I think we busted any possible record for time limit on an in-studio interview for someone that DIDN’T have an instrument, but that’s how it goes when you get me in a conversation with a brilliant writer, HPPR "newsboi", and all-around great dude. Thanks so much to High Plains author, mentor, and journalist Jonathan Baker for stopping by High Plains Morning today. He’ll be featured at a literary reading this Thursday, July 18th at Burrowing Owl Bookstore (419 16th St.) in Canyon, Texas at 7pm. (Real talk: get there at 6:30pm if you want a seat!) This event is care of the High Plains Poetry Project – an effort kicked off by Dr. Eric Meljac (who joined us in the studio) and Dr. Pat Tyrer of WTAMU.
Click here for the full (and kind of very long, but great!) interview:
More about Baker: Four years ago, Jonathan Baker quit his New York publishing job and returned to West Texas to write full time. He currently works as a writing teacher, in addition to serving as a news curator for High Plains Public Radio and penning feature stories for the magazines Amarillo and Lubbock. His peculiar, crime-inflected stories have appeared in (mac)ro(mic), Adelaide, and Hypnopomp, and he has been featured on The Other Stories podcast. He is currently at work on a crime novel set in the Texas Panhandle. He’s currently at work on a novel, Noah, which will be submitted to publishers this fall. Baker believes in the authentic voices found on the High Plains, so he puts in time as a writing teacher and mentor to young writers from across the High Plains. He also hosts a monthly meeting called Story Brewers at Long Wooden Spoon brewery to foster support within the Texas Panhandle literary community.