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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.

  • In this episode of Words on a Wire, host Daniel Chacón welcomes back award-winning poet Edward Vidaurre into the Poets’ Cove to discuss his latest book By Throat, By Miracle: New & Selected Poems (Luchadora Press).
  • In this episode of Words on a Wire, host Daniel Chacón invites poet and novelist Kate Gale into the Poets’ Cove to discuss her new book, Under a Neon Sun (Three Rooms Press, 2024).
  • On this episode of The 3rd Story on Words on a Wire, host Tim Z. Hernandez speaks with Kimberly Castillo, a writer, yoga instructor, and practitioner of ancestral plant medicine.
  • On this episode of Words on a Wire, host Daniel Chacón invites writer and activist Tony Diaz into the Poets’ Cove to discuss his latest book, The Tip of the Pyramid: Cultivating Community Cultural Capital (University of New Orleans Press, 2022).
  • In this special episode of Words on a Wire, host Tim Z. Hernandez and show producer Will Rose speak to Words on a Wire’s other host, Daniel Chacón, about his new book, The Last Philosopher in Texas: Fictions and Superstitions (Arte Público Press, 2024).
  • Host Daniel Chacón invites author Alejandro Morales into the Poets’ Cove to discuss his new novel, The Place of the White Heron (Tia Chucha Press, 2023).
  • Host Daniel Chacón invites Emma Pérez into the Poets’ Cove to discuss Emma’s latest novel, Testimony of a Shifter (ARTE PÚBLICO PRESS , 2023). Emma Pérez is a former UTEP professor and is currently a professor at the University of Arizona.
  • On this episode of Words on a Wire, host Daniel Chacón invites author Yasmín Ramírez into the Poets’ Cove. They discuss Yasmín’s memoir ¡Ándale, Prieta! (Lee and Low Books 2023), which secured a silver medal at the International Latino Book Awards.
  • Host Tim Z. Hernandez speaks with Rumi Sevilla Hernandez on this episode of the 3rd Story.
  • Host Daniel Chacón speaks with one of the country’s most respected poets, John Hoppenthaler, the author of four books of poetry, including his latest, Night Wing over Metropolitan Area.