Poetry

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West Kentucky Highland Society hosts the annual dinner tribute to the immortal work of the legendary Scots bard, Robert "Rabbie" Burns, Saturday, January 24 at Murray Woman's Club. Festival spokesperson and supper 'compere' Robert Valentine stops by Sounds Good to talk about the poet's views on equality, the toast to the lassies and why haggis might actually be appetizing.

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Murray State University Professor of English Carrie Jerrell has received an Al Smith Individual Artist Fellowship from the Kentucky Arts Council. She is one of six writers chosen for demonstrating a high level of excellence and creativity in their literary ares careers. On Sounds Good, Kate Lochte speaks with Jerrell, reading form her newest work. 

'Spit' Poet Lee Reads at Murray State MFA Series

Jul 16, 2014
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Two-time nominee for the Pushcart Prize, Esther Lee, is the author of the poetry collection Spit, which received the 2010 Elixir Press Poetry Prize. Having won many other literary awards, Lee is also Kundiman fellow. Kundiman is a national organization dedicated to the creation and cultivation of Asian American creative writing. lee' son faculty at Agness Scott College in Atlanta and reads her poetry tomorrow night (July 17) at 7:30 in the Clara Eagle Gallery of Doyle Fine Arts. Kate speaks with Dr. Lee on Sounds Good.

Hopkinsville author Michael Freeland joins us on Sounds Good to read from and discuss his recently published book of poetry, Homeplace: Finding Poetry in Everyday Places. Freeland has also published Blood River to Berlin - The World War II Journal of an Army Medic and Time and the River - A Memoir

Acclaimed Poet Alan Shapiro Reads at Murray State

Apr 1, 2014

Highly lauded poet, Boston native, UNC-Chapel Hill Professor Alan Shapiro reads from his latest book at Murray State this Thursday (April 3) in the Clara M. Eagle Gallery. Shapiro has won numerous awards for his work including two from the National Arts Foundation. He is a member of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences and a fellow of the Guggenheim Foundation. On Sounds Good, Shapiro reads from his work and talks about how he became a poet after his high school basketball career ended.

Slam Poet "Snacks" Starts West Kentucky Poets Group

Jan 17, 2014
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Slam Poet Samuel "Snacks" Hawkins runs a mentoring program at the Oscar Cross Boys and Girls Club in Paducah and shares his poetry with us during Sounds Good. He also brings news of a West Kentucky Poets group he's working on starting. 

Do you want kiss Carl Kasell? Do you dream of Diane Rehm? Is WKMS your valentine?

Then write us a poem to tell us why you love WKMS! Write an ode to your favorite host, a sonnet for your go-to program, or a haiku for a memorable driveway moment.

Poems can be any length or form. They just have to express your love for public radio.

The Top 10 Poets will receive a box of chocolates from The Chocolate Factory in Downtown Paducah, delivered to their sweetheart (or their own sweet tooth) and the winning poems will be read on air during Sounds Good on Valentine's Day!

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Paducah poet Etheridge Knight is among the thirteen finalists for the 2014 Kentucky Writers Hall of Fame.  Knight was born in Mississippi but moved with his family to Paducah when his father got a job working on Kentucky Dam.  

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.

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