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

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?"

Camilla Pruitt "The Last Choir Robe" (August 3, 2017)

Thursday, August 3, 2017

SUNDIAL writer Camilla Pruitt is Director of Worship and Fine Arts at Trinity United Methodist in Huntsville. Every summer the choir robes get a good cleaning - here's the true story Camilla calls The Last Choir Robe...

Wayne Holliday "The Butterfly" (August 2, 2017)

Wednesday, August 2, 2017

SUNDIAL writer Wayne Holliday gets great pleasure from watching the multitude of butterflies enjoying the bushes he planted just for them!

Leslie Nicole Thomas "Haint Paint" (August 1, 2017)

Tuesday, August 1, 2017

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...

Rebecca Moore "Disney Experience" (July 31, 2017)

Monday, July 31, 2017

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...

Kay Campbell "Eclipse" (July 28, 2017)

Friday, July 28, 2017

In the SUNDIAL Writer's Corner today, Kay Campbell has started her own eclipse count-down...

Bill Case "Word Exploration" (July 27, 2017)

Thursday, July 27, 2017

Bill Case is in the SUNDIAL Writer's Corner today - he found himself delving into the real meaning of words and sentences, and wonders just how much really lies beyond...

John Anderson "Vision of Death" (July 26, 2017)

Wednesday, July 26, 2017

SUNDIAL writer John Anderson remembers almost too well how his father came of age when he saw a young friend fighting deadly flames...

Rosalind Fellwock "Cheating Santa Claus" (July 25, 2017)

Tuesday, July 25, 2017

SUNDIAL writer Rosalind Fellwock has the Christmas spirit every day of the year, and recalls a story from her childhood which always caused laughter when told...

Carson Clark "Grandmother's Moon Rock" (July 24, 2017)

Monday, July 24, 2017


As a child, SUNDIAL writer Carson Clark was given a precious gift by his grandmother, one not easily replicated...

Ted Roberts "On Laundry" (July 21, 2017)

Friday, July 21, 2017

Ted Roberts is in the SUNDIAL Writer's Corner today - he has a chronic concern about wife Shirley - it's her obsession with laundry...

Daniel Schenker "Circus Leaves Town" (July 20, 2017)

Thursday, July 20, 2017

SUNDIAL writer Daniel Schenker offers a brief elegy for a soon-to-be-extinct American institution...

Sara McDaris "Western Wedding" (July 19, 2017)

Wednesday, July 19, 2017

Peggy Bilbro "Secrets... Happy Marriage" (July 18, 2017)

Tuesday, July 18, 2017

SUNDIAL writer Peggy Bilbro has kindly offered to share her secrets fo a long and mostly happy marriage...

Patricia Sammon "Spell Check" (July 17, 2017)

Monday, July 17, 2017

Born and raised in Canada, Patricia Sammon still carries with her many of the north country's spelling rules...

Walter Thames "On Brown Food" (July 14, 2017)

Friday, July 14, 2017

Noted chef Walter Thames has been pondering on the tastes, or perhaps lack of, in our current population - here's Walter on what he calls "The Era of Brown Food."




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