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- Irving Toast, Poetry Ghost - 20100516 - Keith Ratzlaff

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Keith Ratzlaff

Keith Ratzlaff's books of poetry are Dubious Angels: Poems after Paul Klee; Man Under A Pear Tree; and Across The Known World. His awards include the 1996 Anhinga Prize for Poetry, the Theodore Roethke Award, and a Pushcart Prize. He is Professor of English at Central College in Pella, Iowa, where he teaches writing and literature.

His most recent book published by Anhinga Press was Then, a Thousand Crows (2009).

Irving Toast, Poetry Ghost - 20100509 - Rustin Larson

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linguineThe true measure of one's success as a poet is not the size of the auditorium in which one reads, nor the poshness of the hotel room, nor the size of the paycheck; it is instead measured by the size and quality of the linguine one is served, and whether or not it comes with a salad and breadsticks.

This is the third installment of the La Crosse trilogy: my (Rustin Larson's) reading at The Pump House Regional Arts Center on the evening of March 18, 2010.  What a night!  Up against Willie Nelson, who was performing in an auditorium about a block away, I still managed to draw together a nice gathering.  And afterwards there was ... LINGUINE!  La Crosse, I love you!

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BREAKING NEWS

- Irving Toast, Poetry Ghost - 20100502 - Glenn Watt

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Glenn Watt is one of those outstanding American voices living right amongst you.  His poetry has the warbling, liquid clarity of a rare songbird I'm not informed enough to give a name to.  He could, though.  He walks among the filtered light of branches and the trill of the songbirds on a daily basis, and these things form a vibration or a pulse in his writing.  

Author of a chapbook, Glad Music (The Contemporary Review, 1996), and contributor to magazines such as Passages North, The MacGuffin, The Iowa Source and others, Glenn Watt has a small collection of poems forthcoming in the anthology, This Enduring Gift.  He lives in Fairfield.

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AudreySynonymous with elegance, refinement and real sophistication, La Crosse, Wisconsin are the two words (or are they three?) which led Irving Toast upon a small cross-region trek to find poetry alive and thriving in its natural habitat.  This open mic, recorded on March 18, 2010 at The Pump House Regional Arts Center, is filled with the strong, the strange and the pure strombolic elements of poetic achievement.  Featuring National Poetry Series winner, William Stobb; Ruth Lily Prize winner, David Krump; and a cast of characters culled from the students and faculties of Viterbo University and The University of Wisconsin-La Crosse, this program is sure to tickle the teleportation unit of the muse.  Give a listen and a half.  Yours, clear, cold and fire-brewed, Irving Toast.

Irving Toast, Poetry Ghost - 20100418 - Kim Groninga

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Poems by Kim GroningaKim Groninga was born in Cedar Falls, Iowa in 1970. She attended the University of Northern Iowa where she studied music, dance, philosophy, journalism, and creative writing. She graduated in 1993 with a BFA in individual studies in creative expression then moved to Iowa City and completed three semesters of coursework at the Iowa Writers’ Workshop. Along the way, Kim traded her maiden name, Huebner, for her husband's name, Groninga, and has published under both names. Kim has worked as a waitress, tree trimmer, art class model, veterinary assistant, flute teacher, and editor. A few years ago, she moved back to Cedar Falls with her husband, Tim; daughter, Carly; and two cats, Socrates and Wesley Crusher.

Irving Toast, Poetry ghost - 20100411 - Raven Garland

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Raven GarlandRaven Garland is an active performer and teacher of music, poetry and eurythmy. She holds a Bachelor and Master Degree in Music from the University of Massachusetts and an Artist Diploma from the Eurythmy School of Spring Valley New York. Raven is community minded and a long time advocate for the arts in everyday life. She has extensive experience performing as a past member of the Eurythmy Spring Valley Threefold Ensemble, a puppeteer for the New England Marionette Opera Theater, a pianist, a poet and eurythmist.

Her newest endeavor is the founding of http://Offthepagepoetry.com, a website dedicated to the living performance of poetry.

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William StobbDavid KrumpDavid Krump received the 2006 Ruth Lilly Fellowship from Poetry and The Poetry Foundation. He is a graduate student at University of Oxford, and he divides his time between the UK and La Crosse, Wisconsin, where he is the literary coordinator for The Pump House Regional Arts Center. His poems have appeared or are forthcoming in such journals as Colorado Review, Disquieting Muses Quarterly Review, and Verse.  His chapbook Night is a Good Child received the Florence Khan Memorial Award.

