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October 30th, 2014 at 2:07 am

Episode 49: Dan Millman & Sierra Prasada

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Join Donna Baier-Stein and Tiferet Journal for a conversation with Dan Millman and Sierra Prasada. (Note: Sierra Prasada was unable to join us for this interview) Father-daughter team Dan Millman and Sierra Prasada offers a unique collaboration in The Creative Compass: Writing Your Way from Inspiration to Publication. The book revolves around their combined experience in fiction and nonfiction, along with journalism, theater, and film adaptation. Millman is the author of 17 books in 29 languages. Some of his most prominent works include his first book, Way of the Peaceful Warrior, which was adapted to a film, “Peaceful Warrior,” The Life You Were Born to Live, Everyday Enlightenment, and The Journey of Socrates. Prasada, who currently lives in Washington, D.C., is the founder of the 20th Century Project, which highlights several major works produced over the past 100 years. She also works as a freelance journalist, workshop teacher, and editor. Prasada has taught writing and creativity courses at The Graduate School USA, Mount Madonna, and Kripalu. She is the author of Creative Lives: Portraits of Lebanese Artists.   To learn more about Dan Millman please visit: http://www.peacefulwarrior.com/ To learn more about Sierra Prasada please visit: http://www.sierraprasada.com/    Listen to the Read the Rest…

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October 17th, 2014 at 2:09 am

Episode 48: Aliki Barnstone

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Please join Tiferet Journal and Donna Baier Stein for a conversation with award-winning poet, editor, translator, and critic Aliki Barnstone. Click the link to listen to the “featured” interview LIVE on BlogTalk Radio or for the archived broadcast immediately after it airs: http://www.blogtalkradio.com/tiferetjournal/2014/08/12/aliki-barnstone-tiferet-talk-with-Donna-Baier-Stein. Aliki Barnstone’s books of poetry include the National Book Critics Circle Notable Book Madly in Love (Carnegie-Mellon, 1997), Blue Earth (Iris, 2004), Wild With It (Sheep Meadow, 2002),and Windows in Providence (Curbstone, 1981). Other publications include The Collected Poems of C.P. Cavafy (W.W. Norton, 2006), Changing Rapture: Emily Dickinson’s Poetic Development (University Press of New England, 2007), and the upcoming Bright Body (White Pine Press). Barnstone received two Pulitzer Prize nominations. In addition, she edited A Book of Women Poets from Antiquity to Now (Schocken), The Calvinist Roots of the Modern Era (University Press of New England), Voices of Light: Spiritual and Visionary Poetry by Women from Ancient Sumeria to Now (Shambhala). She was a Senior Fulbright Scholar in Greece in 2006. Her poems and translations have appeared in publications such as The American Poetry Review, The Georgia Review, New Letters, Pleiades, Prairie Schooner, The Southern Review, TriQuarterly, and Virginia Quarterly Review.   To learn more about Aliki Barnstone  please visit: http://alikibarnstone.com And to purchase her books: http://bit.ly/1vb0RQq. Listen to the replay. Our entire interview archive can be down­loaded from iTunes. The Tiferet Journal is most pleased to also offer to you our Read the Rest…

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September 30th, 2014 at 2:16 am

Episode 47: Elizabeth Cox

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Listen to the replay. Our entire interview archive can be down­loaded from iTunes. Please join Donna Baier-Stein and Tiferet Journal for a conversation with award-winning novelist, short story writer, poet, essayist and creative writing professor Elizabeth Cox. Cox received the Robert Penn Warren Award for Fiction and was inducted into the Fellowship of Southern Writers in 2011. Her novel Night Talk  received the Lillian Smith Award from the Southern Regional Council, the University of Georgia Libraries and Georgia Center for the Book. Her most latest novel is called The Slow Moon. In addition to four novels, Cox has published a recent collection of poetry I Have Told You and Told You and a collection of short stories called Bargains in the Real World.  Of this story collection, poet Mary Oliver wrote, “Those who know Elizabeth Cox as a person and as a writer know that she is continually courageous and melodious and has never yet softened the difficult facts of the world. Her stories are treasures, full of truth, possibility, and beauty.” Two of her stories have been featured on NPR; “The Third of July” was an O’Henry Prize winner. Cox has also received the North Carolina Fiction Award – Individual Artist Grant, a Massachusetts Read the Rest…

