both former programs are on the website. Click to listen.
Delmarva Today: Writers Edition #47 (5/26/17)
The May edition of Delmarva Today: Writer’s Edition features a discussion of literature produced in authoritarian societies. My guests are Don Rush, news director for Delmarva Public Radio; Dr. Adam Wood, Department Chair and Associate Professor of English at Salisbury University; Dr. James King, Associate Professor of English at Salisbury University; and my daughter, Dr. Lee Slater, Senior Lecturer of World Cultural Studies at Old Dominion University in Norfolk, VA. A focal point of the discussion is the concept of “the other” and the protest literature produced by subordinate cultures in autocratic societies. The discussion is very timely in today’s political climate. Click to listen.
Delmarva Today: Writers Edition #46 (4/28/17)
The April edition of Delmarva Today will focus on politics and literature. To begin the discussion of politics and literature, Harold Wilson’s guests are Don Rush, news director for Delmarva Public Radio; and Dr. Adam Wood, Department Chair and Associate Professor of English at Salisbury University. Politics is currently in the air with the first 100 days of Trump’s presidency ending Saturday and the second and final round of the French election between Emmanuel Macron and Marine Le Pen on May 7. Click to listen.
Delmarva Today: Writers Edition #45 (3/31/17)
The March edition of Delmarva Today: Writer’s Edition hosted by Harold Wilson features poet and professional Shakespearian actor James Keegan. James is the featured poet in the current edition of The Delmarva Review. For over ten years he has been a member of the resident acting company at The American Shakespeare Center’s Blackfriars Playhouse. In addition, James is an associate professor of English at the University of Delaware at the Georgetown campus. We’re going to discuss James’ poetry and his experience as a Shakespearean actor. We’ll focus particularly on King Lear and the madness of the king. According to Shakespeare, what happens to the kingdom when the king is unbalanced? Click to listen.
Delmarva Today: Writers Edition #44 (2/24/17)
The February edition of Delmarva Today: Writer’s Edition hosted by Harold Wilson will be in two parts. The first half-hour will be an interview by phone with author Thomas Hollyday. Tommy has a series of seven mystery novels called The River SundayRomance Mystery series. All the novels are set in the Chesapeake region. Tommy weaves history and legend of the Chesapeake in his contemporary mysteries. He has an abiding concern for the wild habitat of the region and a part of the proceeds from his books goes to support wildlife drinking water resources.
The second segment of the program will be an interview with Ron Sauder, the new president of The Eastern Shore Writers Association and Susan Jones author of a history of the organization. We’ll talk with Ron about his plans for ESWA in the upcoming year and with Susan about the rich history of the organization. Ron owns and operates a publishing company called Secant based in Salisbury that has published several books by ESWA authors. In addition to serving as ESWA’s historian, Susan Jones is a teacher and has published several books of poetry. Click to listen.
Delmarva Today: Writers Edition #43 (1/27/17)
The January edition of Delmarva Today: Writer’s Edition features mystery writers Dashiell Hammett, Raymond Chandler, and Ross Macdonald with Karen Huston Karydes. In her recently published book Hard-Boiled Anxiety, Karen looks at the life and work of Hammett, Chandler, and Macdonald through a Freudian framework. Macdonald is not too difficult, he tells us that his work is a reflection of his personal life and the Freudian analysis that he went through, but Hammett and Chandler? Have they written themselves into their mysteries without intending to? Click to listen.
Delmarva Today: Writers Edition #42 (12/2/16)
The December program focuses on the publication of Volume 9 of The Delmarva Review by the Eastern Shore Writer’s Association. Harold Wilson’s guests are the former executive editor of the Review, Wilson Wyatt, the new executive edition Emily Rich, and actor and poet James Keegan. Keegan is the featured poet in this edition of the Review. In the first half of the program we’ll discuss volume 9 of the Review, and where it stands in the long history of The Delmarva Review. In the second segment of the program we’ll offer a short interview with Cecile Barlier, author of the short story “Immersion” published in the review. “Immersion” will then be read by The Delmarva Review’s poetry Editor Anne Colwell. Click to listen.
