Murray State's MFA in Creative Writing Program Director Ann Neelon visits Kate Locte on Sounds Good to read a selection of favorite poems for the holiday season. They also talk about the upcoming MFA residency, visiting writers, and the latest issue of the New Madrid literary journal.
Dr. Roger Weis joins Kate Lochte on Sounds Good to discuss and read poems from his 8th book, sea dreams. Weis says he fell in love with the sea when he worked at his neighbor's hotel in Wrightsville Beach, North Carolina as a teenager. It was the same year he began writing poetry. Weis directed Youth and Nonprofit Leadership at Murray State University for 25 years and now serves as Assistant Dean of its College of Health Sciences and Human Services. To purchase copies of his book, visit bookstore.murraystate.edu. or call 270-809-4388. The book sells for $14 and all royalties go to charity.
The 2012 publication of "Maybe the Saddest Thing" gave poet Marcus Wicker more national attention. His earning the 2011 Ruth Lilly Fellowship brought him a $15,000 prize. He teaches writing at the University of Southern Indiana in Evansville and reads from his works this Sunday at 7 p.m. at Murray State as a visiting artist in the MFA Summer Reading series. The reading is open to all in the Clara M. Eagle Gallery, sixth floor Doyle Fine Arts. Kate Lochte met Mr. Wicker by phone.
Chicago-based teacher, poet, singer, songwriter Larry O. Dean is an alumnus of the MFA program and opens its summer readings program at 3 p.m. Saturday in Clara M. Eagle Gallery on the 6th floor of Doyle Fine Arts. His latest book is titled Brief Nudity. He tells Kate Lochte how being a Poet-In-Residence in Chicago Public Schools is good for his writing practice and shares a few of his "people" poems.
Kate Lochte speaks with Steve Vest, the owner and publisher of Vested Interest Publications - Kentucky Monthly magazine’s parent company, who gives us the scoop on how to enter its 6th Annual Literary Showcase. Kentucky Monthly is seeking fiction, creative-non fiction and poetry submissions from Kentucky writers, which includes anyone who currently lives in Kentucky, or has lived in Kentucky and uses it as their subject matter. See how to submit your work on the Kentucky Monthly website.
Murray State’s Teacher Quality Institute’s Constance Alexander brings poetry to the studio on Sounds Good today. She’s produced Poetry Minutes for WKMS over the past several years. In the conversation, she reads some of the poems written by area school kids for the project, and talks about teaching poetry to kids, how to interpret something like a photo or painting using carefully constructed words.
Hear Poetry Minutes every weekday in April at 7:19 AM, 11:40 AM, and 4:19 PM
In honor of National Poetry Month, WKMS and Murray State University's Teacher Quality Institute have teamed up again for a special project during April, bringing short poems by students in western Kentucky public schools, that air at 7:19 a.m., 11:40 a.m. and 4:19 p.m. weekdays through Tuesday, April 30.
Poems About Picturing America, influenced by William Carlos Williams
Jazmyne Lilly, Senior from Lone Oak High School, competes in the state Poetry Out Loud Championship in Frankfort Tuesday, March 12. She is one of three seniors from our region among seventeen finalists for the opportunity to represent the Commonwealth in national competition. She previews her recitation of a Carl Sandburg poem for us.