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2014 Featured Festival Poet: C. Dale Young

Posted on by Michele Russo, Poetry Coordinator

Measured and precise. Reflective and kind. The artistry in C. Dale Young’s poems resonate with his “real” job. Young is a physician–an oncology radiologist–and has said that because of the demands of his work, he only writes four or five … Continue reading

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2014 Featured Festival Poet: A. Van Jordan

Posted on by Victoria Russell, Festival Assistant

  One stereotypical image of a writer is a mysterious figure, sitting in a room that is darkened but for a desklamp, hunched over a notepad (or typewriter, or laptop…). The particulars of the scene may vary, but one thing … Continue reading

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2014 Featured Festival Poet: Rachel Wiley

Posted on by Victoria Russell, Festival Assistant

Rachel Wiley is tough. A force on the slam scene, she stands at the mic, loudly and proudly delivering her thoughts on body image and the media, race relations in the U.S., gender and sexuality, tattoos and OkCupid. Rachel Wiley … Continue reading

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2014 Featured Festival Poet: Gary Snyder

Posted on by Martin Farawell, Program Director, Poetry

Raised on a small dairy farm that bordered on the wilderness of the Pacific Northwest, from an early age Gary Snyder had a strong sense of our connection to the natural world. Surviving on a subsistence farm in the Great … Continue reading

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2014 Featured Festival Poet: Brenda Shaughnessy

Posted on by Victoria Russell, Festival Assistant

Reading Brenda Shaughnessy’s poetry aloud is a delicious process of tasting alliteration, savoring rhyme, swallowing the beat, feeling your pulse find the poem’s time and your breath naturally catch in all of the right places, until you know in your … Continue reading

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2014 Featured Festival Poet: Benjamin Alire Sáenz

Posted on by Bridget Talone, 2012 Festival Assistant

Much of my work has to do with the self and the conflicts with the external world. I was never just at war with myself—I was at war with the world I live in, and that was my true subject. … Continue reading

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2014 Featured Festival Poet: James Richardson

Posted on by Michele Russo, Poetry Coordinator

Only the most patient observer could write the kind of poems James Richardson writes.  Not patient the way we tend to think of it: “be patient,” the admonition, scold or punishment.  Or “waiting patiently,” which usually means waiting longer than … Continue reading

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2014 Featured Festival Poet: Alice Oswald

Posted on by Martin Farawell, Program Director, Poetry

Listen to T.S. Eliot prize-winner Alice Oswald read the final section of her book-length poem, Memorial, which, instead of attempting a direct translation, retells the Illiad as a series of memorials for the many who died in the Trojan War. … Continue reading

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2014 Featured Festival Poet: Sharon Olds

Posted on by Martin Farawell, Program Director, Poetry

Photo by Marcus Mam, Vogue, September 2012 Through ten collections of poems, Sharon Olds has turned an unflinching eye toward the ecstasies and sorrows of living in the human body. Every stage of life is meticulously observed and explored: childhood, … Continue reading

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2014 Featured Festival Poet: Rachel McKibbens

Posted on by Victoria Russell, Festival Assistant

Photo courtesy of rachelmckibbens.com Rachel McKibbens’s poetry feels like a product of dark magic–not meaning it is evil or bad, but rather a miracle arisen from misery. McKibbens is a phoenix, proud and resplendent amongst her ashes. She starts with … Continue reading

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2014 Featured Festival Poet: Anis Mojgani

Posted on by Michele Russo, Poetry Coordinator

Photo by Jered Scott Anis Mogjani is a contagious poet.  His poems make you want to fall in love with the world all over again.  To look at the world with fresh eyes, to wonder and to marvel.  His combination … Continue reading

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2014 Featured Festival Poet: Shara McCallum

Posted on by Michele Russo, Poetry Coordinator

“I’m equally interested in myth as much as I’m interested in history, both personal and public.  I also have always loved best three things, which explain why I became a poet:  song, story and metaphor.” Have you ever wished you … Continue reading

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2014 Featured Festival Poet: Rebecca Lindenberg

Posted on by Victoria Russell, Festival Assistant

Rebecca Lindenberg’s fascination with language is apparent and infectious throughout Love, An Index, her first book of poems. Each poem underscores both the power and ineptitude of language in the face of the ineffable, and one would be hard-pressed to … Continue reading

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2014 Featured Festival Poet: Stephen Kuusisto

Posted on by Victoria Russell, Festival Assistant

In his most recent books of poems, Letters to Borges, Stephen Kuusisto presents a speaker who travels around the world and, like an archaeologist, digs around, turning artifacts over in his hands and lingering over the varying textures of each … Continue reading

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2014 Featured Festival Poet: Yusef Komunyakaa

Posted on by Martin Farawell, Program Director, Poetry

Listen to Yusef Komunyakaa at the 2004 Dodge Poetry Festival recite his poem about visiting the Vietnam Veterans Memorial in Washington D.C. for the first time, “Facing It.” The simple phrase, “facing it” could almost stand for Komunyakaa’s ars poetica. … Continue reading

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