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Podcasts with 2007 Poet Laureate David Simpson

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Podcast #4 - Interview with Yolanda Wisher (34:32)
September 1st 2008

As a teacher at Germantown Friends School and founder of the Germantown Poetry Festival, Yolanda Wisher talks about her passion for melding poetry and community activism, using language to bridge the divide between groups of young people of different races, classes, and cultures. The podcast includes excerpts of work by four of her students: Bouyeh Zulu, Alisha Dantzler, Moira Quigley, and Keisha Duncan.

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Yolanda Wisher at the 2008 Poet Laureate award ceremony


Podcast #3 - Interview with Marie Howe, Part 2 of 2 (13:31)
August 18th 2008

Marie Howe reads the first of the Marian sonnets from her latest book of poems, The Kingdom of Ordinary Time, and talks about her close friendships with the late poets Stanley Kunitz and Jane Kenyon.

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Podcast #2 - Interview with Marie Howe, Part 1 of 2 (10:14)
June 6th 2008

In her capacity as celebrity judge for the 2008 Montgomery County Poet Laureate competition, Marie Howe came to Arcadia University in April to introduce the winner, Elizabeth Rivers, and to give a full-length poetry reading. Early the next morning, before rushing off to her next engagement, she met with Dave Simpson to talk about and read from her new book, The Kingdom of Ordinary Time. This podcast is the first half of that interview.

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Podcast #1 - Elizabeth Rivers at Poet Laureate Induction (10:11)
April 29th 2008

Joanne Leva, executive director of the Montgomery County Poet Laureate program, presented Elizabeth Rivers as the 2008 Poet Laureate, at Arcadia University, on Friday, April 11. In this podcast, Joanne briefly introduces Liz, who then gives a five-minute inaugural speech outlining her goals and reads two of her poems.

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