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Standing Room Only: Deep Dialogue Part 1

On September 7, the Deep Dialogue project opened in the Indiana Memorial Union with a panel discussion about race, history, community and healing in contemporary literature. The project is sponsored by the Writers Guild at Bloomington and Indiana University’s Office of the Vice President for Diversity, Equity, and Multicultural Affairs, with funding from the Indiana Humanities with support from the …

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Kite Line: January 13, 2017- The Muse on the Inside

Our topic this week is creativity behind bars. We showcase poetry from prisoners working with the Indiana Prisoners’ Writing Project, a piece by Shaka Shakur, entitled “Black Pain”, and a song by local musician Billy Young. Shakur is currently serving time in the Wabash Valley Correctional Facility here in Indiana. Billy Young will speak with us in a future episode …

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Interchange – The World at Large: Eliot Weinberger On Everything

“Doing no violence to living things, not even a single one of them, wander alone like a rhinoceros.”* All of our songs tonight feature the whirlwind as a kind of tribute to a central essay called “The Vortex,” written by our guest Eliot Weinberger and found in his serial essay begun in 2007 called An Elemental Thing. That work continues …

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Standing Room Only: A Poetry Reading By Ross Gay

On Tuesday, August 9th, poet Ross Gay took the stage at the Bloom Magazine Book Club to recite some of his poems and talk about his writing process. Ross Gay is an award-winning poet who is housed here in Bloomington. Gay was reciting poems from his book entitled Catalog of Unabashed Gratitude. He is a founding member of the Bloomington …

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Poet Takes the Pole: The Reemergence of an Official Poet at the Indy 500

When you think of the Indianapolis 500, poetry probably isn’t the first thing to come to mind. The race hasn’t had an official poet since 1920, when William Herschell’s poems were printed in the race program each year. This year, the organization Indiana Humanities wanted to bring back the Indy 500 official poet, so they ran a contest to pick …

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Interchange – Pitching Poetry: Recalculating Charles Bernstein

This show features the most recent work of Charles Bernstein, the inestimable Charles Bernstein, to whom I might append title, à la James Brown, “the hardest working man in poetry.” Which is just to say, Charles Bernstein walks and talks the walk and talk. If you know anything about poetry since the 1980s you must know at least something of …

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Standing Room Only – Five Women Poets Recite Poetry from “Birds of a Feather”

The Five Women Poets is an organization in Bloomington that serves as a creative outlet for women to meet and discuss poetry. Five Women Poets has been in existence since 1974, and they’ve been meeting once a month since then to discuss each other’s work. On May 15th, the Five Women Poets met at the Monroe County History Center to …

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Interchange – Alfonsina and the Sea

Considered one of the greatest Argentinian poets of the first half of the 20th century, Alfonsina Storni, along with Frida Kahlo and Virginia Woolf, was one of the most important feminist voices of her generation. Yet she is virtually unknown in the U.S. while a contemporary “rival,” Jorge Luis Borges is high on the Western academic list of canonized authors. …

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IU Alum Evolves Poem from Personal Experiences

A poem is often a snapshot, a moment of life preserved in the pages of a book. But what happens when a poem becomes a tool for understanding the changes in the author’s life? Recent IU graduate Harlan Kelly has a poem that’s changed with him through a life experience we all face – growing up. Carter Barrett brings us …

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Interchange – Tracking Subversives: Alan Wald On the Development of the Literary Left

According to my guest, Alan Wald, the aim of the literary radical is “to endow history with meaning.” Literary radicalism is less a noun than a verb….It’s a work in progress, an evolving tradition of activism and commitment obsessed with its own identity. Its orders, its achievements, its efficacy.* We track three “subversives” in our program and offer their work …

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