The Smoking Poet Editor-in-Chief, Zinta
Aistars, has begun a series of author interviews on Kalamazoo, Michigan’s NPR affiliate station, WMUK, 102.1 FM. The
Arts and More program is aired every Tuesday and Friday at 7:50 a.m.
For a limited time, these broadcast interviews may
be heard on WMUK’s website at www.wmuk.org in two versions—as they are aired, and the full extended interview, as it was recorded live.
We have also included some of the interviews here.
|Zinta Aistars and Joseph Heywood at WMUK studios
Author Joe Heywood
Fans of the “Woods Cop” mysteries have a new installment of the series to read this fall. Force of
Blood chronicles the further adventures of Grady Service, a fictional detective with the enforcement division
of the Michigan Department of Natural Resources in the Upper Peninsula. Author Joe Heywood of Portage, Michigan, spends a lot of time riding around the UP with real DNR officers. Editor of the online literary magazine
The Smoking Poet’s Zinta Aistars talked with Heywood for a preview.
Interview with Joseph Heywood:
broadcast version (6:36) and extended version (16:37).
Read a short story in this issue of The Smoking Poet by Joseph Heywood.
|t. kilgore splake
t. kilgore splake Talks to The Smoking Poet Editor Zinta Aistars on WMUK Arts and More Program
literary magazine The Smoking Poet marked its fifth year of publication earlier in 2011. Kalamazoo resident Zinta Aistars
is founder and editor-in-chief. While she receives and publishes manuscripts from authors around the world, in the winter
issue she’ll feature art from the northernmost tip of Michigan: the Keweenaw Peninsula. For WMUK, via Skype, she talked
with poet and writer t. kilgore splake of Calumet. His ties to southwest Michigan include a long teaching career at Kellogg Community College back when he was still
known by his birth name of Tom Smith. He read his poem titled “90-Proof Angels,” talked about his move to the
Upper Peninsula, where he first settled in Munising, Upper Peninsula of Michigan, and explained how he decided on his pen
splake’s work is featured in this issue of The Smoking
Radio Interview (8:56)
|Michael Loyd Gray
Zinta Aistars Talks to Michael Loyd Gray, Author of Not Famous Anymore
Author Michael Loyd Gray grew up in east Arkansas in the shadow of Elvis and
Graceland. He now makes his home in Kalamazoo, Michigan, where he spoke recently with Zinta Aistars - the editor of the online
literary magazine The Smoking Poet. Gray has written six novels, including Fast Eddie.
He spoke about his latest book, called Not Famous Anymore.
Kalamazoo author Michael Loyd Gray can be reached with questions about his
proposed reading and art group at (269) 270-4194.
Hear the interview as it aired on November 14, 2011 on WMUK (3:39).
Hear the extended interview (22:27).
Aistars Talks to Maryann Lesert on “Base Ten” on WMUK 102.1 FM Radio
Author Maryann Lesert talks with Zinta Aistars, editor of The Smoking Poet online literary magazine. Lesert’s novel Base Ten was a hard sell for some publishers, in part because
it explores themes of women in science, which some publishers were afraid wouldn’t sell. At its core, the author says,
Base Ten is about someone who
is held back from their passion.
interview as it aired on WMUK on December 2, 2011 (4:04).
extended interview (35:13).
soon …. Zinta Talks to Vic Foerster, Author of Naked in the Stream: Stories of Isle Royale