Delmarva Today: Writers Edition #41 (10/28/16)
The October edition of Delmarva Today: Writer’s Edition features a discussion on trigger warnings with Dr. Adam Wood, Chair and Associate Professor in the Department of English and chair of the Academic Freedom and Tenure Committee at Salisbury University; and Dr. James King, Associate Professor of English and African American Culture Studies. The discussion focuses on trigger warnings and their meaning and use in the university setting. Dr. Wood is with Harold O. Wilson and they are joined by Dr. Yuki Okubo, assistant professor of psychology at the University, and Don Rush, Delmarva Public Radio News Director. The discussion continues on trigger warnings today and particularly as this concept applies in the greater society. Does our interest in safe spaces, for example, reflect a state of societal insecurity and powerlessness? Has the polarization evident in the current campaign process highlighted this insecurity? Click to listen.
Delmarva Today: Writers Edition #40 (9/30/16)
The September edition of Delmarva Today: Writer’s Edition features guests Dr. Adam Wood, Chair of the English Department at Salisbury University and chair of the Academic Freedom and Tenure Committee. We are also be joined by Dr. James King, Professor of English at the University. “Trigger warnings” and their impact on students, professors, the universities, as well as what they reflect about the broader society is the subject of our discussion. Click to listen.
Delmarva Today: Writers Edition #39 (8/26/16)
Harold Wilson’s guest is poet Anne Colwell who will discuss her two books: Believing their Shadows, and Mother’s Maiden Name. Anne, an Associate Professor of English at the University of Delaware, has published widely including her critical book Inscrutable: Metaphors of the Body in the Poems of Elizabeth Bishop. Click to listen.
Delmarva Today: Writers Edition #38 (8/5/16)
Harold Wilson’s guest is Jack Shaum author of, Lost Chester River Steamboats, discussing the great steamboats that plied the Chesapeake Bay and particularly the Chester River. For over a hundred years, beginning in 1813 these ships worked the rivers of the bay carrying fruit, grains, crabs, and oysters. And for a dollar, passengers could cross the bay from Baltimore to the Eastern Shore on their way to the Atlantic beaches. The last steamer made its final passage in the 1950’s. In addition to Lost Chester River Steamboats, Jack is co-author ofMajesty at Sea, and co-ghost writer and coeditor of Night Boat on the Potomac. Jack is also a veteran reporter who has worked in both print and broadcast journalism in Baltimore and on the Delmarva Peninsula. Click to listen.
Delmarva Today: Writers Edition #37 (6/24/16)
Beach reads is the subject of today’s program and focuses on the Rehoboth Beach Reads Short Story Contest sponsored by Browseabout Books. Harold Wilson’s guests in the first segment of the program are Nancy Sakaduski and Tim Linehan. Nancy Sakaduski is, founder of Cat and Mouse Press in Lewes, DE and editor of Beach Days, the third publication in the Rehoboth Beach Reads Short Story Contest. Author Tim Linehan received a Judges Award in Beach Days for his story”Chance Meeting.” The second segment of the program, is the radio play “The Break Out” based on a short story of the same name by Katherine Melvin.The play is a humorous drama about two elderly ladies, Louise and Mildred who break out of the assisted living facility or “The Home” as they call it, for a day’s romp at Rehoboth. It features members of the Community Players of Salisbury in the cast. Click to listen.
Delmarva Today: Writers Edition #36 (5/27/16)
The program will discuss the slaves who served in the Union Army during the Civil War and particularly those who went to serve from the Delmarva Peninsula. Why did many of these former slaves return to the Delmarva after the war? Harold Wilson’s guests are retired Salisbury University history professor Clara Small and genealogist Teresa Neild. Because of his knowledge and particular interest in black history Delmarva Public Radio News Director Don Rush will join our discussion as well. Click to listen.
