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Center for Poets and Writers at OSU-Tulsa launches web series on noteworthy authors

Published: Wednesday, August 1, 2018

The Center for Poets and Writers at OSU-Tulsa is launching Words on Air, a new web series aimed at making notable authors more accessible to the public via PC, smartphone or tablet.

Today’s inaugural video features nonfiction author Anna Badkhen. A Tulsa Artist Fellow, Badkhen is author of Peace Meals: Candy-Wrapped Kalashnikovs and Other War Stories, Waiting for the Taliban, The World is a Carpet: Four Seasons in an Afghan Village and her recent release, Fisherman’s Blues.

During the first season of Words on Air, a new episode will be released each Wednesday through Sept. 19 at the CPW website.

“I am honored to share these provocative conversations about writing,” said Dr. Lindsey Claire Smith, interim director for the CPW. “Our episodes feature a diverse array of guests and hosts, many based right here in Oklahoma. I know that you will be inspired.”

The series enables the public to discover new and interesting authors for free and on their own time. In addition, the web series can be used as a classroom resource for school teachers.

In the first episode, Sarah Beth Childers, OSU assistant professor of English and nonfiction author, facilitates the discussion with Badkhen.

“It is compelling to hear Sarah Beth Childers and Anna, who both examine trauma, family, and place through creative nonfiction, discuss choices that writers make about how much of their own lives to present in their work,” Smith said. “Questions they raise about where legend ends and history begins can apply not only to our perceptions of culture but also to our understandings of ourselves.”

The videos are hosted on and were produced in partnership with the Center for Creativity at Tulsa Community College.

The Center for Poets and Writers was founded in 1994 by Teresa Miller, who retired to focus on writing. Smith, an associate professor of English and editor of American Indian Quarterly, was named interim director in May 2017.

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Words on Air with guest author Anna Badkhen




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