Ralph Tejeda Wilson: Interviewing the Poet

  Interviewing the Poet by Gina Gareri-Watkins Ralph Tejeda Wilson was born in Akron, Ohio, but grew up in Cleveland, a city he still considers his hometown.  Wilson holds a Ph.D. in English from the University of Utah, and is currently a tenured Associate Professor in English at Kennesaw State University in Kennesaw, Georgia. Wilson’s first book of poetry, A Black Bridge: Poems, was published by The University of Nevada Press in April 2001.  It was awarded the Georgia Author of the Year Award for Poetry in 2002.  His poetry is featured in several anthologies, including the 2006 Georgia Author … Continue reading Ralph Tejeda Wilson: Interviewing the Poet

CHRIS WHITLEY SPEAKS SOFTLY

CHRIS WHITLEY SPEAKS SOFTLY by Joellen Kubiak-Woodall 2005 Messenger Records Chris Whitley does not sell jeans, nor does he star in his own reality-based television show. What Whitley does is something increasingly rare in the music business; he makes consistently interesting, beautiful, and well-crafted music. His newest offering, Soft Dangerous Shores, is no exception. Once again Whitley has paired with producer Malcolm Burn, who produced his 1991 debut, Living with the Law. As the artwork suggests, Soft Dangerous Shores is a musically atmospheric and thematically sensuous work, punctuated with intensely poetic lyrics. The album’s gorgeously layered opening track, Fireroad, exemplifies … Continue reading CHRIS WHITLEY SPEAKS SOFTLY