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Thursday, October 10, 2019

Poet Grant Hier on Writers on Writing, KUCI-FM at UC-Irvine

Poet Grant Hier, professor at Laguna College of Art and Design, and author of Similitude, The Difference Between, and co-author with John Brantingham of California Continuum, joins Barbara DeMarco-Barrett for what turned out to be a masters' class in writing poetry. You don't have to be a poet or have any interest in writing poetry, to get something out of this show. And no matter what you write, reading poetry will only make you a better writer.

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(Broadcast date: Oct. 9, 2019)

Wednesday, October 02, 2019

Ann Patchett on Writers on Writing, KUCI-FM

Bestselling novelist Ann Patchett joins Marrie Stone for the full hour to discuss her latest book, The Dutch House. She talks about how the writing of this novel differed from her others, and how many times she had to rewrite and revise the manuscript. She shares the one writer who can teach you everything you need to know about writing fiction, and the essay she penned that will answer all your writing related questions.

Discover how being a bookstore owner has changed her approach to writing, her feelings about cultural appropriation, separating good art from bad artists, the colorful story behind the book's cover, and much more.

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(Broadcast date: October 2, 2019)

Wednesday, September 18, 2019

Mariana Lin on Writers on Writing, KUCI-FM

Meet the woman who lives inside your iPhone.

Writer and poet Mariana Lin was recruited by Apple to write the personality for Siri, and went on to write for other artificially intelligent personalities, like Sophia. This week's show explores the thinking behind creating a personality and "voice" for machines—from their humor to their backstories. Mariana was tasked with considering machines living in other cultures, and how they should respond to racist, sexually charged, or other offensive speech. And she was challenged to imbue them with whimsy, nuance, and complexity.

Hear about how Mariana’s love of language, fiction, and poetry is influencing a new cast of characters living in our world.

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(Broadcast date: September 18, 2019)

Wednesday, September 11, 2019

Jorjeana Marie and Helen Phillips on Writers on Writing, KUCI-FM

Actor, audiobook narrator, and writer Jorjeana Marie joins Barbara DeMarco-Barrett to talk about Improv for Writers. In the second half, novelist Helen Phillips comes on to talk about The Need, published by Simon and Schuster. Phillips discusses "emotional" revision while Marie talks about how improv is a tool writers can employ for everything from getting past the blank page to figuring out plot and structure.

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(Broadcast date: Sept. 11, 2019)

Monday, September 09, 2019

Christy Lefteri & Susan Straight on Writers on Writing, KUCI-FM

Novelist Christy Lefteri joins Marrie Stone to talk about her latest book, The Beekeeper of Aleppo. She talks about her time as a UNICEF volunteer and growing up as a child of two refugees and how these events informed the novel. She discusses how words and phrases trigger her memories, and how she used that experience as an effective flashback device in the book, and much more.

In the second half, Susan Straight shares her memoir, In the Country of Women. She talks about her family's secret language, the effective thread of The Odyssey throughout the book, and her enduring relationship with a very special possum.

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Monday, September 02, 2019

Short Story Writers Peter Orner & Ben Marcus on Writers on Writing, KUCI-FM

Peter Orner joins Marrie Stone to talk about his latest collection, Maggie Brown & Others. He discusses the power of the short story form, and how he attempted to create the sensation of walking down a city sidewalk and staring up into all the lit apartment windows to get a sense of story. He talks about the importance of place, and leaving it. And much more.

In the second half, Ben Marcus shares his collection, Notes From the Fog. Ben talks about the story around which the rest of the collection formed, how Elon Musk's hatred of food inspired him, and more.

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(Broadcast date: August 21, 2019)

Wednesday, August 28, 2019

Novelists T. Jefferson Parker & Sigrid Nunez

T. Jefferson Parker, author of The Last Good Guy, and Sigrid Nunez, author of Mitz: The Marmoset of Bloomsbury, join Barbara DeMarco-Barrett to discuss the art, craft, and business of writing on Writers on Writing, KUCI-FM, 88.9 fm.

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(Broadcast date: August 28, 2019)

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Saturday, August 24, 2019

Rick Moody and Elissa Altman on Writers on Writing, KUCI-FM

In a show dedicated to memoir, Rick Moody joins Marrie Stone to talk about his latest book, The Long Accomplishment: A Memoir of Hope and Struggle in Matrimony. He shares how he wrote through a difficult life experience, feeding his creative energy, and more.

