In the 49 Writers Active Voice Podcast, writers and artists reflect on how current issues shape their works. The ongoing series is hosted and produced by Katie Bausler from Juneau, Alaska for 49 Writers, a support and networking organization for Alaskan writers. Guests include Ernestine Hayes, Susan Orlean, Tommy Orange, Kim Heacox and Pam Houston.
Annie Bartholomew, Writer-Musician, "Sisters of White Chapel"
35:44In her debut album, Sisters of White Chapel, Alaskan writer and musician Annie Bartholomew brings a fresh approach to traditional folk music, channeling the under told stories of some of the working women of Alaska's Gold Rush. And as she tells 49 Writers Active Voice producer and host Katie Bausler, sex work was the only choice for many women in late 19th century mining towns. Bartholomew wanted to know more about their lives. So she wrote an album of short stories. A few of the haunting and catchy tunes are featured in this episode, kicked off by Bartholomew's adaptation of The Cuckoo, with her on Clawhammer banjo.
Beth Ann Mathews, Author, "Deep Waters"
29:03Beth Ann Mathews, her husband Jim and nine year old son Glen were living a full and vibrant life in Alaska’s capital Juneau, which, as she describes lies, “between the ocean and a retreating glacier, a dynamic landscape that challenged and nurtured us.” She could not have imagined the challenges the family trio would overcome when Jim sustained a rare type of stroke brought on by a relatively common task. They’re the focus of her debut book, "Deep Waters, a Memoir of Loss, Alaska Adventure and Love Rekindled." You can find this work of nonfiction on relationship resilience at your local bookstore or online. To learn more visit the author's website at bethannmathews.com
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Melinda Moustakis, Author, "Homestead"
28:48Acclaimed author Melinda Moustakis on her debut novel, Homestead. In this first 49 Writers Active Voice Podcast taped LIVE, we go back in time to the last years before Alaska became a state, and the tumultuous relationship of unlikely homesteaders. Inspired by the story of the author's grandparents, Homestead was reviewed "absolutely remarkable" by the Historical Novel Society. And "spare, exquisite, tough and lovely" by the New York Times. Pre-book signing chat with host Katie Bausler followed by audience questions. Recorded March 21st, 2023 at Hearthside Books along Gastineau Channel in Juneau, Alaska!
Tommy Orange, Author, "There, There"
29:05Tommy Orange on his commended debut novel "There, There", which tells the intertwining stories of Native Americans en route to a pow wow in Orange's hometown of Oakland, California. He discusses what to expect from the highly anticipated sequel, the current reckoning of the past genocide of Native Americans, white supremacy and the quest for hope versus hate. Since its 2018 publication,"There, There" has been placed on academic reading lists and a TV series based on the book is in the works. "There, There" has been honored with many awards, including the American Book Award. PEN/Hemingway judges deemed it, "as acutely attuned to our cultural and political condition as it is to the indelible legacy of violence that brought us here."
Linnea Lentfer, Author, "Hold the Tide"
28:14Linnea Lentfer discusses and reads passages from her debut novel. "Hold the Tide" is told by a young girl raised like Lentfer, hunting deer and gathering berries in remote and wild Southeast Alaska. Unlike the author, her protagonist grew up in a prior century, the child of a shunned and threatened single mother. Lentfer began writing her book when she was 12, the same age as her narrator. "Hold the Tide" was published as she graduated from high school and began college. "More than a page-turner, more than a great read, this is a significant and beautiful book about the courage of women in a cold, but life-graced land." -Kathleen Dean Moore, Author, "Earth's Wild Music"
Bonnie Proudfoot, Author, "Goshen Road"
33:11Ohio author Bonnie Proudfoot discusses and reads passages from her debut novel with Active Voice host and producer Katie Bausler. Goshen Road is told through the alternating voices of a working class family in rural Appalachia over the course of a generation. The book holds stories of a far from easy life in a time of societal transition in one of the most culturally rich and misunderstood parts of the United States. Bonnie Proudfoot moved to the Appalachian region in 1979 and has lived there since, teaching for many years at Hocking College in Nelsonville, Ohio. She is a fiction writer, a poet, and a glass artist proud to be associated with the Women of Appalachia project. Her novel, Goshen Road was named Book of the Year from the Writer's Conference of Northern Appalachia, is a Women's National Book Association's Great Group Reads selection, and was long listed for the 2021 PEN/Hemingway Award for Best Debut Novel. Learn more about the author and where to find her book here: https://www.ohioswallow.com/book/Goshen+RoadPlease subscribe and follow the Active Voice podcast on Apple, Spotify and 49writers.org. Music by Liz Snyder and Alex Kotlarz. Original music for this episode by Erin Heist.
Erin Heist, Singer-Songwriter, "Another Rainy Day"
27:06Thanks to writer and musician Erin Heist for sharing her creative journey on the 49 Writers Active Voice podcast, an audio forum on the role of writers and artists in these challenging times. Learn more about Erin and where to hear her EP, Another Rainy Day at erinheist.com
Emily Wall, Poet, Professor of English and Creative Writing
28:26In conversation with Active Voice host and producer Katie Bausler, Emily Wall touches on her current project, chapbooks in the personas of three renowned women, the difference between good and bad poetry, the annual literary journal she oversees, her meeting with esteemed poet William Stafford (who wrote a poem about it), and what initially drew her to poetry. Learn more about Emily Wall and her poetry at her website.
Kathryn H. Ross, Writer, Author of "Black Was Not a Label"
33:27Writers and artists discuss their work in these challenging, changing times with host and producer Katie Bausler on the 49 Writers Active Voice podcast. Episode 15 guest Kathryn H. Ross is the author of Black Was Not A Label, a memoir collection of essays and poetry chronicling her life from early childhood to her mid-20s. Themes include racism, identity, faith and their impact on Black Americans. Learn more about Kathryn and her writing on her website, speakthewritelanguage.com. Please subscribe and follow the Active Voice podcast on Apple, Spotify and 49writers.org. Music by Liz Snyder and Alex Kotlarz.
Vered Mares, Writers Block Bookstore and Cafe'
26:09We’ve reached a last straw in the struggle for justice for black people in this country. Add to that mass inequality magnified by the COVID-19 pandemic. What’s an artist, writer or activist to do? Writer’s Block co-owner Vered Mares and Active Voice host Katie Bausler discuss elevating the voices of black and brown writers. And Mares experience with racism and freedom of religion as a high school student in Denton, Texas, which led to a Supreme Court catalyst case in the early 1990’s.