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Alabama Arts Radio is a weekly program that airs on WTSU, Troy University Radio, broadcasting in the southeastern region of Alabama, WHIL in the Mobile area, and live on the Web. Click the headline to hear the interview.

  • Yvette Jones-Smedley interviews storyteller Joseph D. Trimble

    Yvette Jones-Smedley interviews storyteller Joseph D. Trimble. Trimble, a 2013 recipient of a Theatre Fellowships from the Alabama State Council on the Arts, recounts a short tale of many from his repertory about Anansi the Spider and shares tips to budding storytellers.

  • Deb Boykin interviews Xan Morrow

    For this week's show Community Arts program manager Deb Boykin interviews Xan Morrow, chairman of the committee for the Red Door Theatre for the Tourism Council of Bullock County and Midge Putnam, executive director of the Tourism Council of Bullock County. The Red Door Theatre, housed in a former Episcopal church, presented Conecuh People, its initial production, in 2004. Morrow and Putnam discuss the theatre’s emergence as a regional tourism destination and a showcase for plays about the South.

    Midge Putnam and Xan Morrow (photo by Steve Grauberger)

  • Anne Kimzey interviews Frank “Doc” Adams & Burgin Mathews

    In this show, Anne Kimzey, folklorist with the Alabama State Council on the Arts, interviews Burgin Mathews and Frank “Doc” Adams about their book titled Doc: The Story of a Birmingham Jazz Man. Mathews is a writer and teacher at Spain Park High School in Hoover and Adams is a jazz musician, educator, and the director of music at the Alabama Jazz Hall of Fame in Birmingham. The two discuss their collaboration on the book that covers the life and career of Adams, including his education with John T. “Fess” Whatley and his experience playing with jazz legends Sun Ra and Duke Ellington.

  • Anne Kimzey interviews author Chantel Acevedo

    In a recent broadcast, Anne Kimzey interviews author Chantel Acevedo, recipient of a 2013 Literary Arts Fellowship from the Alabama State Council on the Arts. During the program Ms. Acevedo reads from her recent work and discusses the influence of her Cuban-American heritage on her writing. (Photo courtesy of Alabama Arts Radio)

  • Anne Kimzey & Jeanie Thompson discuss the 8th annual Alabama Book Festival

    Anne Kimzey interviews Jeanie Thompson, executive director of the Alabama Writers’ Forum, about the 8th annual Alabama Book Festival to be held Saturday, April 20, 2013, in Montgomery’s Old Alabama Town. Thompson gives a preview of the more than 40 authors appearing at the Book Festival plus special features such as the poetry tent, the children’s area, and outreach activities for students and teachers.

  • Jeanie Thompson interviews 2013 ASCA Literature Fellow Adam Vines

    Jeanie Thompson, executive director of the Alabama Writers’ Forum, interviews poet Adam Vines, 2013 ASCA Literature Fellowship recipient. Thompson talks with Vines about his latest collection of poems, The Coal Life, a 2012 finalist for the Miller William Arkansas Poetry Prize.

  • Anne Kimzey interviews ASCA Executive Director Al Head

    Anne Kimzey interviews Al Head, executive director of the Alabama State Council on the Arts. Head was recently honored in Washington, D.C. as a recipient of the 2012 Bess Lomax Hawes National Heritage Fellowship from the National Endowment for the Arts for his role as a traditional arts advocate during his 40-year career directing cultural agencies in three states.

  • Al Head interviews Harper Lee Award recipient Rick Bragg

    This program is a rebroadcast that originally aired in 2009. It features Alabama State Council on the Arts Executive Director Al Head interviewing renowned Alabama author Rick Bragg about his upbringing in Alabama and his writing career. (photo by Tom Mason)

  • Anne Kimzey interviews poet Virginia Gilbert

    This is a rebroadcast of Anne Kimzey, literary arts program manager with the Alabama State Council on the Arts, interviewing poet Dr. Virginia Gilbert of Madison about her work and her time serving in the Peace Corps in Korea. (photo by Jerome Saintjones-Alabama A &M)

  • AWF Executive Director Jeanie Thompson interviews poet Sonia Sanchez

    This is a rebroadcast of Alabama Writers’ Forum Executive Director Jeanie Thompson interviewing poet, playwright, educator, and activist Sonia Sanchez. Sanchez talks about her belief in the power of poetry to help people survive their circumstances, including alienation and incarceration. She also speaks about her early life in Alabama, her father, Wilson L. Driver, a 1980 Inductee in the Alabama Jazz Hall of Fame, her formative experiences with the Black Arts Movement, and the development of Black Studies programs around the country.

