Arts & Culture

Judy Johnson reads her poem "Rainspeak"

Conrad Balliet reads two poems by Marietta Ball

Jessica Strawser lives in Cincinnati-she was looking for the perfect setting for "Not That I Could Tell," her second novel. She decided that the ideal place for it would be a community that she enjoys visiting, the village of Yellow Springs, Ohio.

As this story of domestic suspense opens a woman has vanished along with her children and nobody seems to know where they might have gone. The missing woman had been going through a contentious divorce, she has been separated from her husband, a physician who is living in an apartment while the divorce proceedings are underway.

22 years ago a relatively unknown poet became a publishing sensation after she released her first memoir. Frances Mayes had written about her experiences renovating an ancient villa in the Tuscany region of Italy. That book, "Under the Tuscan Sun,  became a massive blockbuster best-seller. The paperback remained on the best-seller list for years.

Mary Jo White reads her poem, "Why Poetry"

Steve Broidy reads his poem, "The Sensible Poet"

Janeal Ravndal reads Maureen Fry's poem, "Dusk"

Laura Lippman's latest novel is a standalone noir that pays tribute to the work of the legendary James M. Cain. Lippmann got the theme for this one in part from a newspaper story that ran during her days as a journalist in Baltimore. During this interview she tiptoed around what that news story was actually about because knowing what it discussed would have been a bit of a spoiler

Carol Stoner reads her poem, "Fax Machine Love"

Elizabeth Schmidt reads her poem, "Florida Boy 1969"

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