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

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

Women's Words on July 28, 2013, featured Connie Wanek of Duluth reading three poems about games: "Checkers," "Monopoly," and "Scrabble."

Women's Words: July 28, 2013: Connie Wanek

This week's Women's Words features a re-airing of a piece by playwright Caity Shea Violette who, along with actor Daniel Novick, performs an excerpt from her play, Save the Date. This episode originally aired in May 2013.

Women's Words on July 14, 2013 features Meredith Cornett of Duluth reading an excerpt from her memoir, Heart of Palms.

Meredith Cornett is a conservation biologist by day, writer by night, based in Duluth, Minnesota. She was born and raised in Atlanta, Georgia, but fell in love with the woods and waters of northern Minnesota while doing field research in the state parks along Lake Superior's scenic shoreline.

Women's Words on July 7, 2013 features Micky McGilligan, a writer from Two Harbors reading an excerpt of "The Kindness of Rangers," from her online travelogue Last Chance to Travel with Charlie.

Micky McGilligan has had poetry and essays for over 30 years in various local and national magazines and anthologies, as well as performances at various local venues. Most recently she has an essay in Upon Arrival of Illness, Coming to Terms with the Dark Companion, by Savage Press.

Women's Words on June 30, 2013 features Jocelyn Pihlaja, reading her essay, Ab-solutely.

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 June 23, 2013 featured Phyllis Karsnia of International Falls reading an excerpt from her novel, A Bit of Irish Gold.

Women's Words: June 23, 2013: Phyllis Karsnia

Women's Words on June 16, 2013 featured Terry Falsani of Duluth, reading three poems, "Sandbar at Low Tide," "Exile, Twenty Years," and "I Am Not the Woman I Thought I'd Be."

Women's Words: June 16, 2013: Terry Falsani

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