In the second half, Elissa Altman joins to talk about Motherland: A Memoir of Love, Loathing and Longing. She discusses the intricate connection between food and mothering, writing critically about a loved one who is still alive, and what the writing—and reading aloud—of the book taught her about her own story.


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(Broadcast date: August 14, 2019)

Thursday, August 22, 2019

Memoirists Liz Scott and Sands Hall on Writers on Writing, KUCI-FM

Memoirist Liz Scott, author of This Never Happened, and Sands Hall, author of Flunk. Start.: Reclaiming My Decade Lost in Scientology, talk with Barbara DeMarco-Barrett about their memoirs.

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(Broadcast date: August 7, 2019)

Monday, August 19, 2019

Rick Moody & Elissa Altman on Writers on Writing, KUCI-FM

In a show dedicated to memoir, Rick Moody joins Marrie Stone to talk about his latest book, The Long Accomplishment: A Memoir of Hope and Struggle in Matrimony. He shares how he wrote through a difficult life experience, feeding his creative energy, and more.

In the second half, Elissa Altman joins to talk about Motherland: A Memoir of Love, Loathing and Longing. She discusses the intricate connection between food and mothering, writing critically about a loved one who is still alive, and what the writing—and reading aloud—of the book taught her about her own story.


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(Broadcast date: August 14, 2019)

Thursday, August 01, 2019

Janet Fitch talks about Chimes of a Lost Cathedral

Novelist Janet Fitch, author of Chimes of a Lost Cathedral, joins Barbara DeMarco-Barrett to talk about her new novel published by Little Brown.

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(Broadcast date: July 31, 2019)

Monday, July 22, 2019

Literary agent Mark Gottlieb on Writers on Writing, KUCI-FM

New York City literary agent Mark Gottlieb joins Barbara DeMarco-Barrett for the entire hour to talk about what he looks for in a client, the attraction--and danger--of trends, self-publishing, and so much else about publishing.

Here's his bio: Mark Gottlieb is a literary agent at Trident Media Group in New York City. He ranks highly among literary agents in overall deals and other categories. With that insight and initiative, Mark Gottlieb is actively building his client list of new authors. He manages and grows author careers at publishing's leading agency. One of his core values is helping writers realize their book publishing dreams. Since his time at Trident Media Group, he has represented New York Times bestselling, as well as award-winning authors. He has also optioned and sold books to film and TV companies. He previously ran Trident Media Group's Audiobook Department and before that worked in Foreign Rights. Prior to that he served as Executive Assistant to the literary agency's Chairman. Agent Mark Gottlieb is actively seeking submissions in all categories. He is looking forward to bringing new authors to the curious minds of their future readers.

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(Broadcast date: July 17, 2019)

Friday, July 12, 2019

Caite Dolan-Leach on Writers on Writing, KUCI-FM

Caite Dolan-Leach joins Marrie Stone to talk about her latest novel, We Went to the Woods. She shares her draw to her childhood home as setting, her research methods, the myriad blind paths her narrator led her down, and her methods for unlocking character.

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(Broadcast date: July 10, 2019)

Tuesday, July 09, 2019

Shawn Levy, The Castle on Sunset, joins Barbara DeMarco-Barrett

Shawn Levy, author of The Castle on Sunset:Life, Death, Love, Art, and Scandal at Hollywood's Chateau Marmont, joins Barbara to talk about his new nonfiction book. The only guest for the entire hour, they discuss "gathering string," doing research, writing and revising.

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(Broadcast date: July 3, 2019)

Sunday, June 30, 2019

Gary Shteyngart on Writers on Writing, KUCI-FM

Novelist Gary Shteyngart joins Marrie Stone for the full hour to talk about his latest book, Lake Success, now available in paperback.

Gary talks about creating effective satire, his pull toward the immigrant story, research, the novel's biggest challenge, and much more.

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(Broadcast date: June 26, 2019)

Thursday, June 27, 2019

Karen Russell and Jessica Francis Kane on Writers on Writing, KUCI-FM

Novelist and short story writer Karen Russell joins Marrie Stone to talk about her latest collection, Orange World. She discusses how she approaches stories versus novels, the Venn Diagram of character, how copying out sentences of other writers helps her rhythm and more.

In the second half, Jessica Francis Kane joins to talk about her novel, Rules for Visiting. She shares insights into how to deal with an interior main character, how the novel can be structured like a series of stories, what motivated the novel and more.

