Poets’ Voices

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


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    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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Brian Katcher–Young Adult novelist

Thursday, May 8th, 2014
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Brian Katcher came all the way from his home in Missouri, where he's a school librarian, and he talked with me about his YA novels while he was in Peoria promoting his books.  His first book, Playing with Matches made the American Library Association list of best books for Young Adults in 2009, and it won the 2010-2011 North Carolina Young Adult Book Award.  His second novel, Almost Perfect, also made it to the ALA list of best books for Young Adults when it came out in 2010 and it won the 2011 Stonewall Children and Young Adult literature award because, not only is it a very good book, but it's one of the few novles for Young Adults that addresses transgender issues.  And his latest book Everyone Dies in the End, Brian's venture in horror writing, is too new to rack up its own list of awards yet.  Wow.  Quite a career already, and it just started a few years ago.

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