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Writers' Roundtable

A monthly show hosted by Professor Ron Block, Rowan University College of Communication, on the 4th Monday of each month at 5:30 p.m.
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Writers' Roundtable
(Oct 22, 2012) Play Dowanload

In a special Halloween edition of Writers' Roundtable, Rowan University Writing Arts professor Ron Block spoke to Andrew McDougall, who spent ten years working as an interpretive park ranger at the Edgar Allan Poe National Historical Site, the last remaining Poe residence from the time Poe lived in Philadelphia (1838-1844). This was Poes most productive period, during which he wrote many of his most famous works, including The Tell-Tale Heart, and The Black Cat."

Writer's Roundtable
(Sep 24, 2012) Play Dowanload

Host and Rowan University professor, Ron Block spoke with Martin Fairwell, director of the Dodge Poetry Festival, the biggest poetry festival in the country, held in Newark, NJ from October 11th-October 14th. Fairwell outlined different features and programs offered over the four-day festival as well as different poets that will be attending. He also went over what goes into planning the next festival, which happens every even numbered year.

Writer's Roundtable
(Aug 27, 2012) Play Dowanload

Host Ron Block spoke with Greg Kosmicki, a poet and social worker from Omaha, Nebraska. Kosmicki founded The Backwaters Press in 1997 and shared the history of the Press. Later, Kosmincki spoke about notable authors he's published in The Backwaters Press. In addition, Kosmicki mentioned the privilege of publishing some of his former teacher's work.

Writer's Roundtable
(Mar 26, 2012) Play Dowanload

Host Ron Block discussed the projects of Avant, a student-published literary magazine at Rowan University, with Kara Rothenberg, editor in chief, Alex Grover, treasurer, and Lauren Wills, staff member. Each student read their own work that was published in the most recent edition of the magazine. In addition, Rothenberg explained how the submission process works. Finally, work from other students was read and discussed.

Writer's Roundtable
(Feb 27, 2012) Play Dowanload

Host Ron Block sat down with Scott McCloud, a comic book writer and the speaker at the College of Communication's Presidential Lecture series. McCloud explained how he got into comics and the transition from superhero comics to other genres in comics. In addition, McCloud described the cultural differences in comics. He described comics as an art form. For more information and to purchase McCloud's books, log onto www.scottmccloud.com.

Writers' Roundtable
(Jan 23, 2012) Play Dowanload

Author and Rowan University Professor Lisa Jahn-Clough joined host Ron Block to discuss her children's books and young adult novels. Jahn-Clough explained how she began creating short picture books following college to eventually making it into a career. She also mentioned that all of her children's books are autobiographical. Later, she described her writing process in terms of her young adult novels. For more information, you can head over to http://www.lisajahnclough.com/

Writers' Roundtable
(Nov 28, 2011) Play Dowanload

Joe Samuel Starnes, author of "Fall Line" joined host Ron Block to discuss his work. Starnes, a journalist as well, talked about the plot of "Fall Line," some artistic techniques he used as well as a bit of information about the characters. The entire story in "Fall Line" spans over only one day and creates an interesting look at the South during the mid 1950's.

Writer's Roundtable
(Sep 26, 2011) Play Dowanload

Ron Block speaks with James Zuback, Alex Grover, Cara Rothenburger, editors of Avant Magazine.

Writer's Roundtable
(Jul 25, 2011) Play Dowanload

Professor Ron Block talked with Mark Sanders, a poet, essayist, short story writer, and the editor of Sandhills Press. Most recently, he and Steven Meats edited an edition of The Midwest Quarterly devoted to Nebraska poetry.

Writers' Round Table
(May 23, 2011) Play Dowanload

Rowan University Creative Writing Professor and host Ron Block spoke with Rowan alumni Joe Carlo, Justin Davis, and Nisa Lee about their experiences at the university, life after college, and the evolution of their literary work.

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