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The Wrong Road Home

Aug 9, 2016

Palm Beach area author Ian O’Connor, a retired U.S. Air Force colonel, has three Justin Scott thrillers under his belt. But it’s his recently published novel, “The Wrong Road Home,” based on a true story that was uncovered by the Miami Herald two decades ago, that’s caught the interest of our reviewer, Sally Bissell.

Blue Totems

Jul 29, 2016
Amy Bennett WIlliams

In her best-selling book, “The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up, Japanese organizing consultant Marie Kondo proposes a simple test to help people de-clutter their lives.  Hold an object in your hand and consider it, asking yourself, “Does this bring me joy?”  We all have those certain objects in our lives; those random knickknacks or found objects that don’t really have any monetary value, but which are deeply infused with meaning and memory.  They may represent a particular place or serve as symbol of an important relationship.  In this week’s essay from News-Press storyteller Amy Bennett Williams she details a couple of these items in her own life and the implacable bonds of love they represent.

This month’s Versed in Florida is with Miami poet Mia Leonin. She teaches creative writing at the University of Miami. She has published poetry and creative nonfiction in numerous journals and reviews. Leonin is the author of three poetry collections including her latest called Chance Born and a memoir. She writes about Spanish-language theater and culture for the Miami Herald, New Times, and other publications. And Leonin tells WGCU’s Amy Tardif that living in South Florida allows language to enter into her writing often.

Tamiami Trail

Jul 22, 2016
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When the Tamiami Trail connecting Naples with Miami first opened in 1928, it was considered an awe inspiring feat of human engineering and control over nature, but environmental advocates today lament the project’s profound and unintended consequences. In today’s essay from News-Press storyteller Amy Bennett Williams, she details some of those perhaps lesser known consequences among some of the sunshine state’s indigenous people

This month’s Versed in Florida is with Miami poet Mia Leonin. She teaches creative writing at the University of Miami. She has published poetry and creative nonfiction in numerous journals and reviews. She writes about Spanish-language theater and culture for the Miami Herald, New Times, and other publications. Leonin is the author of three poetry collections and a memoir called Havana and Other Missing Fathers. She tells WGCU’s Amy Tardif her latest collection called, Chance Born, plays on the idea of chance as in “luck” and chance as in “accident”.

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