Delmarva Today: Writers Edition #35 (4/29/16)
Harold Wilson’s guest is senior fellow and director of the Brookings Intelligence Project, Bruce Riedel. Wilson discusses Riedel’s new book: JFK’s Forgotten Crisis Tibet, The CIA, and the Sino-Indian War. Bruce has served as senior adviser to the last four U.S. presidents on South Asia and the Middle East. His most recent books include What we Won: America’s Secret War in Afghanistan, 1979-89 and The Search for al Qaeda: It’s Leadership, Ideology, and Future. Delmarva Public Radio News Director Don Rush also joins in the discussion. Click to listen.
Delmarva Today: Writers Edition #34 (2/26/16)
Harold Wilson’s guest onWriter’s edition is Judy Reveal Chairman of the Bay to Ocean Writer’s Conference which took place on February 12, 2016. We’ll discuss the value of writing conferences for beginning and experienced writers. Among others, we’ll hear from bookseller Kathy Haige on what books are selling these days, mystery writer Austin Comancho on the difference between thrillers and action adventure novels, and Tom McHugh will even write a song for us. Click to listen.
Delmarva Today: Writers Edition #33 (2/26/16)
This program will air in two segments. The first part focuses on the civil rights movement of the 1960s. My guest is Reverend George Williamson. We discuss George’s participation in the North Carolina sit-ins in 1960 and how that experience changed his life.
My guest for the second segment of the program is former Salisbury University professor Clara Small. Clara is a member of the Maryland Governor’s Commission to Study the Legacy of Slavery in Maryland. Clara discusses the Harlem Renaissance and particularly the controversial author Zora Neale Hurston. Click to listen.
Delmarva Today: Writers Edition #32 (1/29/16)
This program is about the changing role of sex in literature. There’s no question that the expression of sex in what we read, the films and television programs we watch has become more pervasive and more explicit today. How in the world did we get here. And what does it say about our culture and our society? To help us understand this changing role of sex in literature, Harold O. Wilson’s guests are Susan McCarty, an assistant professor of English at the University of Salisbury and author of Anatomies, a book of short stories, and Adam Wood, Chair of the English Department at the University. We’ll look at how the role of sex has evolved in literary works and discuss how sex is used in today’s fiction. Of particular importance is what today’s literary expression of sex says about our current culture and what we might expect in the future. Click to listen.
Delmarva Today: Writers Edition #31 (12/25/15)
This is a special Holiday broadcast of Delmarva Today: Writer’s Edition composed of seasonal music and poetry, a personal reflection called A Gift of Warmth by Jane Elkin, and an encore performance of my Christmas drama, The Princess of the Garonne. Guests representing the acappella ensemble The Five Golden Rings, are Jane Elkin; co-founder of The Renaissance Singers of Annapolis; Marc Donnelly, director of that group, who also provides instrumental interludes; David Merrill, Director of Music and Arts at Woods Memorial Presbyterian Church in Severna Park; Henry Pazaryna , a Communications and Music student at UMBC; and Robert McGee, a founding Member of the Tidewater Chamber Singers. The poems are read by members of the ensemble as well as by Delmarva Public Radio’s Kara Dall Russell and Chris Ranck, and by your host. The Princess of the Garonne is performed by Lee Slater, Olivia Slater, and Madeleine Slater. And from the Community Players of Salisbury, Jim King, Tom Welsh, Judy Hearn, and Amiah Mumford. Titles of all the music on today’s program, as well as a list of all the poems, can be found on the Delmarva Public Radio website. Click to listen.
Delmarva Today: Writers Edition #30 (11/27/15)
The first half-hour of the broadcast celebrates the new edition of The Delmarva Review (Vol. 8). Harold O. Wilson’s guests are Wilson Wyatt, executive editor of the Review, poet Wendy Mitman Clark, fiction writer Jamie Brown and nonfiction editor of the review George Merrill. The second half of the Writer’s Edition gives aspiring authors information on the latest Publish-On-Demand (POD) printing technology that has transformed the publishing industry and empowered writers. Guest are Neal Gillen, Wilson Wyatt, and Bill Gourgey, managing editor of The Delmarva Review. All provide factual information for writers who want to publish. Click to listen.
