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WXXI Poetry Moments 2018

Airs at 12:20 p.m. on Classical 91.5; at 2:38 p.m. on AM 1370; and at 9:20 a.m. on Different Radio

WXXI will celebrate poets and their 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. The 2018 WXXI Poetry Moments will be broadcast April 9–20  on Classical 91.5, AM 1370, and Different Radio.

These WXXI/BOA Poetry Moments are an annual celebration. Our 2017 Poetry Moments are available here.

“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.

WXXI Poetry Moments are created in collaboration with Rochester-based BOA Editions, in celebration of National Poetry Month.


Sentimental Education

Mar 30, 2018

“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).

WXXI Poetry Moments are created in collaboration with Rochester-based BOA Editions, in celebration of National Poetry Month.


Insomniac in Spring

Mar 30, 2018

“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).

WXXI Poetry Moments are created in collaboration with Rochester-based BOA Editions, in celebration of National Poetry Month.


Two Pianos

Mar 30, 2018

"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.

WXXI Poetry Moments are created in collaboration with Rochester-based BOA Editions, in celebration of National Poetry Month.


Recognitions

Mar 30, 2018

“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.

WXXI Poetry Moments are created in collaboration with Rochester-based BOA Editions, in celebration of National Poetry Month.


Gaman

Mar 30, 2018

“Gaman” from Sky Country by Christine Kitano

Read by Bill Waddell

Author of Sky Country (BOA Editions, Fall 2017) and Birds of Paradise (Lynx House Press, 2011), 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.

WXXI Poetry Moments are created in collaboration with Rochester-based BOA Editions, in celebration of National Poetry Month.


Origin of Glass

Mar 30, 2018

“Origin of Glass” from Cenzontle by Marcelo Hernandez Castillo

Read by Jonathan Everitt

Born in Mexico, Hernandez Castillo immigrated to the United States at age five through the mountains of Tijuana. He is a CantoMundo Fellow and is the first undocumented student to graduate from the University of Michigan’s Creative Writing MFA program. He is the cofounder Undocupoets, and lives in California, where he teaches at Sacramento State University.

WXXI Poetry Moments are created in collaboration with Rochester-based BOA Editions, in celebration of National Poetry Month.


His Burning Cloud

Mar 30, 2018

“His Burning Cloud” from Antidote for Night by Marsha de la O

Read by Jeff Clark

Marsh de la O’s latest poetry collection, Antidote for Night (BOA, 2015), was awarded the Isabella Gardner Poetry Prize. Her first book of poetry, Black Hope (New Issues Press, 1997), won the New Issues Press Poetry Prize. Her work also appears in four anthologies, the latest of which, One for the Money: The Sentence as Poetic Form, is forthcoming from Lynx House Press in 2017.

WXXI Poetry Moments are created in collaboration with Rochester-based BOA Editions, in celebration of National Poetry Month.


satchmo

Mar 30, 2018

“satchmo” from The Collected Poems of Lucille Clifton 1965-2010 by Lucille Clifton

Read by Jack Garner

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). In 2013, her posthumously published collection The Collected Poems of Lucille Clifton 1965-2010 (BOA, 2012), was awarded the Hurston/Wright Legacy Award for Poetry.

WXXI Poetry Moments are created in collaboration with Rochester-based BOA Editions, in celebration of National Poetry Month.


“On the Island where I come from” from Why God is A Woman by Nin Andrews

Read by Bernadette Catalana

Andrews is the author of numerous books, including two poetry collections from BOA Editions, Why God Is a Woman (2015); including Spontaneous Breasts, and Sleeping with Houdini (2007), named one of ten best poetry books of 2007 by the Monserrat Review. Her poems and stories appear widely in such places as Ploughshares, The Paris Review, Best American Poetry, Great American Prose Poems, and elsewhere. For more information about Nin Andrews, visit www.ninandrews.com

WXXI Poetry Moments are created in collaboration with Rochester-based BOA Editions, in celebration of National Poetry Month.


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