Podcast: My Interview on KSJE radio (90.9FM) with Traci Hales-Vass on Nocturne… and more

For those of you who have not heard it, here is a link to my interview with Traci Hales-Vass for Farmington (NM) public radio KSJE 90.9 FM, which aired on September 18, 2019. The topic was my poetry collection Nocturne: Poems of Love, Distance, and the Night, a callous and disinterested lover.  Many heartfelt thanks to Traci for having me on her show.

The interview is also on YouTube.

You can find another review by Aakanksha Jain here. Many heartfelt thanks to Aakanksha as well.

Also Aakanksha did a written interview with me as well, which came out in July and which you can find here.

The Farmington Writers Circle Participates in KSJE 0-Mile Fun Run

Today, four members of the Farmington Writers Circle participated in the KSJE (local public radio) 0-mile Fun Run.  The Fun Run is an annual fund-raiser supporting KSJE radio 90.9 FM. Participants walk/run over an easy downhill course of 27 feet on the San Juan College campus commons area.  For $20 on the day of the run, each participant receives a T-shirt, doughnut or two, and water. The run is followed by a brief victory celebration. Today’s run had probably over 60 participants and raised probably more than $300. More details can be found on the KSJE website. This was the third fun run for KSJE, and its most profitable to date.

Four members of the Writers Circle participated in the event: Phil Slattery (passing out t-shirts), and Vicki Holmsten, Traci Hales-Vass, and Roberta Summers, all participating as runners.

The weather was partly cloudy and cool-chilly, but an overall beautiful day for a fun run in the Four Corners.

We hope you can participate in the next one.


Update: May 14, 2019–Social Life in Farmington

Last night, I had a busy night after work.

First, I went to my first advisory board meeting of the local public radio station KSJE as a member of the advisory board. I was accepted some months ago, but have been unable to attend until last night due to scheduling conflicts.  There were only four of us, including general manager Scott Michlin, but it was relaxing and informative.  I enjoyed it very much and I enjoyed hearing about the upcoming projects, including the “Zero-Mile Fun Run” on this coming Saturday at 9:30 a.m. at San Juan College.  If you are in the Farmington, NM area, I recommend you come.  Participants will run about 27 feet and will receive a t-shirt.  The “run” is primarily for fun, socializing, and making contacts.

After the meeting at about 5:30, I dropped by Studio 116 to find out what time their concert started. They weren’t starting until 7:00. I mentioned I would pass the time by going to dinner across the street at the Chile Pod.  Karen recommended the Nacho Fries appetizer as a whole meal.  She was right.  They put a lot of Nacho Fries on a plate for a very reasonable price and the fries include Carne Adovada!

After dinner, I went down to Karen Ellsbury’s Studio 116. They host jazz and other bands in their back lot.  This summer, they are hosting a free concert by a small band every Wednesday from about 6-8.  I plan on attending one tonight. Last night, they had a special guest, Levi Platero’s blues band, which is very popular in the Four Corners area.  They were terrific! Incredible soulful blues.  You listen to it and think, “This is what the blues is about.”  Studio 116 did charge a cover charge for this performance, but it was well worth it. I noticed, as you can see in the accompanying photos, that Levi, the lead singer and guitarist, played his guitar with his eyes closed and seem to be into his playing in a spiritual way.  I have seen my share of big name concerts, but the only other performer I have seen play his guitar like this was Eric Clapton in a concert in Seattle in probably the late 80’s-early 90’s.  I ran into a few friends from the Farmington Writers Circle and we watched the concert together.

Following the concert, I went to Lucky Break Billiards and Darts, where I shot pool for a little over an hour before picking up some dog food and fruit at Wal-Mart and then heading home.

Tonight, I will probably go back to Karen’s for a free concert (I don’t know who’s playing tonight) preceded by a quick run to Hobby Lobby, where I will pick up a glass jar, probably a faux mason jar, in which to store some small cigars, which have dried out. I found out a few years ago, that dry pipe tobacco can be rejuvenated by putting it into a jar with a slice of apple wrapped in a paper towel. This works very well and can keep them moist for months to years.  Tonight, I will see if the same will work with small cigars (specifically, Macanudo Maduros). It will take a few days for them to absorb the juice.


My Interview with KSJE Will Air Today, March 7, at 10:30 A.M.


Photo from about 2007.

In February, I recorded an interview on my works and writing with “Write On Four Corners“, a program with KSJE 90.9 FM, the Farmington (NM) National Public Radio station.  The interview will air on March 7, 2018, at 10:30 a.m.  The interview covered a wide range of topics concerning my writing and my writing plans for the future including upcoming work.  Be sure to tune in.  The program was hosted by Traci HalesVass, retired assistant professor of English and Creative Writing at San Juan College in Farmington.  The interview will be available on podcast after the broadcast.

To celebrate this, on the day of the broadcast, I am giving away e-copies of all my works available on Amazon Kindle.  These include A Tale of Hell and Other Works of Horror, Alien Embrace, The Scent and Other Stories, Click, Diabolical:  Three Tales of Jack Thurston and Revenge, and Nocturne: Poems of Love, Distance, and the Night, a callous and disinterested lover.  Follow this link to my Amazon Author’s page to find out more about each work.

Write On Four Corners Needs Writers to be Interviewed

Traci HalesVass, moderator of the KSJE (90.9 FM) program “Write On Four Corners” is looking for writers to interview on her show. The criteria are: “The show focuses on ‘local and regional’ authors. That includes authors from afar who write about this region, the broad four corners. Most of my interviews are by phone and pre-recorded…They can reach me at halesvasst@sanjuancollege.edu.”

KSJE is the local Farmington, NM, public broadcast station.

 Please relay this message to anyone or to any organization that you think may be interested in being interviewed.
For more information, contact Traci at the e-mail above. For information on KSJE, Farmngton’s public radio station, go to their website at KSJE.com or visit their Facebook page.