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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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.

Sallie Estes 'A Trip with Ma Ma' (June 7, 2016)

Tuesday, June 7, 2016

Sallie Estes is well-known around the storytelling community for her Mama tales - she remembers the following adventure with Miss Sarah as a partial success...

David Little 'Transformation' (June 6, 2016)

Monday, June 6, 2016

On the Writer's Corner today, David Little offers a few insights into transformation - he is witnessing his very own - right before his eyes...

Jimmy Robinson 'Cafe La Habana' (June 3, 2016)

Friday, June 3, 2016

James Miller Robinson has lived within two cultures since his days as a Spanish student in Tuscaloosa - the history of Mexico remains a large and troubling part of Jimmy's poetry...

Nancy Rohr 'New Friends' (June 2, 2016)

Thursday, June 2, 2016

Our friend Nancy Rohr continues to share with us the new faces and friends from her relatively new home which she affectionately calls Shady Pines.

Kathryn Tucker Windham 'Blue Bottles' (June 1, 2016)

Wednesday, June 1, 2016

Walter Thames 'Restaurant Tips' (May 31, 2016)

Tuesday, May 31, 2016

You won't regret taking to heart these tips on ordering in restaurants from chef Walter Thames.

Houston Hodges 'Church Names' (May 30, 2016)

Monday, May 30, 2016

SUNDIAL writer Houston Hodges has been pondering on names, namely those of churches...just what do they tell us?

Danny Lindsey 'A Baseball Tale' (May 27, 2016)

Friday, May 27, 2016

Danny Lindsey is in the SUNDIAL Writer's Corner today - a rabid baseball fan since early childhood in MS, he shares with us one of his greatest regrets, but we have to promise not to tell...

Joyce Billingsley 'Soot' (May 26, 2016)

Thursday, May 26, 2016

Susan Guthrie 'The Table' (May 25, 2016)

Wednesday, May 25, 2016

Joe Berry 'Warts' (May 24, 2016)

Tuesday, May 24, 2016

Retired attorney and active writer Joe Berry has been examining common traits we all share at one time or another...

Virginia Gilbert 'Joan' (May 23, 2016)

Monday, May 23, 2016

Poet Virginia Gilbert is in the SUNDIAL Writer's Corner today - a history buff, she was very moved by thoughts of Joan of Arc's great spirit...

Rhonda Broyles 'Thanks for the Music' (May 20, 2016)

Friday, May 20, 2016

SUNDIAL writer Rhonda Broyles will always remain grateful to her Mom, for the music - Moms can be very determined, as most of us know!

Leslie Nicole Thomas 'Haint Paint' (May 19, 2016)

Thursday, May 19, 2016

Leslie Nicole Thomas is in the SUNDIAL Writer's Corner today - she takes us along on a stroll through an historic city of the South...




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