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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."
Nov 8, 2013 — It was prostate cancer, not an assassin's poison, that killed the famous Chilean poet, officials announced Friday. The Nobel laureate's body was exhumed this spring to investigate claims that he was murdered at age 69 in 1973.
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Sep 5, 2013 — Also: Ladbrokes breaks down the favorites to win the Nobel Prize; Edward Albee on character; poet Natasha Trethewey on meeting Seamus Heaney.
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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

Bahia, February 2 and Hawking performed by Steven White

Steven F. White is a poet and translator teaching at St. Lawrence University in Canton, NY. During August 2001, he performed a selection of twenty years of his poems and translations in the NCPR studio, where they have been mixed into a rich brew of poetry, music, chant and ambient sound called Transversions.  Go to full article

Dam Builders and Vow performed by Dale Hobson

Dale Hobson, NCPR Webnaut from Potsdam, New York, reading Dam Builders and Vow before a rowdy crowd at Martha And Ev's annual barn party, February 2001.  Go to full article

How Hermit Thrush Got His Song

Ray Fadden (Tehanetorens), Mohawk Elder and educator of Onchiota NY, tells the traditional story "How Hermit Thrush Got His Song."  Go to full article

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