Delmarva Today: Writers Edition #29 (10/30/15)
Harold Wilson’s guests on Delmarva Today: Writer’s Edition are two very popular authors and writing instructors: Lynn Auld Schwartz and Laura Oliver. Both are instructors at the Bay to Ocean Writers Conference and both are mentors and writing workshop instructors at St. John’s College in Annapolis. They offer essential tips for major elements of the writing craft. Laura Oliver also discusses her memoir, The Story Within and how the elements are applied. Click to listen.
Delmarva Today: Writers Edition #28 (9/25/15)
Immigration is the topic of Delmarva Today: Writer’s Edition, particularly language as an important aspect of human integration. Host Harold Wilson’s guests are Jane Elkin, author of World Class: Poems Inspired by the ELS Classroom, and an English as a Second Language instructor at Anne Arundel Community College; Loubna Sobban, a recent emegre from France; and Sonia Lara who came to the U.S. from Venezuela. Loubna Sobban was born to Moroccan parents. She earned her BA and worked with the handicapped before emigrating to the Sates. Sonia Lara is an architect. Click to listen.
Delmarva Today: Writers Edition #27 (8/28/15)
Harold Wilson’s guest is Melissa Reddish, author and professor of English as well as Director of the Honors Program at War-Wic Community College in Salisbury. Melissa will discuss her latest book of short stories My Father is an Angry Storm Cloud. Reddish uses fantasy in her stories to peel back the veneer of normalcy covering her characters’ ordinary life. Exposed is a numbing sense of detachment and feeling of irrelevance. At the same time, Reddish offers new avenues of hope in her characters’ closed world. Her discussion of the creative use of fantasy in literature is both fascinating and engaging. Click to listen.
Delmarva Today: Writers Edition #26 (7/31/15)
Harold Wilson’s guests are the writing group, Coastal Writers, based in Rehoboth, Delaware. Interviews include Linda Blaskey, a member of Coastal Writers, who talks about the Dogfish Head Poetry Prize, of which she is coordinator, and about her duties as poetry editor and interview editor for The Broadkill Review. After a discussion of the history and purpose of Coastal Writers, three of their members, Liz Dolan, Irene Fick and Margaret Foster read and discuss their work. Dolan reads her short story, “The Conversion of Sister Terrence.” Fick reads poems from her prizewinning chapbook, “The Stories We Tell,” and Foster shares part of her memoir in progress about her trip across country with her Portuguese Water Dog Nike. Click to listen.
Delmarva Today: Writers Edition #25
Harold Wilson’s guest is poet Adam Tavel who discusses his new book, Plash and Levitation and the three themes running through his poetry: parenthood—primarily fatherhood; historical voices, including those of William Tecumseh Sherman, Harriett Bailey on visiting her son Frederick Douglass, and Paul Lawrence Dunbar on receiving a pageant sward from Roosevelt; and the third which is an urban, contemporary voice that captures the psychological tension and frustration of today’s world. Click to listen.
Delmarva Today: Writers Edition #24
Harold Wilson’s guests are Dr. Lee Slater, professor at Old Dominion University and Dr. Herbert Howe, part-time professor at Georgetown University. They discuss the young writers and spoken word presenters in Rwanda and their efforts to use comedy, poetry, and literature to rebuild a cohesive society torn apart in that country’s genocide twenty years ago. These voices offer fresh and compelling expressions to forms of human experience formerly suppressed in the immediate post-genocide construction process where ethnic identity was virtually silenced. Click to listen.
Delmarva Today: Writers Edition #23
Harold Wilson’s guests for the first segment this month are: Nancy Sakaduski, founder of Cat and Mouse Press in Lewes, DE; and editor of The Boardwalk, the second publication in the Rehoboth Beach Reads Short Story Contest and Keith Phillips, author of “The Watch,” a Judges Award winning short story in The Boardwalk. The second segment of the program features a radio drama, “The Ocean at Night,” based on a short story of the same name by Heather Davis and published in The Boardwalk. The play is a magical drama and features members of the Community Players of Salisbury. Click to listen.
