Contact: Jenni Smith
SMU News & Media Relations
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October 19, 2001


DALLAS (SMU) -- Southern Methodist University English Professor and Creative Writing Program Director C.W. Smith will have one of his short stories, “The Bundelays,” aired on KERA 90.1 FM at 6 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 4, as part of an original radio series on the Dallas public radio station.

“The Bundelays” is a short story about a Dallas real estate agent and two aged clients whose house she is determined to sell and live in herself, but she becomes far more personally involved in their lives than she ever intended.

The series features Texas writers and Texas performers and is titled “How Texas Tells It: Stars and Stories from the Lone Star State.” Smith’s work premieres the series, read by Texas actress and Tony award winner Judith Ivey. The broadcast will include interviews with both Smith and Ivey about the reading and the story, which was recorded at the “Arts and Letters Live” Texas Bound literary series at the Dallas Museum of Art in February 2000. The radio series, which airs at 6 p.m. on three consecutive Sunday nights, will feature other short stories by Texas writers with Texas performers.

On Nov. 11, “Mrs. Bajon Says,” by Jewel Mogan will air, read by television and Broadway actress Julie White. Also airing that night will be “Ladies, Man” by Jim Sanderson, read by television actor Larry Hagman.

On Nov. 18, “The Wild” by Sara Powers will air, read by Oscar-winning actress Marcia Gay Harden. Also airing that night will be “Saturday Belongs to the Palomia” by Daniel L. Garza, read by actor and director René Moreno.

Produced by Susan Schewe, the radio series will include interviews with the authors and performers. The stories included in this radio series are also printed in a new “Texas Bound” publication from SMU Press, and are available on audiocassette. For more information contact (800) 826-8911 or visit the web site at

Listeners can hear the broadcasts on the radio or on streaming audio at

“Arts and Letters Live” is widely acknowledged as a major contribution to Dallas’ cultural life and has showcased 240 regional, national and international writers, often in combination with performing or visual arts. “Texas Bound” is the series’ most innovative program, featuring Texas actors performing fiction by Texas writers. It plays to packed houses in Dallas and tours widely.