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

Walter Thames 'On Brown Food' (November 6, 2017)

Monday, November 6, 2017

Noted chef and SUNDIAL writer Walter Thames has been focusing on the tastes (or perhaps lack of ) of our current population - here he discusses the era of brown food!

Houston Hodges 'Baby Chips' (November 3, 2017)

Friday, November 3, 2017

The Rev. Houston Hodges is in the SUNDIAL Writer's Corner today - he's been pondering on the advantages of chipping our children at birth - well, maybe not...

Martena Koken 'The Witness Tree' (November 2, 2017)

Thursday, November 2, 2017

SUNDIAL writer Martena, along with husband Rip, recently came upon a tree which has an awesome reputation - here's the story...

Camilla Pruitt 'Piano Lessons' (November 1, 2017)

Wednesday, November 1, 2017

Camilla Pruitt is in the SUNDIAL Writer's Corner today - as a young piano student, she realized that something that seemed to be a real chore could actually be a very pleasurable task for someone else, if you have the gift, that is...

Kathryn Tucker Windham 'Outracing the Devil' (October 31, 2017)

Tuesday, October 31, 2017

Be prepared to be scared with this tale from Kathryn Tucker Windham!

Gail Hopson 'The Bed' (October 30, 2017)

Monday, October 30, 2017

SUNDIAL writer Gail Hopson found herself musing on the subject of beds, and what makes them so important in our daily lives,,,

Cindy Small 'Sunday Sequins' (October 27, 2017)

Friday, October 27, 2017

Cindy Small is in the SUNDIAL Writer's Corner today - a New Orleans native, she now lives in Alabama, but remembers in great detail Sunday visits to her Grandmother's house, known to all as "Little Vienna."

Melissa Ford Thornton 'Old Bessie' (October 26, 2017)

Thursday, October 26, 2017

SUNDIAL writer Melissa Ford Thornton has joined the rest of her family in appreciating the virtues of Old Bessie...

Virginia Gilbert 'Stewart' (October 25, 2017)

Wednesday, October 25, 2017

Poet Virginia Gilbert is in the SUNDIAL Writer's Corner today - she collects memories from around the world, some pleasant, others not so much...

Monita Soni 'No Bhindi Marsala' (October 24, 2017)

Tuesday, October 24, 2017

SUNDIAL writer Monita Soni was craving a special dish from her native India, but imagine her surprise when the server brought a concoction Monita didn't recognize...

Susan Luther 'May I Cut In?' (October 23, 2017)

Monday, October 23, 2017

Susan usually writes poetry, but when Houston Hodges issued a certain challenge to the SUNDIAL writers, the muse of prose tapped Susan on the shoulder, asking "May I Cut In?"

Margaret Vann 'Back Roads' (October 20, 2017)

Friday, October 20, 2017

Poet Margaret Vann is in the SUNDIAL Writer's Corner today - perhaps if you're lucky, Margaret will take you along on one of her travel adventures...

Dave Trueb 'Fall Prelude' (October 19, 2017)

Thursday, October 19, 2017

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

Sara McDaris 'Neighbors' (October 18, 2017)

Wednesday, October 18, 2017

TN Valley storyteller storyteller Sara McDaris is a lover of nature - recently, while doing some serious yard work, Sare found herself surrounded by helpful new friends - her own neighbors!

Allen Berry 'Last Night' (October 17, 2017)

Tuesday, October 17, 2017

SUNDIAL writer Allen Berry often finds himself wide-awake in the very darkest hours of the night when his creative juices seem to flow the best - he calls this poem "Last Night."

Rosalind Fellwock 'Wood-fired Stove' (October 16, 2017)

Monday, October 16, 2017

Rosalind Fellwock comes from a strong rural background, and has lots of good memories, one in particular about her mother's magic on the wood-fired stove...

Sallie Estes 'Grand Canyon Adventure' (October 6, 2017)

Friday, October 6, 2017

SUNDIAL writer Sallie Estes and daughter Suzanne both carry the spirit of adventure in their genes - mostly good news, but sometimes a little shaky!

Sri Bhooshanan 'Child is Father' (October 5, 2017)

Thursday, October 5, 2017

Sri Bhooshanan takes center stage in the SUNDIAL Writer's Corner today - he recently visited his aging mother in Mumbai where he learned that "the Child is Father of the Mother."

Joyce Billingsley 'Bath Time' (October 4, 2017)

Wednesday, October 4, 2017

A few years ago, SUNDIAL writer and English native Joyce Billingsley got the glamour bath she had always wanted, but Joyce still remembers well the water rationing of her youth...

Camilla Pruitt 'The Contest' (October 3, 2017)

Tuesday, October 3, 2017

Church organist/choir director Camilla Pruitt is in the SUNDIAL Writer's Corner today - she enjoys her work as a church musician, but, as she once discovered, it is possible to sing louder than an organ when it becomes a contest!




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