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Michigan Literary Radio Show #michlit w/authors @w/bonniejocampbel & @versandra [podcast] 12/28/11

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1. Guest: Bonnie Jo Campbell

Guest summary: Our first guest is award winning author Bonnie Jo Campbell. Her work includes Women and Other Animals, a short fiction collection, a novel Q Road, and another short fiction collection American Salvage.
Bonnie Jo Campbell bio:
Bonnie Jo Campbell grew up on a small Michigan farm with her mother and four siblings in a house her grandfather Herlihy built in the shape of an H. She learned to castrate small pigs, milk Jersey cows, and, when she was snowed in with chocolate, butter, and vanilla, to make remarkable chocolate candy. When she left home for the University of Chicago to study philosophy, her mother rented out her room. She has since hitchhiked across the U.S. and Canada, scaled the Swiss alps on her bicycle, and traveled with the Ringling Bros and Barnum & Bailey Circus selling snow cones. As president of Goulash Tours Inc., she has organized and led adventure tours in Russia and the Baltics, and all the way south to Romania and Bulgaria.
Her collection Women and Other Animals details the lives of extraordinary females in rural and small town Michigan, and it won the AWP prize for short fiction; her story “The Smallest Man in the World” has been awarded a Pushcart Prize. Her novel Q Road investigates the lives of a rural community where development pressures are bringing unwelcome change in the character of the land. Her critically-acclaimed short fiction collection American Salvage, which consists of fourteen lush and rowdy stories of folks who are struggling to make sense of the twenty-first century, was a finalist for the 2009 National Book Award in Fiction.
For decades, Campbell has put together a personal newsletter – The Letter Parade – and she currently practices Koburyu kobudo weapons training. She has received her M.A. in mathematics and her M.F.A. in writing from Western Michigan University. She now lives with her husband and other animals outside Kalamazoo, and she teaches writing in the low residency program at Pacific University.

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2. Guest: Versandra Kennebrew

Interview time: 5:30 p.m. 
Guest summary: Versandra is the owner and operator of Versandra Kennebrew International or VKI, a personal development company which produces holistic health education products and services to enhance your quality of life. Today she’s going to walk us into the new year by covering topics from her new book The Art of Reinventing You: Ignite Your Imagination.
Guest bio:
Versandra reinvented herself after becoming homeless. She got back up, went back to school to become a self-improvement teacher, wrote her memoir Thank God for the Shelter, and today she is coaching clients who are ready to experience exponential growth in their lives, and she is helping people all over the world ignite their imagination.
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