Caryn Mirriam-Goldberg started a new post on July 1, 2009, as the Poet Laureate of the State of Kansas. Here, Mirriam-Goldberg reads her poem "Your Heart Has No Gate."
By Laura Lorson, Kansas Public Radio (KPR)
Lawrence, KS – "Your Heart Has No Gate" is included in Caryn Mirriam-Goldberg's latest collection of poetry, called "Landed." Mirriam-Goldberg's memoir, "The Sky Begins at Your Feet," was also published in 2009.
Known for her Ivy + Bean series of children's books, Annie Barrows never dreamed the outcome of the request of her aunt, Mary Ann Shaffer, to revise Shaffer's manuscript for The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society.
Rodriguez has now published her first full book of poems, called Heart's Migration. Two of the poems in Rodriguez's new book recently caught the attention of Garrison Keillor, who read them on his show 'The Writer's Almanac.'
Like the playwright, William Inge, who came from Independence, James Still comes from another small town in Kansas--Pomona. In this interview, Still talks about his beginnings, and how that led to writing over 15 plays, including The Heavens are Hung in Black, commissioned by Ford's Theater in Washington, D.C. to premiere in 2009 on the bicentennial of Abraham Lincoln's birth.
The Book Doctors pay us a visit to share the latest literary news. During the second half, we talk about nature writing and books on the environment. Tune in to hear about books that invoke the beauty of the world, in some cases with the intention of helping to preserve it.
It's not uncommon to get a little upset when your spouse wins in a card game, but is it worth killing for? Steve Kraske talks with author Gary Pomerantz about his latest book, the setting of which takes place in Kansas City.
The Book Doctors join us to give summer reading tips and local literary news.
By The Walt Bodine Show, May 21, 2009
Kansas City , Mo. – The Book Doctors join us to give summer reading tips and local literary news.
In honor of recent celebrations of Mother's Day, and upcoming Father's Day festivities, we talk about books that feature memorable parental characters, or that explore the complexities of the parent/child relationship.
Co-founder of the infamous and now defunct Spy magazine, Kurt Andersen is a long-time journalist, who's also written fiction and essays and is now known as the host of the public radio program Studio 360.
From his own experiences in the garden to tracking meals back to their sources, Michael Pollan writes about our relationship to the food we eat. The author of The Omnivore's Dilemma and In Defense of Food, Pollan has written not only about what we eat but where our food comes from and the impact our food choices have.
This week, the Obamas opened their first White House poetry jam; something that caught the attention of a lot of spoken word poets here in Kansas City. It just so happens that one of the poets chosen to perform at White House will be here on Tuesday, May 19, at the monthly poetry jam at the American Jazz Museum.
Local experts and authors of America's Best BBQ: 100 Recipes from America's Best Smokehouses, Pits, Shacks, Rib Joints Roadhouses, and Restaurants, join us to talk about the array of recipes and flavors they've encountered on their BBQ-themed travels throughout the nation. We've also included a couple of recipes!
Steve Kraske welcomes author Tobias Wolff to talk about Old School, his novel about a teenage boy who feels awkward and out of place at an elite New England prep school in the 1960s. The book is this year's Big Read selection at area libraries.
Journalist Mei-Ling Hopgood talks about her memoir Lucky Girl, the story of her adoption as a young girl from Taiwan, her middle-class upbringing in Michigan, and the reunion with her Taiwanese birth family at age 23.
Rupert Isaacson, author of The Horse Boy: A Father's Quest to Heal His Son talks about taking his son with autism to Mongolia, his willingness to go to the ends of the earth to help their son, and of a boy learning to connect with the world for the first time.
The Book Doctors join us to share reading recommendations and the latest in literary news.
By The Walt Bodine Show, April 29, 2009
Kansas City, MO – The Book Doctors join us to share reading recommendations and the latest in literary news. Last time, we explored the city in a show titled "City Lights". We finish the second part in our two part series with books that feature rural life and the country in a show we've dubbed "Country Skies".