A new series of radio shows, along with a free accompanying ebook, featuring the lives and works of eight neglected writers of the American Plains, has just been released by Nebraska Educational Telecommunications. This series, organized by Professor Wendy Katz from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln, is a little multimedia treasure trove. For each of the eight men and women featured on the site, you can find a radio essay, one or more video clips, photos and illustrations, and links to some of their articles or stories. You can also find an accompanying book, written by Claire Harlan-Orsi, available free on iTunes (link). Among the writers covered are:
- LaSelle Gilman, who lived and worked as a reporter in China in the days when foreign correspondents got Hitchcock movies made about them, and who wrote adventure novels with titles like Shanghai Deadline and The Golden Horde.
- Margaret Haughawout, a poet and influential teacher who wrote about the passions lurking inside “tame gray women.”
- Earl Guy, a radical, sometime-Communist, and convicted bank robber who published a well-received novel, Heaven is a Sunswept Hill, while serving time in Minnesota’s Stillwater Penetentiary.
- Ervin Krause, whose grim short stories were collected recently under the sunny title, You Will Never See Any God.