Poets’ Voices

Conversations with writers in, around, or passing through Peoria.


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  • Poets' Voices

    Poets' Voices is a radio show of conversations with writers in, around, and passing through the Peoria, Illinois area. Jim Sullivan, host of the show, teaches English at Illinois Central College. The show is broadcast at 2:00 on Wednesday afternoons and repeated 8:30 Saturday morning on WAZU, 90.7 FM, East Peoria, Illlinois. The station is a community radio station broadcasting from Illinois Central College. My thanks especially to Louis Linder, Jeremy Styninger, and Gary Hale for helping me put the show together.
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Archive for October 2013


Xuxa Rodriguez–Poet and Feminist Arts Scholar

Tuesday, October 22nd, 2013
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Over in the Coffeehouse in Normal, Xuxa Rodriguez and I talked about her poetry, the performance poetry scene in Bloomington-Normal, fashion imagery in Seventeen magazine, and the crucial difference between the cultures of Florida and Illinois.

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Evan Nave–Poet, Scholar of Hip Hop

Monday, October 14th, 2013
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Evan Nave and I talked about his poetry (of which he read us some really cool samples) as well as what it's like growing up in a small prairie city like Bloomington, Illinois and how that has influenced his writing and his thinking generally.  We also talked about his interest in African American literature, which he reads through the lens of hip hop.

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Andy Decker–Fiction Writer (Science Fiction, Westerns, etc.)

Monday, October 14th, 2013
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Andy writes mostly (but not exclusively) genre fiction, and we talked about his science fiction novel Under a Cloven Moon and his Western novel For Evil to Prosper.  We talked about how he started writing in those genres and some of the things he's hoping to accomplish in them.

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