Delmarva Today: Writers Edition #22
Harold Wilson’s guest this month is poet John A. Nieves, an assistant professor in the English Department at Salisbury University. Professor Nieves discusses his recently published book of poems, Curio. In addition to Dr. Nieves, the program features three students from the University who read and discuss their work: Maxi Garte writes fiction, Emmanuel Flores is a poet, and Tyler Tennant is an essayist. Click to listen.
Delmarva Today: Writers Edition #21
Harold Wilson’s guests this month are author Bonnie Feldstein who writes as Anna Gill and curator and historian Janice Marshall. The discussion will focus on Gill’s novel The Island Woman and how the great tradition of the waterman of the Chesapeake can help build a better future for the Delmarva Peninsula. Hear Janice Marshal sing “Till the Storm Passes By,” the prayer the women sing for their men as they set out to work on the Bay. Click to listen.
Delmarva Today: Writers Edition #20
Harold Wilson’s guest this month is Middle East and South Asia expert Bruce Riedel. Bruce talks about his most recent book, What We Won, America’s secret war in Afghanistan from 1976 to 1989. Click to listen.
Delmarva Today: Writers Edition #19
The program is in two segments. The first segment is a discussion of the Bay to Ocean Writer’s Conference sponsored by The Eastern Shore Writers’ Association coming up on February 28th. Harold Wilsons’ guests are Judy Reveal, Chairperson of the Conference and Robert Bidinotto, a conference presenter of the subject of writing “thrillers.” In honor of the holidays, the second segment of the program is a Christmas drama, “The Princess of the Garonne” featuring a number of actors from the Community Players of Salisbury. Click to listen.
Delmarva Today: Writers Edition #18
Harold Wilson’s guest this month is poet Sue Ellen Thompson discussing her new book of poetry, They. In these poems, Sue Ellen struggles with her growing awareness that her daughter is transgender and what that means for their relationship. In addition, the book contains a group of postcards, written by the poet’s daughter to her grandfather. The interview is a fascinating discussion of gender awareness that challenges our own gender security. Click to listen.
Delmarva Today: Writers Edition #17
The program is dedicated to issue #7 of The Delmarva Review and will be presented in two parts. In the first half-hour my guests are the Review’s Executive Editor Wilson Wyatt, poet Wendy Ingersoll and nonfiction editor George Merrill. The second half-hour of the program offers a radio drama based on one of the short stories in the Review, “A Limitless Sky” by Ree Davis. Click to listen.
Delmarva Today: Writers Edition #16
In the first half-hour of this Edition, Harold Wilson’s guests are Lee D’Zmura and master gardener Denise Swayne. The topic is the importance of native plants to the ecosystem and the environment on the Eastern Shore and in other Mid-Atlantic states. In the second half-hour of the program, the guest is mystery writer John Reisinger who will be talking about his murder mysteries and particularly about his acclaimed non-fiction work,Master Detective. Master Detective is about the life and times of New Jersey detective Ellis Parker and his work on the famous Lindbergh kidnapping case. Click to listen.
Delmarva Today: Writers Edition #15
In this Edition, Harold Wilson’s guest is Lynn Schwartz and her theatre troupe. They will present a radio production of “Page To Stage: What’s Love Got To Do With It.” Click to listen.
Delmarva Today: Writers Edition #14
In this Edition, Harold Wilson speaks with Caryle Murphy, a Pulitzer Prize winning journalist discussing her work as a foreign correspondent and the current political situation in the Middle East. Click to listen.
Delmarva Today: Writers Edition #13
In this Edition, Harold Wilson speaks with Susan McAnelly, general manager of Browseabout Books and Nancy Sakaduski, editor and publisher of The Beach House, a collection of short stories. The topic is “beach reads.” The second segment of the program features “Fair Warning,” a clever, film-noir-style radio drama set in contemporary Rehoboth Beach, DE. Click to listen.
