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hosted by KJZZ's Tom Maxedon.

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Thank you to everyone who participated in the 2023 KJZZ haiku contest. This year's theme: What's something you want to reset in your life? Jamie Galloway's poem "Dormancy Reset" was randomly selected as this year's winner.
Feb. 28, 2023
Shakespeare, hiking in Arizona, poetry on vinyl and a haiku winner share some thematic space on this KJZZ podcast about literature in Arizona and the region. It's hosted by Tom Maxedon.
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Feb. 28, 2023
A Taiko Drum concert at the 36th Annual Matsuri Festival in Phoenix.
On this episode of Word, a Valley resident turns experience as a former prison inmate into a graphic novel. Plus, addiction to an anti-anxiety drug leads to a debut mystery. Plus, the haiku train is still running down the tracks and as the KJZZ Annual Haiku Writing Contest keeps on chugging.
Feb. 14, 2023
Coming up on this Season 9 opener of Word, wanna get off this planet? A new sci-fi novel examines the implications of doing so and what it means for sustainability by those of us who choose to stay on it. Plus, it’s Black History Month. Why are representations of it lacking in Arizona? Finally, February means National Haiku Writing Month (NaHaiWriMo), and the 2023 KJZZ Haiku Writing Contest.
Feb. 1, 2023
Coming up on this Season 8-ender of Word, we go on a show bender with highlights spanning the entire run-of-show from where it started on the island of Guam in 2016 until now.
Dec. 20, 2022
On this penultimate episode of Word for 2022, a local creative peppers the episode with perseverance, imagination, elevation and empowerment while asking the question: “Who do we owe?”
Dec. 6, 2022
What does the NEA Big Read program, NaNoWriMo and Linda Ronstadt have in common? Find out on this episode of Word, a KJZZ podcast about literature in Arizona and the region.
Nov. 22, 2022
What do an Old West mystery/fantasy novel, a former transgender firefighter and NaNoWriMo have in common? Find out on this episode of KJZZ's Word. It's a podcast about literature in Arizona and the region.
Nov. 8, 2022
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What do outlaws, dysfunctional family outings and a Scottish bookstore have in common? Find out on this episode of Word. It's a KJZZ podcasted hosted by Tom Maxedon.
Oct. 25, 2022
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What does kid lit and the courage of a Mexican woman journalist have in common? Questions like these are explored on Word. It’s a KJZZ podcast about literature in Arizona and the region.
Oct. 4, 2022
What do vampires, poetry and Agatha Christie have in common? Find out in this episode of Word, a podcast hosted by KJZZ's Tom Maxedon about literature in Arizona and the region.
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Sept. 20, 2022
What do detectives, mobsters, jazz musicians, and fall have in common? Those are some of the themes we explore on the Season 8 opener of Word. It’s a podcast about literature in Arizona and the region hosted by KJZZ’s Tom Maxedon.
Sept. 6, 2022
What do a middle-grade novelist, thriller enthusiast and swingers have in common? It’s all fodder for the season ender of Word, a podcast about literature in Arizona and the region hosted by KJZZ’s Tom Maxedon.
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June 7, 2022
What do a Coconino High School student, a novelist and writer for the San Francisco Chronicle as well as a poet from Fountain Hills have in common? They're all part of this edition of Word, a podcast about literature in Arizona and the region hosted by KJZZ's Tom Maxedon.
May 24, 2022
What do a children's author with a new release, an action-adventure writer who pivoted during the pandemic to ghostwriting and a librarian have in common? They're all part of this episode of "Word." It's a podcast about literature in Arizona and the region, created and hosted by KJZZ's Tom Maxedon.
May 3, 2022
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What do a labor organizer who fought to unionize industrial laundry workers in the valley, a teen author and poets from the Valley have in common? They are part of this second episode of "Word" that celebrates National Poetry Month.
April 19, 2022
Lauren Topor
Word returns from spring break with new conversations about kid lit, Valley poets preparing to go geopolitical vs. Vladimir Putin’s war against Ukraine during National Poetry Month and the upcoming Tucson Poetry Festival.
April 5, 2022
Robin Wayland
What do a KJZZ reporter, the former Phoenix poet laureate, a Valley haiku poet with a new haiku trilogy and the winner of this year’s Haiku Writing Contest have in common? They all shine on KJZZ’s “Word.” It’s a podcast about literature in Arizona and the region, hosted by Tom Maxedon.
Feb. 28, 2022
What do a Scottsdale memoirist, a Tucson coffee shop/bookstore owner — who's also a haiku enthusiast as well as a crime writer — and a Tucson Festival of Books panelist have in common? They’re all part of this episode of KJZZ’s Word. It’s a podcast about literature in Arizona and the region.
Feb. 15, 2022
What do a debut novelist from Tucson, a Nigerian-American young adult and fantasy writer who just moved to the Valley as well as a teacher who is part of the Arizona Matsuri steering committee in Phoenix have in common? They comprise our Season 7 opener episode of "Word." It’s a podcast about literature in Arizona and the region.
Feb. 1, 2022

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