Walter Bargen's two year term as the state's top poetry official ends this month.
By Maureen McCollum
Columbia, MO – Poet Walter Bargen talks about his active role promoting poetry in the state of Missouri. And he reads a kind of commentary on the position, called, Poet as Grand Marshall of the Fall Parade.
The Book Doctors are back to talk about what's on their reading lists and to discuss the latest literary news, but quickly the conversation turns to those guilty pleasure reads that are so bad they're good.
English writer Sarah Dunant is recognized in her home country as a former BBC television/radio host turned popular novelist. Her fame in America, though, rests on her recent historical fiction, The Birth of Venus, and In the Company of the Courtesan.
Named one of the top five writers under 35 to watch by the National Book Foundation in 2008, Matthew Eck discusses his novel, "The Farther Shore," touted by Salon as "the first great war novel of our generation."
Philip Miller's sixth book of poems, "The Casablanca Fan," published by Unholy Day Press, continues his exploration of relationships. In this poem, "November Pantoom," Miller writes, "What is love? Hard to tell."
In 2004, poet and teacher Phil Miller and his wife, Nancy, pulled up roots to move to Pennsylvania. A Kansas native, Miller championed the Kansas City poetry scene for several decades. Miller helped start the Riverfront Reading Series in 1987 and taught creative writing at Kansas City Kansas Community College for almost 30 years.
In honor of the start of her second year as the 16th U.S. Poet Laureate, we present this encore interview with Kay Ryan. Sometimes seen as a poetry outsider, the California poet has spent her life teaching remedial English in Marin County, rather than making her living in the academic world of creative writing.
Continuing our celebration of Hispanic Heritage Month, we go back to our archives for this 2005 conversation with fiction writer and poet, Gary Soto. He talks about growing up as a poor Mexican-American kid in Fresno, California, and how he discovered the power of poetry as a young man.
Ever feel like taking a break and going on a walk? A really, really long walk? Join us as we talk to an author who left a confining office job and set out on a walking tour of the Great Plains, from Missouri to Montana.