Prosody with Jan Beatty
and Ellen Placey Wadey
Wednesday 7:30 PM—8 PM, Saturday 6 AM—6:30 AM

Prosody, which airs every Wednesday evening on listener-supported WYEP 91.3 FM, is Western Pennsylvania’s only regularly scheduled radio program featuring contemporary poets and writers. Prosody showcases writers of national and international note as well as local writers. Guests have included U.S. Poet Laureates, Pulitzer Prize winners, MacArthur Grant recipients, National Book Award winners, journalists, and musicians. These include Yusef Komunyakaa, Naomi Shihab Nye, Robert Pinsky, Terry Tempest Williams, Patricia Smith, Alicia Ostriker, Richard Russo, Ted Kooser, Eve Ensler, Lyrae Van Clief-Stefanon, David Trinidad, Denise Duhamel, Terese Svodoba, Sonia Sanchez, and many others.

Prosody is produced by hosts Jan Beatty and Ellen Placey Wadey.

Jan Beatty’s third book, Red Sugar, was published by the University of Pittsburgh Press and was a finalist for the 2009 Paterson Poetry Prize. Other books include Boneshaker (University of Pittsburgh Press, 2002), finalist for the Milton Kessler Award; Mad River, winner of the 1994 Agnes Lynch Starrett Prize; and a limited edition chapbook, Ravenous, winner of the 1995 State Street Prize. Beatty’s poetry has appeared in journals such as Quarterly West, Gulf Coast, Indiana Review, and Court Green, and in anthologies published by Oxford University Press, University of Illinois Press, and University of Iowa Press. Awards include the $15,000 Creative Achievement Award in Literature from the Heinz Foundation, the Pablo Neruda Prize for Poetry, and two fellowships from the Pennsylvania Council on the Arts.

Beatty has read her work widely, at venues such as the Los Angeles Times Book Festival and the Geraldine R. Dodge Festival. For the past eighteen years, she has hosted and produced Prosody. Beatty directs the creative writing program at Carlow University, where she runs the Madwomen in the Attic writing workshops and teaches in the MFA program.

Ellen Placey Wadey has been co-host and co-producer of Prosody since 2001. She earned a Master of Arts in creative writing from the University of Illinois at Chicago and a Master of Fine Arts in fiction writing from the University of Pittsburgh, where she was awarded the Scott Turow Fiction Prize. She has received residencies at Ragdale Foundation and is a member of the Macondo Workshop. Her work has been published at Apparatus magazine and and was nominated for Best of the Web and a Pushcart Prize.

For eight years, she was executive director of Chicago’s Guild Complex, a community-based organization that looks at literary culture and asks, “What’s missing?” In 2010, she produced Tour Guides, the inaugural performance of the Guild Complex’s ongoing Poetry Performance Incubator, a project designed to bring racially and stylistically diverse poets into theatrical collaboration. Her most recent projects are a series of readings titled Don’t Call Me Mother that features writing by women who don’t have children and are just fine with it, and her first novel Manic Man.

Currently, she is a freelance grant writer and development consultant specializing in grassroots and first voice organizations. She teaches literature and writing at Columbia College Chicago, Northwestern University, and College of DuPage. She is a board member of contratiempo, reads fiction for MAKE magazine, and has served on numerous panels for artist awards.

Lisa Alexander and Michelle Stoner are Prosody’s engineers and editors.

Lisa Alexander is a graduate student working towards an MFA in Poetry at Drew University. She is also a member of The Madwomen in the Attic writing workshop. Her work has been published in journals such as The Burnside Review, The Palimpsest Review, The Critical Point and anthologized in Voices from the Attic.

Michelle Stoner's debut collection, Flats and Riots, was published in 2008 (CustomWords). Her poems have also appeared in The Collared Peccary, Weave Magazine, The Carlow Journal, Pittsburgh's City Paper and Natural Language: Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh Sunday Poetry and Reading Series Anthology, among others. She holds an MFA in poetry from Carlow University.

Renée Alberts guest hosts Prosody.

Renée Alberts is the author of the poetry collection No Water (Speed and Briscoe Books, 2009) and editor of Natural Language: Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh Sunday Poetry & Reading Series Anthology (2010), which collects the work of academic, experimental, and spoken word poets. She founded and curates the Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh Sunday Poetry & Reading Series and moderates the Pittsburgh Literary Calendar. Her writing and artwork have appeared in The New Yinzer, Encyclopedia Destructica, Pittsburgh’s City Paper, Moloch, and Subtletea.

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Contact Prosody:
Voice mail: (412) 381-9131 Ext. 19
Engineers: Lisa Alexander and Michelle Stoner

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