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?


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Molly Fisk is a poet, radio commentator, life coach, writing teacher, painter of barns and mason jars full of water, mentor, speaker, feminist with a capital F, political activist, sister, aunt, cousin, godmother, honorary grandparent, not-very-old elder, swimmer, former banker, one-time sweater designer, long-walk taker, rearranger of furniture, color maven, nature lover.

She is the Poet Laureate of KVMR 89.5 FM, Nevada City, CA and Hell’s Backbone Grill, Boulder, UT.

Her poetry books include Listening to Winter, and The More Difficult Beauty. Both published by Hip Pocket Books.

Poems read or referred to in the podcast:

“Belonging” from Listening to Winter
“Surrender” from an 1994 audio tape. 

 


 Original music and artwork by Karl R. Powell.

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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?


richard-berlinRichard M. Berlin is a physician and poet who received his undergraduate and medical education at Northwestern University. The winner of numerous poetry awards, his first collection of poems How JFK Killed My Father won the Pearl Poetry Prize and was published by Pearl Editions. His second collection of poetry, Secret Wounds won the 2010 John Ciardi Poetry Prize from the University of Missouri – Kansas City and was published by BkMk Press.  In addition,  Secret Wounds was chosen as the best poetry book of 2011 in the USA Book News Awards.  His third collection of poetry Practice was published in 2015.  He is also the author of two poetry chapbooks, Code Blue and The Prophecy. Berlin’s poetry has been published in a broad array of  literary journals, medical journals and anthologies including the 2015 release of  Liberation: New Works on Freedom from Internationally Renowned Poets.  His column “Poetry of the Times” has been featured monthly for sixteen years in Psychiatric Times. He has also established a creative writing prize in honor of his father for medical students, nursing students, and resident physicians at the University of Massachusetts Medical School. A Senior Affiliate of Psychiatry at the medical school, he is the author of more than sixty scientific papers and has edited Sleep Disorders in Psychiatric Practice  and Poets on Prozac: Mental Illness, Treatment, and the Creative Process. He practices psychiatry in a small town in the Berkshire hills of western Massachusetts.

Poems read or referred to in the podcast:

Stephen Dunn’s “Tenderness“.
Alfred Noyes’ “The Highwayman“.
If You Ask Me My Name” by Richard M. Berlin.
A Headlong Act of Love” by Richard M. Berlin
“The Fisherman” by Richard M. Berlin, published in the Liberation anthology, edited by Mark Ludwig and published by Beacon Press.

 


 Original music and artwork by Karl R. Powell.

Please subscribe through Soundcloud,  iTunes or your podcast app. Consider liking the Facebook page, to help spread the word. And, lastly, if you want to suggest a writer I should interview, please Get In Touch.

 

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?


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Cati Porter is a poet, editor, and community arts facilitator. She is the author of Seven Floors Up (Mayapple Press, 2008) and My Skies of Small Horses(forthcoming from WordTech Editions, February 2016) as well as five chapbooks including The Body, Like Bread (forthcoming from Finishing Line Press, 2016).

She is founder and editor of the online literary journals Poemeleon: A Journal of Poetry and Inlandia: A Literary Journey and Executive Director of the Inlandia Institute, a Riverside-based nonprofit cultural and literary arts organization dedicated to celebrating and preserving the Inland Southern California Region in word, image, and sound.

*Don’t forget the April 30th deadline for the The Hillary Gravendyk Prize!

Poems read or referred to in the podcast:

“Warning” and “Pure”, by Cati Porter. Both poems are from My Skies of Small Horses (Mayapple Press).

and Sylvia Plath’s poem “Fever 103“.


 Original music and artwork by Karl R. Powell.

Please subscribe through Soundcloud,  iTunes or your podcast app. Consider liking the Facebook page, to help spread the word. And, lastly, if you want to suggest a writer I should interview, please Get In Touch.

 

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?

 


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Molly Gaudry is the author of the novel-in-verse We Take Me Apart, which was shortlisted for the 2011 PEN/Joyce Osterweil award. It was also the 2nd finalist for the Asian American Literary Award for Poetry.

Molly has an MA in Fiction, an MFA in Poetry, and is currently pursuing a PhD in experimental fiction. She is the founder of Lit Pub.

Desire: A Haunting is the soon-to-be-released sequel to We Take Me Apart,  also from Ampersand Books.

Poems read or referred to in the podcast:

You Fit Into Me” by Margaret Atwood.
Molly reads an excerpt from We Take Me Apart (Ampersand Books – originally published by MudLuscious Press in 2011).
Her chapbook Wild Thing (The Cupboard, 2014) is also mentioned.


 Original music and artwork by Karl R. Powell.

Please subscribe through Soundcloud,  iTunes or your podcast app. Consider liking the Facebook page, to help spread the word. And, lastly, if you want to suggest a writer I should interview, please Get In Touch.

 

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?

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A graduate of the Iowa Writers’ Workshop, Tania Pryputniewicz is a co-founding blogger for Tarot for Two and Mother Writer Mentor. Saddle Road Press published her debut poetry collection, November Butterfly, in 2014. Recent poems appeared or are forthcoming at OnePatria Letteratura, and TAB. She lives in San Diego, California with her husband, three children, one blue-eyed Husky and a portly house cat named Luna. She can be found online at Feral Mom, Feral Writer

Poems in the podcast:

“There is no Frigate like a Book” by Emilie Dickinson
“God’s in the Butter” from November Butterfly by Tania Pryputniewicz (Saddle Road Press)

… Another of Tania’s favorite poems which we didn’t have time for in the podcast is “The Pomegranate”by Eavan Boland.


Original music and artwork by Karl R. Powell.

Please subscribe through Soundcloud,  iTunes or your podcast app. Consider liking the Facebook page, to help spread the word. And, lastly, if you want to suggest a writer I should interview, please Get In Touch.