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September 26th, 2014 at 2:16 am

Episode 46: Chard DeNiord

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Please join Melissa Studdard and Tiferet Journal  for a conversation with fabulous poet, essayist and creative writing professor Chard deNiord. Chard DeNiord’s poetry collections include Asleep in the Fire,  Sharp Golden Thorn,  Night Mowing,  and The Double Truth,  as well as a collaborative project,  Speaking in Turn. DeNiord was the founder and director of the Spirit and Letter Workshop with Jacqueline Gens in Patzquaro, Mexico and the founder and director of the New England College MFA Program in Poetry. He currently teaches English and Creative Writing at Providence College. In addition to teaching writing, deNiord has also taught comparative religions and philosophy and holds a Master of Divinity from Yale. As well, deNiord has conducted many interviews with senior American poets. Many of these interviews are collected in the book Sad Friends, Drowned Lovers, Stapled Songs, which also includes essays.   To learn more about Chard deNiord please visit: http://charddeniord.com/   Listen to the replay. Our entire interview archive can be down­loaded from iTunes.    Tiferet Journal is pleased to also offer to you our multiple award-winning The Tiferet Talk Interviews book. This book includes 12 exceptional interviews from Julia Cameron, Edward Hirsch, Jude Rittenhouse, Marc Allen, Arielle Ford, Robert Pinsky, Dr. Read the Rest…

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September 25th, 2014 at 2:17 am

Episode 45: Richard Bausch

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Please join Melissa Studdard and Donna Baier-Stein for a conversation with award winning short story writer and novelist, Richard Bausch. He is the author of eleven novels, eight short story collections, and one volume of poetry and prose. Richard Bausch is a master of short story, winning many awards throughout his career. His stories have appeared in many well known magazines including, Harper’s, The Atlantic Monthly, Gentlemen’s Quarterly, and Esquire. His stories have been anthologized in The Granta Book of the American Short Story and The Vintage Book of the Contemporary American Short Story. In 2012, he won the prestigious $30,000 Rea Award for The Short Story. Bausch’s stories have appeared in Harper’s, The Atlantic Monthly, Gentleman’s Quarterly, Esquire and many other magazines and have been anthologized in The Granta Book of the American Short Story and Something Is Out There: Stories (Vintage Contemporaries). In 2012, he won the prestigious $30,000 Rea Award for The Short Story. Richard Bausch’s story collection Something Is Out There was a 2010 Los Angeles Times Book Prize finalist, and an earlier novel, The Last Good Time, was made into a movie directed by Bob Balaban. His eighth novel, Peace, won the 2009 Dayton Literary Read the Rest…

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September 15th, 2014 at 2:19 am

Episode 44: Molly Fisk

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Join Melissa Studdard and her new co-host and publisher of  Tiferet Journal, Donna Baier-Stein  for a conversation with author, poet, life coach and creative writing teacher Molly Fisk. Fisk’s books include the poetry collections The More Difficult Beauty and Listening to Winter, and a collection of radio essays, Blow-Drying a Chicken, Observations from a Working Poet. Fisk has appeared for Tedx Events and in the PBS documentary, “The Loss of Nameless Things,” and she is the recipient of many fellowships, including grants from the National Endowment for the Arts, the California Arts Council and the Corporation for Public Broadcasting. Among the many other honors she has received are a Dogwood Prize, the Robinson Jeffers Tor House Prize in Poetry, and the National Writer’s Union. She is also poet laureate of KVMR-FM, where she can be heard weekly. To learn more about Molly Fisk please visit: mollyfisk.com Listen to the replay. Our entire interview archive can be down­loaded from iTunes.   The Tiferet Journal is also now accepting submissions for the 2014 TIFERET Writing Contest from January 1, 2014 – June 1, 2014. Enter Tiferet’s Writing Contest today – $1200 in prizes.   The Tiferet Journal is most pleased to also offer to you Read the Rest…

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September 7th, 2014 at 2:25 am