  • Al Head interviews John O’Neal

    This is a repeat of a 2011 program of Alabama State Arts Council Director Al Head interviewing John O'Neal, actor, playwright, founder and now retired artistic director of Junebug Productions based in New Orleans. As a civil rights activist beginning in the early 1960s he co-founded the Free Southern Theater. He is probably best known for his widely toured character Junebug Jabbo Jones, a mythic figure who symbolizes the wisdom of common people. O’Neal has written eighteen plays, a musical comedy, poetry, and several essays. He is a winner of a Ford Foundation’s Leadership for a Changing World award (2005), the Award of Merit from the Association of Performing Arts Presenters (2010) and the United States Artists Award.

  • Summer Upchurch interviews Patricia White, co-founder of Slash Pine Press

    Summer Upchurch, an intern at the Arts Council, interviews Patricia White, co-founder of Slash Pine Press, an organization housed at the University of Alabama in Tuscaloosa. Slash Pine Press started as an independent printing press, the brain child of Patti White and Joseph Wood. Now, the program is run by four staff members: Patti White, Joseph Wood, Lucas Southworth, and Brian Oliu. Now in its fourth year, Slash Pine achieves its goals through a community-centered internship program that can be taken as a class at the University of Alabama. (photo of Patricia White & Slash Pine co-founder Joseph Wood)

  • Anne Kimzey interviews Joey Brackner

    This program is a rebroadcast of Anne Kimzey interview with Joey Brackner, Director of the Alabama Center for Traditional Culture, about his book, Alabama Folk Pottery, released in 2006 by the University of Alabama Press.

  • Alabama Poetry Out Loud Champions Peggy Payne, Doris-Anne Darbouze, & Bonnie Chen

    Arts in Education Program Manager Diana Green interviews the 2012 Winners of Alabama’s Poetry Out Loud Program. The State Championship was awarded to Peggy Payne from Mooresville. First place in Original Poetry recitation went to Doris-Anne Darbouze from Auburn High School. Bonnie Chen, also from Auburn High School, received an Honorable Mention for her original poetry recitation. Photo of Peggy Payne by Julian Green.

  • Folklife author Jack Solomon

    This week Steve Grauberger interviews Alabama folklore scholar, teacher, and writer Jack Solomon at his home in Tallassee, Alabama. He discusses various books he produced with his late wife Olivia, his life with her, and his long career as a teacher and college professor. Their books include Cracklin Bread and Asfidity, Zickary Zan, Ghosts and Goosebumps, Sweet Bunch of Daisies, and Honey in the Rock.

  • Abraham Smith, 2012 ASCA Literary Fellow

    Anne Kimzey interviews poet Abraham Smith of Tuscaloosa, recipient of a 2012 Literary Arts Fellowship from the Alabama State Council on the Arts. A 2004 graduate of the MFA Program in Creative Writing at the University of Alabama, Smith is an instructor of English at the University and the assistant editor at Slash Pine Press. During the program he reads a few of his poems and talks about the influences of his rural Wisconsin childhood on his writing.

  • Playwright Barry Bradford discusses his play “The Face in The Courthouse Window”

    Yvette Jones-Smedley interviews Alabama native Barry Bradford, a Southern playwright who writes often about small towns, racial conflict, and the vanishing South. Bradford discusses how he was commissioned to write The Face in The Courthouse Window, a theatrical work produced annually in Carrolton, Alabama detailing the legendary story of Henry Wells whose face was indelibly etched in the Pickens County courthouse window.

  • Jeanie Thompson, 2012 Literary Arts Fellowship Recipient

    Anne Kimzey interviews Jeanie Thompson, poet and director of the Alabama Writers' Forum and recipient of a 2012 Literary Arts Fellowship from the Alabama State Council on the Arts. Thompson, who is completing a book length persona poem sequence on the adult life of Helen Keller, reads poems from this latest work and discusses her research and the creative process involved in revealing the depth and passion of the famous Alabama author and activist.

  • Jessica Lacher-Feldman, curator of rare books and special collections at UA

    Anne Kimzey, folklorist with the Alabama State Council on the Arts, interviews Jessica Lacher-Feldman, curator of rare books and special collections at the University of Alabama’s Hoole Library. Lacher-Feldman discusses a number of cookbooks, recipes, and illustrations included in their Alabama Collection and the Lupton African American Cookbook Collection.

