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Dear Oklahoma, a new monthly podcast brought to you by the Oklahoma Oral History Research Program at the OSU Library, the Center for Poets and Writers at OSU-Tulsa, and KOSU radio will feature writers who engage Oklahoma themes in their works. To learn more about the stories you hear on the podcast visit us here to find show notes and related resources.

Listen to Dear Oklahoma:




Episode 12: Julie Pearson Little Thunder – A Southern Fantasia

In this remotely recorded episode, we meet playwright and Native theater scholar, Dr. Julie Pearson Little Thunder, and take a listen to selections from her latest play, “A Southern Fantasia.”

Episode 11: Rilla Askew - Dear Tulsa

In this episode, Rilla Askew, author of four novels, a book of stories, and a collection of creative nonfiction, reads her essay “Dear Tulsa,” which first appeared in the literary journal AGNI.

Episode 10: Karl Jones - Silver Star

In this live episode, Tulsa Artist Fellow Karl Jones reads from his memoir-in-progress at Curiosity Fest, a daylong festival celebrating literature, history, philosophy, and ethics sponsored by Oklahoma Humanities in Oklahoma City.

Episode 9: Teresa Miller - Oklahoma Writers Hall of Fame

In this live episode, we kick off the second season of Dear Oklahoma and celebrate Teresa Miller’s induction into the Oklahoma Writers Hall of Fame.

Episode 8: John Andrews - A Reason to Stay

In the final episode of Dear Oklahoma, Season 1, poet John Andrews, author of Colin Is Changing His Name (Sibling Rivalry Press) and a 2018 Oklahoma Book Award finalist, reads a poem he created for our podcast and tells us the reason he stays in Oklahoma.

Episode 7: Chris Murphy - Annual Report of the Seasons

In this episode, Chris Murphy, whose fiction has appeared in Gulf Coast, This Land Press, The Jellyfish Review, decomP, The Tulsa Voice, among other publications, shares a piece called, “An Annual Report of the Seasons,” that is both moving and timely.

Episode 6: Dinah Cox - The Old-Fashioned Way

In this episode, we’ll hear Dinah Cox, author of the award-winning short fiction collection Remarkable (BOA editions), read a story about Ross and Harriet, two small town Oklahoma characters, who find love, sort of, in “The Old-Fashioned Way.”

Episode 5: Hannibal Johnson - What If

In this episode, author Hannibal Johnson shares a poem and an essay that addresses what’s necessary to improve Oklahoma’s relationship with diversity and inclusion.

Episode 4: Clem Heard - Know You

In this episode, poet Clem Heard, a 2018 Tulsa Artist Fellow for the Literary Arts, reads new work he created especially for our podcast.

Episode 3: Kate Strum - Spiritual Affliction

In this episode, Kate Strum reads her Pushcart Prize-nominated essay, “Spiritual Affliction: A Thank You Note to Oklahoma.”

Episode 2: Brandon Hobson - Terlingua

In this episode, National Book Award finalist Brandon Hobson reads from his new novel-in-progress, Terlingua, live at Soul City Gastropub in Tulsa, Oklahoma.

Episode 1: Deborah J. Hunter - Nothing Stays Buried Forever

In this episode, poet and actor Deborah J. Hunter shares two poems about the 1921 Tulsa Race Massacre and reminds us that nothing stays buried forever.

Episode 0: Introducing Dear Oklahoma

In this episode, Emily Hull and Lindsey Claire Smith introduce you to Dear Oklahoma, the podcast for writers who have something to say about our state.