KJZZ's Word "Word" is a KJZZ original podcast about the literary arts in Arizona and the region.
KJZZ's Word

KJZZ's Word


"Word" is a KJZZ original podcast about the literary arts in Arizona and the region.

Most Recent Episodes

Word S4 E5: NaNoWriMo Part 2 — Halfway Through

What do a tourism writer from Albuquerque, New Mexico; a Glendale life coach; and a burlesque performer and creative from the Valley have in common? They're all engaging in National Novel Writing Month.

Word S4 E4: Halloween And NaNoWriMo Part 1 – 'Plotober'

It's nearly Halloween and almost National Novel Writing Month (NaNoWriMo). As we close out October, we celebrate the holiday and those who are stepping up to write 50,000 words in a month beginning Nov. 1.

Word S4 E3: Young Poets, Old Poets And Indian Fantasy Fiction

On this episode, we welcome Annika Clark, chosen by Creative Youth of Arizona as the Phoenix Youth Poet Laureate. Plus, we talk to poet and retired teacher Joey Connolly and Pueblo Indian writer and NYT bestselling author Rebecca Roanhorse, who has a new fantasy novel called "Black Sun" out this month.

Word S4 S2: Puppets, Children's Literature And Zoomoetry

The coronavirus pandemic continues to present challenges for creatives. We'll talk to a returning guest about it. Plus, we turn our attention to younger audiences and readers, beginning with puppets.

Word S4 E1: Stages & Screens

"Word" is a KJZZ original podcast about the literary arts in Arizona and the region. We begin this season with the first of three returning guests, David Hemphill, executive director of Black Theatre Troupe in Phoenix.

Word S3 E8: National Poetry Month — Part 3

This episode contains some frank descriptions that may not be suitable for all listeners and political opinions that are not endorsed by KJZZ in any capacity.On this mega edition of "Word," we put a cap on National Poetry Month in the state and the region. We open with a poem by Colleen Carnahan, "Phoenix Rising."

Word S3 E8: National Poetry Month — Part 3

Word S3 E7: National Poetry Month — Part 2

National Poetry Month continues in the age of COVID-19. In this episode, we are heading to Tucson, virtually, to check in with our neighbors in Southern Arizona. Despite the shuttering of spoken word venues, poets are still sounding their barbaric yawps via social media and creative apps.

Word S3 E3: NaHaiWriMo 2020 — Part 3

KJZZ's second annual Haiku Writing Contest comes to an end as we round out NaHaiWriMo (National Haiku Writing Month).

Word S3 E4: Int'l Women's HERstory Month 2020

We celebrate International Women's HERstory Month with some influential Arizona writers and readers.

Word S3 E5: Int'l Women's HERstory Month Part 2 – 'Coronacation'

While we hunker down amid a pandemic, creatives are facing tough times, too. Performances have been canceled. Open mics have been shut down. But we carry on with trying to stay in touch.

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