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Julie Moore reads Lianne Spidel's poem, "Unsung."

Many years ago I was spending a quiet Saturday afternoon inside a music listening room at my high school. There were shelves jammed with old record albums in there along with a turntable and a set of headphones. For a young music buff who was just discovering jazz that was my version of heaven.
 

Conrad Balliet reads Matthew Birdsall's poem, "Loveseat."

Conrad Balliet reads Ron Knipfer's poem, "The Spot By the Side of the Road."

The Living in Divided States exhibit has been in display at Antioch College's Herndon Gallery since December.  It explores concepts of diversity and division in post-election America through a variety of art forms and activities. 

Lee Child is one of the most generous writers around. He is an advocate for other writers. He provides enthusiastic blurbs for books he has enjoyed reading. A blurb from Lee Child can really give an unknown author a boost. I have Lee Child to thank for turning me on to a writer named Nicholas Petrie. Lee returned to the program recently and I quizzed him about books that he has really liked. He responded with a hearty endorsement of the work of Nick Petrie.
 

Restock 2017 is a two-day festival of music and friendly competition to restock local food pantries.  The jam band community will be represented at Friday night's Restock Hippie Fest, and on Saturday, harder rock takes the stage with Restock Metal Fest.  Bands representing each evening's show visited the WYSO studios to perform live on Kaleidoscope; Mainline Funk made return visit while Letters to the Blind made their WYSO debut. 

Oddbody's will host Restock 2017: Hippies vs. Metalheads on Friday, January 27th and Saturday, January 28th.

Julie Moore reads Maureen Fry's poem, "I Forget You."

Carol Stoner reads her poem, "Fax Machine."

Over the years I have had the opportunity to interview authors at various stages in their careers. Some of the writers that I have interviewed have gone on to become spectacularly successful. Nicholas Sparks comes to mind. When I interviewed him for "The Notebook," his first book, he seemed slightly dazed by the positive early reviews and he was reluctant to believe that fame was in his future. Well, he has sold a gazillion books since our first interview and he quit his day job as a pharmaceutical salesman many years ago.

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