A podcast about literature
hosted by KJZZ's Tom Maxedon.

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Miriam Sagan
We're back from vacation and ready to kick off Season 3 of Word. KJZZ's second annual Haiku Writing Contest launches this month as we celebrate NaHaiWriMo (National Haiku Writing Month). We're teaming up with The Show again for the contest and offering some spirited discussions about haiku on episodes of Word this month.
Feb. 7, 2020
Krampus: The Reckoning (2015)
This is the final episode of "Word" for 2019. We explore the spookier side of Christmas with a look at the tradition of telling ghost stories during the holiday season.
Dec. 18, 2019
On this National Novel Writing Month (NaNoWriMo) retrospective and seventh episode of Season 2, we get back on the mic with some guests who joined us previously.
Dec. 6, 2019
Laura MacKenzie
We continue our focus on National Novel Writing Month (NaNoWriMo) in this sixth episode of Season 2. Guests include Michelle Rabe, Laura MacKenzie and Valley teacher Sonja Momon, who incorporates NaNo into her classroom in a unique way and is going rogue this month for what might be called "NaNoMyMo."
Nov. 26, 2019
Arizona writers gather at Burton Barr Central Library
Word is a podcast about the literary arts in Arizona and the region. In this fifth episode of Season 2, we celebrate writers all over Arizona who are participating in the annual NaNoWriMo.
Nov. 8, 2019
For writers in Arizona and around the world, November means composing 50,000 words for the annual NaNoWriMo. NaNoWriMo is short for National Novel Writing Month. It began 20 years ago with a small cadre of fiction writers and has become the signature yearly challenge for aspiring authors the world over.
Word: A Podcast Exploring The Literary Arts In Arizona And The Southwest
Nov. 6, 2019
In this fourth episode of Season 2, we celebrate Beat Generation writer Jack Kerouac who died 50 years ago this month and whose legendary novel, “On the Road,” which encapsulated the Beat Generation was published 62 years ago in September.
Oct. 23, 2019
chanel bragg
Word is a KJZZ podcast about the literary arts in Arizona and the region. In this third episode of Season 2, “All the World’s a Stage.” If so, what are theater directors doing to include more diversity on it?
Oct. 9, 2019
Word is a KJZZ podcast about the literary arts in Arizona and the region. In this second episode of Season 2, we explore children's and young adult literature in Arizona.
Sept. 25, 2019
Low Low movie poster
Word is a podcast about the literary arts in Arizona and the region. In this mammoth Season 2 opener, we push back against the depiction of young people from low income families as depicted in Nick Richey's film, "Low Low" which is being screened in Scottsdale on Sept. 12. The filmmaker will participate in a Q&A following the movie.
Sept. 10, 2019
AZ StoryFest logo
An interview with part of the team that's bringing Arizona StoryFest back to the Valley on June 1. Plus before the show takes a summer hiatus, a talk with to Cynnita Agent, co-star of "Single Black Female," and David Hemphill, stage director.
Feb. 9, 2019
Poetry podcaster Imogen Arate and poet Anna Flores join the show, plus KJZZ's Christina Estes samples some open mic poetry at a Valley bookstore.
Feb. 8, 2019
Portrait of woman with desert plants in the background
National Poetry Month Continues as Word podcast host Tom Maxedon returns to the Valley to talk to Sally Ball, associate professor of English at Arizona State University, and student poet and activist Austin Davis.
Feb. 7, 2019
It’s National Poetry Month, and we take “Word” on the road to Tucson to follow up on planting haiku in the city. We also visit the University of Arizona Poetry Center, home to one of the largest collections of poetry in the nation.
Feb. 6, 2019
TC Tolbert
Tucson Poet Laureate TC Tolbert and the Downtown Tucson Partnership put haiku in public spaces throughout the city.
Feb. 5, 2019
Maneki-neko statues for sale at the Matsuri Festival.
This week’s episode continues examining the art of haiku and Japanese culture as Tom Maxedon and his guest John Sachen preview the Arizona Matsuri Festival of Japan.
Feb. 3, 2019
Tomas Stanton
An interview with Tomas Stanton from Mesa Arts Center about engaging youth in writing and performing poetry.
Feb. 2, 2019
Michael Dylan Welch
An interview with Michael Dylan Welch, creator of National Haiku Writing Month and administrator of the website that hosts it.
Feb. 1, 2019
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Welcome to Word, a podcast about the literary arts in Arizona and the region hosted by KJZZ's Tom Maxedon
Jan. 31, 2019