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Aug 19, 2014 — Simin Behbahani, renowned for her piercing and fierce language, published 19 books of poetry over the course of six decades.
Aug 1, 2014 — Nearly a dozen notebooks and journals by the author, who fought in the British Army during the war, are being released to coincide with the centenary of the start of the conflict.
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.
Jun 12, 2014 — Pulitzer Prize-winning poet Charles Wright, who will serve as the next poet laureate, tells NPR's Melissa Block that his inspirations — landscape, language and God — have stayed constant for 50 years.
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Country Schoolhouse
Audio Play:
No Bigger Than a Piano Box: a North Country Schoolhouse in 1893
By historian Betsy Kepes. Based on the 1893 diary of a North Country schoolteacher. A Women's History Month special. Teacher's guide and CD available.
Irving Bachellor
Audio Novella:
A Franklin Manor Christmas
Paul Willcott of Saranac Lake reads his original Adirondack holiday story set in a down-at-heels former cure cottage and monastery occupied by a lonesome ex-professor.
Irving Bachellor
Audio Novel:
Eben Holden: A Tale of the North Country
An NCPR Exclusive: an audio edition of the 1900 classic North Country novel, Eben Holden, A Tale of the North Country, by Irving Bacheller. This 28-episode three-hour Real Audio production features the voices of a host of volunteer performers..

Spoken word performance interviews from NCPR

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Deadly Diligence

Performed in Malone, NY by Irate Primates for UpNorth Music. December 7, 2006  Go to full article
Susan and The Professor, Walle Conoly, ill.
Susan and The Professor, Walle Conoly, ill.

A Franklin Manor Christmas, part 2

Paul Willcott of Saranac Lake reads his original Adirondack holiday story set in a down-at-heels former cure cottage and monastery occupied by a lonesome ex-professor. His grumpy solitude is troubled by ghosts, runaways, and a variety of everyday neighborhood angels.  Go to full article
Franklin Manor, Walle Conoly, ill.
Franklin Manor, Walle Conoly, ill.

A Franklin Manor Christmas, part 1

Paul Willcott of Saranac Lake reads his original Adirondack holiday story set in a down-at-heels former cure cottage and monastery occupied by a lonesome ex-professor. His grumpy solitude is troubled by ghosts, runaways, and a variety of everyday neighborhood angels.  Go to full article
Storyteller Karen Glass. Burdett Parks photo
Storyteller Karen Glass. Burdett Parks photo

Esther, a Girl With a Dream, a story by Karen Glass

Keene Valley storyteller Karen Glass weaves stories about women around music by Dan Duggan in her collection, Phoebe's Garden and Other Stories of Strong Women, newly out from Esperance Studios in Red Creek, NY. Her story "Esther, a girl with a dream," features Dan Duggan playing the traditional tune Inishere.  Go to full article
Mayhem Poets Kyle Sutton and <br />Scott Tarazevits in the studio.
Mayhem Poets Kyle Sutton and
Scott Tarazevits in the studio.

A brief history of slam by the Mayhem Poets

The Mayhem Poets dropped by the NCPR studio February 3, 2005, in advance of their Community Performance Series gig for the following night at SUNY Potsdam. Their work is wholly original and dynamically entertaining. Combining hip-hop rhythms and theatrical rhymes, this group makes poetry accessible and exciting.  Go to full article

Poets for Peace reading in Contois Auditorium, Burlington VT

Burlington City Hall's Contois Auditorium was packed to listen to nine poets with regional connections read poems of war and peace. Some of the best-known names in US poetry participated. Readers included Galway Kinnell, Grace Paley, David Budbill, Jody Gladding, David Hinton, Major Jackson, Diane Swan and Martha Zweig. A music interlude was provided by cellist John Dunlop, and a display of photos of Iraq by John Preston Smith was featured in the lobby. NCPR Online recorded the entire evening for the UpNorth Concert Hall.  Go to full article

People: Poet Roger Mitchell

Writer Roger Mitchell spent years away from the North Country... the Midwest, England and the Everglades. Now he's back, living in Jay and writing about the Adirondacks, history, farming and family. His new book, Delicate Bait, won the 2002 Akron Poety Prize. Our experiences and place in the world feature prominently in Mitchell's poems. Todd Moe spoke with him at his home in Jay.  Go to full article

An Intimate Evening with Billy Collins, Poet Laureate of the United States

Poet laureate Billy Collins came to the Thousand Islands to read his poetry, take audience questions, and sign books in the century-old Clayton Opera House. About 200 people gathered in the bunting-decked hall to attend the reading, presented here in full, exclusively from NCPR Online.  Go to full article

Six sonnets from Relax Yr Face performed by Albert Glover

Canton poet and publisher Albert Glover dropped by the NCPR studio to read a few sonnets from his collection Relax Yr Face, Glover Publishing 1998. We hear, in order, Mental, Nocturnal, Proposal, Maternal, Matinal and Cardinal.  Go to full article

A speech and a ditty from Shakespeare by Shenandoah Shakespeare Express

The Shenandoah Shakespeare Express returns to Canton each year. They brought their not-your-father's-Shakespeare approach to the Bard into the NCPR studio. We hear Allison Glenzer deliver the famous "All the world's a stage" speech, and J.C. Long, Allison Glenzer and Sasha Olnick with a ditty from As You Like It.  Go to full article

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