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    Aug 02
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Borderlines: Drawing Border Lives

BorderlinesTune in to Writers' Voices this week for a live interview with former Iowan Steven Schneider and his wife Reefka, who will be reading and displaying original artwork from their new book, "Borderlines: Drawing Border Lives" at Revelations July 31, 8 pm. This joint project pairs Reefka's portraits of people who live and work along the U.S.-Mexico border with Steven's bilingual poems that have been inspired by each of the drawings.

Steven Schneider's poems and essays have been published in journals such as Critical Quarterly, Prairie Schooner, Tikkun, and The Literary Review.  He is the author of two books of poetry and a scholarly treatise on A.R. Ammons, and an editor of another.  Reefka Schneider  is one of the foremost artists of "la frontera," the binational region of the Rio Grande Valley in South Texas

Did you see Steve Martin playing the banjo on TV recently? Well, Tuesday March 24 we'll present a live version of "Late For School," which he wrote, from his new album "The Crow."

We will also read some fun and funny poetry and hear from Patti Soderberg at the public library. A great way to chill out.

Children's stories, poetry and laid-back music from 7-8pm. - Grandpa D.



Poems about Food, Food as Poetry

it's all part of GREAT TASTE's way of intellectually stimulating the appetite!

Our special guest is Joel Lippman, Professor of Art & English at the University of Toledo, who was appointed Poet Laureate of Lucas County, Ohio, in 2008. In addition, Joel has planted a vegetable garden for most of his adult life and loves to cook up good, plain food. He has traveled extensively and explored foods of many cultures. He continues to troll the ethnic markets in the Toledo area.

Together we'll be cooking up some great stir fry, too!

7-8 PM Wednesday / Rebro 7-8 AM Friday

Robert McDowell



Tune in to KRUU 100.1 FM this Monday at 8am to hear Robert McDowell on Writers' Voices. We'll be discussing his book, Poetry as Spiritual Practice.

At once an engaging technical primer on the mechanics and terminology of poetry, a profound meditation on the relationship between poetry and the Divine, and an inspirational guide for integrating poetry into daily spiritual practice, Poetry as Spiritual Practice will become a cherished companion, inviting you to recognize poetry as "the pure sound and shape of your spirit."



Marily Nelson

Marilyn Nelson, former Poet Laureate of Connecticut, English professor, and founder of Soul Mountain Retreat for poets, is our guest on Writers' Voices this week. Among her 12 published books and 3 chapbooks are two National Book Award finalists, Newberry Honor Books and a Coretta Scott King Honor book. She has received numerous other honors and awards for her writing and teaching.

In recent years, Nelson has focused largely on writing poems that explore African American history using traditional poetic forms such as the sonnet. Although written for adults, they have been published as illustrated books for young adults, receiving widespread acclaim. In "A Wreath for Emmet Till" she uses a very complex form, the heroic crown sonnet, to tell a tragic story from our not-so-ancient past.

Join Monica and Caroline Monday morning at 8am for a delightful wide-ranging conversation with poet Marilyn Nelson.

 Fairfield poet Tony Ellis, author of "There is Wisdom in Walnuts," will discuss his Wisdom in Walnuts

work in process resulting from a weeks-long retreat at Soul Mountain writers' retreat.  Soul Mountain was founded by poet Marilyn Nelson in rural Connecticut and is sponsored by the University of Connecticut.  It offers residencies for up to four writers at a time.  “When my book of poems about the scientist-saint George Washington Carver started to bear surprising fruit, I suddenly had enough money for a down-payment on a childhood dream. ...[Now,] poems not my own are being written under my roof. My guest book is filled with gratitude. So am I."

(from Marilyn Nelson: "It's Not Too Late to Bring Art to the World,"
"O," The Oprah Magazine, October 2005, p. 298)

Congress passed legislation which was signed by


the President in August 2003, Public Law 108-72, declaring “(1) the Smithsonian Institution’s National Museum of American History should be commended for establishing a Jazz Appreciation Month; and (2) musicians, schools, colleges, libraries, concert halls, museums, radio and television stations, and other organizations should develop programs to explore, perpetuate, and honor jazz as a national and world treasure.”

At Chez Dilley every month is JAM, but if your taste or budget is such that you can only justify appreciating jazz one month a year then by all means make it April! Seriously, the Smithsonian's site has all kinds of neat stuff, so be sure to check it out.

Rustin Larson

They tell me that April is National Poetry Month, so help celebrate this momentous occasion by tuning into Writers' Voices Monday at 8 am as Caroline and Monica interview Fairfield poets Rustin Larson and Matthew McLeod.

We'll be talking about the role of poetry in America in the 21st century, what motivates these poets, and more. Plus, we'll get to hear some great poems!

Fridays at 1pm CST Rebroadcast Mondays at 8am

Poet W.E.Butts

James Moore presents an evening with poet W.E. Butts, who visited Fairfield recently to commemorate his collection of poems called Sunday Evening at the Stardust Cafe. Butts is winner of the Iowa Source Poetry Book Prize.

His work has been published in such literary journals as Poetry, The Atlanta Review, Cimarron Review, Mid-American Review, Slant, PoetryMotel, Poet Lore and Spillway

Also, James will be speaking with Evan Hall,
whose recent global warming spot for Al Gore's Current TV, made it to
the Top 20, will discuss his career trajector. He is currently working
on a segment on this whole experience for PBS. The phone interview will
be at 3pm.

Tonight from 8pm - 9pm, Sleepytime with Grandpa D will fill your hearts and young at heart.

We will read “A Great Time: Children’s Poems in English and Russion”, which is scheduled for publication October 2007. It is a collection of short children stories written by Masha Shurin and illustrated by Valentin Ginukov. The author will join us on the phone and read a few stories in Russian and we will read them in English. Join Yucky the bug, No-tail the elephant, a sailor frog and other characters for A Great Time. The fun-filled poems encourage courtesy, sharing, and friendship while upholding hope and joy.



Then, to top off our second half hour, we will present a special song which Rachel Ries recorded exclusively for Sleepytime. Let's see if you can guess which Fats Waller song she sang for us. Tonight at 8pm.