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. 

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Women's Words on March 31, 2013 featured Charmaine Donovan, reading two poems from her Northeastern Minnesota Book Award-winning publication Tumbled Dry: "Tumbled Dry" and "Alan on the Lam."

Women's Words: March 31, 2013: Charmaine Donovan

Women's Words on March 24, 2013 featured Mara Hart of Duluth reading an excerpt from her biography-in-progress, So Many Lovely Days, about her parents.

Women's Words: March 24, 2013: Mara Hart

Women's Words on March 17, 2013 featured Ruth Schmidt-Baeumler reading five short poems: "Big Red," "Catch and Release," "Stop and Listen," "Shirts," and "Without Walls."

Women's Words: March 17, 2013: Ruth Schmidt-Baeumler

Ann Stead
Lisa Johnson

If visions of your own sled dog team are dancing in your head, you might want to talk to an experienced musher first to find out what you're in for. We found one in Duluth's Ann Stead. (produced by Chris Harwood).


Women's Words on March 10, 2013 featured Jocelyn Pihlaja, reading her essay, Ab-solutely.

Women's Words: March 10, 2013: Jocelyn Pihlaja

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 March 3, 2013 featured Kat Mandeville, reading two poems, "Skipping to Middle Chapters for Graphic Description" and "Island Ghazal."

Women's Words: March 3, 2013: Kat Mandeville

Kat Mandeville studied at Interlochen Arts Academy in Michigan, then at Carnegie Mellon University in Pittsburgh, and now studies philosophy at the European Graduate School in Switzerland. In Duluth she spends her time reading, writing, waiting tables, and occasionally performing.

Women's Words on February 24, 2013 featured Christine Madeline Holm, reading two poems, "The Last Black Eye" and "Ursa Major."

Women's Words, February 24, 2013: Christine Madeline Holm

Women's Words on February 10, 2013 featured Jill Hinners of Duluth reading two poems, "Forgive Me" and "Waiting for the Northern Lights."

Women's Words: February 10, 2013: Jill Hinners

photo by Sam Alvar

Women's Words on February 3, 2013 featured Duluthian Sue Sojourner reading an excerpt from her new book Thunder of Freedom: Black Leadership and the Transformation of 1960s Mississippi that has been published this month by the University Press of Kentucky.

Women's Words: February 3, 2013: Sue Sojourner

Women's Words on January 27, 2013 featured Amy Lee, a UMD graduate student reading two poems, "Feeding the Hungry," and "Voices, Crazling, Rattling."

Women's Words: January 27, 2013: Amy Lee

Women's Words on January 20, 2013 featured Meredith Cornett of Duluth reading an excerpt from her memoir, Heart of Palms.

Women's Words: January 20, 2013: Meredith Cornett

Women's Words on January 6, 2013 featured Jill Hinners of Duluth reading two poems, "Interrupted" and "Outliving."

Women's Words: January 6, 2013: Jill Hinners

Women's Words on December 30, 2012 featured Deborah Cooper, Duluth's Poet Laureate, reading two poems, "This Twilight," and "In Poetry Class at the Jail, Derek Talks about the Moon."

Women's Words: December 30, 2012: Deborah Cooper

Women's Words on December 23, 2012 featured Deborah Cooper, Duluth's Poet Laureate, reading three poems, "In Winter," "Collecting Light," and "Let This Poem Be."

Women's Words: December 23, 2012: Deborah Cooper

Women's Words on December 16, 2012 featured Katharine Johnson of Cloquet reading an excerpt from her work in progress The Wind and the Drum.

Katharine Johnson is a retired teacher and Media Center Director from Cloquet High School. Her love of research and writing fills her time now--as well as traveling with her husband to see family and grandchildren.

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