In public radio interview, Radford University Professor of English delves into his theories on writing

Radford University Professor of English Louis Gallo, Ph.D., recently recorded an interview with the “With Good Reason” public radio program in which he talked in detail about his theories and inspirations for writing.

On the show titled “Writing Through,” Gallo and the show’s host, Sarah McConnell, “talked about everything from my theory that all writing is autobiographical,” he said, “to my use of wishbones as a recurrent image in my poetry.”

In talking later about the interview, the professor teased a can’t-miss story he shared on the show: it’s about his “childhood terror when a headless chicken chased me out of the old Indian Market on Bayou Road in New Orleans.”

Gallo and McConnell also discussed his wife — she’s his muse, he said — memory, nostalgia, time and ”how we never get around to probing what our almost immediate ancestors have produced in terms of art — of whatever kind.”

The interview is available as a podcast at

The “With Good Reason” radio program is produced by Virginia Humanities for the Virginia Higher Education Broadcasting Consortium, which comprises all of Virginia’s public colleges and universities.

The award-winning program is heard by an estimated 100,000 people each week on public radio stations in 33 states, including Virginia and Washington, D.C. Thousands more download the episodes via iTunes.

Dec 18, 2020
Chad Osborne