Chris Harwood

Production Director

Chris Harwood grew up in Duluth, and as a high school student he was a volunteer announcer at KUMD.  He received a BA in Music from Macalester College in 1993, and an MA in Musicology from Columbia University in 2004.  Upon returning to Duluth in 2006, he resumed volunteering as the host of Blues Alley until 2013.  As a volunteer, he also created and continues to host Soul Village since it began in early 2009.

Now also employed as KUMD's Production Director, Chris oversees the creation of pre-recorded announcements and many other on-air programs, including Women's Words and Ojibwe Stories: Gaganoonididaa.  On the air, he can be heard regularly on Music Through the Day on Mondays and Tuesdays, on Soul Village on Friday afternoons, and occasionally hosts Northland Morning as well. 

Chris is a musician, a music historian, and an avid record collector.  He has worked as an audio engineer, an arranger, and a record producer.  In the mid-1990s Chris was the Music Coordinator for A Prairie Home Companion with Garrison Keillor.  He has also worked for BMI, The Lake Superior Chamber Orchestra, and worked behind the scenes for many musicals and concerts in New York City. 

Ways to Connect

Women's Words on November 3rd, 2013 featured Liz Minette, a poet from Esko (and also a featured announcer of our own Women's Music program on KUMD!), reading two of her recent poems, "Skater" and "This Walk to Work Poem's."

11/3 Women's Words: Liz Minette

"This Walk to Work Poem's" was recently published in the literary and visual art quarterly, Aqueous.

Women's Words on October 27 featured poet Ellie Schoenfeld reading four poems: "The Hawks," "Day of the Dead," "There Is Nothing We Will Not Let the Bombs Do," and "What I Send You."

Women's Words, October 27, 2013: Ellie Schoenfeld

Women's Words on October 27 featured poet Ellie Schoenfeld reading four poems: "The Hawks," "Day of the Dead," "There Is Nothing We Will Not Let the Bombs Do," and "What I Send You."

Ellie Schoenfeld is a poet from Duluth, Minnesota. Her most recent book is The Dark Honey: New & Used Poems (Clover Valley Press), and she has collaborated with various musicians to produce poetry/music CDs. She is the co-founder of Poetry Harbor and has served on the board of Spirit Lake Poetry Series.

This weeks Women's Words features poet Ellie Schoenfeld reading four poems: "Who Said," "Christmas Blizzard," "Thank You Poem," and "Chicken Farmer Barbie."

Women's Words, October 20, 2013: Ellie Schoenfeld

Women's Words on October 13, 2013 featured Part 2 of Duluthian Jocelyn Pihlaja's short story, "Conscious Sedation."

Women's Words, October 13, 2013: Jocelyn Pihlaja, the Yogi, and the Endodontist (Part 2 of 2)

When Jocelyn headed off to college, she avowed, "I'm going to be a lawyer." Then she took her first political science class and was forced to concede, "Except I hate this stuff."

Women's Words on October 6, 2013 featured Duluthian Jocelyn Pihlaja reading part 1 of 2 of her short story, "Conscious Sedation."

Women's Words, October 6, 2013: Jocelyn Pihlaja, the Yogi, and the Endodontist (Part 1 of 2)

When Jocelyn headed off to college, she avowed, "I'm going to be a lawyer." Then she took her first political science class and was forced to concede, "Except I hate this stuff."

Women's Words on September 29, 2013, featured Connie Wanek of Duluth reading the poem "Cat Bird."

Women's Words: September 29, 2013: Connie Wanek

Sheila Packa, a former Duluth poet laureate, reads two poems, "Not Just Bread," a found poem from the writings of Elizabeth Gurley Flynn, and "Oliver Mine, WWII," that are part of her new work, The Vermilion Trail. It was combined with the music of cellist Kathy McTavish to become Night Train / Red Dust, which was recently performed at The Fringe Festival in the Twin Cities.

Women's Words: September 22, 2013: Sheila Packa

Women's Words on September 15, 2013, featured Connie Wanek of Duluth reading two poems, "Mrs. God," and "I Heard You Come In."

Women's Words: September 15, 2013: Connie Wanek

Sheila Packa, a former Duluth poet laureate, reads two poems, "The North Star," and "Vestiges," that are part of her new work, The Vermilion Trail. It was combined with the music of cellist Kathy McTavish to become Night Train / Red Dust, which was recently performed at The Fringe Festival in the Twin Cities.

Women's Words: September 8, 2013: Sheila Packa

Women's Words on September 1, 2013, started off the school year with Connie Wanek of Duluth reading two poems about the playground: "Jump Rope," and "Teeter Totter."

Women's Words: September 1, 2013: Connie Wanek

Women's Words on August 25, 2013 featured Moriah Erickson of Duluth reading a few poems, "Cooking," "The Murdered," "Croup," and "Bird Hunt."

Women's Words: August 25, 2013: Moriah Erickson

Women's Words on August 18, 2013, featured Connie Wanek of Duluth reading two poems about games: "Red Rover" and "Tag."

Women's Words: August 18, 2013: Connie Wanek

Women's Words on August 11, 2013 featured Moriah Erickson of Duluth reading the poem "Lake Owen, Summer 1992."

Women's Words: August 11, 2013: Moriah Erickson

Women's Words on August 4, 2013 featured Sheila Packa, a former Duluth poet laureate, reading two poems, "My Geology" and "Medicine on the Iron Range," that are part of her new work, Night Train / Red Dust, which will be performed this week as part of The Fringe Festival in the Twin Cities.

Women's Words: August 4, 2013: Sheila Packa

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