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Stokstad Passi Watt Part Three

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Stokstad Passi Watt Part Two

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pictures of lily

Stokstad Passi Watt Part One

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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

Ed Madden at Round Top Poetry Festival, May 2012

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Ed Madden is a poet, political activist, and associate professor of English and Women's Studies at the University of South Carolina. He grew up in Newport, Arkansas, got his B.A. from nearby Harding University, and received his Ph.D.

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Naomi Shihab Nye

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.

Reginald Gibbons at Round Top, May 2012

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

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the big shoeNaomi Shihab Nye introduces the reading:  Fairfield's Rustin Larson, Poetry at Round Top Festival, May 5, 2012.

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round top

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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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- 20110605 - Irving Toast, Poetry Ghost - Annie Finch

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- Irving Toast, Poetry Ghost - Marvin Bell, Part Two

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- Irving Toast, Poetry Ghost - Marvin Bell

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- 20101024 - Irving Toast, Poetry Ghost - Susan Klauber

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Join Irving Toast, Poetry Ghost in a visit with Susan Klauber.

Susan Klauberabout the author:

Susan Klauber, a Sudbury, Ontario native who has lived and travelled around the world (North & S. America, Europe, India) has always been drawn by the power of foreign cultures to broaden her understanding of life. Since 1983, she has been based in Fairfield, Iowa where she writes and pursues her interest in creating a better world through spiritual development.

Blue Light Press published her first book of poetry and prose, Face-off at Center Ice in 1996. Susan’s prose and poetry have appeared in the Harcourt Canada textbook Elements of English 11, in the journals The MacGuffin, Poetry Motel, The Iowa Source, Contemporary Review, and in the anthologies Eclipsed Moon Coins: Twenty-Six Visionary Poets, The Dryland Fish, and the newly released This Enduring Gift.

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Naomi Shihab NyeI had the great honor of interviewing one of my all-time favorite poets, Naomi Shihab Nye

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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Just as it says, it's part one of the party to launch Raven Garland's new website:

off the pageStarts off with Bill Godfrey telling me all about life and poetry.  Not to be missed.  

Then there are the noises of people eating food stuffs that all begin with the letter "P."  Peppermint Patties, Pineapples, you get the idea.  

And then Raven speaks and a whole slew of poets reads.  This will not all be done in one episode, so tune in at a later date (TBA) to hear the rest.

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John Fitzgerald


John FitzGerald is an attorney for the disabled who writes in every spare moment. His three books of poetry are Spring Water (Turning Point, 2005), Telling Time by the  Shadows (Turning Point, 2008), and The Mind (Salmon  Poetry, 2011).

John also contributed to the anthology Poetry: Reading it, Writing it, Publishing it (Salmon Poetry, 2010).

John has worked as Development Director for Red Hen Press and as the Associate Book Editor for Cider Press Review.


Here are some links to his work:

3 poems at Moonday:
Descended of Thieves
Tooth Fairy

- 20100905 - Irving Toast, Poetry Ghost - John Mella

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LightJOHN MELLA came up through the ranks of the littles in the sixties and seventies (CAROLINA QUARTERLY, PRAIRIE SCHOONER, CHICAGO REVIEW), culminating in a flurry of awards from the Illinois Arts Council and the publication, in 1976, of a novel, TRANSFORMATIONS. Having made his tiny splash, he vanished within it, emerging only to field such arcane as an an article on printed spoonerisms and another on Canto Three of Nabokov’s PALE FIRE. He constructed crosswords impossible of solution. Ennui gripped him. To appease his indolence, he commenced publication of a lexicographical newsletter. It, too, found its way into the Lethean Library. Sanity beckoned. In 1992, over egg-rolls and some very palatable pot-stickers, at a luncheon with his long-enduring mother, the sunlight glancing among the jumbled cutlery, LIGHT was born.


- Irving Toast, Poetry Ghost - 20100822 - Helene Cardona

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Helene CardonaI recently had the pleasure of interviewing Helene Cardona for my KRUU radio show, Irving Toast, Poetry Ghost. Not only is Helene a fine poet, you've also seen her on-screen in popular movies like CHOCOLAT. Tune in  to hear this fascinating interview.

