This Choice: Madeleine Beckman

This Choice is Who You Are has been my mantra these past years: a mantra for becoming the person I want to be. I believe that choosing to live with the attention that poetry demands is a good start.

In the podcasts, I look to other artists to learn from their experiences.

I ask poets how their work with poetry influences the choices they make in their daily lives, and how these, in turn, affect their sense of self and their relationships.

How are they using the experience of art to shape The Good Life for themselves?

AAEAAQAAAAAAAAmpAAAAJDUzMjMwNTY1LTE1N2MtNDQxNS1iMDk3LTU3YjZlZmUwNGZmZAMadeleine Beckman is a poet, fiction, and nonfiction writer. She is the recipient of awards and grants from, among other places, the Poetry Society of America, New York Foundation for the Arts, Heinrich Böll Cottage, Ireland; Fundación Valparaíso, Spain; and Zvona i Nari, Croatia.

Her poetry collections include Hyacinths from the Wreckage  (Serving House Books), No Roadmap, No Brakes (Redbird Chapbooks), and Dead Boyfriends (Linear Arts Books). Her work has been published in journals, anthologies, and online.

Madeleine is Contributing Editor for the Bellevue Literary Review and Agora: Literature and ArtsJournal (both NYU School of Medicine). She teaches Narrative and Reflective Writing at NYU School of Medicine in the Division of Medical Humanities.

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Poets mentioned in the podcast include:
Carolyn Kizer
Seamus Heaney
May Swenson, “Painting the Gate


Original music and artwork by Karl R. Powell.

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