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Jul 4, 2014 — For "This Week's Must-Read" poet Rowan Ricardo Phillips turns to Leaves of Grass by Walt Whitman, the man who first heard America singing.
Jun 13, 2014 — As part of our series "This Week's Must-Read," poet David Lehman recommends a book for those still surprised by Eric Cantor's political upset.
May 28, 2014 — Angelou refused to speak for much of her childhood and revealed the scars of her past in her groundbreaking memoir, I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings. She opened doors for black and female writers.
Jan 9, 2014 — The former New Jersey poet laureate, born LeRoi Jones, died Thursday at age 79. Much of his work — including well-regarded poetry and plays — reflected his commitment to Black Nationalist ideals. He co-founded the Black Arts movement, and wrote poems that were as controversial as they were influential.
Dec 8, 2013 — Jive-talking, jazz-loving "hep cats" from the 1930s and 1940s are the great-grandparents of today's hipsters. The interest of white fans in black music helped fill Harlem's nightclubs and prompted derision. Hipsters were criticized for being the equivalent of a "pretentious poet laureate."
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The Crystal World Storytelling Day Special

Every year around the first of Spring in the Northern Hemisphere (or the first of Autumn in the Southern Hemisphere) people all over the world gather to tell stories for World Storytelling Day. Thanks to Deborah Dunleavy, the host of our own storytelling series "The Crystal", NCPR is celebrating the day with four storytellers. On the program we hear stories from Ed Clark, Karen Glass, Fran Yardley and Deborah.  Go to full article
Deborah Dunleavy
Deborah Dunleavy

The Crystal: a Scottish tale of royal riddles

Our occasional storytelling series, The Crystal, continues. Brockville storyteller Deborah Dunleavy shares a story from Scotland about a king who tries to trick a man with a series of riddles, but in the end the joke is on him.  Go to full article
Storyteller Deborah Dunleavy
Storyteller Deborah Dunleavy

The Crystal: A Valentine's Day party to remember

This month, the Crystal storyteller Deborah Dunleavy tells a story of a Valentine's Day from her childhood where she threw a big party for her friends and her father, a firefighter, saved the day.  Go to full article
Deborah Dunleavy
Deborah Dunleavy

A Scottish story of love and good luck

Brockville storyteller Deborah Dunleavy shares a story of love and good luck from Scotland on the January edition of "The Crystal."  Go to full article
Deborah Dunleavy
Deborah Dunleavy

The Crystal: A New Year's tale from northern Quebec

Brockville storyteller Deborah Dunleavy shares a midwinter tale about a young logger and a flying canoe at a lumber camp in northern Quebec.  Go to full article
Deborah Dunleavy
Deborah Dunleavy

The Crystal: A sweet Christmas story

Brockville storyteller Deborah Dunleavy shares a childhood Christmas story about her grandfather's homemade candy canes.  Go to full article
Storyteller Deborah Dunleavy
Storyteller Deborah Dunleavy

The Crystal: A story of love with a ghostly twist

Deborah Dunleavy, a storyteller based in Brockville, Ontario, is telling us a story a month as a part of our series, "The Crystal". Today, a story of true love with a ghostly twist.  Go to full article
Deborah Dunleavy
Deborah Dunleavy

A spooky story for the season

What would Halloween be without a spooky story? Brockville professional storyteller Deborah Dunleavy visited NCPR recently to share a favorite tale about Aaron Kelly's return from the grave for one more dance.  Go to full article

Giving Voice: Live poetry jam on Open Studio

This Giving Voice segment was recorded live before a studio audience in the Winston Room of the St. Lawrence University Student Center in Canton NY. Host Dale Hobson leads a poetry jam with readings by poets Robert Strong, Helen Condon, Peggy Mooers, Mary Beth Kikel, and Jacalyn Gniewek. The theme is poetry about the arts and the creative process.  Go to full article

Frankensteiner

Performed in Malone, NY by Irate Primates for UpNorth Music. December 7, 2006  Go to full article

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