Tune in any Sunday or Monday to KRUU 100.1 in Fairfield, Iowa (or http://kruufm.com on the internet) and catch Rustin Larson hosting “Irving Toast, Poetry Ghost.” “Irving” (the spirit of poetry who lives in the hearts of all) debuted in April 2008, and features live readings and interviews with new and established poets.
Larson, a five-time Pushcart nominee, has authored three poetry collections, Loving the Good Driver (Mellen Poetry Press, 1996) Crazy Star (Loess Hills Books, 2005) and most recently--The Wine-Dark House (Blue Light Press, 2009). His work has appeared in The New Yorker, The Iowa Review, North American Review, Poetry East, Atlanta Review and others.
Larson received a B.A. In Literature from Maharishi International University in Fairfield Iowa, an M.F.A. in Writing from Vermont College of Norwich University in Montpelier, Vermont, and has taught writing in a variety of settings.
Winner of the Editor's Prize (2000) from Rhino Magazine, he has also received awards for his poetry from the National Poet Hunt and the Chester H. Jones Foundation. He was an Iowa Poet at the Des Moines National Poetry Festival in 2002 and 2004, and featured writer in the DMACC Celebration of the Literary Arts in 2007 and 2008. In addition to “Irving Toast, Poetry Ghost,” Larson's talents have been featured on the public radio shows, “Live from Prairie Lights” and “Voices from the Prairie.”