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Sharon Bousquet

It was a blast having Sharon Bousquet in the studio, hearing her new poems (which totally kick the proverbial @#$%, by the way) and hearing her mesmerizing way with the guitar and voice. New poems, new songs, great company. Grab a scone and a cup of coffee and tune in to some fine music AND poetry, and find out what Sharon has been up to lately.

Sharon Bousquet is an award-winning songwriter/fingerstyle guitarist, and a seminar leader of The Singing Body – a system combining yoga, singing, breath and integrative movement to free your natural voice.

With 5 CDs to her credit spanning a stylistic range from contemporary folk to pop to bluesy a cappella rants, Bousquet's work continues to deepen and reward repeat listening.

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This Enduring GiftA live broadcast featuring the creator and contributors of this "glowing, historically important anthology of poets who live, or have lived, in Fairfield, Iowa."

THIS ENDURING GIFT, selected and introduced by Freddy Fonseca, features a total of 76 poets and is arranged in 16 chapters covering these topics:

Chapter 1: The Poetry of Remembrance and Renewal

Chapter 2: The Poetry of Nature, the Cosmos, and the Soul

Chapter 3: The Poetry of Mysteries and Imagination — View introduction

Chapter 4: The Poetry of Whimsicality and Simple Things

Chapter 5: The Poetry of Darkness and the Eerie Nocturnal

- Irving Toast, Poetry Ghost - 20100718 - Amy MacLennan

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Amy MacLennanAmy MacLennan grew up on the peninsula south of San Francisco, and she now makes her home in Oregon's Rogue Valley. Amy received a Master of Arts in English from Notre Dame de Namur University in Belmont, CA. She has appeared at the Petaluma Poetry Walk, the San Luis Obispo Poetry Festival, the Art & Soul Festival's Oakland Literature Expo, Bloomsbury Books in Ashland, Looking Glass Books and Broadway Books in Portland, the Sacramento Poetry Center and Cody’s Books in Berkeley. Amy has taught poetry workshops through the Sequoia Adult School. She is currently the Managing Editor of The Cortland Review. One of her poems is featured as a downloadable broadside by Broadsided Press. She has also been published or has poems forthcoming in River Styx, Hayden's Ferry Review, Linebreak, Rattle, Wisconsin Review, Folio, South Dakota Review, Cimarron Review, and Gingko Tree Review.

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Steve and Reefka

Steven P. Schneider is a Professor in the Department of English at the University of Texas-Pan American, where he also serves as Director of New Programs and Special Projects for the College of Arts and Humanities. Steven is a founding member of the South Texas Literacy Coalition in the Rio Grande Valley and is the recipient of two Big Read grants from the National Endowment for the Arts. He has used the "Borderlines: Drawing Border Lives" traveling exhibit to promote the teaching of culturally relevant literature and creativity. Steven offers a variety of workshops on these topics to both high school and college students and teachers.

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Richard RobbinsRichard Robbins was born in Los Angeles and grew up in Southern California and Montana. He studied as an undergraduate with Glover Davis and Carolyn Forché at San Diego State University, and as a graduate student with Richard Hugo, Madeline DeFrees, and Tess Gallagher at the University of Montana. His first collection, The Invisible Wedding, was published by the University of Missouri Press in 1984 as part of its Breakthrough Series. This was followed by Famous Persons We Have Known, published in 2000 by Eastern Washington University Press, and The Untested Hand, released in 2008 by The Backwaters Press. Radioactive City was published by Bellday Books in 2009.

Irving Toast, Poetry Ghost - 20100523 - Stephen Oliver

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Stephen OliverStephen Oliver is the author of fifteen titles of poetry. His work has appeared in innumerable international literary publications. A number of his creative non fiction works feature in Antipodes, A North American Journal of Australian literature.

Stephen has lived in Paris, Vienna, London, San Francisco, Greece and Israel. Signed on with the radio ship The Voice of Peace broadcasting in the Mediterranean out of Jaffa, Israel. Freelanced as production voice, narrator, newsreader, announcer, voice actor, vocal coach, journalist, radio producer, copy and feature writer. Lived in Australia for the last two decades. Currently resides in NZ .

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