Chérie Newman

Host and Producer

Chérie Newman is an arts and humanities producer and host for Montana Public Radio, and a freelance writer. Her weekly literary program, The Write Question, is broadcast on several public radio stations, and available online at PRX.org and MTPR.org.

Her articles, essays, and book reviews have been published in Montana Magazine, High Country News, the University of Montana Alumni Newsletter, Whitefish Review, the Billings Gazette, the Missoulian, Montana Senior News, Outside Bozeman Magazine, and on numerous websites.

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Memoir
5:20 am
Thu April 3, 2014

Cocktail Hour Under the Tree of Forgetfulness

Cocktail Hour Under the Tree of Forgetfulness, a memoir by Alexandra Fuller

Wyoming author Alexandra Fuller talks about and reads from her third memoir, Cocktail Hour Under the Tree of Forgetfulness.

About the book:

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Fiction
6:00 am
Wed March 26, 2014

Debut Novel Explores Transgender and Ethnic Issues

For Today I Am A Boy, by Kim Fu

Kim Fu talks about and reads from her debut novel, For Today I Am A Boy.

About the book:

Peter Huang and his sisters—elegant Adele, shrewd Helen, and Bonnie the bon vivant— grow up in a house of many secrets, then escape the confines of small-town Ontario and spread from Montreal to California to Berlin. Peter’s own journey is obstructed by playground bullies, masochistic lovers, Christian ex-gays, and the ever-present shadow of his Chinese father.

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Jazz
6:25 am
Sun March 23, 2014

Jazzoula 2014

Jazzoula 2014

Michael Marsolek talks with Jazzoula founder Bruce Micklus and musician Jeff Stickney, who will be inducted into the Jazzoula Hall of Fame during this year's festival.

The festival runs for four nights in the parish center at St. Anthony Church. This year’s lineup includes 20-plus bands and 75 to 100 musicians playing in a nightclub-like atmosphere.

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Memoir
6:33 am
Wed March 19, 2014

Badluck Way, the Story of a Man, a Wolf, and Their Ultimate Collision

Badluck Way, a memoir by Bryce Andews

Bryce Andrews talks about his decision to move to a cattle ranch in Montana and about the memoir he wrote about his experiences there, Badluck Way. He also reads two passages from the book.

About the Book:

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Author Interview
6:15 am
Wed March 12, 2014

Beyond Stereotypes of American Indian Women

During this program Julie Cajune — an American Indian storyteller, educator, and actress — talks about writing the stories in her one-woman play titled “Belief.” She also describes the process of collaborating with writer and poet Jennifer Finley and stage director Linda Grinde

"Belief" is a multidimensional performance, a unique mixture of interconnected Salish women’s stories, poetry, and live music.

The music in this program was written and performed by John Floridis.

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Kid Writers
9:00 am
Thu March 6, 2014

Kid Writers Read Their Stories and Poems, LIVE, This Afternoon

Participants write during a recent weekend workshop offered by the Missoula Writing Collaborative

Margie Dougherty-Goodburn and several kids who participated in recent workshops through the Missoula Writing Collaborative will be in Studio A this afternoon during Pea Green Boat (4 - 5 p.m.). They'll take turns reading their stories and poems and talk about the process of writing.

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YA Fiction
6:16 am
Wed March 5, 2014

Blythe Woolston's Novel Chronicles YA Terrorist

Black Helicopters, a YA novel by Blythe Woolston

During this program Chérie Newman talks with Billings, Montana, author Blythe Woolston about her new novel for young adult readers, Black Helicopters. First question:  "Why was terrorism an idea you wanted to explore with your writing?"

From the publisher:

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Poetry
5:13 pm
Wed February 26, 2014

Pigs, Poems, and the Purpose of Farming

HomeFarm, a collection of poems by Josh Slotnick

During this program, Josh Slotnick talks about the art of farming, pigs, and his new poetry collection, FarmHome. He also reads a few poems.

About the book:

David James Duncan called Slotnick "a Wendell-Berry-style 'mad farmer'" and said, "The bracing bittersweetness lacing this free-verse report from the frontlines of a post-corporate agricultural renaissance is all the sweetness we need. HomeFarm is one of the most responsible books of poetry I've ever read."

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Poetry and Indian Culture
3:32 pm
Wed February 19, 2014

Montana Indian Poetry and Culture

The Indian in the Liquor Cabinet and Other Poems, by Joseph McGeshick

Historian, teacher, and poet Joseph McGeshick talks about Montana’s Native American poets and about what’s happening on the Fort Peck Indian Reservation. He also read a few of his poems.

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Monday Music Special
12:23 pm
Wed February 19, 2014

Indigenous Expression: music by Peter LaFarge, Joy Harjo, Blackfire, HAPA...

02/24/2014 - During this Monday Music Special, David Sam plays compositions and covers by Peter LaFarge, Joy Harjo, Blackfire, HAPA— from Hawaii — Jesse Ed Davis, and many more American Indian and Alaska Native musicians. He also plays tracks from a Salish Culture Committee CD that includes historical information about the indigenous people of western Montana and a poem by Jennifer Finley.

 

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