He recently wrote a play called 5000 pounds: seven soldiers’ stories, which debuted at The Pump House in La Crosse, Wisconsin, and will be appearing on Wisconsin Public Television in 2010.

Irving Toast, Poetry Ghost - 20100228 - Gladys Swan

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Bob Dylan and Alan Ginsberg at Jack Kerouac's graveGladys Swan joins the circus and writes about it in her new poetry chapbook; a couple of Diane Frank singles are ready to spin; an original musical composition from the hosts of The Pocky Talky Music Mystery Show will make you scream; cool surf-drunk-punk vibes from The Lear Jets; and more on the next episode of Irving Toast, Poetry Ghost, Sunday, February 28th at 10:30 am, and Monday, March 1st at 1:30 pm.

Blue Chord

from baby to mother

from guitar to amp

Irving Toast, Poetry Ghost - 20100221 - Marge Piercy

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Marge PiercyMarge Piercy is the author of seventeen novels including The New York Times Bestseller Gone To Soldiers; the National Bestsellers Braided Lives and The Longings of Women and the classic Woman on the Edge of Time; seventeen volumes of poetry, and a critically acclaimed memoir Sleeping with Cats. Born in center city Detroit, educated at the University of Michigan, the recipient of four honorary doctorates, she has been a key player in many of the major progressive political battles of our time, including the anti-Vietnam war and the women's movement, and more recently an active participant in the resistance to the war in Iraq.

A popular speaker on college campuses, she has been a featured writer on Bill Moyers’ PBS Specials, Garrison Keillor’s Prairie Home Companion, Terri Gross’ Fresh Air, the Today Show, and many radio programs nationwide including Air America and Oprah & Friends.

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Gladys Swan

Have you ever sat down to lunch with someone and felt like you’ve become a memory sandwich? Say your present is a slice of multi grain and the sandwich goes down through strata of deviled whatever, shredded cheddar, a cool crisp year of Romaine, an autumn of roasted garlic till you hit that subtly spicy bit of sweet relish that’s been haunting you all along. She was hard to forget, wasn’t she? And equally hard to forgive.

Such entrées veteran fiction writer Gladys Swan (who, by the way, is a major presence in The Iowa Source’s recently released poetry anthology, Leaves by Night, Flowers by Day) serves us in her short story collection, A Garden amid Fires, released in 2006 by BkMk Press.

 

- Irving Toast, Poetry Ghost - 20091129 - Diane Frank

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- Irving Toast, Poetry Ghost - 20091122 - Tom Kepler

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- Irving Toast, Poetry Ghost - Many Moods of Moore

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Freddy Niagra FoncescaFrom: Freddy Fonseca
To: All Fairfield poets and writers

I'm inviting all Fairfield poets, including those who may have moved, to submit original poetry (published and non-published) to a space on my new website: Fairfield Creates Foundation, along with your photo and short bio. Eventually, the best of these poems will be selected for a book on Fairfield poets I'm planning to edit and publish. August 31, 2009 is the deadline for submissions.

The theme of this collection is "Fairfield's Poets As They'd Like To Be Remembered", which is the 'working title' of the book for now. Before you make your selections, I suggest that you ask yourself three questions:

Which of my poems would I like to be remembered by?
Which poems will I most likely be remembered by?
Which of these poems are really "me"?

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- irving toast poetry ghost - bill graeser

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At last.

The truth about Frankenstein.

- Irving Toast, Poetry Ghost - 20090712 - Annie Finch

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RadianthologyI put the final edits on Radianthology #1 and it has been llama-tested and mother-approved and is ready for broad(web)cast on Sunday, April 12th at 10:30 am and Monday, April 13th at 1:30 pm (Central). http://www.kruufm.com. It features some wonderful word performances by Ray Succre, Patricia Fargnoli, Paul A. Toth and Jacob Russell.

And for good measure I threw in Craig Deininger reading (once again) "Perhaps the Aliens," a short episode of Dr. Whom by the BBC Radio Women's Auxillary (spoof), Mark Twain praising book royalties in the afterlife, my poem "Carroll Street" and yeah, I jam on my guitar once in a while. OK, a lot, as spacers, audio dingbats as it were. The ghost of Truman Capote also makes a cameo appearance for a public service announcement. All in a day's work.

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