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(Broadcast date: June 19, 2019)

Monday, June 24, 2019

Deborah Eisenberg on Writers on Writing, KUCI-FM, Irvine

Short story writer Deborah Eisenberg, author of Your Duck is My Duck, joins Marrie for the hour to talk about writing, aging, smoking, and life.

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(Broadcast date: June 12, 2019)

Friday, June 07, 2019

Stewart O'Nan and Tara Conklin on Writers on Writing, KUCI-FM

Stewart O'Nan joins Marrie Stone to talk about his latest novel, Henry, Himself. He gives a mini-MFA lecture on character development, the creation of conflict by creating character clusters, and taking your character out into the world with you each day to understand their POV. 

Tara Conklin joins in the second half to discuss her novel, The Last Romantics. Among many things, she discusses playing with first person omniscient point of view, moving a narrative across space and time, and how reader feedback led the novel in a new direction.

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(Broadcast date: June 5, 2019)

Monday, June 03, 2019

Patty Seyburn on Writers on Writing, KUCI-FM

Poet and professor Patty Seyburn joins Marrie Stone for the full hour to talk about her latest collection, Threshold Delivery. She discusses ways to make poetry more accessible and her favorite contemporary poets. She talks about the ways a poem can gather momentum, how rhythm and language can lead a poem in new directions, how reading across disciplines and mining those disciplines for their own peculiar language feeds her work, and much more.

The interview references a promise to include some of Patty's writing exercises for poets and writers. For a link to those exercises, click here.

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(Broadcast date: May 29, 2019)

Wednesday, May 22, 2019

Novelist Leland de la Durantaye with Barbara DeMarco-Barrett

Leland de la Durantaye, author of Hannah versus the Tree talks with Barbara DeMarco-Barrett about writing his debut novel (though not the first one he wrote), about patience, and language. Not to be missed.

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 (Broadcast date: May 22, 2019)

Thursday, May 16, 2019

Literary agent Claire Roberts with Barbara DeMarco-Barrett

New York City literary agent Claire Roberts talks with Barbara DeMarco-Barrett about books, publishing, trends, self-published books, and more, on Writers on Writing, KUCI-FM, broadcast from the University of California, Irvine campus.

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(Broadcast date: May 15, 2019)

Friday, May 10, 2019

Sigrid Nunez and Amanda Marbais on Writers on Writing, KUCI-FM

Sigrid Nunez, author of the 2018 National Book Award winning novel The Friend, joins Marrie Stone to talk about enduring themes across her work, her trepidation about writing about a writer, and her general wisdom about the writing process, learning the craft, the role of talent, teaching, and the importance of reading wide and deep.

In the second half, Amanda Marbais discusses her debut short story collection, Claiming a Body. She shares her arduous revision process (confessing that stories often undergo between 25 and 40 revisions), and assembling a collection versus publishing individual stories. Amanda dissects one of her pieces—from original kernel of inspiration to the final revision. She discusses dialogue, the importance of reading your work aloud, and her propensity towards gallows humor.

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(Broadcast date: May 8, 2019)

Monday, May 06, 2019

Amy Hempel and Katya Apekina on KUCI-FM

Katya Apekina, author of The Deeper the Water the Uglier the Fish, and Amy Hempel, author of Sing to It talks with Barbara DeMarco-Barrett about the art, craft, and business of writing.

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(Broadcast date: May 1, 2019)

Saturday, April 27, 2019

Lydia Fitzpatrick & Kim Magowan on Writers on Writing, KUCI-FM

Novelist Lydia Fitzpatrick joins Marrie Stone to talk about her debut novel, Lights All Night Long. Lydia shares her connection to Russia, how she approached the ominous task of research, the importance of photographs and Google Maps in her work, and her thoughts about structure and narrative tension. She also shares her writing advice about "the wall of shame" and how deconstructing other people's novels helped her own work.

In the second half, Kim Magowan joins to talk about her short story collection, Undoing. Kim discusses the usefulness of putting constraints around her work, her thoughts about linked stories, and the elegant way she assembled her collection. She also talks about overcoming her fears to send work out, the role of contests for flash and short story writers, and the importance of independent presses.

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(Broadcast date: April 24, 2019)

Wednesday, April 17, 2019

Benjamin Dreyer, Dreyer's English, on Writers on Writing, KUCI-FM

Benjamin Dreyer, author of Dreyer's English: An Utterly Correct Guide to Clarity and Style, talks with host Barbara DeMarco-Barrett about exclamation points, comma splices, and an assortment of matters concerning grammar and punctuation.

