Columbia Writers’ Guild 2021 Zoom Reading Series
Meet the Authors:
Cam Whelr writes poetry, essays and short stories. Her work has appeared in therumpus.net,
Inside Columbia and Well Versed. Until neurological disease ended her career, she was a
pediatrician committed to caring for orphans and vulnerable children in the developing world.
Joe Polacco is a native of Brooklyn and an MU Professor Emeritus of Biochemistry. His work
has been published in several editions of Well Versed. He has published a memoir, and poems
in Spanish and English. Giovanni, Street Urchin of Naples is Professor Joe’s first novel. It paints
an older Brooklyn almost as foreign as the countries of Joe’s collaborators.
Deb Sutton is a bestselling author of gay romance. She has published six books under the
name DK Sutton, and a YA gay romance Christmas novel under the name Addison Lloyd. She
has been published in multiple editions of the Well Versed anthology and is currently the
president of the Columbia Writers Guild, a member of the Missouri Writers Guild and of
Romance Writers of America. Her new release, Accidental Detour, comes out February 17th . It is
currently available for pre-order through Amazon.
Cortney Daniels is a graduate of the Iowa Writers’ Workshop in poetry. Her poems have
appeared in Carolina Quarterly, Mississippi Valley Review, Intro, and others. She is working in
both poetry and nonfiction currently.
Steve Wiegenstein is the author of three historical novels set in Missouri: Slant of Light, This
Old World, and The Language of Trees. In 2018, he was named winner of the Walter Williams
Major Work Award by the Missouri Writers Guild. His short story collection, Scattered Lights,
was published in November. It was named one of the “25 favorite books of 2020” by the St.
Meeting ID: 883 1766 0287
Interviews with Paul Pepper
Paul Pepper interview’s Joe on new novel, “Giovanni.” Giovanni tells the story of Joe’s great-grandfather making the journey from Italy to America and his ascension to patriarchy in a society rife with racism and injustice.
Paul Pepper interviews Joe on his first book: Vina, A Brooklyn Memoir. Joe tells us how this tribute to his Italian mother came to be, and what he learned about her after her death.
Vox Magazine Interview
In center field of a rundown and unkempt baseball field near Gravesend Bay, New York, in 1956, a 12-year-old Joe Polacco was bored during batting practice. A hit ball rarely traveled his way, and he began pacing to pass the time. He noticed rocks jutting out from the field, and when he kicked one over, it revealed a black widow spider underneath.
Polacco, who would one day become a poet, author and professor at MU, sprinted from his position in center field to a pile of equipment and snatched a baseball box, which he carried back to center field. He coaxed the black spider with the red hourglass on its abdomen into the box and brought it home to add to his collection.