In 2005, I relaunched an old audio project of mine. Verb: An Audioquarterly was a literary magazine in audio format. I published some fantastic writers, including Robert Olen Butler, Ha Jin, Tom Lux, Peter Case, Stuart Dybek, and Tom Franklin. It predated the wash of podcasts, but the content is perfect for that format.
Here’s Tom Lux reading his poem, My Malaria
And Stuart Dybek performing a song inspired by the poem.
In the early 2000’s, I produced a public radio series called The Spoken Word which was distributed nationally. This one features Ann Beatty, David Kirby, and Barbara Hamby.
In the late 90’s, I produced Porches: The South and Her Writers, a 13-part series for public radio featuring some of the more important literary voices in the south. I researched, interviewed, wrote, and engineered these programs. They were financed by Amazon.com, a contract I negotiated while the company was preparing for their IPO.
This episode featured the last interview with James Dickey, made just a few months before his death in 1997.
Another episode from the same series, featuring Larry Brown. This was recorded in the manager’s office at Square Books in Oxford, Mississippi during the festivities around the unveiling of William Faulkner’s statue.
In 1992, I produced, Circle of Friends, for National Public Radio, based on Remar Sutton’s book “Common Ground”. It was hosted by Oscar-winner Cliff Robertson, featuring George Plimpton, Kurt Vonnegut, and many others. The only known recording of Southern chef extraordinaire, Princess Pamela is here too.