Word: A podcast about the literary arts in Arizona and the region

Published: Thursday, January 31, 2019 - 2:52pm
Updated: Monday, January 31, 2022 - 5:06pm

Welcome to Word, a podcast hosted by KJZZ's Tom Maxedon about literature in Arizona and the region.

Susan Vespoli
S6 E6 | Jan. 1, 2022

What do a former hotshot, a poet writing about addiction and a planetary scientist have in common?

S6 E6 | Dec. 7, 2021

What do a poetry library director from Tucson, a Lipan Apache Earth scientist/young adult novelist and a Tempe poet have in common?

Tom Vitale
S6 E5 | Nov. 11, 2021

Explore the human condition in the past, present and future with a historical fiction writer, a Phoenix poet and a Valley gaming enthusiast.

Tom Vitale
S6 E4 | Oct. 26, 2021

What do a Valley financial advisor/novelist, tireless advocate of the arts and poet in her own right, and a teacher/spoken word artist in Phoenix have in common?

Tom Vitale
S6 E3 | Oct. 12, 2021

On this offering of “Word,” wanderlust is our theme. We explore what Valley teacher and writer Marla-Tiye Vieira, southern New Mexico scholar, fiction writer and poet Ana Castillo, as well as longtime producer of Anthony Bourdain’s TV shows, Tom Vitale, have to contribute to our itinerary.

Myra Kumala
S6 E2 | Sept. 21, 2021

What do a Tucson rancher with a famous sister, a poet who's lauded by NPR and the new Phoenix youth poet laureate have in common? Find out on "Word" S6:E2 hosted by Tom Maxedon from KJZZ. It's a podcast about literature in Arizona and the region.

Clottee Hammons
S6 E1 | Sept. 7, 2021

In this Season 6 opener of "Word," we run the gamut from dealing with post-traumatic stress as a veteran and personal migration stories by Black people living in Arizona to a romantic comedy based in Phoenix that deals with the opioid crisis.

Sara Fujimura
S5 E8 | May 26, 2021

What are you reading this summer? We have some suggestions by Arizona writers for adults and kids or those who don’t want to adult for a minute and feel their youth again. Hear their stories on this Season 5 finale of “Word."

Dr. Darcie Little Badger
S5 E7 | May 11, 2021

What do indigenous futurism, young adult fantasy literature and climate have in common? Find out on "Word" — a KJZZ podcast about the literary arts in Arizona and the region hosted by Tom Maxedon.

Dr. Tamika Sanders
S5 E6 | April 28, 2021

What do the Vietnamese diaspora, Beat/Wagner-inspired poetry, The Diné Reader and Black Lives Matter have in common? We explore those connections in this double-issue of Word as we close out National Poetry Month with PPE: a Pandemic Poetry Extravaganza.

Rosemarie Dombrowski
S5 E5 | April 13, 2021

National Poetry Month continues and after a virtual trip to Tucson last episode, we come back to the “Valley of the Poet” and explore some intriguing questions.

Jefferson Carter
S5 E4 | April1, 2021

We’re back from spring break and just in time for National Poetry Month. On this episode, we head to the University of Arizona Poetry Center in Tucson — well via Zoom anyway. Plus, we sample some poetry and talk verse with Tucson writers.

S5 E3 | March 3, 2021

National Haiku Writing Month — NaHaiWriMo — concludes. On this episode, we will talk briefly with the randomly selected winner of KJZZ’s third-annual Haiku Writing Contest.

Haiku Writing Contest
S5 E2 | Feb. 16, 2021

Na Hai Wri Mo — National Haiku Writing Month — continues, and so does KJZZ’s third-annual Haiku Writing Contest. This year’s theme: What's new for you during the pandemic? You can submit up to one original haiku per week. On this episode, we’ll catch up with organizers of this year’s Arizona Matsuri which is going virtual.

S5 E1 | Feb. 1, 2021

Welcome to the Season 5 opener of “Word” and the launch of KJZZ’s third-annual Haiku Writing Contest. This year’s theme: What's new for you during the pandemic?

Scott Simon
S4 E7 | Dec. 18, 2020

Welcome to the final episode of “Word” for this season. As we close out 2020, we’re exploring nonfiction, something we don’t often discuss as a literary art form.

Kevin Troy Darling
S4 E6 | Dec. 8, 2020

What do a retired veteran, a museum archivist and a technical writer have in common? They all finished the challenge of National Novel Writing Month and wrote at least a 50,000-word novel during November.

S4 E5 | Nov. 17, 2020

What do a tourism writer from Albuquerque, New Mexico; a Glendale life coach; and a burlesque performer and creative from the Valley have in common? They're all engaging in National Novel Writing Month.

Morgan Spatola
S4 E4 | Oct. 27, 2020

It’s nearly Halloween and almost National Novel Writing Month (NaNoWriMo). As we close out October, we celebrate the holiday and those who are stepping up to write 50,000 words in a month beginning Nov. 1.

Rebecca Roanhorse
S4 E3 | Oct. 9, 2020

We welcome Annika Clark, chosen by Creative Youth of Arizona as the Phoenix Youth Poet Laureate. Plus, we talk to poet and retired teacher Joey Connolly and Pueblo Indian writer and NYT bestselling author Rebecca Roanhorse, who has a new fantasy novel called “Black Sun” out this month.

