(First airdate: February 19, 2019 Host Sheila Bender speaks via phone with Colorado poet and spiritual guide Laura Weaver about the poems in her book Luminous: Poems and Inquiry for the Soul’s Journey.
(First airdate: February 5, 2019) Host Sheila Bender talks by phone with California poet Kevin Clark about his poetry, career as a poet, and how he teaches new poets to write toward surprise.
(First airdate: January 22, 2019) Host Sheila Bender travels 9000 kilometers via Skype to interview William Powers at his home in Bolivia. Powers is a Senior Fellow at the New York City-based think tank World Policy Institute, and his new book is Dispatches From The Sweet Life: One Family, Five Acres, and a Community’s Quest to Reinvent the World.
(First airdate: January 8, 2019) Host Sheila Bender talks via phone with Washington novelist Peter Donahue about his new book Three Sides Water, three short novels containing a cast of disparate characters finding their way during different decades in communities around the Olympic Peninsula.
(First airdate: December 25, 2018) Sheila Bender interviews KPTZ’s own David Cunningham about his career as a journalist and author.
(First airdate: December 11, 2018) Sheila Bender talks via phone with California poet, novelist and Emeritus Professor Mary Mackey about her writing and her career efforts to advance environmental awareness and women’s opportunities to publish their writing.
(First airdate: November 27, 2018) In Conversation host Sheila Bender speaks via phone with Iranian-born fiction author and memoirist Nahid Rachlin to talk about her books, which include a new novella and a collection of short stories.
(First airdate: November 13, 2018) In Conversation host Sheila Bender talks with Vashon Island elementary school teacher Margie Butcher about the way she facilitates her young students in writing grant proposals for environmental awareness projects in their school and community.
(First airdate: October 30, 2018) In Conversation host Sheila Bender talkes with Seattle poet Susan Landgraf about her career in poetry.
(First airdate: October 16, 2018) In Conversation host Sheila Bender talks in studio with Port Townsend oncology therapist Tess Taft, and discusses how counseling her clients living with cancer diagnoses led her to become a writer.
(First aired: October 2, 2018) Sheila Bender talks in studio with Marrowstone Island author Rachel Fordham about writing and publishing her first romance novel and then writing two more.
(First aired September 18, 2018) Sheila Bender interviews poet and songwriter John O’Connor via phone to talk about how he turned to writing poetry at age 50, learned from the great poets, and eventually won a literary contest that included the publication of his first book of poems.
(First aired September 4, 2018) Sheila Bender speaks via phone with book-length cartoonist Ellen Forney about her recent nonfiction graphic books concerning bi-polar disorder, and her cartooning and teaching career.
(first aired August 21, 2018). Sheila Bender talks in studio with Marrowstone Island author Michael Buschmohle about writing tips and his career in helping writers create and edit effective email, speeches, blogs and more.
(first aired August 7, 2018). Host Sheila Bender talks in studio with Bellevue, WA author Robert Devereux McEliece to discuss his memoir, “The Faithful Sextant,” and to explore his desire to study writing and leave a legacy memoir for family, friends and others.
(first aired July 24, 2018). Sheila Bender interviews Port Townsend resident Dan Zobrist about his book, Flaky’s Big Dream, written for young readers and inspired by science education programs he created for children while a Park Ranger in Alaska.
(first aired July 10, 2018). Jonathan Stratman joins Sheila Bender via phone from Eugene, Oregon to discuss his novel series that makes pre-state Alaska come alive for middle grade and adult readers.
(first aired June 26, 2018). Sheila Bender talks in studio with Port Townsend novelist and culture critic Curtis White about his newest novel, and Portland author Cheston Knapp about his collection of linked essays, during a Port Townsend stop on their joint book tour.
(first aired June 12, 2018). Sheila Bender talks to Port Townsend author Barbara Sjoholm about her newest book Black Fox, the story of Danish artist and ethnographer Emilie Demant Hatt who lived with Sami families in their tents and on migrations.
(first aired May 29, 2018). Port Townsend author Betsy Howell talks in studio with Sheila Bender about the writing of her second novel, The Marvelous Orange Tree: A Civil War Novel, a story about women soldiers in the Civil War.
(first aired May 15, 2018). Sheila talks via phone with Toronto author Leesa Renee Hall about her start as a writer and how she helps people use expressive writing to examine prejudices.
(first aired May 1, 2018). Port Townsend author Vicki Horton joins host Sheila Bender in the KPTZ studio to discuss the influence of the Fisher Poets on her writing and publishing.
(first aired April 17, 2018). Seattle author, bike enthusiast and gardening expert Bill Thorness joins host Sheila Bender via phone to discuss his book, Cycling the Pacific Coast: The Complete Guide from Canada to Mexico.
(first aired April 3, 2018). Host Sheila Bender talks via phone with Milwaukee poet Margaret Rozga about her body of work that weaves the personal with community activism.
(first aired March 20, 2018). Host Sheila Bender talks via phone with Jonathan Evison, Olympic Peninsula resident and author of five novels, which include The Revised Fundamentals of Caregiving and Lawn Boy.