Delmarva Today: Writers Edition #12
In this Edition, Harold Wilson speaks with Dr. Mary Brinkmeyer, deployment behavioral health psychologist with the Center for Deployment Psychology at the Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences in Bethesda. Click to listen.
Delmarva Today: Writers Edition #18
Harold Wilson’s guest this month is poet Sue Ellen Thompson discussing her new book of poetry, They. In these poems, Sue Ellen struggles with her growing awareness that her daughter is transgender and what that means for their relationship. In addition, the book contains a group of postcards, written by the poet’s daughter to her grandfather. The interview is a fascinating discussion of gender awareness that challenges our own gender security. Click to listen.
Delmarva Today: Writers Edition #11
In this Edition, Harold Wilson speaks with poet Luisa A. Igloria, author of 13 books including Juan Luna’s Revolver and The Saints of the Streets. Click to listen.
Delmarva Today: Writers Edition #10
In this Edition, Harold Wilson interviews Sue Ellen Thompson. Sue Ellen has been nominated twice for the Pulitzer Prize and her poems have been read on National Public Radio by Garrison Keillor. The second segment is an original drama “Tea at Four,” written and adapted for radio by Harold Wilson. It is a drama of seduction and betrayal. Click to listen.
Delmarva Today: Writers Edition #9
In this Edition, Harold Wilson interviews Bruce Riedel, director of the Brookings Intelligence Project which is part of Brookings Institution’s new Center for 21st Century Security and Intelligence. Bruce also serves as a senor fellow in the Saban Center for Middle East Policy. He discusses his writings as well as his policy work on the Middle East and South Asia with an emphasis on our current relationship to Iran. Click to listen.
Delmarva Today: Writers Edition #8
In this Edition, Harold Wilson interviews the President of the community Players of Salisbury, MD. The director of their latest production, “Les Misérables,” also joins in as well as the director of their upcoming play, “The Foreigner.” The discussion focuses on what it means for a local community theatre to successfully stage a major musical drama with more than seventy cast members. The second half hour is a special treat: a dramatic production of, “The Day Starts in the Night.” This is a play written for Delmarva Public Radio by Sonia Taitz, author of The Watchmakers Daughter. Click to listen.
Delmarva Today: Writers Edition #7
In this Edition, Harold Wilson interviews Sonia Taitz, author of “The Watchmaker’s Daughter”. An excellent memoir of her life growing up with her parents who were Holocaust survivors. Click to listen.
Delmarva Today: Writers Edition #6
Note: The program has now been extended to an hour. In this special Halloween Edition, the first half-hour interview features Mindie Burgoyne, author of Haunted Eastern Shore. The second half hour is a dramatic presentation of W.W. Jacobs, classic horror story, “The Monkey’s Paw.” Click to listen.
Delmarva Today: Writers Edition #5
“WHAT IS THE MAGIC IN GOOD LITERATURE AND WHY DOES IT MOVE US SO DEEPLY?” Host Harold Wilson’s guests are Wilson Wyatt, editor of The Delmarva Review, Meg Adams, author of “Undertow,” and poet Bill Peak. The subject is Literary Journals. Click to listen.
Delmarva Today: Writers Edition #4
Guest: Lynn Schwartz, founder of theWriter’s Wordhouse, discusses why it is important for writers to read, what kind of reading is most helpful for writers, andhow writers should read plus insights to help improve your writing or to just increase your enjoyment of reading. Click to listen.
Delmarva Today: Writers Edition #3
Guests: Poets Linda Blasky, coordinator of The Dogfish Head Poetry Prize and the 2012 winner Tina Ray Datyton. Listen in to find out why you have to be over 21 years of age to enter the contest. Click to listen.
Delmarva Today: Writers Edition #2
Delmarva Today: Writers Edition #1
“Memoir,” Guest: Laura Oliver – Click to listen.