Great Arizona Puppet Theater Repunzel
S4 E2 | Sept. 29, 2020

The coronavirus pandemic continues to present challenges for creatives. We’ll talk to a returning guest about it. Plus, we turn our attention to younger audiences and readers, beginning with puppets.

David Hemphill
S4 E1 | Sept. 1, 2020

"Word" is a KJZZ original podcast about the literary arts in Arizona and the region. We begin this season with the first of three returning guests, David Hemphill, executive director of Black Theatre Troupe in Phoenix.

Craig Santos Perez
S3 E10 | May 27, 2020

Before we go on summer break, we close out Season 3 of “Word” by continuing our celebration of Asian and Pacific Islander American Heritage Month with honest conversations about how those communities are coping in the age of COVID-19.

Hari Alluri
S3 E9 | May 14, 2020

Is the planet getting an environmental reset in the age of COVID-19? That’s the question we begin with in this penultimate episode of “Word” this season. Plus, we celebrate Asian and Pacific Islander American Heritage Month.

Narcissus Poeticus
S3 E8 | April 29, 2020

On this mega edition of “Word,” we put a cap on National Poetry Month in Arizona and around the Southwest.

Diana Marie Delgado
S3 E7 | April 20, 2020

As National Poetry Month continues, we are heading to Tucson, virtually, to check in with our neighbors in Southern Arizona.

Rosemarie Dombrowski
S3 E6 | April 7, 2020

Even as the coronavirus continues to shutter brick and mortar performance spaces, we shine a virtual spotlight on poetry this month.

Lady Caress
S3 E5 | March 27, 2020

While we hunker down amid a pandemic, creatives are facing tough times, too.

Sylvia Dale
S3 E4 | March 13 2020

We celebrate International Women’s HERstory Month with some influential Arizona writers and readers.

haiku booth
S3 E3 | Feb. 28, 2020

KJZZ's second-annual haiku writing contest comes to an end as we round out NaHaiWriMo.

Kristi Garboushian
S3 E2 | Feb. 21, 2020

We continue National Haiku Writing Month by talking to three poets with connections to Arizona and the Southwest.

Miriam Sagan
S3 E1 | Feb. 7, 2020

KJZZ's second annual Haiku Writing Contest launches this month as we celebrate NaHaiWriMo (National Haiku Writing Month).

Krampus: The Reckoning
S2 E8 | Dec. 18, 2019

In this season two finale, we explore the spookier side of Christmas with a look at the tradition of telling ghost stories during the holiday season, from the Grinch to Krampus.

Theresa Munroe
S2 E7 | Dec. 6, 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 to discuss their hard work.

Laura MacKenzie
S2 E6 | Nov. 26, 2019

In this sixth episode of Season 2, we catch up with three writers and their stories in medias res.

open book
S2 E5 | Nov. 8, 2019

In this fifth episode of Season 2, we celebrate writers all over Arizona who are participating in the annual NaNoWriMo.

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S2 E4 | Oct. 23, 2019

In this fourth episode of Season 2, we celebrate Beat Generation writer Jack Kerouac, who died 50 years ago this month.

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S2 E3 | Oct. 9, 2019

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?

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S2 E2 | Sept. 25, 2019

In this second episode of Season 2, we explore children's and young adult literature in Arizona.

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S2 E1 | Sept. 10, 2019

In this S2 opener, we push back against the depiction of young people from low income families as depicted in Nick Richey's film, "Low Low."

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S1 E9 | May 29, 2019
The Play's The Thing, StoryFest

Arizona StoryFest is back on June 1. Plus, Cynnita Agent, co-star of "Single Black Female," and David Hemphill, stage director.

open book
S1 E8 | April 30, 2019
National Poetry Month, Part 3

Poetry podcaster Imogen Arate. KJZZ's Christina Estes samples some open mic poetry at a Valley bookstore. Plus, poet Anna Flores.

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S1 E7 | April 24, 2019
National Poetry Month, Part 2

Tom returns to the Valley to talk to Sally Ball, associate professor of English at ASU, and student poet and activist Austin Davis.

stack of books
S1 E6 | April 18, 2019
National Poetry Month, Part 1

Word hits the road! Take a trip to the University of Arizona Poetry Center, a haiku hike in Tucson — and more.

TC Tolbert
S1 E5 | March 1, 2019
TC Tolbert

Tucson Poet Laureate TC Tolbert and the Downtown Tucson Partnership put haiku in public spaces throughout the city.

Rosemarie Dombrowski
S1 E4 | Feb. 22, 2019
Rosemarie Dombrowski

An interview with Rosemarie Dombrowski, Phoenix poet laureate and ASU professor, about taking poetry to the streets and the power of haiku.

John Sachen
S1 E3 | Feb. 15, 2019
Arizona Matsuri Festival

A preview of the upcoming Arizona Matsuri Festival of Japan with John Sachen.

Tomas Stanton
S1 E2 | Feb. 8, 2019
Tomas Stanton

An interview with Tomas Stanton from Mesa Arts Center about engaging youth in writing and performing poetry.

Michael Dylan Welch
S1 E1 | Feb. 1, 2019

An interview with Michael Dylan Welch, creator of National Haiku Writing Month and administrator of the website that hosts it.

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