So many wonderful new CDs of choral and organ music have been released in recent months! Peter DuBois will share some of the riches from these new recordings from wonderful performers and choirs from the US and Europe.
April 21 marks the 119th birthday of great American choral composer Randall Thompson. Peter DuBois will offer sacred choral and organ music to honor Thompson and other American choral and organ composers from colonial times to the present.
With Heart and Voice Program 1816: Randall Thompson
Program 1818 Suggested Broadcast: Sunday, May 6, 2018 Happy Birthday, JB! On this edition of With Heart and Voice, we’ll celebrate the 185th birthday of Johannes Brahms (May 7) with a selection of his sacred choral and organ music. Join Peter DuBois for the party, as we also mark Ascension Day, coming later in the week.
“Self-Portrait As So Much Potential” from When I Grow Up I Want To Be a List of Further Possibilities by Chen Chen
Read by Peter Conners
Born in Xiamen, China, Chen Chen grew up in Massachusetts. His debut poetry collection, When I Grow Up I Want to Be a List of Further Possibilities, won the A. Poulin, Jr. Poetry Prize. He is the recipient of fellowships from Kundiman, the Saltonstall Foundation, and Lambda Literary. He earned his BA at Hampshire College and his MFA at Syracuse University. He lives in Lubbock, Texas, where he is pursuing a PhD in English and Creative Writing at Texas Tech University.
“Sentimental Education” from Struggling Times by Louis Simpson
Read by Grant Holcomb
Louis Simpson (1923 - 2012) was the recipient of the 1964 Pulitzer Prize for Poetry for his collection At the End of the Open Road (Wesleyan University Press, 1964). He was the author of seventeen books of poetry, including four from BOA Editions: Armidale (1979); People Live Here, Selected Poems 1949 - 1983 (1983); The Owner of the House: New Collected Poems 1940 - 2001 (2003), a finalist for the National Book Award for Poetry and the Griffin Poetry Prize; and Struggling Times (2009).
“Insomniac in Spring” from Sky Country by Christine Kitano
Read by Daphne Morrisey
Kitano received her BA from the University of California, her MFA from Syracuse University, and her PhD in English and Creative Writing from Texas Tech University. She was born and raised in Los Angeles, CA, and currently lives in Ithaca, NY, where she is an assistant professor of creative writing, poetry, and Asian American literature at Ithaca College. She is the author of Sky Country (BOA Editions, Fall 2017) and Birds of Paradise (Lynx House Press, 2011).
"Two Pianos" from The Smoke of Horses by Charles Rafferty
Read by Jack Langerak
Author of six collections of poetry, including The Smoke of Horses (BOA Editions, Fall 2017); one collection of short stories; and six poetry chapbooks, Rafferty’s most recent poetry collection is The Unleashable Dog (Steel Toe Books, 2014). He is the recipient of grants from the National Endowment for the Arts and the Connecticut Commission on Culture & Tourism. He lives in Sandy Hook, CT, where he works at a technology research firm, directs the MFA program at Albertus Magnus College, and is on the faculty of the Westport Writers' Workshop.
“Recognitions” from The Day’s Last Light Reddens the Leaves of the Copper Beech by Stephen Dobyns
Read by Boo Poulin
In addition to The Day's Last Light Reddens the Leaves of the Copper Beech (BOA Editions, 2016), Dobyns is the author of 23 novels, 14 books of poetry, two collections of essays, and one book of short stories. Among his many honors and awards are fellowships from the NEA and the Guggenheim Foundation. Throughout his career, Dobyns has worked as a reporter for Detroit News, a reviewer for many prestigious publications, and has taught at numerous academic institutions. He lives in Westerly, Rhode Island.