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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.

  • Host Daniel Chacón speaks with native Nicaraguan poet and UC Davis lecturer León Salvatierra about his collection of poetry, To the North/Al Norte (University of Nevada Press 2022).
  • Host Daniel Chacón speaks with poet Gabriel Dozal about his new collection of poetry, The Border Simulator (One World/Random House 2023). Poet Natasha Tiniacos, who translated The Border Simulator into Spanish, also joins the show to discuss the ground-breaking new book.
  • On this week’s episode, Words on a Wire producer and guest host Will Rose talks with best-selling author Alisa Lynn Valdes about her new book, Hollow Beasts (Thomas & Mercer, 2023).
  • In a special episode recorded in the heart of Madrid, Spain, Host Daniel Chacón speaks with author and world traveler, Santiago Vaquera-Vásquez. They discuss a wide range of topics, including travel, artificial intelligence, and tacos in Poland.
  • Host Daniel Chacón invites poet Brian Turner about his forthcoming three-part poetry series from Alice James Books: The Wild Delight of Wild Things, The Goodbye World Poem, and The Dead Peasant’s Handbook.
  • Host Daniel Chacón invites author M. Evelina Galang into the Poets’ Cove to discuss her incredible new collection of stories, When the Hibiscus Falls (Coffee House Press, 2023).
  • In this episode, Daniel Chacón hangs out with Dr. Alicia Gaspar De Alba. They will be talking about her new collection of fiction and nonfiction, Crimes of the Tongue.
  • Host Tim Z. Hernandez welcomes the 2023 Jack Douglas Award recipient, Eraldo “Dino” Chiecchi. He is a reporter, journalist, and the author of the book, "Josue: A Young Man's Life Lost to Suicide."
  • Host Daniel Chacón and his guest Kalina Gallardo talk to the theoretical physicist Chanda Prescod-Weinstein.