  • Augusto Soledade, artistic director of Brazz Dance Theatre

    Augusto Soledade, artistic director of Brazz Dance Theatre, talks about his life, philosophy and choreographic process with arts in education program manager Diana Green. Soledade’s new work blends the styles and social implications of the Argentine Tango with American Hip-hop culture and Cordel, popular Brazilian folk poetry, as inspirations for the creation of this abstract contemporary dance.

  • Jim Hilgartner, Literary Arts Fellowship Award recipient

    Anne Kimzey, literary arts program manager with the Alabama State Council on the Arts, talks with Jim Hilgartner of Montgomery as he reads and discusses selections from his current works of short fiction. Hilgartner received a Literary Arts Fellowship Award from the State Arts Council in 2011. He serves on the English faculty of Huntingdon College where he also directs the Staton Center for Learning Enrichment.

  • Robert Halli discusses An Alabama Songbook

    This is a rebroadcast of a 2004 program of Joey Brackner interviewing University of Alabama professor Robert Halli about his book, An Alabama Songbook: Ballads, Folksongs, and Spirituals. The book is based upon the research of Byron Arnold who collected folk songs throughout Alabama during the late 1940s. Actual field recordings made by Byron Arnold are featured during the program.

  • Poet Virginia Gilbert

    7/31/11

    Anne Kimzey, literary arts program manager with the Alabama State Council on the Arts, interviews poet Dr. Virginia Gilbert of Madison about her work and her time serving in the Peace Corps in Korea.

  • Poet Jake Adam York at the 2011 Alabama Book Festival

    7/13/11

    Jeanie Thompson interviews poet Jake Adam York on the eve of the 2011 Alabama Book Festival.

  • Alabama Poetry Out Loud winners Peggy Payne and Youssef Biaz

    6/23/11

    Donna Russell, executive director of the Alabama Alliance for Arts Education, interviews Peggy Payne(pictured; original poem) and Youssef Biaz (recitation), winners of Alabama’s Poetry Out Loud program. Biaz also won the national finals.

  • Sonia Sanchez, Poet, Playwright, Educator & Activist

    5/22/11

    Jeanie Thompson, executive director of the Alabama Writers' Forum, interviews poet, playwright, educator and activist Sonia Sanchez about her life and work.

  • Alabama Book Festival 2011

    3/27/11

    Deborah Boykin interviews Gail Waller, co-chair of the 6th annual Alabama Book Festival , and Jeannie Thompson, executive director of the Alabama Writer's Forum, about the upcoming festival on April 16 in Montgomery's Old Alabama Town

  • 2/13/11

    Literature Program Manager Anne Kimzey interviews Cheryl Davis, an award winning writer and playwright about her work.

  • Priscilla Hancock Cooper, coordinator for the Birmingham Civil Rights Institute

    1/02/11

    Randy Shoults, Community Arts, Literature and Design Program Manager for the Alabama State Council on the Arts, interviews Priscilla Hancock Cooper about her literary works.

  • Rick Bragg, Author

    10/24/10

    Council Executive Director Al Head interviews renowned Alabama author Rick Bragg about his upbringing in Alabama and his literary works.

  • 10/10/10

    Anne Kimzey, folklorist with the Alabama State Council on the Arts, continues a conversation with professor Steve Miller, coordinator of the Book Arts Program at the University of Alabama.

  • 10/03/10

    Anne Kimzey, Folklorist with the Alabama State Council on the Arts, interviews professor Steve Miller, coordinator of the Book Arts Program at the University of Alabama.

  • 5/30/10

    Joey Brackner interviews Ted Rosengarten about his literary works.

  • Youssef Biaz, Poetry Out Loud National Finalist

    5/16/10

    Diana Green, Arts in Education Program Manager interviews the 2010 Alabama State Champion of Poetry Out Loud, Youssef Biaz from Auburn High School, along with his English teacher and mentor, Davis Thompson.

  •  Sue Brannan Walker, Poet

    5/9/10

    Joey Brackner interviews Alabama poet laureate Sue Brannan Walker about her work and Negative Capability Press.

  •  John Sledge, Author

    4/18/10

    Joey Brackner interviews Mobile preservationist, historian, book reviewer and author John Sledge about his literary works.

