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

Sundial Writers Corner "Rose Battle" 9/24/2018

Monday, September 24, 2018

Sundial Writers Corner contributor Rose Battle weaves a tale of mistaken identity that goes on for years.

Sundial Writers Corner "Joyce Billingsley" (9/13/18)

Thursday, September 13, 2018

This time in the Sundial Writers Corner we feature Joyce Billingsley, who developed her poers of observation during her time as a community columnist for the Huntsville Times.  In this episode, she wonders of the Queen would be amused or upset at her experiences on the high seas.

Sundial Writers Corner 'Walter Thames' (9/10/18)

Monday, September 10, 2018

In this edition of the Sundial Writers Corner, we feature Walter Thames, a lifelong cook who, after a career that had nothing to do with food, is now indulging an obsession with cuisine, recipes and cooking. He currently runs a healthy meal preparation and catering service called What’s for Supper. Walter regularly contributes his reflections on cooking and a life spent enjoying good food on WLRH.

Sundial Writers Corner "Monita Soni - Nighttime Sky" (9/3/18)

Thursday, September 6, 2018

In this episode of the Sundial Writer's Corner, Monita Soni tells us about the summer night sky of her childhood in India and how she reflects back on it from her new home in the Tennessee Valley.

Sundial Writers Corner - Young Writers Winners (8/27/18)

Monday, August 27, 2018

In the episode of the Sundial Writers Corner, we feature more winners from the Huntsville Literary Association's Young Writers Contest. We'll hear from Cecelia Poehlman of Bob Jones High Schools, Rachel Stoner of St. John Paul Catholic School and Joshua Macri of Asbury School. 

Sundial Writers Corner 'Margaret Vann' (8/19/18)

Monday, August 20, 2018

This time in the Sundial Writers Corner, we feature longtime resident of Huntsville and member of the Coweta Poets group, Margaret J Vann. Margaret has had poems published in various works.She’s an avid wildflower enthusiast and gardener. Here she’s written of things contained within and heard from afar ... and that coffee shops are good places to eavesdrop!

Sundial Writers Corner - Calvin Engstrom 'Diction' 8/13/18

Saturday, August 11, 2018

This episode of The Sundial Writers Corner features James Clemens HIgh School junior Calvin Engstrom, this year’s winner of the Huntsville Literary Association’s Young Writer’s contest in the senior division. Calvin stays busy on the cross county team and loves acting in plays.  His short story, entitled “Diction” is a rhythmic tale of a young man’s quest to make the world a better place.


Sundial Writers Corner - Kathryn Tucker Windham 'Summertime' 8/6/18

Monday, August 6, 2018

Today, we relaunch one of WLRH’s greatest traditions, the Sundial Writers Corner. We’ll start things off with a commentary from master storyteller Kathryn Tucker Windham. It seems as we draw to the end of summer we wish it could last forever. Mrs. Windham remembers her summers as a child, and says they always found ways to entertain themselves …

Melissa Ford Thornton 'A Day in the Life' (January 11, 2018)

Thursday, January 11, 2018

Melissa Ford Thornton is in the SUNDIAL Writer's Corner today - when a close friend's grandmother died, Melissa helped her friend discover the often overlooked moments that had made the woman's life rich and truly extraordinary...

Eugene Ham 'Orange Blossoms' (January 10, 2018)

Wednesday, January 10, 2018

Eugene Ham takes center stage in the SUNDIAL Writer's Corner today.  He lives in Fayetteville, TN where he tends to family farm land, and savors colorful tales of Lincoln County history.

Hope Duve 'Consider the Cat' (January 9, 2018)

Tuesday, January 9, 2018

Poet Hope Duve is featured in the SUNDIAL Writer's Corner today - her thoughtful verse entitled "Consider the Cat" is read by Hope's friend, Hethalyn Godwin.

Susan Luther 'Preserves' (January 8, 2018)

Monday, January 8, 2018

Sundial writer Susan Luther honors her mother, a woman who filled the family's basement with preserves of all kinds, which now include precious memories for Susan and her siblings...

Judy Guerry 'The Dogwood Tree' (January 5, 2018)

Friday, January 5, 2018

Judy Guerry is in the SUNDIAL Writer's Corner today - she's a native of the South Carolina Lowcountry. Her "roots and wings" come out of her family and community near the Francis Marion National Forest. She learned much from her father - for Judy, the original "man who loved trees."

Rose Battle 'Flying' (January 4, 2018)

Thursday, January 4, 2018

Rose Battle takes center stage in the SUNDIAL Writer's Corner today - when Rose and her 3-year-old son J.D. went to visit extended family in Pittsburgh, the flight became the stage for a couple of exciting adventures!

Paul Harrison 'Be It Resolved...' (January 3, 2018)

Wednesday, January 3, 2018

SUNDIAL writer Paul Harrison is a minister in Madison - he loves to read old diaries, and recently he discovered a treasure trove of thoughts written down by a few well-known American statesmen...

Jennie McBride 'Glimpsing Generosity' (January 2, 2018)

Tuesday, January 2, 2018

Jennie McBride is in the SUNDIAL Writer's Corner today - she remembers well her first introduction to poverty in her hometown of Milwaukee because of her father's efforts to bring relief to a family during the holidays...

Kathryn Tucker Windham 'Cornbread New Year' (January 1, 2018)

Monday, January 1, 2018

In this episode of The Sundial Writers Corner, we revisit a classic commentary from master storyteller Kathryn Tucker Windham. Mrs. Windham reminds us how to get the New Year started off on the right foot and that there is at least one important rule that should always be followed. Never put sugar in the cornbread.

David Little 'School Bus Trip' (December 29, 2017)

Friday, December 29, 2017

David Little is in the SUNDIAL Writer's Corner today, and has a question for you...

Kay Campbell 'Counting Days' (December 28, 2017)

Thursday, December 28, 2017

In the SUNDIAL Writer's Corner today, essayist Kay Campbell is counting days...

Margaret Vann 'Habit' (December 27, 2017)

Wednesday, December 27, 2017

Poet Margaret Vann is on a constant search for subject material - recently she found herself revisiting one of her favorite sites, and in the SUNDIAL Writer's Corner today, Margaret shares her poem entitled "Habit."




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