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Word S7:E2 — National Haiku Writing Month continues; the Tucson Festival of Books returns in person

What do a Scottsdale memoirist, a Tucson coffee shop/bookstore owner — who's also a haiku enthusiast as well as a crime writer — and a Tucson Festival of Books panelist have in common? They’re all part of this episode of KJZZ’s Word. It’s a podcast about literature in Arizona and the region hosted by Tom Maxedon.

Plus, National Haiku Writing Month continues and so does KJZZ’s Annual Haiku Writing Contest. Our theme this year is: things that bring you hope or joy. 

Guest list

Deena Goldstein is a Scottsdale-based multimedia artist and writer with a new father-daughter memoir entitled, “OK, Little Bird.”

The book shares her unique relationship with her cowboy father and was written as a reaction to his end of life. The title comes from a nickname her father had never used until that point.

“OK, Little Bird” sets out to “make things OK for her father as Goldstein learns even in the worst of times, the gem of laughter is the best coping tool of all,” according to a media release.

Joy Soler co-owns Revolutionary Grounds Books & Coffee in Tucson and loves to write haiku. She and her husband started the business in a different location several years ago, but had to move when their former landlord raised the rent.

Like so many small businesses, they’ve been hit hard by the pandemic but have managed to keep open their doors and offer a space for spoken word events and groups to meet.

Soler credits her love of poetry to her late aunt who recently passed away.

Kellye Garrett is a panelist for the upcoming Tucson Festival of Books on Mar. 12-13 on the University of Arizona campus. She launches her latest crime thriller, “Like a Sister,” in March as well.

According to a publicity release, “the book centers on a disgraced reality TV star who is found dead in the Bronx and no one bats an eye — except her estranged half-sister, whose refusal to believe the official story leads her on an increasingly dangerous search for the truth.”

Garrett has written for the CBS drama, “Cold Case” and authored two previous novels, “Hollywood Homicide” (2017) and “Hollywood Ending" (2018).

She also co-founded Crime Writers of Color in 2018.

Thank you!

Word has been nominated for Edward R. Murrow and Public Media Journalists Association awards and is available on a variety of platforms including the NPR podcast feed.

If you have a comment about this episode or a suggestion for a future show, email Tom Maxedon.

Thanks so much for listening!

Tom Maxedon was the host of KJZZ’s Weekend Edition from 2017 to 2024.