KTEP - El Paso, Texas

Words On A Wire

Sundays at 12 noon

Words on a Wire is a show about fiction, poetry, the writing community, the publishing world and whatever other issues concern literary writers and readers of books. Hosted by two active writers, each show will include an interview with an established or emerging writer who has a new book, from famous award-winning veterans to hot young writers with books to watch out for.

On “Poem of the Week” we will read a poem from a collection we love or talk about a new book we have just discovered, or sometimes re-discovered. We also have a segment called “Poetic License” which is our way of giving writers their say. We hand over to writers we admire a few minutes to talk about whatever they want.

  Host Tim Hernandez welcomes Author and Professor of English Rebecca Balcarcel to discuss her debut novel The Other Side Of Being Happy.

Host Daniel Chacon welcomes poet Carolina Ebeid author of the poetry collection"You asked me to talk about the Interior" and whose work has appeared in numerous publications.

Host Daniel Chacon welcomes award winning poet and author Felicia Zamora to discuss her work and inspirations.

Host Daniel Chacon and co-host Amit Ghosh of Border Senses welcome Professor David Bowles from the University of Texas Rio Grande Valley and author of "They Call Me Guero" and " The Smoking Mirror" .

Tim and Daniel address the controversy surrounding the new book "American Dirt" while discussing some of their favorite reads and authors. 

Host Daniel Chacon welcomes award-winning writer and noted literary translator C.M. Mayo to discuss her new book, "Metaphysical Odyssey in the Mexican Revolution".

Host Daniel Chacon gets interviewed by fellow author Sergio Troncoso.

Words on a Wire - Moses Ayoub

Feb 6, 2020

Host Daniel Chacon welcomes El Paso artist Moses Ayoub who studied art at UTEP and the Instituto Helenico in Mexico City.

Host Daniel Chancon welcomes Award winning author and poet Bojan Louis to discuss his new book of poems titled Currents.

Host Daniel Chacon welcomes former student and author Timothy Dodd to discuss his new work Fissures and Other Stories.

Host Daniel Chacon welcomes author Ivelisse Rodriguez. She earned a B.A. in English from Columbia University, an M.F.A. in creative writing from Emerson College, and a Ph.D. in English-creative writing from the University of Illinois at Chicago. Her latest book is Love War Stories.

Host Tim Hernandez welcomes poet, performer, artist, Amalia Ortiz to discuss her life growing up and her new book The Cancion Cannibal Cabaret.

Host Tim Hernandez welcomes poet and writer Daniel T. Melonas to discuss his new book of poems, Why Resuce is an Anagram for Secure.

Host Daniel Chacon welcomes back Professor Lawrence Welsh to discuss his new collaboration "Cuting the Wire: Photographs and Poems from the US-Mexico Border".

Words on a Wire - Carley Moore/ Diana Martinez

Nov 18, 2019

Host Tim Hernandez welcomes essayist, novelist and poet Carley Moore and political activist to discuss her work and UTEP Professor Diana Martinez who helped organize the release of children held at the Tornillo Detention Center.

Host Tim Hernandez welcomes author Natalia Sylvester to the program to discuss her new book and inspiration for writing Everyone Knows You Go Home. 

Host and author Daniel Chacon welcomes Chicana feminist writer and poet from Austin, Texas Ire'ne Lara Silva to discuss her new book Cuicacalli: House of Song.

Host Tim Hernandez sits down with Co-host Daniel Chacon to talk about Daniel's new book Kafka in a Skirt: Stories from the Wall.

Words on a Wire

Oct 15, 2019

Host Daniel Chacon talks with Chicanx pocha and Fresno poet, Sara Borjas about her new book of poems just released, " "Heart like window, Mouth like a Cliff". 

Words on a Wire - Sergio Troncoso

Oct 10, 2019

Host Daniel Chacon talks with author Sergio Troncoso about his latest work "A Peculiar Kind of Immigrant's Son", and how approaches writing for his audience.

Host Daniel Chacon sits down with author R. Zamora-Linmark, american poet, novelist and playwright to discuss his latest book, The Importance of Wilde at Heart.

Daniel Chacon sits down with novelist and short story writer Professor Sylvia Zeleny to discuss her new book The Everything I Have Lost.

Tim Hernandez sits down with author and anthropolgist Dr. Renato Rosaldo who reads some excerpts from his new prose poetry collection book The Chasers.

Host Daniel Chacon sits down with Norma Cantu,  writer and the Murchison Professor in the Humanities at Trinity University in San AntonioTexas to talk about her upcoming novel "Cabanuelas".


Hosts Daniel Chacon and Tim Hernandez together give a writers response to the tragic events of August 3, 2019 when El Paso suffered a domestic terrorist event at a local Walmart store. 

Originally Broadcast on March 10, 2019. Host, Daniel Chacón talks with author Reyna Grande about her new book, A Dream Called Home: A Memoir.

Originally Broadcast on April 7th, 2019. Host, Tim Hernandez talks with poet Patrick Fontes about his new book, Mountains of Rust.

Originally Broadcast on February 3, 2019. Host, Daniel Chacón talks with author José de Piérola about his first English book, Fabulations.


Originally Broadcast on February 17, 2019. Host, Daniel Chacón interviews with Emily Jungmin Yoon about her new book, A Cruelty Special to Our Species.


Originally Broadcast on April 28, 2019. Host, Tim Hernandez talks with Cassandra López about her debut book, Brother Bullet.