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(Broadcast date: April 17, 2019)

Thursday, April 11, 2019

Melissa Duclos and Kim Dower on Writers on Writing, KUCI-FM

Debut novelist Melissa Duclos joins Marrie Stone to talk about her novel, Besotted. Melissa shares her nearly 15 year journey with her novel, her decision to break up with it, and her discovery of small, independent presses. She also talks about the novel's unique point of view, first person omniscient. You can learn more about Melissa and her newsletter at her website.

In the second half, Kim Dower joins to discuss her fourth collection, Sunbathing on Tyrone Power's Grave. In honor of National Poetry Month, Kim reads a few poems about her late father, talks about their origin, recurring themes throughout her collections, the accessibility of her work, and the subconscious influences at play. She also shares helpful advice for aspiring poets.

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(Broadcast date: April 10, 2019)

Thursday, April 04, 2019

Memoirist Meredith May, The Honey Bus, on Writers on Writing, KUCI-FM

Memoirist Meredith May, author of The Honey Bus: A memoir of Loss, Courage, and a Girl Saved by Bees (Park Row Books/Harper Collins) talks with Barbara DeMarco-Barrett about the art, craft, and business of writing.

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(Broadcast date: April 3, 2019)

Saturday, March 30, 2019

Lisa Gornick and Julie Clark on Writers on Writing, KUCI-FM

Lisa Gornick, author of The Peacock Feast, joins Marrie Stone to talk about her latest sweeping novel. She talks about the braiding together of three story-lines; researching historical figures while ensuring the research never feels didactic to the reader; managing vast amounts of time and complex story-lines, etc.

In the second half, debut novelist Julie Clark joins to talk about The Ones We Choose. She talks about writing a novel while working full-time as a teacher and raising two children on her own. She shares the contest that led her to her agent, and her path to publication. And she discusses how the explosion of reproductive technologies have led to some unintended ethical consequences.

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(Broadcast date: March 27, 2019)

Wednesday, March 27, 2019

Alex Michaelides & Amy Meyerson on Writers on Writing, KUCI-FM

Alex Michaelides, author of the debut literary thriller The Silent Patient, joins Marrie Stone to talk about his journey from screenwriting to novels and how the two feed each other. He discusses taking walks in the park—like his character—as a form of method writing. He discusses how Agatha Christie influenced his work, discovering his characters, keeping a diary as a way of giving his silent character a voice, and more.

In the second half, Amy Meyerson joins to talk about her novel, The Bookshop of Yesterdays.  She shares the origin story behind the book, learning the intimate and amazing things people tuck inside of books to later be found. She talks about weaving together clues based on significant novels, and more.

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(Broadcast date: March 13, 2019)

Friday, March 22, 2019

Steven Rowley & Abby Geni on Writers on Writing, KUCI-FM

Steven Rowley, author of The Editor, and Abby Geni, author of The Wildlands, talk with Barbara DeMarco-Barrett about the art, craft, and business of writing.

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(Broadcast date: March 20, 2019)

If you're in Orange County, California, on May 14, come to Lido Village Books where Steven Rowley will talk further with Barbara about his book. More at penonfire.com.

Saturday, March 16, 2019

Pam Jenoff & Soniah Kamal on Writers on Writing, KUCI-FM

Historical fiction writer Pam Jenoff joins Marrie Stone to talk about her latest novel, The Lost Girls of Paris. In an interview full of craft advice for writers, Pam shares her tips for research, structure, voice, inspiration and more.

In the second half, Soniah Kamal joins to talk about her debut novel, Unmarriageable. Soniah shares her origin story as a writer, how her background in acting serves her fiction, transposing a classic novel, cultural appropriation and more. 

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(Broadcast date: February 20, 2019)

Friday, March 08, 2019

Vanessa McGrady and Glen Erik Hamilton with Barbara DeMarco-Barrett on Writers on Writing

Memoirist Vanessa McGrady, author of Rock Needs River, and novelist Glen Erik Hamilton, author of Mercy River talk about the art, craft, and business of writing their new books.

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 (Broadcast date: March 6, 2019)

Friday, March 01, 2019

Novelist & Screenwriter Amanda Sthers, KUCI-FM in Irvine, CA

Amanda Sthers, author of Holy Lands (Bloomsbury) talks with Barbara DeMarco-Barrett about her new epistolary novel and why she starts with the ending.

