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Poetry
9:18 am
Wed April 9, 2014

Kima Jones, On Black Bodies And Being A Black Woman Who Writes

Kima Jones
Courtesy of Kima Jones

Originally published on Fri April 11, 2014 8:25 am

April is National Poetry Month — and at Code Switch, we like poems. We will be exploring a set of broad issues of race and ethnicity in modern poetry for the duration of the month.

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Poetry
10:02 am
Tue April 8, 2014

A Poet's Response To World War I Facial Injury And Reconstruction

Ann Gerike's new book is part poetry collection, part medical history.
Credit Floating Bridge Press

Poet Ann Gerike combined years of research with an empathetic imagination to write "About Face: World War I Facial Injury and Reconstruction." Her poems bring to life the stories of terribly disfigured soldiers and surgeon Major Harold Gillies, whose wartime innovations helped restore their faces.

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Author Interview
12:56 pm
Wed April 2, 2014

Garrison Keillor: Poets Should Try To Make Their Mothers Laugh Sometimes

Credit Garrison Keillor's book, "O, What A Luxury."

Steve Scher talks with Garrison Keillor about his first collection of original poetry, "O, What A Luxury: Verses Vulgar, Pathetic & Profound.”

This interview originally aired on November 6, 2013.

Poetry
12:15 pm
Mon March 17, 2014

'In Orbit' With Poet Kim-An Lieberman

Many of the poems in Kim-An Lieberman's second collection, "In Orbit," reach back to her family's roots in Vietnam.
Matt Corddry

The gravitational pull of one generation on another resounds throughout Kim-An Lieberman's second collection of poetry, "In Orbit." As in her first collection, "Breaking the Map," Lieberman mines the complexities of her Vietnamese and Jewish heritage to evoke a multi-layered identity.

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Young Love
10:35 am
Thu February 27, 2014

A Belated Valentine From RadioActive

Hosts Sophie Ding and Ann Kane.
Credit KUOW Photo/Jenny Asarnow and Sophie Ding

In honor of Valentine’s Day, RadioActive hosts Ann Kane and Sophie Ding bring you stories of young love. We find out what love means to preschoolers and retired folks, hear what the Greeks had to say about love and enjoy a love poem written to the world. Plus, Nina Tran plays a love song for her wisdom teeth on the banjo.

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Poetry
7:20 am
Fri February 14, 2014

Nathan Cummings On Becoming A National Student Poet

First Lady Michelle Obama with the 2013 National Student Poets (from left: Michaela Coplen; Sojourner Ahebee, Nathan Cummings, Louis Lafair, and Aline Dolinh) in the Diplomatic Reception Room of the White House, Sept. 20, 2013.
Credit Official White House Photo by Lawrence Jackson

Elizabeth Austen features Nathan Cummings, a senior at Mercer Island High School, as he reads his poem "Proteus" and describes what being named as one of five National Student Poets in 2013 has meant to him.

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Poet Interview
1:29 pm
Tue February 11, 2014

Billy Collins: 'Poetry Has Been Tweeting For Centuries'

Poet Billy Collins with KUOW's Marcie Sillman.
KUOW Photo/Bond Huberman

Marcie Sillman sits down with "America's most popular poet" Billy Collins about his new book "Aimless Love: New and Selected Poems." And, he treats us with a reading of one of his new pieces.

This interview originally aired on November 4, 2013.

Poetry
4:11 pm
Tue January 28, 2014

Elizabeth Austen Named 2014 Washington State Poet Laureate

Washington state's new poet laureate Elizabeth Austen.
Courtesy of Fat Yeti Photography

Elizabeth Austen has been bringing poetry to KUOW listeners since 2001. Now, her audience is going to get even bigger.

Austen was recently named Washington’s next poet laureate. An accomplished poet herself, her goal in the new role is to reach out to all 39 counties in the state with workshops, readings and poet interviews: to “celebrate and highlight” the wealth of resources available in Washington to writers and readers alike.

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Poetry
7:26 am
Thu January 23, 2014

Remembering William Stafford, A 'Poet Of Personal Integrity'

William Stafford's collection "Ask Me."

This year marks the centennial of the birth of William Stafford, a much beloved poet and lifelong pacifist who taught at Lewis and Clark College in Portland for nearly 40 years. To celebrate the occasion, Graywolf Press has released a collection of his poems titled, "Ask Me: 100 Essential Poems."

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Poetry
9:00 am
Thu December 19, 2013

Kate Lebo Serves Up Slices Of Pie-Horoscopes

Poet and pie maker Kate Lebo, reading at Richard Hugo House.
Credit Courtesy of Shawn Arntz

Poet Kate Lebo's newest collection, "A Commonplace Book of Pie," opens with an epigraph from Carl Sagan: "If you wish to make an apple pie from scratch, you must first invent the universe." 

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Author Interview
10:55 am
Wed December 18, 2013

The Poetry Of Rock And Roll

Paul Muldoon poses for a photo in his Griggstown, N.J., home April 7, 2003. Muldon, a Princeton University professor, won a Pulitzer Prize in poetry for "Moy Sand and Gravel."
AP Photo/Brian Branch-Price

Not every rock song is poetry, but Pulitzer Prize-winning Irish poet Paul Muldoon argues that some are. Ross Reynolds talks with the New Yorker poetry editor and professor at Princeton about poetry, songs, his band Wayward Shrines, and his new book, "Word On The Street: Rock Lyrics."

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Author Interview
3:31 pm
Tue November 26, 2013

Sherman Alexie Returns To His Base: 'White, Liberal Women Of Independent Bookstores'

Poet and novelist Sherman Alexie in the KUOW studios.
KUOW Photo/Bond Huberman

Poet Sherman Alexie knows who to credit for his success as a writer.

“Independent bookstores are the reason why I have a career,” he told Steve Scher on KUOW’s The Record. “When this started out, a book of poems and stories by a Spokane Indian would have never fit anybody’s algorithm. This was a very specific case of a very specific group of people: The white liberal women of independent bookstores promoting my career."

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Good Reads
2:39 pm
Fri November 22, 2013

Nancy Pearl's Picks: Poetry And Football

"The Art of Losing" and "The System"

Steve Scher sits down with everyone's favorite librarian Nancy Pearl for her book recommendations of the week including the collection “The Art Of Losing: Poems of Grief and Healing” edited by Kevin Young, and “The System: The Glory And Scandal Of Big Time College Football” by Jeff Benedict and Armen Keteyain.

Poetry
9:00 am
Fri November 15, 2013

Poet Anne McDuffie On Setting "Conditions"

Writer Anne McDuffie.
Credit Courtesy of Jack Straw Productions/Sherwin Eng

It seems every family has at least one "wild card" relative — that person who is reliably unreliable, in one way or another.  Seattle writer Anne McDuffie's poem "Conditions" tells the wryly comical story of trying to prepare her young children to meet one such relative.

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Poetry
8:42 am
Fri November 1, 2013

Peter Munro's 'Hard Weather Prayers'

Poet and marine fisheries scientist Peter Munro
Credit John Rand

"I don't really distinguish between science and poetry; they're kind of like two different languages," said Peter Munro, a fisheries scientist and writer.

"Hard Weather Prayers" reveals his fluency in both languages. The 15-section poetic sequence finds a metaphor for spiritual alienation in the harsh weather of southeast Alaska, an area Munro knows first-hand from growing up in Sitka, as well as his field work at sea.

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