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WXXI Poetry Moments 2019

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WXXI celebrates 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.

These WXXI/BOA Poetry Moments are an annual celebration. Our 2017 Poetry Moments are available here, and our 2018 Poetry Moments are available here.

“Why Bother” from The Second O of Sorrow by Sean Thomas Dougherty
Read by Brian Wood

Sean Thomas Dougherty has written or edited fifteen books including All You Ask for is Longing: New and Selected Poems (BOA Editions 2014) and Double Kiss: Stories, Poems, Essays on the Art of Billiards (Mammoth Books 2017). He lives in Erie, PA.

“My Nephew's Army Helmet” from Beautiful Wall by Ray Gonzalez
Read by Jeffrey Clark

Ray Gonzalez is the author of fifteen books of poetry, including six from BOA Editions. He is also the author of three collections of essays, two collections of short stories, and the editor of twelve anthologies. He has served as the poetry editor for the Bloomsbury Review for thirty-five years and in 1998, founded the poetry journal LUNA. Gonzales is a professor in the MFA Creative Writing Program at the University of Minnesota.

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


Rail

Apr 2, 2019

“Rail” from Rail by Kai Carlson-Wee
Read by Jonathan Everitt

Kai Carlson-Wee is the author of Rail (BOA, 2018). He has received fellowships from the MacDowell Colony, the Bread Loaf Writers' Conference, the Sewanee Writers' Conference, and his work has appeared in Narrative, Best New Poets, TriQuarterly, Blackbird, Gulf Coast, and The Missouri Review, which awarded him the 2013 Editor’s Prize. A former Wallace Stegner Fellow, he lives in San Francisco and is a lecturer at Stanford University.

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


Eating Alone

Apr 2, 2019

"Eating Alone” from Rose by Li-young Lee
Read by Al Abonado

Li-Young Lee is the author of four collections of poetry, three from BOA Editions: Book of My Nights (2001), which won the 2002 William Carlos Williams Award; The City in Which I Love You (1990), which was the 1990 Lamont Poetry Selection; and Rose (1986) which won the Delmore Schwartz Memorial Poetry Award.

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


Huda Fakhreddine

"Three Profiles of Death" from Lighthouse for the Drowning by Jawdat Fakhreddine, translated by Huda Fakhreddine and Jason Iwen
Read by Kyle Semmel

Jawdat Fakhreddine was born in 1953 in a small village in southern Lebanon. A professor of Arabic literature at the Lebanese University in Beirut, he is one of the major Lebanese names in Modern Arabic Poetry. He writes a weekly article in al-Khaleej newspaper, a widely distributed gulf daily newspaper. Lighthouse for the Drowning is his first US publication of a full-length collection of poetry. He lives in Beirut, Lebanon.

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


God Gambles

Apr 2, 2019

“God Gambles” from Items in the News by Stan Kusunoki
Read by Jeanne Fisher

Stan Kusunoki is a third-generation Japanese-American,writer, teacher and musician. He is the recipient of a Loft Asian Inroads mentorship, and Asian American Renaissance's Writers' Block. He served as a mentor for Intermedia Arts Exchanges program, and is currently the High Potential Coordinator at Red Oak elementary School in Shakopee. He has three collections of poetry 180 Days, Reflections and Observations of a Teacher, and Items in the News.

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


“The Discipline of Waking Love” from Revising the Storm by Geffrey Davis
Read by Boo Poulin

Geffrey Davis is the author of Night Angler (BOA, 2019), winner of the James Laughlin Award, and Revising the Storm (BOA Editions 2014), winner of the A. Poulin, Jr. Poetry Prize and a Hurston/Wright Legacy Award Finalist. Davis teaches for the University of Arkansas MFA in Creative Writing & Translation and The Rainier Writing Workshop low-res MFA program at Pacific Lutheran University.

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


Needs

Apr 2, 2019

“Needs” from Off-Season in the Promised Land by Peter Makuck
Read by Thomas Smith

Peter Makuck is the author of numerous collections of poetry, including six from BOA Editions: Mandatory Evacuation (2016), Long Lens: New & Selected Poems (2010), Off Season in the Promised Land (2005), Against Distance (1997), The Sunken Lightship (1990), and Where We Live (1982). Makuck is also the founder of Tar River Poetry, where he served as editor for nearly thirty years.

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


Various Rains

Apr 2, 2019

“Various Rains” from The Human Half by Deborah Brown
Read by Peter Conners

Deborah Brown is the author of The Human Half (BOA Editions, 2019) and Walking the Dog’s Shadow (BOA, 2009), winner of the A. Poulin, Jr. Poetry Prize and a New Hampshire Literary Award. She lives in Warner, NH.

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


Elementary

Apr 2, 2019

“Elementary" from The Tiny Journalist by Naomi Shihab Nye
Read by Bill Waddell

Naomi Shihab Nye is the author and/or editor of more than thirty books, including four poetry collections from BOA Editions: Red Suitcase (1994), Fuel (1998), You & Yours (2005), and Transfer (2011). She is the recipient of a Lannan Fellowship, a Guggenheim Fellowship, and the Witter Bynner Fellowship from the Library of Congress. In 2010, she was elected to the Board of Chancellors of the Academy of American Poets. She lives in San Antonio, Texas.

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


“In the Realm of Minor Keys” from Clues from the Animal Kingdom by Christopher Kennedy
Read by Joe McElveney

Christopher Kennedy is the author of four collections of poetry, including two from BOA Editions: Ennui Prophet (2011) and Encouragement for a Man Falling to His Death (2007), which won the Isabella Gardner Poetry Award from BOA. Kennedy is associate professor of English at Syracuse University, where he directs the MFA Program in Creative Writing.

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