Sundial Writers Corner

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. 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. The Sundial Writers Corner airs Mondays at 9am, right after Morning Edition. There will also be special Sundial segments during The Public Radio Hour Thursday nights at 7pm!

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Listen to Past Episodes

Allen Berry "She Said..." (August 31, 2017)

Thursday, August 31, 2017

SUNDIAL writer Allen Berry remembers a conversation with a young friend who had strong opinions (negative) about boys...

Rose Battle "Bananahead Ascends" (August 30, 2017)

Wednesday, August 30, 2017

SUNDIAL writer Rose Battle enjoys sharing family memories, one of which includes a lesson on heavenly ascension...

Cindy Small "Obsessively Excessive" (August 29, 2017)

Tuesday, August 29, 2017

SUNDIAL Cindy Small feels that a vanity table can be a crucial item if you live for glamour...

Virginia Gilbert "Two Haiku About Fog" (August 28, 2017)

Monday, August 28, 2017

Poet Virginia is in the SUNDIAL Writer's Corner today - she collects memories from around the world, including two haiku about fog...

Martena Koken "Northern Lights" (August 25, 2017)

Friday, August 25, 2017

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!

Rita Monteiro "Water Babies" (August 24, 2017)

Thursday, August 24, 2017

SUNDIAL writer Rita Monteiro is a keen observer of her surroundings, whether she's on land or water...

Gail Hopson "Summer Plums" (August 23, 2017)

Wednesday, August 23, 2017

SUNDIAL writer and traveler Gail Hopson recently found herself on a train in a lovely section of Italy  - she managed to make friends even though she didn't speak their native tongue...

Sri Bhooshanan "Dead Sea Live" (August 22, 2017)

Tuesday, August 22, 2017

Sri Bhooshanan takes center stage in the SUNDIAL Writer's Corner today - he loves to travel, and one of his recent trips took him to the Kingdom of Jordan where he felt very much alive in the Dead Sea...

Susan Luther "Glory in the Flower" (August 21, 2017)

Monday, August 21, 2017

Poet Susan Luther says she knows very well who was President the year she was born, but, as she's facing a landmark birthday, may not confess...

Sara McDaris "Neighbors" (August 18, 2017)

Friday, August 18, 2017

TN Valley storyteller Sara McDaris is a nature lover. Recently while doing some serious yard work at her home, she found herself surrounded by helpful new friends - her own neighbors!

Dave Trueb "Fall Prelude" (August 17, 2017)

Thursday, August 17, 2017

Poet Dave Trueb is in the SUNDIAL Writer's Corner today, pondering on the coming of winter in the TN Valley...

Anna Lee "The Book Rescuer" (August 16, 2017)

Wednesday, August 16, 2017

SUNDIAL writer Anna Lee well remembers how awesome it was when she took her first trip to a real library in the next big town.  She still likes to chat about books and where you can find them...

Shelly Wyckoff "I Know a Place" (August 15, 2017)

Tuesday, August 15, 2017

Poet Shelley Wyckoff is grateful for her positive and rewarding experience as a patient in the Huntsville Hospital Heart Center...

Monita Soni "Stitch by Stitch" (August 14, 2017)

Monday, August 14, 2017

More often than not, when a parent offers a helpful suggestion to a bored child, thanks is not forthcoming!  Monita Soni has had a change of heart in her adult years...

Melissa Thornton "Lunchbox Notes" (August 11, 2017)

Friday, August 11, 2017

Melissa Ford Thornton is in the SUNDIAL Writer's Corner today - she recently received a friend request on social media - a request that opened the door to special childhood memories...

Margaret Vann "Lady Baltimore Cake" (August 10, 2017)

Thursday, August 10, 2017

SUNDIAL writer Margaret Vann has been sorting through her childhood memories - she walks us through her thought processes in her poem "Lady Baltimore Cake."

Terri French "Wallflowers" (August 9, 2017)

Wednesday, August 9, 2017

Poet Terri French enjoys writing in a form called haibun, a combination of prose and haiku - here's Terri with "A Wildflower's Lament."

Joe Estes "We Were There" (August 8, 2017)

Tuesday, August 8, 2017

Joe Estes is in the SUNDIAL Writer's Corner today - recently, he and wife Sallie were the recipients of some astounding musical memories...

Lisa Schneider "Bird Song" (August 7, 2017)

Monday, August 7, 2017

A woman of many talents, Lisa Schneider is able to produce the soundtracks of many birds, without even getting out her oboe!

Beth Thames "On Our Devices" (August 4, 2017)

Friday, August 4, 2017

SUNDIAL writer Beth Thames remembers well her daughter's imaginary companions which brought Beth to the question "Have our digital devices become devilish companions for grown-ups?"




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