  • Mary Kaiser, Poet

    4/4/10

    Executive director Jeanie Thompson of the Alabama Writers’ Forum, interviews Mary Kaiser, one of two recipients of a fellowship from the Alabama State Council of the Arts and a featured poet at the 5th Alabama Book Festival, April 17 in Montgomery, Ala.

  • Jeanie Thompson, Executive Director of AWF

    3/28/10

    Randy Shoults, program manager for literature at ASCA, talks with Jeanie Thompson, executive director of the Alabama Writers’ Forum and producer of two events for the 5th Annual Alabama Book Festival in Montgomery, Alabama on April 17 in Old Alabama Town.

  • Bob McClain, Executive Director of Old Alabama Town and Ashley Gordon,  Alabama Book Festival.

    3/14/10

    Randy Shoults, Community Arts and Literature Program Manager, interviews Bob McClain, Executive Director of Old Alabama Town and Ashley Gordon about the 5th Annual Alabama Book Festival.

  • Author Charlie Lucus and Photographer Chip Cooper

    11/29/09

    For this week's program Joey Brackner interviews Charlie Lucas and Chip Cooper about their new book, Tin Man.

  • 8/9/09

    Arts Council Executive Director Al Head interviews Bill Ivey, Director of the Curb Center for Art, Enterprise, and Public Policy at Vanderbilt University about his background and literary works.

  • Foster Dixon, Creative Writing Instructor

    7/19/09

    Arts in Education Program Manager, Diana Green interviews Foster Dixon, creative writing instructor at Booker T. Washington Magnet High School in Montgomery, Alabama

  • 6/30/09

    Jeanie Thomspon, executive director of the Alabama Writers' Forum, interviews poet and editor Sebastian Matthews about his literary works.

  •  Jim Murphy, Poet

    4/14/09

    Jeanie Thompson, executive director of the Alabama Writers' Forum, interviews poet Jim Murphy about his literary works.

  • Mary Ward Brown, Author

    4/7/09

    Randy Shoults, Community Arts and Literature Program Manager, interviews author Mary Ward Brown about her literary work.

  • Kathleen Driskell, Poet

    2/10/09

    Jeanie Thompson, executive director of Alabama Writers' Forum, interviews poet Kathleen Driskell about her literary works.

  • Dr. Wayne Flynt, Author

    1/6/09

    ASCA folklorist Joey Brackner interviews preeminent Alabama historian Dr. Wayne Flynt about his literary works.

  • 12/2/08

    Joey Brackner interviews linguists Dr. Thomas Nunnally and Dr. Catherine Davies about their latest literary work.

  • 11/18/08

    Yvette Daniel interviews actress and playwright Ella Joyce about her literary works.

  • Jennifer Horne, Poet

    11/11/08

    Jeanie Thompson, Executive Director of the Alabama Writers' Forum interviews ASCA Literature Fellowship Recipient in Poetry, Jennifer Horne about her literary works.

  • 8/5/08

    Steve Grauberger interviews actor and playwright Dr. Billie Jean Young, in Yantley Alabama, about her play Oh Mary Don't you Weep: The Margaret Ann Knott Legacy.

  • Steve Grauberger interviews Stanley Smith, John Etheridge, and Bill Aplin, elected officers of the Sacred Harp Book Company

  • Jake Adam York, Poet

    6/3/08

    Jeanie Thompson, executive director of the Alabama Writers' Forum, interviews poet and Gadsden, Alabama native Jake Adam York, about his collection A Murmuration of Starlings, recently published by Southern Illinois University Press.

  • Authors Kate Gale and Richard Goodman

    5/20/08

    Jeanie Thompson, executive director of the Alabama Writers’ Forum, interviews two writers who participated in the 3rd Annual Alabama Book Festival on April 19: Kate Gale, founding editor of Red Hen Press of Los Angeles, California, and Richard Goodman, author of French Dirt and The Soul of Creative Writing.

  • 5/13/08

    Yvette Daniel interviews Alabama Shakespeare Festival's Chief Operating Officer Michael Vigilant about upcoming events and his new play Bear Country and Elyzabeth Wilder about her new play Furniture of Home.

  • 4/8/08

    Jeanie Thompson, executive director of the Alabama Writers’ Forum, interviews Ace Atkins and Rheta Grimsley Johnson about their literary works.

  • Kirk Curnutt, Author

    3/25/08

    Jeanie Thompson, executive director of the Alabama Writers’ Forum, interviews Montgomery author Kirk Curnutt about his literary works.

