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Naomi Shihab Nye

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Naomi Shihab NyeI had the great honor of interviewing one of my all-time favorite poets, Naomi Shihab Nye.  This interview will air Sunday, October 3 at 10:30 am and Monday, October 4 at 1:30 pm on Irving Toast, Poetry Ghost, KRUU-LP 100.1 FM,

Naomi Shihab Nye was born on March 12, 1952, in St. Louis, Missouri, to a Palestinian father and an American mother. During her high school years, she lived in Ramallah in Jordan, the Old City in Jerusalem, and San Antonio, Texas, where she later received her B.A. in English and world religions from Trinity University. [Click read more below.]

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- Irving Toast, Poetry Ghost - Marvin Bell

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Iowa State Poet Laureate Mary Swander read at the MUM Library North Lounge at 7:30 pm on Wednesday, February 1st, 2012. There was a reception for the author afterwards and refreshments were served. This event was made possible through funding from Humanities Iowa.

In 2009, Governor Chet Culver appointed Mary Swander the Poet Laureate of the State of Iowa. Her most recent work is a book of poetry, The Girls on the Roof (Turning Point/Word Tech, 2009), a Mississippi River flood narrative. Swander has worked with the Eulenspiegel Puppet Theatre to create a performance piece of The Girls for the stage. Currently, Swander is also touring her play Farmscape, a docudrama capturing the changing rural environment. She is the co-founder of Agarts, a national group designed to explore the intersection of the arts and agriculture, and is developing a website, The Iowa Literary Community, where anyone with an Iowa connection can post poetry and other pieces of writing.

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Reginald Gibbons at Round Top, May 2012

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blue vaseReginald Gibbons' blog posts at
Northwestern's Center for the Writing Arts

Cyrus Cassells at Round Top Poetry Festival, May 2012

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Round TopCyrus Cassells

b. 1957

Poet and translator Cyrus Cassells was born in 1957 in Delaware and earned a BA from Stanford University. Cassells is the author of a number of collections of poetry, including the National Poetry Series winning The Mud Actor (1982),Soul Make a Path through Shouting (1994), which won the William Carlos Williams Prize and was nominated for the Pulitzer Prize, Beautiful Signor (1997), which won a Lambda Literary Award, More Than Peace and Cypresses (2004), and The Crossed-Out Swastika (2012). A book of his translations of the Catalan poet Francesc Parcerisas, Still Life With Children: Selected Poems of Francesc Parcerisas, is forthcoming.

Ken Fontenot

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Ken Fontenot

Ken Fontenot


All My Animals & Stars (Slough Press, 1989), After the Days of Miami (Longmeasure Press, 1980)


American Poetry Review, Kenyon Review, North American Review, Southern Review

Stokstad Passi Watt Part One

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Stokstad Passi Watt Part Two

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Stokstad Passi Watt Part Three

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Walt Whitman Live!!!!

MUM Library North Lounge

Thursday, December 13th, 2012, 7:30 pm

Free and Open to the General Public

Sponsors: Humanities Iowa and

Maharishi University of Management Library


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A panel discussing a new book of poetry prescriptions: Wingbeats.  Round Top, Texas, May 2012.

Pattiann Rogers - Poets in the Zoos

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Join host, Andrew Tint as he highlights the issues facing Generation Y.

 This week 'Generation whY' will  are joined in studio by Fairfield poets Monserrat Iñiguez and Taylor Irezumi of Soapbox Speakeasy.

The Soapbox Speakeasy presents Fairfield poets a venue where they spit, flow and shock. Show takes place every Saturday after ArtWalk at the Urban Village Collective. The Soapbox Speakeasy is headlined by a different language artist each month- the headliner selects the theme, which sets the writing challenge, and the ensuing lineup is filled by poets who craft work to speak on the topic. The goal of the event is to inspire people to write- including audience members. It promotes a community of writers who gather to teach, write, share, rehearse, play and support each other, as well as develop material for performance and publishing. The Soapbox Speakeasy is presented by The Urban Village Collective, a space for craftspeople, artisans, and independent business owners to create and developtheir products in a friendly cooperative setting.