Radio tales, turn signals and world peace according to Molly |

Radio tales, turn signals and world peace according to Molly

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Award-winning author and poet Molly Fisk has a voice that was made for radio. It is distinct, warm, resonant, powerful, emotive, and confident. Every week Fisk takes to the radio waves on the News Hour of KVMR-FM, Nevada City 89.5, to share her humorous and colorful short stories and compelling poems. This Friday Fisk will read a selection of poems and essays from the radio along with new material from an upcoming book titled "Using Your Turn Signal Promotes World Peace?" at the historic Nevada Theatre,

Fisk's personal story is as diverse and fascinating as the tales she reads on air. She didn't start writing until the age of 35 after leaving a successful career in the business world as a sweater designer/manufacturer (Northern Lights) and a Fortune-1000 lender. She has been teaching writing since 1994 and running the online workshop Poetry Boot Camp since 2001. She has received fellowships from the National Endowment for the Arts, the California Arts Council, and the Marin Arts Council. She has read her poems at TEDxSanFrancisco and TEDxGrassValley.

"There is something special about radio," explains Fisk. "The world is so visually crowded. You can listen to the radio and still go about your life. The radio brings music and stories right into our home, making it more intimate."

Being on the radio has taught Fisk more about editing than years of schooling and writing workshops. Those three minutes she is allotted must capture, inspire and transport the listener. She is willing to turn sentences inside and out and she's not shy about putting in a $10 word if she has to.

"I want to take my audience someplace, but I also want to take care of them," said Fisk. "I love making people laugh. I'm never that funny in real life."

Fisk will perform at 8 p.m. Friday at the Nevada Theatre as part of Paul Emery's Nevada City Live series. Tickets are $20 and available online at, or in person at BriarPatch Co-op in Grass Valley or Yabobo in Nevada City.

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The Nevada Theatre is at 401 Broad St. in Nevada City.

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