  • Sena Jeter Naslund, Author

    3/4/08

    Executive director of the Alabama Writers’ Forum Jeanie Thompson interviews Sena Jeter Naslund about her literary works.

  • 5/15/07

    Diana Green, Arts in Education Program Manager, interviews Jazzmin Almaz Franklin and Khadijah Ameerah Robinson, winners of the Poetry Out Loud competition.

  • Jay Lamar, director of the Caroline Marshall Draughon Center for Arts and Humanities in the College of Liberal Arts at Auburn University

    4/17/07

    Jeanie Thompson, executive director of the Alabama Writers' Forum, interviews Jay Lamar, director of the Caroline Marshall Draughon Center for Arts and Humanities in the College of Liberal Arts at Auburn University, about the upcoming Alabama Book Festival.

  • Marlin Barton, Author

    4/10/07

    Jeanie Thompson, executive director of the Alabama Writers' Forum interviews Marlin Barton, 2007 Alabama State Council on the Arts Literature Fellowship Recipient, about his literary works.

  • Randy Shoults, Community Arts and Literature Program Manager

    3/20/07

    Joey Brackner, Director of the Alabama Center for Traditional Culture interviews Randy Shoults, Community Arts and Literature Program Manager for the Alabama State Council on the Arts, about various aspects of the grant programs he manages.

  • William Cobb, Author

    3/6/07

    Jeanie Thompson, executive director of the Alabama Writers' Forum, interviews William Cobb about his literary works.

  • 2/13/07

    Anne Kimzey interviews Joey Brackner about his newly published book Alabama Folk Pottery.

  • Elyzabeth Wilder, Playwright

    1/30/07

    Steve Grauberger interviews playwright and screenwriter Elyzabeth Wilder about her play Gees Bend, produced by the Alabama Shakespeare Festival.

  • 8/22/06

    Alabama Writers' Forum Executive Director Jeanie Thompson interviewing teaching writer Marlin Barton and Department of Youth Services teacher Sandra Whatley-Washington about the innovative Writing Our Stories: Anti-Violence Creative Writing Program,

  • Peter Huggins, Poet

    7/18/06

    Jeanie Thompson, executive director of the Alabama Writers' Forum, interviews poet Peter Huggins about his literary works.

  • Poets Greg Pape & Frank X. Walker

    5/30/06

    Alabama Writers' Forum Executive Director Jeanie Thompson interviews poets Greg Pape and Frank X. Walker about their literary work.

  • 1st Annual AL Book Festival

    4/18/06

    Alabama Writers Forum Director Jeanie Thompson interviews Conner Henton of the Alabama Center for the Book about the upcoming Alabama Book Festival.

  • Anita Miller Garner, Author

    3/7/06

    Jeanie Thompson, Director of the Alabama Writers’ Forum, talks with Anita Miller Garner, 2006 Artist Fellowship recipient in literature, about her literary works.

  • 10/25/05

    Randy Shoults interviews Auburn University professor and author Charlie Rose about his literary works.

  • Andrew Hudgins, Poet

    8/9/05

    Alabama Writers' Forum executive director Jeanie Thompson interviews 2005 Harper Lee Award-winning poet Andrew Hudgins about his literary works.

  • 7/15/05

    Steve Grauberger interviews storyteller, writer, and 50-year veteran radio personality Bob Sanders of Auburn’s WAUD about his publication Friends, Family and Frontier Country: Growing Up in West Alabama.

  • 7/5/05

    Steve Grauberger interviews storyteller, writer, and 50-year veteran radio personality Bob Sanders of Auburn’s WAUD about his publication Friends, Family and Frontier Country: Growing Up in West Alabama.

  • Robert Halli, Author

    11/30/04

    Joey Brackner interviews University of Alabama professor Robert Halli about his book An Alabama Songbook: Ballads, Folksongs, and Spirituals.

  • Tony Crunk, Poet

    6/29/04

    Randy Shoults interviews poet Tony Crunk about his literary works.

  • 4/27/04

    Randy Shoults, Community Arts, Literature and Design Program Manager for the Alabama State Council on the Arts, interviews Jim Hilgartner and Donna Estill about the 2004 Alabama Writer's Symposium event held each year in Monroeville.

  • 7/22/03

    Joey Brackner interviews Joe Dan Boyd about his book on Judge Jackson.