Host, The Current; and On-Air Fundraising Manager, Minnesota Public Radio
Jacquie Fuller is host of "Teenage Kicks," the Saturday morning retro specialty show heard on 89.3 The Current and is a regular fill-in host weekday mornings. Jacquie is also On-Air Fundraising Manager for Minnesota Public Radio. She has a B.A. in art history from Texas State University and MFA in fiction from New Mexico State University. She writes poetry, takes pictures and rides a bike. She is also co-founder of Prairie Fire Lady Choir.
In 1955, Augie Garcia cut a single, "Hi Yo Silver," which many consider to be Minnesota's first rock and roll record. A year later, he opened for Elvis Presley, and was pulled from the stage by Presley's manager for whipping the crowd into a frenzy.
Ever wonder what kind of tunes some of your favorite writers listen to? I wondered the same thing, and knew I couldn't possibly be the only writer who relied on music for inspiration. I decided to create an occasional show to delve into this very question. This time on "Words and Music," I chat with Dylan Hicks, Ethan Rutherford & Jake Mohan of local band Pennyroyal, and poet Rebecca Lindenberg. We'll hear tracks from Smokey Robinson, Smog, Tortoise, Magnetic Fields, and more.
We can never fully understand the hold some people have on us -- the way some figures loom large in memory and some take on a certain magnetism in the present. Dylan Hicks' debut novel, Boarded Windows, is a tango of sorts, both intellectual and emotional, between a nameless narrator and his shadowy father-figure.
When I think of Nada Surf, I can't help but think of the word "earnest." not only in terms of their heartfelt lyrics, but their striving. This is a band that will always try. If this band were a student, they'd be that moderately-bright kid who consistently delivers B-grade essays, but just isn't cut out for AP.
Ever wonder what kind of tunes some of your favorite writers listen to? Jacquie Fuller wondered the same thing and hunted down a few of her favorite writers. Some cited music as a huge influence, and some turned to it for reasons outside of their writing. Find out with Charles Baxter, Jennifer Egan, Steve Arnold and others like to listen to.
What does it mean to be a Minnesota writer? It means obsessing over the sound of the Mississippi River. It means writing about small towns. It means you're a refugee who refused to speak as a child.
These are some of the many ways writers define their relationship to Minnesota. Host Annie Baxter invites you to hear these writers' reflections and their creative works on "Writing Minnesota."