RADIUS combines the storytelling and instructive skills of students in the UMass Amherst MFA for Poets and Writers with local communities throughout Massachusetts and its neighborhoods.
Workshops are conducted by MFA volunteers with individuals and in community centers. Currently, RADIUS is working with the Care Center in Holyoke to create an entirely student-made podcast within eight weeks.
RADIUS is sponsored by NEPR/MediaLab, the Creative Economy Fund from the UMass President’s office, the MFA for Poets and Writers, the English Department, and the College of Humanities and Fine Arts at UMass Amherst.
PROJECT MANAGER/ Community liaison
Andrew Leland of THE BELIEVER
Joe Richman of RADIO DIARIES
Carlos McBride, Brian Bevilacqua, & John Voci of MediaLab/NEPR
Ana Rodriguez & Anne Teschner at The Care Center
Iohann Vega-Martinez of The Gandara Center
This project is dedicated to the memory of the late Jim Foley, a great dreamer & UMass Amherst MFA alumnus (’03), who helped the Care Center purchase its very first radio kit, hoping to spread the power of audio storytelling.