Sundial Writers Corner (TN Valley writers podcast)

The Sundial Writers Corner is one of WLRH's longest running programs and greatest traditions. For more than 20 years, Sundial has featured prose and poetry submitted by talented Tennessee Valley wordsmiths. Each weekday at 9:30am during Morning Blend and 3:44pm during All Things Considered, a different voice from your community is heard in “The Writers Corner.” Enjoy commentaries, short stories, poems and everything in between, told in the voice of the author. Many of our writers have received awards at the state and national level, while others are exhibiting their creative abilities for the first time.

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Rita Monteiro "Happy Birthday, Zubin Mehta" (July 5, 2016)

Tuesday, July 5, 2016

Music lover and SUNDIAL writer Rita Monteiro had the privilege of watching the conductor Zubin Mehta celebrate his birthday as he led the Israeli Philharmonic Orchestra through its paces - Rita is grateful for the wonders of technology!!

Remembering Joe Berry "Sacred Harp" (July 4, 2016)

Monday, July 4, 2016

The Huntsville community was very saddened to hear of the death of retired attorney and SUNDIAL writer Joe Berry - we looked through his many touching commentaries enjoyed by WLRH listeners over the past few years, and chose his tribute to a southern tradition, sacred harp music.

Kathryn Tucker Windham "Fist Fighting" (July 1, 2016)

Friday, July 1, 2016

Daniel Schenker "Homeplace" (June 30, 2016)

Thursday, June 30, 2016

Daniel Schenker is in the SUNDIAL Writer's Corner today - a recent loss led him to reflect on our attachment to the place we called home.

Monita Soni "Train Travel" (June 29, 2016)

Wednesday, June 29, 2016

For Monita Soni and her family, train travel was a tradition.  Her father made this mode of transportation a real adventure!

Beth Thames "The Non-Shopping Gene" (June 28, 2016)

Tuesday, June 28, 2016

Beth Thames is in the SUNDIAL Writer's Corner today - she counts shopping as one of her least favorite activities, unlike her mother-in-law, who savored every moment of the search...

Susan Luther "Coastal Sketches" (June 27, 2016)

Monday, June 27, 2016

Poet Susan Luther says she grew up going to Daytona Beach on summer vacations, but now much prefers the Gulf Coast and Georgia's Golden Isle, St. Simon's.

Cindy Small "A New Orleans Farewell" (June 24, 2016)

Friday, June 24, 2016

Some people want to be remembered one last time with a big party, and New Orleans is well-known for these unusual send-offs - here's SUNDIAL writer Cindy Small, born and raised in the Big Easy...

Bill Case "Transition" (June 23, 2016)

Thursday, June 23, 2016

SUNDIAL writer Bill Case finds himself making an adjustment to quite a significant change in his life, and his person...

Erin Reid "Sugar People" (June 22, 2016)

Wednesday, June 22, 2016

   Erin Reid is in the SUNDIAL Writer's Corner today - she is part of the Coweeta Poets group, and on occasion, has been given a specific subject to explore...

Martena Koken "Northern Lights" (June 21, 2016)

Tuesday, June 21, 2016

Martena Koken comes from a proud line of Icelanders, people who so fiercely protect their heritage that even the process of naming a baby has to go before a committee!

Patti Patrick "Autobiography of a Cat" (June 20, 2016)

Monday, June 20, 2016

Early in their history, Siamese cats were allowed to be owned only by Royals in what was then known as Siam, now Thailand. Today SUNDIAL writer Patti Patrick brings us the autobiography of one of these historic creatures.

Tatyana Freeman "The Pianist" (June 17, 2016)

Friday, June 17, 2016

Tatyana Freeman was awarded First Place in the Senior Short Story Division of the Huntsville Literary Association's 2016 Young Writers' Contest.  She's the daughter of James and Mary Freeman, and has a sister, Svetlana.  Tatyana is a Senior at Hazel Green High School, and was encouraged by her teacher, Freda Duggan to enter the HLA's competition.

Remi Heitzman "A Reluctant Call to Arms" (June 16, 2016)

Thursday, June 16, 2016

Remi Heitzman was awarded First Place in the Senior Poetry Division of the HLA's 2016 Contest. She lives with her family in Madison, Alabama and will be a senior at James Clemens High School where her English teacher, Donna Geise encouraged her to enter the HLA's contest.

Calvin Engstrom "Michaela" (June 15, 2016)

Wednesday, June 15, 2016

 Today we'll hear from the winner of the Junior Short Story Division of the HLA's 2016 competition, Calvin Engstrom.  He attends Liberty Middle School, and was encouraged to enter the contest by his teacher, April Russell. Calvin and his family, including his older sister, Ella and their bunny, Noodles, live in Madison, Alabama. Calvin has lots going on in his daily life, including gymastics, crocheting, and practicing the piano. He'll be a freshman at James Clemens High School this coming year, and is already a member of the cross country team.

Ashleigh Windsor "Where I'm From" (June 14, 2016)

Tuesday, June 14, 2016

This week we're presenting the First Place winners of the 2016 Huntsville Literary Association's Young Writers' Contest.  This competition challenges students in grades one through twelve in public, private, and home schools in North Alabama to explore their creativity in prose or poetry.  Today we'll hear from Ashleigh Windsor, who was awarded first place in the Junior Poetry Division of the HLA's 2016 Competition. She began writing as a fourth grader at Whitesburg Elementary School.

Joshua Macri "Rhythm of the Rain" (June 13, 2016) and Kylee Phonthibsvads "Imagine" (June 13, 2016)

Monday, June 13, 2016

This is an exciting week for us here at WLRH - starting today at 9:30 with a repeat at 6:44 during All Things Considered, we'll air the winners of the annual Huntsville Literary Association's Young Writers' Contest. Today we'll hear from the students who were awarded First Place in the Lower Elementary and Upper Elementary Poetry divisions.

Rebecca Moore 'Disney Experience' (June 10, 2016)

Friday, June 10, 2016

Droves of parents and children head for Disney World each summer, and Rebecca Moore was no exception - she kept a journal throughout her Disney Experience...

Allen Berry 'A Jazz Dictionary' (June 9, 2016)

Thursday, June 9, 2016

Allen Berry is in the SUNDIAL Writer's Corner today - he offers up his own definitions of our most American music form - Jazz!

Bonnie Roberts 'Cautionary Steps' (June 8, 2016)

Wednesday, June 8, 2016

Bonnie Roberts' poem "Cautionary Steps of Love" examines the way in which fear can keep us from experiencing some of the best moments of our lives.  Bonnie's mother always wanted to go to Paris, but she was afraid. Her father did manage to take his bride to the edge of Mexico - they were both in their seventies.




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