In Conversation

Robin Page

(First airdate: March 31, 2020) Sheila interviews Los Angeles novelist Robin Page via phone to discuss her novel Small Silent Things, the story of a woman of color transplanted from the Midwest to Los Angeles and her friendship with Simon, a survivor of Rwandan genocide.

Sue Pace

(First airdate: March 17, 2020) Sheila Bender speaks via phone with Everett, Washington writer Sue Pace about her fiction writing and her published collection, Driving Sharon Crazy, about to be produced for

Mindy Pollack-Fusi

(First airdate: March 3, 2020) Sheila speaks with Massachusetts debut novelist Mindy Pollack-Fusi about her semi-autobiographical novel The Narcissist’s Daughter: a Meshugenah Love Story.

Joanne Clarkson

(First airdate: February 18, 2020) Host Sheila Bender speaks with Port Townsend poet Joanne Clarkson in the KPTZ studio, and discusses how her poetry, in her words, “invokes the beauty of many things.”

Susan Solley

(First airdate: February 4, 2020) Sheila welcomes Port Townsend actor and playwright Susan Solley to the studio to talk about creating and writing her KPTZ soap opera, The Port Ludlow Project.

Tess Gallagher

(First airdate: January 21, 2020) Sheila talks with Port Angeles poet Tess Gallagher about her career in poetry and her poems, her early days learning from famous poets, and the ways she collaborates with and encourages other artists. Her newest book Is, Is Not received a 2020 Pacific Northwest Booksellers Association Award.

Virginia Thompson

(First airdate: January 7, 2019) Sheila speaks in studio with Virginia Thompson about her long-term book series Family Math, its inception, and its success.

Christina Baldwin

(First airdate: December 24, 2019) Host Sheila Bender speaks via phone with Christina Baldwin about her career—from teaching and writing about journalism, to work on the power of circles, to her new work of novel writing.

Dianne Avey

(First airdate: December 10, 2019) Sheila Bender talks via phone with Anderson Island poet Dianne Avey about her recent chapbook, a memoir in poems, and about her work as director of the Anderson Island Writers’ Retreat.

Toni Kennedy

(First airdate: November 26, 2019) Sheila Bender talks to Toni Kennedy about her memoir, “Far from Home,” in which she explores the family life and personal attributes that led her to become a nun and then leave the order 25 years later for secular life.

Lynda Monk

(First airdate: November 3, 2019) In Conversation host Sheila Bender connects via phone with Lynda Monk, Director of the International Association for Journal Writing, about her goals for the organization and how journaling helps people heal and transform their lives.

Molly Tinsley

(First airdate: October 15, 2019) Host Sheila Bender visits via phone with Oregon author Molly Tinsley to learn about her new novel Things Too Big to Name, and to gain insight into her long writing career.

Marilyn Stablein

(First airdate: October 1, 2019) Host Sheila Bender talks with Portland poet and book artist Marilyn Stablein about her poetry and the inspiration for her book art.

Kirk Boxleitner

(First airdate: September 17, 2019) Sheila Bender interviews Port Townsend journalist and reporter Kirk Boxleitner about his life in journalism and coming to Port Townsend for a position at The Leader, our weekly community newspaper.

Ed Harkness

(First airdate: September 3, 2019) Host Sheila Bender interviews Seattle poet Ed Harkness about his latest volume of poetry, The Law of the Unforeseen, as well as about his new work and his start in poetry.

John Delaney

(First airdate: August 20, 2019) Host Sheila Bender speaks in studio with Port Townsend resident John Delaney about his newest book Twenty Questions and how he’s seen poetry change since receiving his MFA in poetry in the nineteen seventies.

Charles Fleishman

(First airdate: August 6, 2019) Host Sheila Bender turns the microphone around to interview KPTZ sound engineer/editor Charlie Fleishman about his own writing, his work with authors, and his accomplished editing for “In Conversation.”

Peter Donahue

(Reprise airdate: July 23, 2019) Host Sheila Bender speaks via phone with author Peter Donahue about his book Three Sides Water in the repeat of a broadcast that originally aired in January 2019.

Ariadne Shaffer

(First airdate: July 9, 2019) Host Sheila Bender talks via phone with former Seattle resident Ariadne Shaffer about her work as a screenwriter in Los Angeles.

Susan Landgraf

(Reprise airdate: June 25, 2019) Host Sheila Bender interviews Seattle poet and teacher Susan Landgraf in the repeat of a broadcast that originally aired in October 2018.

Lauren Davis

(First airdate: June 11, 2019) Sheila Bender of In Conversation hosts Port Townsend poet Lauren Davis in the KPTZ studio to discuss her new poetry chapbook and her work in the literary hub of Port Townsend.

Amy Hewes

(First airdate: May 28, 2019) Host Sheila Bender talks via phone with San Luis Obispo, CA writer Amy Hewes about writing opinion columns for her local alternative newspaper.

Kelli Russell Agodon & Martha Silano

(Reprise airdate: May 14, 2019) In Conversation turns back the calendar to February 2015 to rebroadcast Sheila Bender’s interview with poets Kelli Russell Agodon and Martha Silano, who co-authored The Daily Poet: Day-by-Day Prompts For Your Writing Practice.

Stewart Pugh

(First airdate: April 30, 2019) Host Sheila Bender welcomes Port Townsend resident Stewart Pugh to the KPTZ studio to discuss his recent work clearing out the books and archives of Dragon Gate Press, a 1980s Port Townsend publishing house

Marcia Myers

(First airdate: April 16, 2019) Host Sheila Bender visits in studio with recent Port Townsend resident Marcia Myers to talk about the writing and production of her three coffee table books.

Holly J. Hughes

(Reprise airdate: April 2, 2019) Host Sheila Bender interviews local-area poet and writing teacher Holly J. Hughes in a repeat of a broadcast that first aired in November, 2014.