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March 25th, 2015 at 7:33 pm

Episode 53: Dorianne Laux

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Please join Donna Baier-Stein and Tiferet Talk for a conversation with Dorianne Laux  DORIANNE LAUX’s most recent books of poems are The Book of Men, winner of the Paterson Poetry Prize, and Facts about the Moon, recipient of the Oregon Book Award and short-listed for the Lenore Marshall Poetry Prize. Laux is also author of Awake, What We Carry, finalist for the National Book Critic’s Circle Award, and Smoke. Her work has received three “Best American Poetry” Prizes, a Pushcart Prize, two fellowships from The National Endowment for the Arts, and a Guggenheim Fellowship. In 2001, she was invited by late poet laureate Stanley Kunitz to read at the Library of Congress.  In 2014 singer/songwriter Joan Osborne adapted her poem, “The Shipfitter’s Wife” and set it to music on her newest release, “Love and Hate”.  Ce que nous portons ( What We Carry ,) translated by Helene Cardona, has just been published by Editions du Cygne Press, Paris. Laux teaches poetry and directs the MFA program at North Carolina State University and is founding faculty at Pacific University’s Low Residency MFA Program.   To learn more about Dorianne Laux please visit: http://doriannelaux.net/   Listen to the replay.  Our entire interview archive can be down­loaded from iTunes.   The Tiferet Journal Read the Rest…

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March 24th, 2015 at 11:27 pm

Episode 52: Jessica Treadway

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Please join Donna Baier-Stein and Tiferet Talk for a conversation with Jessica Treadway. Jessica Treadway’s novel Lacy Eye will be published by Grand Central Publishing/Hachette Book Group in March 2015. Her story collection Please Come Back To Me received the Flannery O’Connor Award for Short Fiction and was published by University of Georgia Press in 2010. Her previous books are Absent Without Leave and Other Stories and a novel, And Give You Peace. A professor at Emerson College, she has received grants from the National Endowment for the Arts and the Massachusetts Cultural Foundation.   To learn more about Jessica Treadway please visit: http://jessicatreadway.com/   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 multiple, award winning and recently released, “Tiferet Talk Interviews” book. This book includes 12 more exceptional interviews from Julia Cameron, Edward Hirsch, Jude Rittenhouse, Marc Allen, Arielle Ford, Robert Pinsky, Dr. Bernie Siegel, Robin Rice, Jeffrey Davis, Floyd Skloot, Anthony Lawlor, and Lois P. Jones. It can be purchased in both print and Kindle formats at this link on Amazon: http://tinyurl.com/bu8m2zs

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November 6th, 2014 at 2:03 am

Episode 51: Susan Piver

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Please join us for a conversation with Susan Piver. Susan Piver is a New York Times best-selling author of seven books and founder of the Open Heart Project, an international online meditation community with over 12,000 members. Susan’s books include The Hard Questions, the award-winning How Not to Be Afraid of Your Own Life, and The Wisdom of a Broken Heart. Her next book, Start Here Now: A Guide to the Path and Practice of Meditation, will be published in 2015. She has studied Buddhism since 1995, graduating from a Buddhist seminary in 2004. Susan was authorized to teach meditation in the Shambhala Buddhist lineage in 2005. Susan teaches workshops and speaks internationally on spirituality, meditation, communication styles, relationships, and creativity. In addition to writing the relationships column for body + soul magazine, she is the meditation expert and contributor at drweil.com and frequently appears as a network TV guest for shows including The Oprah Winfrey Show, CNN, Today, and The Tyra Banks Show. Susan’s work has been featured in numerous publications, such as The New York Times, TIME, the Wall Street Journal, Parade, Money, and others. She launched The Open Heart Project in 2011. The online meditation community features members who practice together and find ways to bring spiritual values including kindness, genuineness, and fearlessness Read the Rest…

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November 2nd, 2014 at 2:05 am

Episode 50: Martha Serpas

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Please join Melissa Studdard and Tiferet Journal  for a conversation with poet, editor, chaplain and creative writing professor Martha Serpas. Serpas is the author of two collections of poetry, Côte Blanche and The Dirty Side of the Storm. Her work has appeared in places such as The New Yorker, The Nation, and Southwest Review, as well as in a number of anthologies, including the Library of America’s American Religious Poems. She holds degrees in English and creative writing from Louisiana State, New York University, and the University of Houston, and a master of divinity from Yale Divinity School. For many years as an educational consultant and as a poet-in-residence, she facilitated the teaching of writing to children in New York City classrooms. She has taught recently at Yale Divinity School and the University of Tampa, where she served as poetry editor of Tampa Review. A native of south Louisiana, she remains active in efforts to restore Louisiana’s wetlands. Since 2006 she has worked as a trauma chaplain, first at Tampa General Hospital and now at Memorial Hermann—Texas Medical Center. She teaches in the Creative Writing Program at the University of Houston.   To learn more about Martha Serpas please visit: Read the Rest…

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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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