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WXXI Poetry Moments 2017

Airs at 9:43 a.m. and 2:38 p.m. on AM 1370; and at 9:20 a.m. and 4:30 p.m. on Classical 91.5

WXXI will celebrate poets and their beautiful words during the month of April, which is National Poetry Month. Once again this year, we will have a special series of Poetry Moments, created in collaboration with Rochester-based BOA Editions, celebrating more than 40 years of independent publishing. These WXXI / BOA Poetry Moments will be broadcast April 18 – 28 on AM 1370 and Classical 91.5.

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Mar 30, 2017

Theater by Carsten René Nielsen, translated by David Keplinger, read by Kyle Semmel

Born in 1966, Carsten René Nielsen is the author of nine books of poetry and one book of flash fiction (1989-2012), including Cirkler (Circles, 1998), Clairobscur (Clairobscur, 2001), Enogfyrre dyr (Forty-One Animals, 2005) and Husundersøgelser (House Inspections, 2008).

Driving Around El Paso

Mar 30, 2017

Driving Around El Paso, Marvin Gaye’s ‘What’s Going On’ Comes on the Radio by Ray Gonzalez, read by Jeffrey Clark

Ray Gonzalez is the author of fifteen books of poetry, including six from BOA Editions: The Heat of Arrivals (1997), winner of the PEN/Oakland Josephine Miles Book Award; Cabato Sentora (2000), a Minnesota Book Award Finalist; The Hawk Temple at Tierra Grande (2003), winner of the 2003 Minnesota Book Award; Consideration of the Guitar: New & Selected Poems (2005); Cool Auditor: Prose Poems (2009); and Beautiful Wall (2015).

a woman who loves

Mar 30, 2017

a woman who loves by Lucille Clifton, read by The Honorable Teresa D. Johnson

Lucille Clifton (1936 - 2010) was an award winning poet, fiction writer, and author of children’s books. Her poetry collection, Blessing the Boats: New & Selected Poems 1988-2000 (BOA, 2000), won the National Book Award for poetry. In 1988 she became the only author to have two collections selected in the same year as finalists for the Pulitzer Prize, Good Woman: Poems and a Memoir (BOA, 1987), and Next: New Poems (BOA, 1987).


Mar 30, 2017

Jump by Stephen Dobyns, read by Joe McElveney

Stephen Dobyns is the author of The Day's Last Light Reddens the Leaves of the Copper Beech (BOA Editions, 2016), as well as 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.

La Boda del Mar y Arena

Mar 30, 2017

La Boda del Mar y Arena by Aracelis Girmay, read by Bill Waddell

Aracelis Girmay is the author of three collections of poetry: the black maria (BOA Editions, 2016); Kingdom Animalia (BOA Editions, 2011), winner of the 2011 Isabella Gardner Poetry Award and the GLCA New Writers Award, and a finalist for both the National Book Critics Circle Award and the Hurston/Wright Legacy Award; and Teeth (Curbstone Press, 2007).


Mar 30, 2017

Antarctica by Chen Chen, read by Jonathan Everitt

Chen Chen was born in Xiamen, China, and 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. His work has appeared in two chapbooks and in such publications as Poetry, Gulf Coast, Indiana Review, Best of the Net, and The Best American Poetry.

I Loved You Before I Was Born

Mar 30, 2017

I Loved You Before I Was Born by Li-Young Lee, read by Jack Langerak

Li-Young Lee is the author of four collections of poetry, three from BOA Editions: Book of My Nights (2001), which won the 2002 William Carlos Williams Award; The City in Which I Love You (1990), which was the 1990 Lamont Poetry Selection; and Rose (1986) which won the Delmore Schwartz Memorial Poetry Award.

Burlington, Vermont

Mar 30, 2017

Burlington, Vermont by Naomi Shihab Nye, read by Boo Poulin

Naomi Shihab Nye is the author and/or editor of more than thirty volumes including four collections of poetry from BOA Editions: Red Suitcase (1994), Fuel (1998), You & Yours (2005), and Transfer (2011).


Mar 30, 2017

Glow by Jawdat Fakhreddine, translated by Huda Fakhreddine and Jayson Iwen, read by Peter Conners

Jawdat Fakhreddine was born in 1953 in a small village in southern Lebanon. A professor of Arabic literature at the Lebanese University in Beirut, he is one of the major Lebanese names in Modern Arabic Poetry, and is considered one of the second generation poets of the modernist movement in the Arab world.