Episode 43: Caroline Leavitt

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Join Melissa Studdard and Tiferet Journal for a conversation with essayist, author, critic, and screenwriter, Caroline Leavitt. Studdard and Leavitt will discuss Leavitt’s most recent novel, Is This Tomorrow, among other things literary. Caroline Leavitt is the New York Times and USA Today bestselling author of numerous books, many of which have been optioned for film, translated into different languages, and condensed in magazines. Her essays, stories, book reviews and articles have appeared in Salon, Psychology Today, The New York Times Sunday Book Review, The Chicago Tribune, The Washington Post, The Boston Globe and other such magazines, anthologies, and newspapers. As well, Leavitt is the recipient of many honors and accolades, including First Prize in Redbook Magazine’s Young Writers Contest and a New York Foundation of the Arts Award, and her work has appeared on the Best Books lists of countless magazines and newspapers, such as The San Francisco Chronicle, The Providence Journal, Bookmarks Magazine, Kirkus Reviews, and more. Of Is This Tomorrow, Joyce Maynard states, “Reading this story is a memorable and moving journey and one that (for those who don’t already love her work) reveals Leavitt to be a brave and humane writer who also understands what keeps us Read the Rest…

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September 6th, 2014 at 10:23 pm

Episode 42: William O’Daly

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Please join Melissa Studdard and Tiferet Journal  for a conversation with poet, author, translator, and publisher, William O’ Daly. O’Daly is a board member of Poets Against War and co-founder of Copper Canyon Press, a prestigious non-profit organization dedicated to publishing poetry. Click here to listen to Tiferet Talk  An NEA recipient and finalist for the Quill Award in Poetry, O’Daly is the translator of numerous poetry collections by the Nobel Laureate, Pablo Neruda, such as Still Another Day, The Book of Questions, and The Sea and The Bells. He is also the author of a chapbook of poems, The Whale in the Web. Poems from both his own creative work and his translations have been adapted for dance and stage performances and photo exhibitions, and he collaborates frequently with classical and jazz musicians in performance of his work. Most recently, O’Daly has completed two manuscripts—a full-length poetry collection and a collaborative novel, with Han-ping Chin. Of O’Daly’s translation of The Seperate Rose poet Sam Hamill states, “In his brilliant translation of The Separate Rose, William O’Daly has rendered the wide range of expression that characterizes Neruda’s Orphic tongue and its two voices, one of temporality, oppression, and sadness, the other celebrating Read the Rest…

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August 31st, 2014 at 2:03 pm

UMBILICUS: AFTER A PAINTING BY BRITT POSMER

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A net cannot catch water – the mind cannot hold who you are. When blackness murmurs with light do you need to inhale? The moon only appears to hang on a plum branch. Let your next breath be an effervescence of emptiness. The Self floats in cells of flesh, the body in the Self. Don’t try to understand this, just let the glow between your nerves be a crop of stars hanging above you in the orchard of prayer. To wake up is a ceremonial drowning, every threshold dissolved in one sensation: the grape into nectar, the nectar into a fine mist, the distillate into bewilderment. True inebriation is clarity – crush the moon in this dance, your feet oozing a ferment of sweetness. Leave it to the raven to scatter your seeds – only a dark wisdom sniffs the difference between wine and death. Most people fear the end with every exhalation. That is why their breathing is incomplete. But you have the privilege of dying right now, your lungs filled with burgundy and stars. Don’t struggle upward like a swimmer for the sun – that is not how babies are born. Be the infant who knows from a Read the Rest…

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August 22nd, 2014 at 1:23 pm

Episode 41: Krista Tippett

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Join Melissa Studdard and Tiferet Journal for a conversation with author, journalist, producer, and talk show host Krista Tippett about her non-fiction works Speaking of Faith and Einsteins God, and her radio program, On Being. Speaking of Faith is a memoir of religion in our time and covers Tippett’s move from geopolitical engagement to theology and the cumulative wisdom of her interviews. Of Speaking of Faith, Elizabeth Gilbert says, “Her intelligence is like a salve for all who have been wounded or marginalized by the God Wars.” Tippett’s program On Being is currently broadcast on more than 200 public radio stations in the United States and globally via NPR Worldwide, its website, and its podcast. Tippett has described her work with the program as “tracing the intersection between great religious ideas and human experience, between theology and real life.” Tippet holds a history degree from Brown and a Masters of Divinity from Yale, and she has served as a freelance foreign correspondent (reporting and writing for The Times, Newsweek, the BBC, the International Herald Tribune, and Die Zeit) and chief aide in Berlin to the U.S. ambassador to West Germany.   To learn more about our guest Krista Tippett: http://www.onbeing.org/   The Read the Rest…

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