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Words On A Wire

Sundays at Noon

Conversations with Writers, Artists, Thinkers.

Hosted by two professors from the Department of Creative Writing at UTEP, Words on a Wire has become one of the most established and influential radio shows on writing and creativity. 

Twelve years ago, it was hosted by Benjamin Alire Sáenz and Daniel Chacón. After Sáenz retired, Tim Z. Hernandez joined the team, and we have been going strong ever since. Our shows are available on Spotify, Apple Podcast, and YouTube.

Airing locally Sundays at noon, each week Tim or Daniel have a conversation with someone whose work they admire, poets, fiction writers, philosophers, scientists, musicians. Because they are writers themselves, the main focus for the hosts is books, and if there’s a new one that they love, they welcome that writer on the show. 

We have had guests from first-time writers with new books to the world’s most established thinkers, such as former and current US Poet Laureates, Pulitzer Prize winners, and great thinkers who have dedicate their lives to making the world a better place.

Words on a Wire is Co-produced by Creative Writing MFA candidates Claudia Flores Ramirez and Iliana Pichardo Urrutia.

WORDS ON A WIRE - Halloween / Día de muertos

Oct 30, 2021

In this special Halloween/ Día de muertos episode of Words on a Wire hosts, Daniel Chacón & Tim Z. Hernandez talk about legends, horror stories, altars, the meaning of death and the connection with our ancestors.

Special guests: Writer, Natasha Rangel telling us a legend from Venezuela; writer, Claudia Flores talking about a haunted hotel in El Paso; and poet, Zazil Collins who curated a playlist on Spotify just for this show.

WORDS ON A WIRE—David Romero

Oct 23, 2021

In this episode of Words on a Wire host, Tim Z. Hernandez interviews poet David Romero.

Romero is a Mexican-American spoken word artist from Diamond Bar, CA. Romero is the author of My Name Is Romero (FlowerSong Press), a book reviewed by Gustavo Arellano (¡Ask a Mexican!), Curtis Marez (University Babylon), and founding member of Ozomatli, Ulises Bella. Romero has appeared at over seventy-five colleges and universities in thirty different states in the USA.

WORDS ON A WIRE - Philip Goff

Oct 20, 2021


In this episode Daniel Chacón has a conversation with philosopher Philip Goff, one of the most influential thinkers of our time, especially with the publication of his new book Galileo‘s Error. 


Chacón and Goff talk about the writing process for philosophers, the hard problem of consciousness, panpsychism , and how science and philosophy can come together to give us a greater picture of reality. 


Interviewing from the UK, Philip Goff is a professor at Durham University and is host of the podcast Mind Chat.  

Words on a Wire - Caribbean Fragoza

Sep 13, 2021

Host Tim Z. Hernandez welcomes Carribean Fragoza, writer, journalist and artist from South El Monte,CA.  Her arts/culture reviews and essays have been published in online national and international magazines such as the Aperture, Los Angeles Review of Books, L.A. Weekly, KCET, Culture Strike, and Tropics of Meta.http://carribeanfragoza.com/about/

Words on a Wire - Monique Quintana

Sep 8, 2021

Host Daniel Chacon welcomes Monique Quintana back to the studio for an in depth interview to discuss her new noel, Cenote City. Her book reviews, interviews, and personal essays appear at Luna Luna Magazine,  where she is a contributing editor. Her short works have been nominated for Best of the Net, Best Microfiction, and the Pushcart Prize.

Host Daniel Chacon welcomes Poet David Campos and Artist Maceo Montoya to discuss their new work, American Quasar, a visual-textual collaboration.

Words on a Wire - Darren De Leon

May 27, 2021

Host Tim Z. Hernandez welcomes back  Award Winning Poet, Performer and Educator Darren De Leon to discuss the early days of his writing and performing with spoken-word group Los Delicados.

Host Daniel Chacon welcomes UTEP Visiting Assistant Professor of Women's and Gender Studies Kadiri Fernandez to discuss life during the pandemic and her latest book, Ritos de Pasaje.

Host Tim Z. Hernandez welcomes back Software engineer  Joshua Rubin whose travels to El Paso landed him at the gate of the Detention Center in Tornillo and was the inspiration for the documentary "Witness at Tornillo".

Host Daniel Chacon welcomes author and musician Ted O'Connell, winner of the Tobias Wolff award in fiction to discuss the creative process.


  In today´s episode of Words on a Wire, host, Tim Z. Hernandez interviews poet Aideed Medina. 

Medina, is a poet from Salinas CA, based on Fresno CA. She attended Fresno State  and has published two pieces with the University journal, including her piece ´Flies, Cockroaches and Poets´

Medina is also a member of the Loud Mouth Poetry Slam Team to The 25th Annual National Poetry Slam in Oakland California since  2014.


  In today’s episode of Words on a Wire host, Daniel Chacon, interviews fiction writer  Lorraine M. Lopez on her new book “Postcards from the Gerund State.” Lopez is an associate professor of English teaching in the M.F.A. program in Creative Writing at Vanderbilt University.  She is the author of six books of fiction and editor or co-editor of two essay collections.  Her short story collection, Soy la Avon Lady and Other Stories won the inaugural Miguel Marmól prize for fiction.  Her second book, Call Me Henri was awarded the Paterson Prize for Young Adult Literature in 2007, and her novels, The Gifted Gabaldón Sisters and The Realm of Hungry Spirits (Grand Central Press, 2011) were a Borders/Las Comadres Selections

    In this episode of Words on a Wire, host Daniel Chacon interviews Carlos Fidel Espinoza about his new book ‘How to Lie to a Customs Agent.’ His book is a collection of poetry that explores the experiences, triumphs, and pains of life on the border. Fidel Espinosa holds a Bilingual Master of Fine Arts from the University of Texas at El Paso. He teaches creative writing and literature at the University of Texas at El Paso, and El Paso Community College  

In today's episode listen to host Tim Z. Hernandez talk to poet Seema Reza. She is the CEO of Community Building Art Works, a unique arts organization that encourages the use of the arts as a tool for narration, self-care, and socialization among a military population struggling with emotional and physical injuries. Reza’s work with veterans is featured in the 2018 HBO documentary We Are Not Done Yet. She was awarded the Col John Gioia Patriot Award by the USO of Metropolitan Washington-Baltimore for her work with service members.

In today's episode listen to the conversation between host Daniel Chacon and poet Francisco Aragon about his most recent work ‘About Rubén.’ Aragon’s poems and translations have appeared in various print and online journals, as well as numerous anthologies. His work as a translator includes four books by Francisco X. Alarcón, as well as work by Spanish poets Federico García Lorca and Gerardo Diego.

In today's episode, host Daniel Chacon talks with Pulitzer Prize-winning poet and former U.S. Poet Laureate, Tracy K Smith. In this interview, Smith talks about her book ‘Wade in the Water,’ her early years discovering the craft of poetry, and her role as a professor at Princeton University with the new generation of writers.

  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.