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(Broadcast date: February 27, 2019)

Tuesday, February 19, 2019

Christopher Castellani and Susan Shapiro on Writers on Writing, KUCI-FM

Novelist Christopher Castellani, author of Leading Men, and Susan Shapiro, author of The Byline Bible, join Barbara DeMarco-Barrett on the show to talk about the art, craft, and business of writing.

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(Broadcast date: Feb. 13, 2019)

Saturday, February 09, 2019

Tom Barbash on Writers on Writing, KUCI-FM

Tom Barbash, novelist and short story writer, joins Marrie Stone for the hour to discuss his latest novel, The Dakota Winters. Tom shares his research, his background in journalism, his secret to creating compelling short stories and more. We learn a little about John Lennon, and a lot about Tom, in this informative and fun 58 minutes.

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(Broadcast date: February 6, 2019)

Tuesday, February 05, 2019

Pam Houston with Barbara DeMarco-Barrett on Writers on Writing, KUCI-FM

Pam Houston, author of Deep Creek: Finding Hope in the High Country, talks with Barbara DeMarco-Barrett about writing on airplanes, setting, balancing life with writing, finding structure, and more.

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(Jan. 30, 2019)

Monday, January 28, 2019

Tim O'Brien joins Marrie Stone on Writers on Writing, KUCI-FM

Iconic Vietnam War novelist and short story writer Tim O'Brien (author of The Things They Carried, In the Lake of the Woods, Going After Cacciato, and more) joins Marrie Stone for the hour to talk about memory, truth, storytelling, mortality and more. O'Brien shares his philosophy that the sound of the story—its cadence, rhythm, and music—should be its guiding principle. He also discusses his revisitation of Hemingway's work and the powerful persistence of childhood memories.

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(Broadcast date: January 23, 2019)

Friday, January 18, 2019

David R. Gillham and Janet Clare with Barbara DeMarco-Barrett on Writers on Writing, KUCI-FM

David R. Gillham, author of Annelies, a novel based on Anne Frank and who would she might have been had she lived, and Janet Clare, author of the novel, Time is the Longest Distance, about a woman who learns her father is an Aussie, and goes to find him, talk with Barbara DeMarco-Barrett on this latest episode of Writers on Writing.

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(Broadcast date: January 16, 2019)

Saturday, January 12, 2019

Jenn Stroud Rossmann and June Casagrande on Writers on Writing, KUCI-FM

Debut novelist Jenn Stroud Rossmann joins Marrie Stone to talk about her novel, The Place You're Supposed to Laugh. She shares her insights on how she unpacked the novel, writing from a young, black male's point of view, and how her work as a mechanical engineer and professor feeds her fiction.

In the second half, June Casagrande shares her insights and wisdom into grammar and syntax with her latest book, The Joy of Syntax: A Simple Guide to All the Grammar You Know You Should Know. She discusses common mistakes writers make, how to play with syntax in fiction, good examples of bad writing, and more.

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(Broadcast date: January 9, 2019)

Tuesday, January 08, 2019

Liane Moriarty & Mark Russell Gelade on Writers on Writing, KUCI-FM

Bestselling author Liane Moriarty joins Marrie Stone to talk about her latest novel, Nine Perfect Strangers. She shares her process, her weaknesses, and her affinity for multiple points of view, among many other things.

In the second half, Mark Russell Gelade joins to share his debut collection, Navigating by Stars: 24 Very Short Stories of Love & LongingHe reads a few pieces and talk about their origins, his revision process, his inspirations, arcs across his work and the art of compression.

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(Broadcast date: December 26, 2018).

Sunday, January 06, 2019

Actor Omid Abtahi on Writers on Writing, KUCI-FM in OC, California, with Barbara DeMarco-Barrett

Actor Omid Abtahi, featured in American Gods, Boys of Abu Ghraib, Homeland, Argo, etcetera etcetera, spends the hour with Barbara DeMarco-Barrett. They talk about the creative process, his roles, and how it all begins with the word.

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(Broadcast date: Jan. 2, 2019)

Friday, January 04, 2019

Memoirist Beth M. Howard with Barbara DeMarco-Barrett on Writers on Writing, KUCI-FM

Memoirist Beth M. Howard, author of Hausfrau Honeymoon, talks with Barbara DeMarco-Barrett about her new memoir, a prequel to Making Piece, on KUCI-FM 88.9. The show is first broadcast from UC-Irvine Campus and later podcast on iTunes. Subscribe to the show on iTunes and when a new show is uploaded, you'll receive it in your podcast file.

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(Broadcast date: January 2, 2019)

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